Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks

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Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna Outer Banks Logo.png
Genre Reality Television
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 38
Executive producer(s) Craig Piligian
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Pilgrim Studios
Original network National Geographic Channel
Original release August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17) – present
Related shows Wicked Tuna
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Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks (previously known as Wicked Tuna: North vs. South) is a reality television series about commercial tuna fishermen based in the Outer Banks who fish for the lucrative Atlantic bluefin tuna off the coast of North Carolina. The teams of fishermen battle each other to see who can catch the most fish, while trying to earn their livelihood.

In addition to offering an inside look at one of America's oldest industries, Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks also sheds light on important issues surrounding the fate of the bluefin tuna. Captains adhere to U.S. regulations that determine size limits and quotas for the season.[1]

Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks is a spin-off of Wicked Tuna. Several vessels from the original show also appear in this version. Originally called Wicked Tuna: North vs. South, the name of the show was changed at the beginning of the second season.[2] Season 5 began airing on July 1, 2018[3] and concluded on September 24, 2018.


Name Captain Seasons Ref.
Hard Merchandise/Falcon Dave Marciano Season 1 - Season 3, Season 5 - present [4]
Doghouse Britton Shackelford Season 1 - present [5]
Pinwheel Tyler McLaughlin Season 1 - present [6]
Fishin’ Frenzy Greg Mayer Season 1 - present [7]
The Hot Tuna TJ Ott Season 1 - present [8]
Reels of Fortune Charlie "Griff" Griffin Season 2 - present [9]
Foolish Pleasures Dale Lisi Season 3 - present [10]
Wahoo Reed Meredith Season 1 [11]
Reel Action Tami Gray Season 2 [12]
Little Shell Nick Gowitzka Season 4 - present


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17)October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19)
210July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)September 20, 2015 (2015-09-20)
310July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25)September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26)
48July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)September 17, 2017 (2017-09-17)
513July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in Season Title Original airdate
1"Yankee Invasion"August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17)
After a disappointing North Atlantic bluefin tuna season, Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise and Captain TJ Ott of the Hot Tuna travel south full steam into the waters of the Outer Banks, N.C., to extend their season and salvage their losses. In the South, the competition is fiercer and the stakes are higher than ever before. The 500-mile steam is a huge gamble on what could be a massive payday ' or a huge financial loss.
2"Southern Discomfort"August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
The Southern captains fear a full-scale Yankee invasion of their waters when another Northern boat ' the Pin Wheel with Captain Tyler McLaughlin ' comes steaming into the Outer Banks. This trip, McLaughlin is desperate to make up for the embarrassing last-place finish he landed last season, and to help him he adds Paul Hebert onboard as co-captain. As the Pin Wheel steams in, they're greeted with gunshots by the Southerners, showing there is no room for Southern hospitality.
3"Bluefin or Bust"August 31, 2014 (2014-08-31)
With six of the finest tuna fisherman traversing the Outer Banks in the hunt for bluefin, competition gets super competitive. The strict bluefin quota is rapidly starting to fill, and time is of the essence for all the captains. Dave Marciano has been unable to land a single catch and fears the huge gamble he made in traveling south will not pay off. If he doesn't catch a fish in the next two days, he won't be able to afford to stay in the Carolinas and will have to head back to Gloucester.
4"We’re Not in Gloucester Anymore"September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07)
Weather in the Outer Banks takes a turn for the worse, pitting man against sea as the turbulent Atlantic Ocean threatens the fishermen's quest for bluefin tuna. With ominous weather looming and the bluefin quota quickly filling, the pressure is on for the Northern and Southern boats to act fast or risk financial ' or nautical ' disaster. The Fishin' Frenzy leads the fleet and Captain Greg Mayer uses his knowledge of the Carolina waters to head out early before the windy weather escalates.
5"Ice Ice Tuna"September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)
Winter releases its fury on the Northern and Southern boats as a dangerous storm makes its way through the Outer Banks, giving the fishermen their toughest battle yet, facing high winds, snow and boat-crushing ice. The strain gets heavier for each fisherman as the ongoing hazardous weather obstructs their hunt for bluefin tuna. Southern captains Greg Mayer of the Fishin' Frenzy and Reed Meredith of the Wahoo continue to fight it out for top spot in the fleet.
6"By Hook or By Crook"September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)
Local rivals Fishin' Frenzy and Wahoo strive to out-fish one another and become the top-earning boat of the fleet. Meanwhile, Southern captain Britton Shackelford and his first mate Caine are struggling to make ends meet with only one catch so far. Northern captains TJ Ott of Hot Tuna, Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise and Tyler McLaughlin of Pin Wheel all look to haul in as much of the remaining quota as they can to justify their 550-mile trip down from Gloucester.
7"From Rods to Riches"September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
The Meredith brothers continue to reign on the Wahoo, but trouble with their hydraulic lines might put their lead in jeopardy. McLaughlin and Hebert of Pin Wheel have shot up to second place. Fishin' Frenzy's luck takes a turn for the worse when it wastes an entire afternoon reeling in the wrong kind of fish. Hard Merchandise has had a hot streak of big catches, but engine trouble threatens to put an end to its success. Doghouse continues to struggle, trailing the other boats by a wide margin.
8"Doghouse Afternoon"October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)
To make ends meet, Captain Britton Shackelford on Doghouse takes charter clients out for the day. For rivals Fishin' Frenzy and Wahoo, Fishin' Frenzy's captain Greg Mayer is back on top. With the end of the season only days away, both are desperate to stay ahead of the Meredith brothers. For Dave Marciano onboard the Hard Merchandise, the stress of catching bluefin has begun to take a toll on his health. The rivalry between Tyler McLaughlin on Pin Wheel and TJ Ott on Hot Tuna heats up.
9"Tick Tock Tuna"October 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)
Pin Wheel and rivals Fishin' Frenzy and Wahoo lead the race with seven tuna each. Captain Greg Mayer of Fishin' Frenzy is desperate for catches to reclaim their top spot, while the Wahoo brothers Reed and Banks Meredith are determined to stay in the top spot. Pin Wheel Co-Captains Tyler McLaughlin and Paul Hebert are a stone's throw away from beating all of the Southern boats in their own backyard. Doghouse, Hard Merchandise and Hot Tuna struggle to haul in fish for the remainder of the season.
10"The Fat Tuna Sings"October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19)
Wahoo leads the fleet, but local rival Fishin' Frenzy and invader Pin Wheel are serious threats for the top spot. Hard Merchandise needs one more bluefin to make the expensive trip south profitable, while Doghouse and Hot Tuna fight to earn one final paycheck to salvage their seasons. When captain Greg Mayer of Fishin' Frenzy receives the official call that the quota will close the next day at midnight, everyone races to catch more bluefin and reach the buyers in time to make the final sale.

