On the first day of the new Bluefin tuna fishing season in Gloucester, Massachusetts, every captain in the fleet wants the same thing–to land the coveted first tuna of the year.
Dave Carraro, captain of Fishing Vessel Tuna Dot Com, caught double the number of Bluefin of any other skipper last season, and this year, he’s determined to smoke the Gloucester fleet again. For Dave and his loyal first mate Sandro, there’s no better way to send a strong message than by landing the first fish of the season.
But no one is more determined to beat Dave to the first tuna than the young captain, Tyler McLaughlin. After a horrendous season in Gloucester last year, Tyler’s gamble to head to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to continue fishing over the winter proved a success. And now he has returned to New England with a new-found confidence and maturity.
With a focused new crew, Tyler is certain he can prove to the fleet that Pin Wheel is a force to be reckoned with. And on the season opener of Wicked Tuna, he did just that. Check out the first Catch of the Week from episode one:
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Not only did Pin Wheel nab the first fish of the season, they also caught two more! Only two other boats managed to make it on the leaderboard this week, with one fish apiece (FV-Tuna.com and Hot Tuna). While the rest of the captains sit on the leaderboard with zero, Tyler is off to a strong start with an astonishing three fish, totaling 976 pounds and $13,877 total. Be sure to check out the rankings and vote for your favorite captain on the Wicked Tuna Leaderboard.
So what’s really on the line for these captains? Well, to put one of Tyler’s tunas into perspective, check out this week’s leaderboard moment. A 372lb tuna could pay for one family’s healthcare contribution for the entire year. Now those are some high stakes.
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