Wicked Tuna

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Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna - logo - 01.jpg
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 41
Production
Executive producer(s) Mike Nichols
Craig Piligian
Lynn Sadofsky
Michael Goldstein
Broadcast
Original channel National Geographic Channel
Original run April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)  – present
External links
Website

Wicked Tuna is a reality television series about commercial fishermen based in Gloucester, Massachusetts who fish critically endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna. The show covers their work in the North Atlantic Ocean.[1][2][3][4][5]

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original air date
1.1 "The Bite Is On" April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)
The series premiere introduces five crews of commercial fishermen as they set sail in search of lucrative bluefin tuna in the waters off New England.
1.2 "Payback's a Fish" April 8, 2012 (2012-04-08)
After going bust on his last trip, Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise reels in a $10,000 fish. Meanwhile, the Bounty Hunter crew purposely mislead the Tuna.com guys as payback for Dave's fictitious advice that cost them time and money.
1.3 "Weekend Warriors" April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15)
Tuna.com continues on its winning streak; the debts pile up for Bill and the Bounty Hunter as the fish remain scarce and alcoholism takes its toll.
1.4 "Size Matters" April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22)
An 1100-pound fish is reeled in by the crew of the Christina, prompting a competitive Dave to put Tuna.com into overdrive to catch up. Meanwhile, Marciano takes out a charter tour in an effort to pay off his accumulating debt.
1.5 "Greed, Ego & Jealousy" April 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)
After a series of near misses, Captain Ralph Wilkins of the Odysea finally tracks down some fish, but then a distress call from a boat with engine trouble forces him to make a tough decision.
1.6 "Man v. Storm" May 6, 2012 (2012-05-06)
As an intense storm batters the coast, Captain Dave Marciano and the crew of the Hard Merchandise head out to sea, risking their lives in hopes of hooking a giant bluefin.
1.7 "Mutiny at Sea" May 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)
Tensions erupt on Tuna.com when Capt. Dave and Paul get into a heated confrontation that prompts Paul to quit. On the Bounty Hunter, an unsuccessful year forces Capt. Bill's wife to return to a job on land, leaving him shorthanded.
1.8 "Grudge Match" May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)
With only two weeks left until the end of the season, Paul Hebert, formerly of Tuna.com, joins the Bounty Hunter crew. On the Hard Merchandise, Jay Meunzner, the first mate, struggles to prove his worth.
1.9 "Pirate Problems" May 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)
A hard season takes its toll on the crew of the Odysea, leading Capt. Ralph to lash out at his first mate, Pirate. On the Bounty Hunter, first mate Paul struggles to prove his worth to his new captain.
1.10 "Good to the Last Bite" June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)
With winter approaching, the fishermen reel in their final catches of the year in the Season 1 finale. On Tuna.com, Capt. Dave tries to land what may be the biggest fish of the year.
2.1 "Back in the Hunt" January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13)
The second season begins with Dave Carraro encountering an unwelcome visitor in his first fishing spot of the season. Meanwhile, a New Hampshire fisherman heads south to compete with Dave.
2.2 "Go Fish!" January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20)
Tyler takes a risk by going to Georges Bank. Elsewhere, Kevin enjoys harpooning.
2.3 "The Numbers War"My Number's Up January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27)
In the continued pursuit of tuna, Bill Monte has gone three weeks without any keeper fish; but, his attention soon turns to his rocky marriage. After refinancing his mortgage, he lands a 184 pound bluefin tuna worth $20 a pound.
2.4 "Fish Fight" February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10)
The Gloucester-Casco bay classic sportfishing tournament is calling their name, so all the captains & crews pay up to $800 to join the frenzy. Dave's boat gets caught in the anchor line of a recreational fisherman's seine net when all hell breaks out. Tempers flare and relationships are tested at the 23rd Bonaire International & Local Fishing Tournament.
2.5 "Shark Attack" February 24, 2013 (2013-02-24)
Dave Marciano tries to grab a thresher shark by the tail only to be swatted across the chest, revealing a decent-sized bruise inflicted by the blue dog. Captain Ralph gets audited by ICCAT and swamped by paperwork and eventually fined $10,000 but settles the fine for $1,500, missing three days of tuna action.
2.6 "Sweet Smell of Revenge" March 3, 2013 (2013-03-03)
The crew of the FV-Tuna.com relocate when amateur boats start creeping in on their territory; a weekend warrior runs over Kevin's anchor line; Tyler ventures out on his own after giving his crew the week off.
2.7 "Storm Warning" March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10)
The fishermen work during a major storm.
2.8 "Hell on the High Seas" March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)
