Tick Tock Tuna

With the quota near capacity, the captains and crews must brave treacherous conditions in North Carolina’s Outer Banks as they fight for final paychecks before the Bluefin tuna season’s imminent end. Northern boat Pin Wheel and Southern rivals Fishin’ Frenzy and Wahoo are leading the race with seven tuna each and the competition between the trio to be the fleet’s top-earning boat is fierce. Meanwhile, local boat Doghouse and Northern vessels Hard Merchandise and Hot Tuna are struggling to salvage their seasons.

Captain Greg Mayer of Fishin’ Frenzy is used to being the fleet’s top dog after several seasons of being the highest-earning Bluefin skipper. But Frenzy has been languishing behind local rival Wahoo – and now Northern invader Pin Wheel – since early in the season. With potentially as little as two days of fishing left before the quota is full and the season is called, Greg and his first mate Nick are desperate to catch to add to their fishing tally and bring in some money.

Over on Wahoo, captain Reed Meredith and his first mate and brother Banks are determined to keep catching and stay in the number one spot. If they end the season on top, they’ll win the $5000 bet they made with Greg on day one of the season. While the extra cash would be nice, the two brothers want to win the bet more for the chance to rub it in the face of their longtime rival. Not to be outdone by their nemesis, Wahoo is quick to make a catch of their own, keeping pace with the Fishin’ Frenzy.

Meanwhile, on Pin Wheel, captain Tyler McLaughlin the captain of the Pinwheel is determined to redeem himself from his dismal season in Gloucester. Now that he is in second place in the earnings and is only a stone’s throw away from beating all of the southern boats in their own backyard, Tyler vows to fish harder than anyone. He and co-captain Paul Hebert refuse to go down without an all-out fight right down to the last Bluefin.

While the competition weighs heavy on the minds of Pin Wheel, Wahoo and Frenzy, Britton Shackelford, captain of local boat Doghouse is more concerned about providing for his family. After a dismal season, the Doghouse sits at the bottom of the leaderboard right behind the equally luckless Hot Tuna, with only three fish each for the past 18 days of fishing. As a commercial fisherman, Britton’s living comes solely from catching fish. If the father-of-three does not catch fish, he’ll struggle to make ends meet.

With that pressure weighing heavily on his mind, Britton turns to his faith, giving up valuable time on the water to go to church. Reinvigorated and focused, Britton and his first mate Caine head out to the fishing grounds determined to salvage their season and earn a much-needed paycheck.

Unfortunately for all of the captains and crews, day two barrels into the Outer Banks like a howling dragon as high winds whip up big seas, making conditions treacherous for the fishermen. But with the ticking clock of the quota growing louder every second, none of the boats have the luxury of sitting the day out.

When Pinwheel and Doghouse hook up on the rough seas, the conditions put their catches in jeopardy as the crews struggle to haul in their fish. After a freak incident in the middle of Britton’s fight, it looks as if Britton’s prayers may have gone unanswered.

It’s hell or high water on the Outer Banks and while some boat fight for the bragging rights of the top spot, others are fighting to just make ends meet.

Don’t miss Wicked Tuna North vs. South: Tick Tock Tuna this Sunday at 10P.


  1. Richard Nichols
    October 13, 2014, 2:51 am

    I really wish they would edit out the GD word if not ALL the cursing. My grandson likes to watch as well as it is offensive.

  2. Nathan Martens
    United States
    October 14, 2014, 4:12 pm

    I was disappointed to see minutes of my favorite program wasted on following a captain to church. Not what I watch this program for. What does wasting ones time in church have do with catching Tuna? Please stick to fishing for blue fin in the future and not to how one captain practices his religious beliefs.
    Thank you

  3. eddie fisher
    st. augustine, fl
    October 19, 2014, 3:21 pm

    “Bluefin tuna is being fished out of existence to satisfy our taste buds. Today, all three species are listed as Critically Endangered.” — worldwildlife.org

    I know this looked like a natural angle for a TV series — See who can destroy the most bluefins! You know, before they’re all gone and we can’t cash in on them.

    But that’s not thinking sleazily enough. Elephants will probably be wiped out before bluefins, so exploit them first. After your slaughter teams help wipe them out, there still will be time to mop up bluefins. With luck, one of your boats might catch the last bluefin on earth. What a proud statement that would be for the new National Geographic

    Anti-fishing.? No. I’ve fished all my life. Just anti-stupidity.