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No. in Season Title Original airdate
1"First Strike"July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)
It’s opening day of the Outer Banks bluefin season, and the captains battle it out to make the season’s first catch. Captain Charlie “Grif” Griffin may be new to the competition, but he’s a legend in these waters. Grif fishes alongside his son and, despite the competition, he forms a friendship with Gloucester captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise. Grif offers to help Marciano navigate the treacherous currents that run through Oregon Inlet as boats pass under Bonner Bridge. It’s a dangerous gamble — if they make it through they’ll reach the fishing grounds, but one wrong move could end both their seasons.
2"Bombs Away"July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26)
After colliding with Bonner Bridge, Captain Marciano and Captain Griffin struggle to regroup. The boats are banged up, but it’s too early to tell whether they can salvage their seasons or if they’ll have to hang up their rods. Meanwhile, Captain Tami Gray of the Reel Action enters the competition. The Reel Action is one of the few all-female commercial fishing boats on the East Coast, but Tami knows that the only way to get respect is to earn it — by putting meat on deck. And over on the Pinwheel, Captain Tyler McLaughlin encounters a mysterious explosion at sea — a hazard that could jeopardize his fishing trip and cost him a paycheck.
3"Fins of the Father"August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02)
Captain Charlie Griffin, of Reels of Fortune, might be leading the fleet in the bluefin earning, but his boat has been having problems since his crash into Oregon Inlet’s treacherous Bonner Bridge. When Charlie picks up his boat after mechanics have finished working on the damage, it comes with a $10,000 bill, so now he and his hard-working son Jake must catch that much in fish just to break even. After two back-to-back seasons of being runner-up in New England and North Carolina, confident and cocky young Captain Tyler McLaughlin, of northern boat Pin Wheel, is determined to finish out the season as the No. 1 boat, and will let nothing get in his way — even the fishing lines of other boats.
4"Salty Gals and Southern Nights"August 9, 2015 (2015-08-09)
At the start of day nine, last season’s champion, Captain Greg Mayer, and his Fishin’ Frenzy crew are the top earners in the Outer Banks’ bluefin tuna fleet. Charlie and Jake Griffin, of the father-and-son operation Reels of Fortune, with a $10,000 boat repair bill still hanging over their heads, are more desperate than ever for a payday. Captain TJ Ott, of the northern boat Hot Tuna, is looking for any advantage he can get to turn his mediocre season around, so he reaches out to southern captain Tami Gray, of the all-female team Reel Action, hoping that a new friendship will lead to a wealth of local knowledge. And on Doghouse, captain Britton Shackelford’s chances of landing his second keeper tuna of the season will all come down to whether his greenhorn son Austin can come through in a dangerous situation.
5"Wicked Ride"August 16, 2015 (2015-08-16)
At the start of the 11th day on the water in North Carolina, treacherous winter weather in the Outer Banks fishing grounds forces captains to push their limits. Southern boat Reels of Fortune holds a meager lead over last year’s local champion Fishin’ Frenzy, while northern boat Hard Merchandise and local all-female team Reel Action have yet to catch a fish.
6"Reels of Misfortune"August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)
In North Carolina’s bluefin tuna fleet, family is at the forefront of the fight to fish hard and make money. On Fishin’ Frenzy, First Mate Nick Gowitzka faces a family emergency unfolding on land that tests his resolve on the water. And Captain Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise draws on the support of his wife and daughter far away in Gloucester, Massachusetts, as well as a local family fishing operation to help him get through his slump.
7"Nine-Foot Monster"August 30, 2015 (2015-08-30)
In this episode of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, seven crews face the Outer Banks hoping to reel in a fish big enough to keep. But with the luck they have had, prospects are not looking so good. The Fishin’ Frenzy crew lucks out with a big catch and cashes in. With barely a bite, the Doghouse is forced to head in and trust that another day at sea will bring them a big catch. The Hot Tuna crew hopes that their dry spell will end and, with the final reel, they catch one of their largest tuna yet, cashing in over $9,000 for it.
8"Burn Blubber"September 6, 2015 (2015-09-06)
With the North Carolina season coming to a close and Reels of Fortune battling Fishin’ Frenzy for the top spot, all of the crews desperately struggle to land a fish and secure a paycheck. The Reel Action crew fights to catch up but takes a serious blow when they snag a shark; Tyler and Paul lose a “monstah” paycheck; and Dave and the crew of Hard Merchandise attempt to finally end their dry spell, or they’ll have to cut the season short and head back to Gloucester.
9"On a Fin and a Prayer"September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)
With just five days left before the close of the season, the fleet is feeling the pressure. An accident leaves the Reel Action stuck at the dock, giving Captain Tami and her crew a late start, and tensions onboard reach a boiling point. Meanwhile, the Doghouse and Fishin’ Frenzy have the top spot in sight and are scrambling to keep catching before time runs out. And Captain Griff on the Reels of Fortune finds himself in a dangerous situation while navigating Oregon Inlet — a battle where experience and quick thinking are all that stand between life and death.
10"Wicked End"September 20, 2015 (2015-09-20)
It’s the final two days of the season, and three Southern boats — the Fishin’ Frenzy, the Reels of Fortune and the Doghouse — are all within striking distance of the top spot. As the clock ticks down, the captains are desperate to put meat on deck. The stakes have never been higher: one pulled hook means disaster, but one last catch can mean going home a champion.

