Welcome to Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, where the crews fish from sun-up to sun-down some days and pray their catch is worth a good buck or two. On Twitter, the show loves to give out teaser clips to fans of key moments on the show that pinpoint exactly what it means to be a bluefin fisher. In this edition, Captain Adam Price and the Offshore Outlaw crew pull into their slot just in the knick of time to have their catch examined.
When the Wicked Tuna crews embark on their missions to scour the Outer Banks for bluefin tuna, the feat of catching the prized fish alone is a remarkable challenge. Unfortunately, though, that’s not when the day ends for the crews. Once the vessels make it back to the docks, the crews must check in with a fish pricer that estimates the value of their catch.
While their time on the water might be the more exciting part of the job, these few minutes with the surveyor are the most crucial. If the person decides that their tuna isn’t of good quality, the men could be going home with only a little pay for a whole lot of work.
Needless to say, this part of the job is a bit nerve-wracking.
Watch the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks clip below to see how Adam Price and his crew did with their catch.
‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Crew Gets Good News From Fish Buyer
When the Offshore Outlaw crew pulls into the docks, it’s pitch-black out. Even before the crew can tie off the boat, the canine member of the bunch hopped off the vessel and onto the pier. From the deck, fish buyer Scott D’Amico announced that the crew made it in just before the cut-off time. For Adam Price, this news comes as a huge relief. Having to store the tuna on the boat overnight could seriously damage the quality of the meat.
Once the men hooked up the scale, D’Amico revealed that the tuna comes in at “545 pounds, dressed.”
Another sign of good news. However, the real test will come once Price cuts a sample of the meat and D’Amico checks the core.
“The buyer’s looking at fat content, color of the meat and the clarity of the core,” Price explained as they gathered the specimen. “The better that all is, the more money we make.”
Behind them, the golden retriever sniffs the boards of the pier, looking for a sample of his own.
Once on the table, D’Amico stated that the meat looked “a little red” from the slice he received. The tuna was leaner than was typical, but D’Amico assured the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks crew that this wouldn’t affect the price too much. The real determining factor was the quality of the core.
Lo and behold, the core has much better coloring than the tail. At $10 a pound, the Offshore Outlaw crew walks home with a $5,450 fish. That’s one impressive catch.