It’s week three of the North Atlantic bluefin tuna season, and while several boats in the Gloucester fleet look to keep their hot streaks going, others are off to a slow start and must rely on help from elsewhere to get their fishing back on track. Looking to distance themselves from the rest of their competition, longtime friends Captain Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com and Captain Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah turn to a local tried-and-true honey hole.
When the fishing spot proves fruitful, Paul wants to keep their success a secret so the place does not attract any other boats. But when Hot Tuna’s Captain TJ Ott, who is currently at the bottom of the leaderboard and having no luck where he is anchored, reaches out to Dave for fishing intel, Dave faces a dilemma. Remain loyal to old friend Paul? Or, after burning TJ last season, share information with Hot Tuna in a bid to renew their working relationship and tap into TJ’s wide network?
Watch: Dot Com Makes Good
Meanwhile, Captain Pete Speeches of Maine family-operation Erin & Sarah has seen better days. After skunking out in Gloucester waters on the last trip, he decides to fish closer to home near Portland and his bid to land a paycheck this week. After inexplicably not hooking up to any of their marks this week, Pete’s deckhand daughter Erin makes offerings to the “tuna gods” to end their streak of bad luck. But will it be enough to finally break their dry spell? Or will their expenses continue to pile up with no light at the end of the tunnel?
Watch: Tuna Gods Sacrifice
After a first place finish last season, veteran Captain Dave Marciano, of Hard Merchandise, and crew remain confident in their attempt to prove that last year’s achievement was not a fluke. But so far they only have one keeper bluefin for the season. This week, Dave is hoping his “work hard, play hard” philosophy pays off for his crew when their old boat is put to the test by a rogue fish.
After landing yet another quality fish in week two, Pinwheel starts this week on top of the fleet. Captain Tyler McLaughlin and deckhand Drake Roy are in sync after spending so much time together on the boat. And now that they’re on top, they’ll need to use every ounce of that teamwork to stay there.
Don’t miss Wicked Tuna: May the Fish Be With You tonight at 9/8c