As the crews of “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” are coming to the end of their season, that precious quota is nearly filled. This means a hefty payday for the remaining bluefin tuna just waiting to be caught. As the show just celebrated its milestone 100th episode, everyone is ready for a break. But not before pushing just a little more.
In a new trailer for the National Geographic show, the guys bring in a whopping 532-pound tuna. It’s checked out to make sure it has all the qualities a buyer is looking for. This means a red center with all the fats and oils to make a delicious tasting fish once it’s cooked.
As an examiner checks to see, he notices the fish is a beauty – and offers to buy it for $13 per pound. That adds up to almost $7,000 for the enormous tuna. Though it’s a hefty price, the fishermen quickly embark on another journey to find even more as the quota comes to 100 percent.
Generally speaking, each crew has an allotment of quota, or pounds of fish, they’re allowed to catch each season. Each pound adds up – as shown in the video clip. This is the difference between a big-time payout and going home empty-handed.
“Wicked Tuna: Outerbanks” Stars Know What it Takes to Survive in Industry
No one knows this better than Captain Greg Mayer, who’s pushing to come in first as the season draws to a close.
“We’re getting right down to the end of the season here. And at the end of the season, we always plan on being the top boat. But it’s been years since that happened and that needs to change,” the captain says in a clip of one episode. “We’ve got a reputation to uphold on the Outer Banks. It’s about time we win another one. So far, we’ve put ourselves in the position to win. We just need to keep on catching because everyone else is out here trying to do the exact same thing.”
With two episodes left in the spinoff from “Wicked Tuna,” it’ll be interesting to see who is able to make strides and win catch the most fish.
Fishing as a Way of Life
Bluefin tuna are found in the Atlantic Ocean and take time to reel in. They can run up to 2,000 pounds and catching even one fish is a huge victory. The fish are considered extremely good eating and are sold all over the United States.
Catching the fish is quite a process, however. Not only do the crews have to brave the ocean and all it brings, they must coordinate a strict plan and strategy while out on the open sea. It’s not for the faint of heart – the captains know this better than anyone. Fishing for a living requires rigorous days and grueling hours. The fisherman are often gone for days at a time as well, putting a damper on their family lives.
However, to these “Wicked Tuna: Outerbanks” men of the sea, the industry is a lifestyle. It’s more than a job, but rather a passion. And giving up easily is not an option. Boats cost a lot of money to maintain, so the only way to weather the storm is all the way through.