‘Wicked Tuna’: Slow and Steady Wins the Race When It Comes to a Hard Fighting Fish

by Joe Rutland

When it comes to “Wicked Tuna” fishermen, then they have to keep busy while racing against the clock to get their catches.

This point becomes an important one as we look at the “Doghouse” out in an “Outer Banks” episode coming up on Sunday.

Let’s take a look at them in action with this clip from the National Geographic Channel.

Britton Shackelford is the captain aboard the “Doghouse.”

Other captains on the “Wicked Tuna” spin-off include Greg Mayer, Zack Shackleton, Jimmie Horning, Adam Price, Bobby Earl, and Nick Gowitzka.

Outsiders, catch this new episode of “Outer Banks” on Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on the National Geographic Channel.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Bobby Earl Talks About What Led Him to Join ‘Outer Banks’

Bobby Earl has quite an interesting story.

The captain of the “Reel E’ Bugging” joined the “Wicked Tuna” spin-off “Outer Banks.”

Well, how did he get down from New York City to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where the show is filmed?

Here’s Bobby!

Earl said that the season before he was on the show, he fished alongside all the boats on the show.

“There was a scene where Dale from ‘Foolish Pleasures’ is screaming at me,” Earl said. “He thought I was gonna cut his fish off.” This leads him into performing this scene.

“‘Bed Bugs! Turn right, Bed Bugs,'” Earl said, smiling. The rest, he adds, is history.

So, what’s with the “Reel E’ Bugging” name on his boat? It goes back to his previous profession. He owned and operated a bed bug extermination business with his son. Earl had a lot of success, which allowed him to purchase a tuna boat. 

Carraro Learns Fishing Off North Carolina’s Outer Banks Different Than Up North

Dave Carraro is one of the captains you Outsiders know from “Wicked Tuna.”

But he’s also been involved with the “Outer Banks” spin-off. Carraro has an interesting view about the difference between the waters off Gloucester, Mass., and the Outer Banks off of North Carolina.

He noticed that fish would feed closer to the water’s surface. It was quite a difference from what he’s used to up off Massachusetts.

Carraro found tuna feeding much further south. So, he flipped from anchored fishing to trolling for tuna.

“Up [in Gloucester], we’re sitting on anchor and we’re waiting for the fish to come to us,” Carraro said in last year’s season finale of “Wicked Tuna.” “Whereas down in the Outer Banks, we’re not on anchor, we’re moving, trolling, and we’re looking for the fish. Two different techniques. What works up here wouldn’t work down there.”

It also should be noted that Carraro is one of the most successful captains on “Wicked Tuna.” Through 2021, he’s posted five overall wins.