Hot Tuna Kicks Off the Season | Hook, Line & Sinker

After a stellar North Atlantic fishing season, some of New England’s best bluefin tuna fishermen head south again to North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks in their quest to bank big money but they’ll face some serious competition from the local southern fleet, especially from local fishing legend Charlie Griffin, captain of Reels of Fortune.


Living up to its name, the North Carolina native Reels of Fortune begins the season with a winning catch. Only two days into the season and Captain Charlie Griffin and crew reel in 524 lbs of tuna and head back with $8,384 to pocket.



Captain TJ Ott and the crew of Hot Tuna have a lot to prove after struggling in the Outer Banks the last time around. However, the fleet worked hard back in Gloucester and are optimistic they will continue their winning streak. Luckily, the odds are in their favor, as the Hot Tuna hooks the first fish of the season and catches 356 lbs. of tuna, amounting to $6,408.



After coming in first place on the last season of Wicked Tuna, all eyes are on the Hard Merchandise. However, down south, the bluefin quota to help sustain the species is a lot smaller, which sets limits on each boat and the rough unfamiliar waters pose threats to the crew’s success but failure is not an option for Captain Dave Marciano.

The pressure is on and the stakes are high, as every time another boat lands a fish, those early-season big prices get smaller and smaller. Every time it seems a big catch is near – the crew prepares for battle only to miss their hit and lose the fish. With an empty deck and empty pockets, the Hard Merchandise is all out of luck.


Keep up with next week’s catches on  Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks: Bombs Away, Sunday at 9/8c. 


  1. Steve Marshall
    Seaside, CA
    July 21, 2015, 10:52 pm

    That’s ok, dave. You miss some, you hit most. Be patient. I’m behind Dave Marciano 100%! He’s not only a nice guy, but a Patriot, The best true fisherman, and my friend. Hard Merchandise all the way!

  2. Robert
    July 26, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Historically, perhaps in my mind only, National Geographic has provided us with endless insight into the world of nature. They have done this in a way that was not only educational but visually stimulating. Not it seems that ‘Nat Geo’ has embraced the undercurrent of racial and cultural divisiveness that has gripped a small, and extremely ignorant, sub sect of society. In the final moments of Wicked Tuna Outer Banks one of the southern boats crew members says “You Yankees go on home now. Bring your (expletive) down here again see what happens.” The very next scene has a southern boat crew member bring a shotgun to his shoulder and he rapidly fires the weapon. The simple question would be who at National Geographic approved the inclusion of such a violent suggestive theme? There is little tolerance in society today for these beliefs by individuals and yet National Geographic, seemingly, has little issue with spreading those same hate filled sentiments on a national platform. It always amazes me when an attempt at ratings blindly shoves common sense to the side. Here’s a thought: Fire every person responsible for the inclusion of that hate filled message, then offer up an apology and provide the crew member an opportunity to explain his statement which included a seemingly derisive reference. Well done National Geographic for fueling the flames of hate, well done.