A bridge, bombs and a few brave ladies rejigger the fleet on day three of Bluefin tuna fishing season in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. In the treacherous Oregon Inlet, part of the aptly named “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the boats work to stay a float. Some rise to the top, bringing in big bucks while others fall deep.
The pressure is on for Pin Wheel after an unsuccessful week, but Captain Tyler McLaughlin is determined to pick up their game and remain a fierce contender. Far at sea, the crew finds themselves near a testing site where explosions rock the boat and could ultimately frighten the fish away. However, patience is a virtue this time around and despite the conditions, the boat successfully hooks a 392 lbs. tuna amounting to $10,976.
Reels of Fortune has the most on the line this week after taking a hard hit and sustaining deck damage after a crash, which requires the fleet to postpone fishing. Even after coming in first last week, it’s too early in the game to get comfortable. Time is money and every minute spent on the dock is another minute of fishing lost. However, Captain Charlie Griffin knows a damaged boat could cost him the season, so he proceeds with caution. Finally after some small repairs, they’re back in the game and hook a fish, bringing in 309 lbs. of bluefin and $8,652.
New to the season, the big-talking, all-female crew of Reel Action needs to prove to the fleet that they are a boat that can’t be beat. However, after hooking a bird instead of a bluefin and having to throw back a tuna too tiny to keep, the new kids on the block remain empty-handed.
Keep up with next week’s catches on Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks: Fins of the Father, Sunday at 9/8c.