Wicked Tuna: North vs. South Premieres Tonight!

The long, cold winter has just hit New England, and while the bluefin tuna season has come to an end in Gloucester, Mass., it’s just getting started in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After a disappointing season, several of Gloucester’s top fishermen head south to try to salvage their finances by fishing for the elusive bluefin tuna in unfamiliar Carolina waters before the experienced locals beat them to the catch. It’s a whole new battlefield and the Northern captains must conquer new styles of fishing, treacherous waters, and the wrath of the Outer Banks’ top fishermen. They’re gambling on what could be a massive payday … or a huge financial loss.

In order to succeed, the Gloucester rod-and-reel veterans will need to master the different method of fishing — greensticking, in which artificial squid are trolled from a 30-foot fiberglass pole in order to entice bluefin swimming near the surface — and best a fleet of North Carolina captains battling for the same catches. Bluefin season in the Outer Banks only lasts a limited time, and there is a highly restricted government catch quota. But if the captains can reel in some “monstah” fish before the quota is reached, the winter months could potentially yield a greater catch than in Gloucester. In fishermen’s terms: a cash bonanza.

The weather in the Outer Banks is notoriously unpredictable, so the New England captains must be ready for extremely rough seas, high winds and erratic currents. The Outer Banks is home to some of the most treacherous waters in the world, including the notorious Oregon Inlet — the main gateway to the open ocean, nicknamed “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.” But dangerous waters aren’t the only challenge that the New England captains have to contend with — they also have to deal with the hotheaded fleet from Wanchese, N.C. When it comes to bluefin tuna fishing, there’s no such thing as Southern hospitality.

Tonight on the season premiere of Wicked Tuna North vs. South: Yankee Invasion, after a disappointing North Atlantic bluefin tuna season, Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise and Captain TJ Ott of the Hot Tuna travel south full steam into the waters of the Outer Banks, N.C., to extend their season and salvage their losses. In the South, the competition is fiercer and the stakes are higher than ever before. The 500-mile steam is a huge gamble on what could be a massive payday … or a huge financial loss. In order to profit, the Northern captains have to overcome new fishing techniques, traverse unfamiliar waters and battle the toughest competitors in the North Carolina waters. When it comes to fishing in the Outer Banks, there’s no such thing as Southern hospitality. Marciano, Ott and Tyler McLaughlin will face off against top captain Greg Mayer of the Fishin’ Frenzy, the Meredith brothers of the Wahoo and the fearless Captain Britton Shackelford of the Doghouse.

The Southern boats are not happy about the Yankee invasion of their waters, and will do whatever it takes to ensure the Northern boats don’t steal their catch. With limited fish, rough seas and constant pressure to make a paycheck, the battle to win the war on Wicked Tuna: North vs. South promises to be anything but civil.

Wicked Tuna: North vs. South Premieres Sunday, Aug. 17, at 10:00 PM ET/PT


  1. Rob Brown
    August 17, 2014, 9:49 am

    It is sickening when these reality shows use the line “this one fish/crab/ginseng will make or break my season”. Get one then quit, your season is made and you do not keep repeating the same phrase.

  2. SunRae
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    August 17, 2014, 9:18 pm

    My gang and I are wondering how much fishing line their poles have before they run out? Can a “professional” from any of the Wicked Tuna boats (or any “professional tuna fisherman”) answer this question for us?

  3. Cathyk987
    Delaware (just north of Mason/Dixon line!)
    August 17, 2014, 9:35 pm

    As a Southern lady living in the ‘north’, you have just given me a new issue to stress about on Sunday nights! Of course, the South will take the lead, but I also love the guys from Mass. Talk about divided loyalties!

  4. JB
    August 17, 2014, 9:37 pm

    the economy down here is tough, Yankees go home!

  5. GT
    August 18, 2014, 2:39 pm

    this show is SOOO scripted, and there using already sold fish as new=there tail is cut on deck=done when u sell them.
    they ALL have a script to say all drama is fake!

  6. bruce
    August 19, 2014, 1:53 am

    The whole bunch of these guys need a real job ! seliing overpriced endangered species animals to japan for such ridiculous prices is just plain wrong.This is a overfished dying king of the sea the Bluefin and taking out the last of the remaining fish to get Jap money just plain stinks, charter your boats and work for your money ya bums ! or get jobs, tuna fishing should be closed !

  7. K.
    August 19, 2014, 6:06 am

    this trash is all the next generation of producers have? How sad. I guess it’s back to Jacque Costeau re-runs.At least it has substance.

  8. Jeff
    Lake Forest
    August 19, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Editing is terrible. Boat is trolling in dirty brown water only to hook up 2 seconds latter in clear blue water. Next supposedly the Wahoo is icing down there first tuna but you see the second fish already in the fish hold. Someones not in touch with the story board here..

  9. Mike
    August 19, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I love the outer banks, I usually stay in Buxton or Avon but have not had the chance to fish the gulf stream but have had several great back bay trips. What happened to the Tuna.com? (I think that was the name of the boat) I enjoyed the banter usually started by him.

  10. vince
    August 19, 2014, 9:15 pm

    whats up with the yankee bullshit ?? narrow minded ppl like that is what keeps hatred alive and well in america

  11. jon elepano
    los Angeles
    August 19, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Is it just me or NC pays more per pound than north side?

  12. Jim
    August 20, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Bruce from Michigan obviously doesn’t have a clue about Giant Bluefin tuna, their abundance or the actual price fishermen are paid for landing these fish. My advise to you Bruce is to do some research before you take the word of PEW or Wicked Tuna as fact. Reality TV is far from reality!!!

  13. James Ellis
    August 21, 2014, 9:08 am

    Could someone tell me, When does Wicked Tuna ‘North vs South’ air in the uk?

    August 22, 2014, 9:18 am

    It’s going to be a good season and I believe this show is going to be better than the original

    August 22, 2014, 9:19 am

    These guys are great

  16. Roanoke Island- OBX 2
    October 8, 2014, 11:45 pm

    […] excursions in the sound or out into the Atlantic.  We just noticed last night, that the show “Wicked Tuna: North vs South” features Wanchese and a crew of it’s local fishermen. This is a quiet town that offers no […]

  17. cindy
    October 19, 2014, 9:35 pm

    Only fair we go north to fish there season!!!!not fair for the yanks to come fish if we can’t fish there season!