On Wicked Tuna at the start of week four, Hot Tuna is in the lead while Miss Sambvca is still looking for its first bluefin. The hunt for fish is on and as things get more desperate, some of the captains resort to espionage. Information leads to some bites, but the captains and crew still have to land them.
Spoiler alert! Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happened in this episode.
Captain TJ has an extra hand on this trip, but it’s not someone he is likely to boss around. It’s the captain’s dad, Big Tim. In fact, Tim owns the Hot Tuna and used to be the one at the helm. With a hurt leg, TJ needs the help. But even with Dad on the boat, they aren’t finding fish.
In fact, everyone seems to be having a lull. The Pin Wheel hasn’t seen anything in three days. Tuna.com isn’t hooking up either. Captain Paul on the Miss Sambvca is pulling up nothing but sharks and he has more than a few choice words for the blue dogs, especially for the one who just took the bait and equipment off of two lines at once.
Things are looking bleak and everyone is looking for the sweet spots. “We have to spy on other boats and find some good numbers,” says Paul. The captains are all burning money in fuel and they need information as bad as they need fish. This isn’t just a game. They need to feed their families.
Meanwhile Tricky Dave has stopped in to the Hot Tuna on a friendly call that is actually a spy mission. He gets a sneak peek at TJs map to see where he is fishing. Lucky for him, TJ has been ordered off his leg for three days and will be out of the way. Or so Dave thinks.
Even though TJ can’t be out on the boat, when Dave gets to the stolen coordinates, Big Tim is on it, even without his son. Dave’s tactics get him a fish on the line, but that doesn’t mean he pulls it in. “The fish did what we call chewed and screwed,” says Dave. It took the food and ran. Both the captains go back empty-handed.
Tyler and Captain Marciano forge an uneasy alliance to share information. Tyler’s sources send him on a 100 mile trip away from Glouster. It’s a risk, but Marciano is willing to join forces. Paul is listening in to the radio conversation and decides to take the Miss Sambvca on the seven hour trip as well. Turns out, Tyler’s information is golden. Marciano hooks a double, one on each reel. Hard Merchandise takes home 387 lbs of fish for a total of $7,537, putting Captain Marciano closer to the top spot.
Paul’s eavesdropping pays off as well. He also gets a bite. Finally, Miss Sambvca is on the board! He takes home a 192 lbs fish at $15/lb for $2,800. I guess sometimes playing dirty pays.