‘Wicked Tuna’: How You Can Charter Captain Bobby Earl’s Boat, Reel ‘E Bugging

by John Jamison

Have you ever pictured yourself on deck, monster tuna on the line with the world-class fishermen of Wicked Tuna by your side? Well, if you’re willing to spend a little money, that dream can easily become a reality. Like many experienced fishermen with their own boats, some of the captains featured on the hit Discovery series offer chartered fishing trips for hobbyists and casuals.

If you ever find yourself in North Carolina, Captain Bobby Earl and his new and improved Reel E’ Bugging are available to take you on the fishing adventure of a lifetime. And while no one can ever truly guarantee you a catch, you may as well put your faith in a guy that fishes tuna professionally on the Discovery Channel.

According to FishingBooker, the Wicked Tuna star’s charters are based out of Morehead City, North Carolina. One look at the services he offers, and it’s immediately apparent that Bobby Earl’s clients are in good hands. He provides just about everything, save for whatever specific snacks and drinks you might want to bring along.

Captain Bobby Earl assures access to all of the Reel E’ Bugging’s amenities, including a multimedia system and refrigerator. If that weren’t enough, every single piece of tackle you can think of would be provided, and he’ll even provide the fishing licenses.

It almost sounds too good to be true. In a way, it is. The privilege of tuna fishing with Captain Bobby Earl of Wicked Tuna doesn’t come cheap. However, it’s not prohibitively expensive either. According to his listing on FishingBooker, a private 9-hour tuna fishing trip starting at 5:00 a.m. will run you $2,200. That includes up to six people, adults and children included.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Captain Bobby Earl Compares Outer Banks Tuna Fishing to Skydiving

Heights aren’t everyone’s thing. But perhaps a fishing trip off the coast of North Carolina can provide a similar thrill. It does for Captain Bobby Earl, at least.

“It’s really an adrenaline thing. It’s almost like skydiving for me. If you can do this, you know you’re among the best there is. There are so many challenges prior to actually getting out there and fishing — crossing the inlet, the weather, etc. — that it’s a huge reward just to get to the open water,” Earl told Hollywood Soapbox in July.

And once you do make it out there, the bounty of the ocean awaits. Based on the picture Bobby Earl paints, even a single-day fishing trip isn’t likely to disappoint.

“Probably the best fishing in the world. There are so many different species, and it’s really just a fantastic experience,” Bobby Earl continued.

And if tuna isn’t what you’re after, the North Carolina waters provide plenty of other sport fish, including mahi-mahi, blue and white marlin, swordfish, and king mackerel.