At the season's midpoint, the captains deal with the increasing pressure to bring home a paycheck.
2.9 "Meltdown" March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)
The Tuna.com takes the lead in Week 9 of the fishing season. Meanwhile, the crew of the Bounty Hunter deal with tension; and Tyler reaches a breaking point with his shipmates.
2.10 "Captain Carnage" March 31, 2013 (2013-03-31)
Dave and Paul enter into an intense competition to see who can catch the most fish.
2.11 "All Hands on Deck" April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)
Paul's newfound confidence is shaken by his inexperienced deckhand; Dave Carraro works with a new recruit; and Tyler learns to cooperate with his Pin Wheel crew.
2.12 "Uncharted Territory" April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)
The last weeks of the season are a struggle as the bluefin tuna begin to migrate south.
2.13 "Twice Bitten" April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)
The young crew of the Pin Wheel close in on the FV-Tuna.com's lead; Paul needs a win.
2.14 "Money on the Line" May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)
Part 1 of 2. Capt. Dave Carraro begins the last week of the season well ahead of the Pin Wheel crew. Meanwhile, Capt. Tyler works to prove himself; Capt. Paul Hebert wants to reach his goal; and Capt. Marciano tries to recover from a rough season
2.15 "Endgame" May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)
The second season ends with a storm brewing as the crews battle to finish on top.
3.1 "The Wicked Return" February 16, 2014 (2014-02-16)
A rivalry between Tyler and TJ heats up in the Season 3 opener.
3.2 "Checkmate" February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)
Tyler has second thoughts about hiring his friends. Elsewhere, Bill attempts to catch tuna by using tactical maneuvers and harpooning.
3.3 "Into the Storm" March 2, 2014 (2014-03-02)
A storm threatens the fishing fleet, impairing harpooning operations and forcing one captain to switch boats.
3.4 "Operation T.U.N.A." March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)
TJ is tracked by a competitor looking to get in on his action. Elsewhere, two captains decide to work together to increase their tuna intake.
3.5 "Bite Fight" March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23)
Tyler goes to his lucky spot in an attempt to win back his pride and to make some money, but there he finds his former captain TJ already fishing.
3.6 "Mission: Fishin!" March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)
Hot Tuna has managed to stay on top of the competition so far. However with the bluefin tuna season heating up, his anxious competition try to contend.
3.7 "Bad Lattitude" April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)
Burdened by the responsibility of providing for their families, the captains grow desperate to catch.
3.8 "Battle Royale" April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)
With time running out to catch the elusive North Atlantic Bluefin tuna, Tuna.Com has a narrow lead over Hot Tuna, putting pressure on the Lily to land a killer catch.
3.9 "Brotherly Shove" April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)
Captains get creative as new techniques help boat crews bring in more tuna. Elsewhere, tensions rise between the Hebert brothers aboard the Miss Sambvca.
3.10 "Blue Grit" May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)
Tyler McLaughlin has trouble paying his crew; a truce is made between the Hebert brothers; and Dave Marciano attempts another trip in order to make more money.
3.11 "Tuna Beta Kappa" May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)
The crew of the FV-Tuna.com assist the Coast Guard in a rescue mission. Later, a joint venture takes a turn for the worse when slow fishing creates tension between two captains.
3.12 "Bad Blood" May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
Old rivalries ignite between captains with four weeks remaining in the fishing season. Later, Dave Marciano attempts a risky trip far offshore.
3.13 "Sharks and Recreation" May 25, 2014 (2014-05-25)
With only three weeks left in the current season, the captains struggle to maintain their position on the leaderboard.
3.14 "The Mighty Bite" June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01)
Captain Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com is determined to keep up his hot streak, but the recklessness of another boat causes him to reach his boiling point. Captain TJ Ott of The Hot Tuna took over second place last week, but Captain Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise is determined to regain second position. After a rocky start to the season, Captain Paul Hebert of Miss Sambvca has been on a catching streak for the past four weeks, and has his eyes set on second place as well.
3.15 "The Reckoning" June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)
With only one week left in the North Atlantic bluefin fishing season, the Gloucester fleet is set for a final showdown in a bid to catch the last monstah tuna of the year. FV-Tuna.com has a commanding lead, leaving Hard Merchandise, Miss Sambvca and The Hot Tuna to battle for second place. On Pin Wheel, captain Tyler McLaughlin is desperate for a final fish to salvage his season after his fall from Gloucester's top-earning fisherman last season to catching only three tuna in the past 14 weeks.

