After a stellar North Atlantic fishing season, some of New England’s best bluefin tuna fishermen head south again to North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks in their quest to bank big money but they’ll face some serious competition from the local southern fleet, especially from local fishing legend Charlie Griffin, captain of Reels of Fortune.
Living up to its name, the North Carolina native Reels of Fortune begins the season with a winning catch. Only two days into the season and Captain Charlie Griffin and crew reel in 524 lbs of tuna and head back with $8,384 to pocket.
Captain TJ Ott and the crew of Hot Tuna have a lot to prove after struggling in the Outer Banks the last time around. However, the fleet worked hard back in Gloucester and are optimistic they will continue their winning streak. Luckily, the odds are in their favor, as the Hot Tuna hooks the first fish of the season and catches 356 lbs. of tuna, amounting to $6,408.
After coming in first place on the last season of Wicked Tuna, all eyes are on the Hard Merchandise. However, down south, the bluefin quota to help sustain the species is a lot smaller, which sets limits on each boat and the rough unfamiliar waters pose threats to the crew’s success but failure is not an option for Captain Dave Marciano.
The pressure is on and the stakes are high, as every time another boat lands a fish, those early-season big prices get smaller and smaller. Every time it seems a big catch is near – the crew prepares for battle only to miss their hit and lose the fish. With an empty deck and empty pockets, the Hard Merchandise is all out of luck.
Keep up with next week’s catches on Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks: Bombs Away, Sunday at 9/8c.