Season 3 (2016)[edit]

No. in Season Title Original airdate
1"Back in the Battle"July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25)
It’s bluefin tuna season in the Outer Banks. The fleet is excited to haul in these lucrative giants again — but new obstacles lie ahead.
2"Wicked Waters"August 1, 2016 (2016-08-01)
As the bluefin season takes off, the treacherous waters of the Outer Banks claim another victim, and the Fishin’ Frenzy and Hot Tuna are first on the scene.
3"A Bluefin for Boo"August 8, 2016 (2016-08-08)
The unpredictable waters cause more problems for boats in the Outer Banks. The captains feel the pressure as the season starts to slip away from them.
4"Underdog Day Afternoon"August 15, 2016 (2016-08-15)
With the fishing migration in an unpredictable state, the captains resort to espionage for information but end up with more than they bargained for.
5"Not How We Operate"August 22, 2016 (2016-08-22)
The fifth week of the fishing season becomes a battle for the best fishing spots. The waters turn turbulent as boats go head-to-head to prove their superiority. When old and new rivals clash on the high seas, the pressure is on to land a fish first using strength and intellect. As the pressure mounts on Gloucester’s bluefin tuna fishermen, captains will do whatever it takes to land a paycheck in their successful fishing spots.
6"The Karma Kid"August 29, 2016 (2016-08-29)
As the boats are now past the halfway point in the season, the pressure is on to catch enough bluefin tuna to become the No. 1 boat in the fleet.
7"Old Sailors and Bold Sailors"September 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)
Winter kicks into high gear in the Outer Banks and the captains must choose between safety at shore and risking it all at sea to catch bluefin tuna.
8"Hostile Waters"September 12, 2016 (2016-09-12)
The Outer Banks bites back as treacherous waters force captains to choose between chasing the fish at great risk, or waiting until conditions improve.
9"Striking Distance"September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19)
Tyler stuns the fleet with his comeback. The captains struggle to bring in a catch. The boats must stay out overnight to turn their luck around.
10"Luck Be A Tuna Tonight"September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26)
In the season finale, each captain is desperate to bring in one last catch, and the top-earning boat is revealed.