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About "Hooked up" episodes[edit]

These are replays of the original 25 episodes but with extra trivia boxes which contain additional insights into the fisherman's thoughts, attitudes, and personalities.

Vessels[edit]

Name Specifications Crew
FV-Pin Wheel 35ft Donelle fishing vessel Tyler Mclaughlin (captain), Justin DeLuca, Ari Vieira (Introduced & won Season 2)
FV-Hot Tuna Largest boat of the fleet; 45ft stretched to 48ft Dixon/series 60 Detroit TJ Ott (captain), (Introduced Season 3)
FV-MISS SAMBVCA Paul Hebert (captain), Paul's brother first mate Bruce Hebert (Introduced Season 3)
FV-Lily Harpoon Boat Bill 'Hollywood' Muniz (captain) (Introduced Season 3)
FV-Tuna.com 38-foot high sheer Duffy Dave Carrero (captain), Sandro Maniaci, Paul Hebert (Leaves at end of season 1 and season2)
FV-Bounty Hunter 35-foot Duffy Donna Monte, Scott Ferriero, Bill Monte (Paul Hebert at end of season 1)
FV-Odysea Ralph Wilkins (captain), "Pirate" Kit Vallee
FV-Lisa and Jake Scott Prentiss, Kevin Leonowert, Blair Denman
FV-Hard Merchandise 36 feet and eight inches, built in 1984 Dave Marciano (captain), Joe Marciano, Jason Muenzner

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Season 3 Leader Board (Final)[edit]

Vessel Name Number of Tuna Caught Weight in lbs Value in USD
FV-Tuna.com 15 6,669 $126,403
FV-Hard Merchandise 8 3,008 $61,904
FV-MISS SAMBVCA 7 3,393 $61,472
FV-Hot Tuna 7 2,686 $47,464
FV-Lily 7 1,955 $29,059
FV-Bounty Hunter 3 1,363 $24,938
FV-Pin Wheel 3 934 $17,804

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wicked Tuna - National Geographic Channel". Channel.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  2. ^ "A wicked bad idear: National Geographic hunts bluefin tuna for entertainment". Deep Sea News. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  3. ^ Conathan, Michael (2012-03-30). "Fish on Fridays: Sustaining the 'Wicked Tuna'". Americanprogress.org. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  4. ^ Posted: 06/04/2012 6:43 am Updated: 06/04/2012 10:09 am (2012-06-04). "'Wicked Tuna' Finale: Season Wraps With A Massive 1,030-Pound Fish Caught (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Steven A. (2012-03-22). "Reality TV comes to Gloucester for ‘Wicked Tuna’ - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Wicked Tuna: Complete Episode List". thetvdb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Meet the Fishermen - Wicked Tuna - National Geographic Channel". Channel.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Wicked-Tuna-Leaderboard - Wicked Tuna - National Geographic Channel". Channel.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 

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