On week four of the North Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Season, Captain Paul Hebert fought to put his first tuna of the season on deck. While first mate Mauro and deckhand Kenny grew more anxious and frustrated each week without a catch, Paul tried to instill in them what years of experience commercial fishing have taught him: to be patient and never give up. After too many days go by with nothing to show but pulled hooks and sharks, the tension on Kelly Ann has mounted. But like a good captain should, Paul pushes his crew to keep grinding, and it finally payed off. Big time. Relive Kelly Ann’s big moment on this Catch of the Week:
Meanwhile, harpoon boat Kristiana Captain Greg Chorebanian and first mate Greg Gibbs steam into Gloucester on a mission: to defeat braggart Lily Captain Hollywood. But they’re at a disadvantage because they don’t have a pilot to guide them to the tuna like Hollywood does. On the other hand, Hollywood’s pilot, Mark, can lead him to the fish, but he can’t help him throw the harpoon. But the hours Gibbs spent practicing throwing harpoons at hay bales from his barn roof so he could beat Hollywood paid off. While Lily nabbed two Bluefin totaling 583 pounds, Kristiana’s one 441-pound catch bested it in value–coming in at $10,584, putting Kristiana in 5th place above Lily. And to put that one catch into perspective, here’s what one fish can mean:
It was a tough week for all of the Gloucester fishermen, but Captain Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise has only caught one fish this season. Determined to put a second fish on the deck, Marciano, Jay, and Joe finally hook up, but unfortunately don’t manage to bring home the tuna, and this week they fall from 4th to 7th place on the leaderboard. Will the tide turn for the Hard Merchandise?
Hot Tuna is holding strong in the #1 position with Dot Com following close behind. Be sure to visit the leaderboard to check the rankings and vote for your favorite captain, and check out this week’s after show. On Reel Talk, Paul discusses how it felt to finally land that first tuna, while Marciano and TJ discuss the added competition of fishing with the harpooners.
Tune in to new episodes of Wicked Tuna, Sundays at 9/8c. This Sunday, on Go Hard or Go Home, it’s week five of the Bluefin season, and when a sudden storm engulfs the fleet, each captain must decide if the risk of staying on the water is worth the reward of catching more Bluefin tuna.