The Wicked Tuna fleet is pulling out all the stops in week eight. Tuna.com is fighting to keep a narrow lead over Hot Tuna and the time for fishing is winding down for the harpoon boat Lily. The weather is changing, the tuna are running deeper and it won’t be long until the season is over for effective harpooning. Frustration is running high and everyone gets a reminder that it’s not your fish until on it’s on the boat.
Spoiler alert! Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happened in this episode.
Captain Hollywood is trying to make every opportunity count and is good on his word when he immediately strikes a fish. Celebration turns to disappointment quickly, however. The dart is loose and before they can haul up the tuna, it pulls free and swims away.
The second day, Hollywood has more luck, but the fish he hits is not as big as he would like. Still, beggars can’t be choosers and everyone is happy to at least be coming back to the dock with something. Weighing in at 197 pounds and bringing in $13/lb for a total of $2,561. It’s disappointing, but better than nothing.
Captain Bill on the Bounty Hunter gets a bite, but things look pretty bleak when the line tangles with another boat. With another boat’s hook caught on their line, the tension could easily snap it. Fortunately, they manage to reel in the other line, spotting the hook and cutting their line free. Despite the stressful situation, luck in on their side. In the end, The Bounty Hunter comes home with a 661 pounder that takes in $17/lb. for a total of $11,237.
On the Dot Com, the boys get a fish on the line and they are sure it’s a big one. It’s dark, cold, and the wind is howling, but the crew is in it to win it. Although they have no idea what that commitment is going to mean. They are still fighting the fish as the sun comes up nearly three hours later. Dave has already missed harpooning it twice and there seems to be no end to the fight. After five hours and the crew is exhausted. When Dave misses a third and a fourth time, the crew is beyond frustrated. They know they are running out of time and the gear can’t hold forever.
Yet, somehow, nine hours later, Tuna.com is still fighting their fish. Mailman takes charge of the harpoon and misses the first time, but hits the fish the second time. However, the hook pops and now they have to worry about pulling the dart, the only point of contact they have with the fish. When after 9 hours and 37 minutes they have the tail wrap on, they are ecstatic.
The fish is a big one and it’s not just big, it’s perfect. Weighing in at 650 pounds it get $22.lb for a total of $14,300. Although the crew thinks that maybe Captain Dave should have his eyes checked before he tries harpooning again. In fact, they’ve made him this handy eye chart.
At the end of the week, Hard Merchandise and Hot Tuna come back to the docks empty. Bounty Hunter’s massive catch pushes the boat into third place on the leader board and Tuna.com extends their lead over The Hot Tuna and Lily, which is now in fourth place.
The race isn’t over until it’s over. The captains are staying positive and anything can happen. Tune in next episode for Wicked Tuna: Brotherly Shove on Sunday April 27at 8PM et/pt and find out if Tricky Dave can keep the lead!