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

No. in Season Title Original airdate
1"Fighting Frenzy"July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
Last season’s champion, Captain Greg Mayer, is determined to land the season’s first fish, but he must contend with a new adversary — his former mate.
2"Full Throttle"August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)
Captain TJ Ott is haunted by a terrifying accident at sea, and the Doghouse desperately tries to land its first fish of the season.
3"Karma's a Fish"August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)
Captain Greg Mayer sees his lead start to slip away as the competition heats up and one captain brings in the first triple catch of the season.
4"Dethroned"August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)
The pressure of losing the top spot wears on Captain Greg Mayer. And Captain Tyler McLaughlin has an unorthodox strategy for turning his luck around.
5"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
The crews of the Doghouse, Foolish Pleasures and Little Shell all jockey to improve their positions before midseason burnout brings them down.
6"Tuna and the Beast"September 3, 2017 (2017-09-03)
With two weeks left in the season, every captain in the fleet is feeling the pressure to bring in a bluefin and land a paycheck.
7"Catch Me If You Can"September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10)
The captains push each other to the limit as they scramble to be on top. One fish can make the difference, but only one captain can claim first place.
8"Title Fight"September 17, 2017 (2017-09-17)
As time runs out, the captains fight to bring in their last catches. Greg Mayer has won the last three seasons. Can another captain defeat him?

Season 5 (2018)[edit]

No. in Season Title Original airdate
1"Battle Lines"July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02)
It's opening day of the bluefin season, and a reduced quota puts pressure on the captains.
2"Not in Our Backyard"July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09)
The southern fleet has the edge in the Outer Banks for bluefin season.
3"Reverse the Curse"July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16)
A giant school of bluefin tuna breaks the curse for one of the boats, but a few other boats land only bad luck.
4"Zombie Tuna"July 23, 2018 (2018-07-23)
The captain and crew of the Little Shell fight to land a fish and bring home a paycheck.
5"Man Overboard"July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)
Local Fleets fight the North for their fair share as sustainability strictly limits fishing.
6"Redemption"August 6, 2018 (2018-08-06)
Northern and Southern boats battle for the top-earning title, while one boat's bad luck has it desperate to catch the first fish of the season.
7"No Pain, No Gain"August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13)
A Southern captain leads the charge against the top-earning Northern boat with the biggest fish of the season, but big fish bring big problems.
8"Man Down"August 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)
When a shoulder injury takes out top Captain Greg Mayer of the Fishin' Frenzy, the rest of the fleet sees an opportunity to take the lead.
9"Northern Fury"August 27, 2018 (2018-08-27)
After four uninspired seasons in the Outer Banks, Captain TJ Ott has something to prove, while the Fishin' Frenzy fights for the title without a captain.
10"Old Golly Whopper"September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)
Captain Greg Mayer returns to the helm of the Fishing Frenzy, despite battling a painful shoulder injury.
11"Blood, Sweat, and Tears"September 10, 2018 (2018-09-10)
With a limited number of days left to fish, Captain Tyler McLaughlin chooses between big risk and big reward.
12"High Speed Chase"September 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)
Captain Greg Mayer of the Fishin' Frenzy is barely holding onto his lead, and the other captains are determined to knock him out of the top spot.
13"Down To The Wire"September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)
There are just 48 hours left before the season ends, and the battle to be the top-earning boat in the Outer Banks heats up.

Season Winners[edit]

Season Winner Captain Total Fish Caught Runner Up Captain Total Fish Caught
Season 1 - 2014
Fishin’ Frenzy
Greg Mayer
Pin Wheel
Tyler McLaughlin
Season 2 - 2015
Fishin’ Frenzy
Greg Mayer
Reels of Fortune
Charlie "Griff" Griffin
Season 3 - 2016
Fishin’ Frenzy
Greg Mayer
Pin Wheel
Tyler McLaughlin
Season 4 - 2017
Reels of Fortune
Charlie "Griff" Griffin
Pin Wheel
Tyler McLaughlin
Season 5 - 2018
Fishin' Frenzy
Greg Mayer
Little Shell
Nick Gowitzka

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Geographic Orders 'Wicked Tuna' Spinoff Series From Craig Piligian". Deadline. January 10, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "'Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks' Season 2 Premiere Date Announced". OBX Entertainment. May 30, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  3. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/new-wicked-tuna-season-starts-sunday/article_c1cb260e-b487-5af9-ba64-3dd0bcd00f4b.html}}
  4. ^ "Doghouse Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hard Merchandise Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Pinwheel Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "Fishin' Frenzy Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "Hot Tuna Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Reels of Fortune Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Foolish Pleasures Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Wahoo Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Reel Action Gallery". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved July 26, 2016.

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