‘Wicked Tuna’ Crew Face Close Call Amid Challenging Fog in New Preview

by Lauren Boisvert
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The official Twitter just released a new clip of tonight’s episode of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks. Looks like crews head out into rough, foggy waters in the new episode; at one point, one boat barely misses smashing into another. Stakes and adrenaline are high in the 15 second clip; we’ve been baited, now it’s time for us to get hooked.

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’: ‘Can’t See More Than 100 Yards in Either Direction’

The fog is rolling in thick in the clip from the new episode. Crews scramble to warn captains of another, oncoming boat and steer clear before disaster strikes. Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks is known for it’s thrills, but this time things seem to come just a little too close for comfort.

Fog can heighten some fishing conditions, but for others, it poses great risk, especially out on open water. According to the National Weather Service, “fog is usually considered dense for mariners if it reduces visibility to less than 1 mile.” When encountering fog, it’s important to slow down, turn on all running lights, and listen for sounds of other boats, like bells and whistles.

Currently, Wicked Tuna is in its 8th season; the show follows the tuna fishing boats Fishin’ Frenzy, Doghouse, Little Shell, Rasta Rocket, Reel E Bugging, Offshore Outlaw, and Hog Wild. The show takes place in North Carolina’s fruitful but deadly Outer Banks; there, a single bluefin tuna can be worth $20,000. Is it worth it enough to risk the fog in tonight’s episode?

Changing of the Guard

Around season 6 of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, fans noticed that a few of their favorite boats were missing from the lineup. One Reddit user posted, “Does anyone know why they got rid of all the OG southern boats? I miss Frenzy, Reels of Fortune, Doghouse!!”

Other fans speculated as to why the cast of boats changed, one user writing, “They change out boats a lot, usually without explanation. Fishing Frenzy is back in Season 7.” Another wrote, “I heard some of the boats wanted more money or at least the same amount that the northern guys were getting.”

Little Shell and Fishin’ Frenzy did come back to the show in season 7, reassuring some fans that their favorites were not gone forever. But for boats like Hot Tuna and Pinwheel, season 7 was their last rodeo in the Outer Banks.

While the show doesn’t clearly explain why some boats leave Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, one thing is for certain: the show delivers on thrills and adrenaline in every episode, and this next one will be no exception.

Tonight’s episode premieres on National Geographic at 9/8c.