Wicked Tuna’s Best (And Worst) Moments

Get an an exclusive sneak-peek at the action-packed new season of Wicked Tuna this Saturday at 9/8c in the special compilation episode, Wicked Tuna: Masters of Bluefin and don’t miss the Season 4 premiere this Sunday at 9/8c!

As the North Atlantic bluefin tuna season is about to open, take a look back at the best and worst moments from the previous seasons of Wicked Tuna. Bonds were broken and rivalries raised as the top fishermen of Gloucester, Massachusetts battle for supremacy while they pursue the ocean’s top prize.

Fierce Competition


The thirst for first place led to strong rivalries. Bridges were burned and crews were cut-throat as they fought neck-and-neck for the best catch. The competition got heated in Season Two when rivals Tyler McLaughlin of PIN WHEEL and Ralph Wilkins of ODYSEA reached their boiling points and got physical. We watched as the leaderboards changed drastically week-to-week with overconfidence and emotions being the crews’ curse. One fish could make or break a fleet’s fate.

Lines Broken


Crew drama led to broken alliances. The stress and urgency of the job threatened crew morale. Relationships were put to the test as bad attitudes and big egos came into play. In Season One, FV-TUNA.COM got shaken up when first mate Paul Hebert felt he was being mistreated by captain Dave Carraro and decided to quit to become captain of his own boat. Dave Marciano of HARD MERCHANDISE faced the consequences of a bad fishing streak and crew tension from bringing on his novice nephew Jay as first mate. By Season Three, Tyler McLaughlin of PIN WHEEL had his own problems from bringing on his two inexperienced college friends. 

Uneasy At Sea


The boats got quite the beating as the harsh North Atlantic waters led to dangerous fishing conditions. Bad weather led to flooding, equipment damages, and even sunken ships–as Captain Dave Marciano remembers all too well when the Hard Merchandise sank at the end of Season Two. Sometimes, the water was just too rough for fishing, which caused major setbacks for the boats. When it came to reeling in bluefin, some fights lasted up to nine hours, but the exhausted crews had to keep going in order to make ends meet.

Reel Records


The fleets fought for the biggest catch. Even with all the drama and devastation, there have been many victories for the captains and their crew as they reeled in some of the biggest fish we’ve seen so far. For the past three seasons, FV-TUNA.COM has led the pack with records amounting up to 15 total catches and over $100,000 cash earnings.

Think you’ve seen it all? Well great ready for the most action-packed, competitive season yet!


The paydays get bigger and the competition gets personal in the upcoming season of Wicked Tuna airing Sunday, February 15th at 9/8c.


  1. Eliot Burrows
    United States
    February 11, 2015, 8:59 pm

    15 fish over three year span…$100,000. He’ll it costs you over $30,000/yr. to run the boat. Where is the profit to live on?

  2. Mike Rotch
    Ur face
    March 19, 3:14 pm

    Well 100k for 15 fish in one quarter of the year. There are other things that these men do for money when they arent catching blue fin. Like charters or fishing for other fish when the seasons come.