‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Bobby Earl Shows Off His Strong ‘Will’ Against Skilled Competitors

by Amy Myers

Bobby Earl might not have learned to fish before he could walk like other Wicked Tuna stars, but that doesn’t mean that he’s any less qualified to catch tuna on the Atlantic than his co-stars. The captain of Reel E Buggin’ has had quite significant career changes – from a financial planner to bed bug exterminator to renowned tuna fisher. But to him, success doesn’t come from a long track record or even sheer skill. In Earl’s perspective, instinct, talent and experience combined still fall short of a worker’s drive and willpower.

Basically, if you’re in it for the money, you won’t have as much success as those that are in it for the passion. Someone that’s been in the business for decades yet drags their feet to the docks every morning is no use for Wicked Tuna star Bobby Earl. Instead, he would rather take a crew member with no knowledge but a devoted interest in the trade to be on Reel E Buggin’.

Of course, other captains might disagree with this mentality. But to Earl, nothing matters more than a tenacity for tuna. Recently, Earl shared as much on an episode of Wicked Tuna. Check out the video below to see why “will beats skill.”

“If you’re great, but you don’t give a crap then you’re useless,” the Wicked Tuna star shared. “Give me that guy who knows nothing but is willing to learn everything.”

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Shows Willpower with Date Night Sacrifice

Having willpower is all well and good until you’re up against Mother Nature and her most dangerous conditions. Plenty of Wicked Tuna anglers have experienced those gut-wrenching moments when the winds are harsh and waves are monstrous. At that point, captain Bobby Earl will concur that at least some experience is needed before heading out into the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

Another huge component of successful tuna fishing is making sacrifices and taking risks. Fellow Wicked Tuna stars learned this lesson the hard way when Earl and his crew got the jump on the rest of the fleet in February this year. While other captains decided to take their loved ones out for Valentine’s Day, Earl had a date with his vessel and went fishing three days in a row, bringing back tuna each time. Needless to say, a make-up date night was well worth the reward.

These make-or-break moments tend to show crew member’s true colors and reveal whether their willpower is up to the challenge of tuna fishing. As Earl claimed in the recent Wicked Tuna clip, the crews that have the most motivation to win are the ones that bring in the big fins. And make no mistake, this season, Reel E Buggin’ is among them.