Last year, one Gloucester captain dominated and outmaneuvered the entire fleet despite a difficult fishing season. But this season, the fish are larger, the competition is tougher and the top spot on the leaderboard is up for grabs once again. Wicked Tuna returns with an all-new season of peril and paydays on the high seas beginning Sunday, Feb. 15, at 9/8c.
Wicked Tuna gives viewers an in-depth look at the intense battles, fierce competition, crushing losses and major paydays of the country’s toughest fishermen.
For Gloucester’s finest, fishing isn’t just a way of life — it’s an addiction. Their philosophy is simple: Go fish or go home. Last season on Wicked Tuna, Captain Dave Carraro (@TunaDotCom) of the FV-Tuna.com easily bested the rest of the fleet for the second time, while his rival, Captain Tyler McLaughlin (@PinWheelFV) of the Pin Wheel, suffered the worst season of his career. One captain is driven to repeat his success, the other is trying to save his reputation — but both must watch out for their competition. It’s a new season, and now a new captain has the chance to rise to the top.
“Some people say I’m the most competitive guy out there,” said Carraro. “Yes, absolutely. Last year we smoked the entire fleet, and my goal this year is to do it again.”
“I’m fishing against not just some of the best fishermen on the East Coast, but some of the best tuna fishermen in the world, but at the end of the season, I want to be the No. 1 captain in town,” said McLaughlin.
In addition to returning favorites Carraro and McLaughlin, season four welcomes back Dave Marciano (@CaptMarciano) of the Hard Merchandise, who fared well in Gloucester last season but is disadvantaged by the age and speed of his vessel.
“Every season, I think the more competitive boats write us off as a non-threat,” said Marciano. “My boat’s not the biggest, the fanciest or the fastest in the fleet — that doesn’t really bother me much. My goal in life is to support my family.”
Captain TJ Ott (@tjHOTTUNA) of the Hot Tuna is looking to redeem himself after a slow season last year and has enlisted the help of his younger brother, Mike, to get things back on track. Fishing is a family affair on the Hot Tuna, and Ott hopes that he’s finally found the right formula to bring in the big catches.
Additionally, Captain Paul Hebert (@PissahTunaPaul) is back at the helm of a new boat, the Kelly Ann, and is ready to make his mark this season. With a young daughter at home and his reputation on the line, the stakes are higher than ever for Hebert to succeed.
Rounding out the fleet are fan favorites Captain Bill and Donna Monte (@CaptBillMonte) of the Bounty Hunter, and newcomer boat Drama, captained by Paul Cheney. The fourth season also showcases the high-intensity action of harpoon season with veteran boat Lily, captained by Bill “Hollywood” Muniz (@CaptFVLily), facing off against Captain Greg Chorebanian of the Kristiana.
From battles that rage on for hours to multiday trips that span from Stellwagen all the way to Georges Bank, season four will be a fight to the finish. Fish will be caught, catches will be weighed, earnings will be counted and, in the end, only one captain will go home a champion.
In addition to its insider look at one of America’s oldest industries, Wicked Tuna also sheds light on important issues surrounding the fate of the bluefin tuna. As the scientific community debates how best to preserve the species, American fishermen — including the Wicked Tuna captains — continue to adhere to U.S. regulations that determine size limits and quotas for the season. National Geographic Channel’s consumer website, www.natgeotv.com/wickedtuna, features articles, links and message boards devoted to the tuna and oceans.
On the season premiere of Wicked Tuna: First Blood, it’s opening day of the new bluefin season, and every captain in Gloucester is angling to bring in the first catch and send a powerful message to the rest of the fleet. Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com wants to start strong in hopes of winning first place again, but he’s got some stiff competition this year — including his former mate, Captain Paul Hebert, and his bitter rival, Captain Tyler McLaughlin, who have both enlisted new mates to help them put meat on deck.
Dont miss the season premiere of Wicked Tuna: First Blood this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 9/8c