‘Wicked Tuna’ Fans Question One ‘Selling Point’ That Crews Always Ask

by Katie Maloney
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Who determines how much the cast of “Wicked Tuna” maker per catch?

“Wicked Tuna” fans know that the cast faces fierce and dangerous conditions in order to take home their tuna. So, all that effort has got to pay off, right? Otherwise, the risks would outweigh the benefits, it seems. So, who determines how much the crew makes per catch? “Wicked Tuna” recently shared a clip from the show where a buyer makes the crew an offer on one of their tuna.

During the clip, the crew weighs in a tuna catch at 545 pounds.

“The buyer is looking at fat content, the color of the meat, and the clarity of the core,” says a “Wicked Tuna” cast member. “The better all that is, the more money we make.”

So how much did the crew reel in for their 545-pound fish? After testing the core, the buyer offered $10 per pound totaling $5,450 for one fish.

Fans Are Questioning Why The ‘Wicked Tuna’ Stars Ask For Bottom Dollar Price?

Everyone knows that, when you’re making a deal, you try to get top dollar for whatever you’re selling. However, that’s not the approach the “Wicked Tuna” stars take. Instead, they always ask the buyer for their bottom dollar offer. Now, fans are wondering why they deploy such seemingly backward negotiating tactics?

“I know it’s just mincing words but if I were waiting on them to give me the price per pound I would say what’s your top dollar,” said one “Wicked Tuna” fan in a Reddit thread.

Another fan attempted to explain the reasoning behind the cast’s negotiating strategy.

“I think it is not them asking to get the bottom dollar. They know the buyer will give them the bottom dollar no matter what so they are kind of saying ‘cut to the chase,'” wrote the fan. “But also I’ve heard that the prices are predetermined or depending on auctions so those negotiations are mostly just for the show.”

There are also a lot of costs involved in fishing. A captain has to pay the crew, purchase fuel, and pay for boat upkeep and maintenance. So, knowing the bare minimum of what they could be getting for a fish is actually probably more helpful than hoping for the top-dollar amount. A captain can base their budget planning around the bottom dollar amount and then be happily surprised when they surpass that number. Sounds like less of a backward negotiating tactic and more like a smart business plan.

Find out how much each crew reels in during new episodes of “Wicked Tuna.” Fans can watch the show on the National Geographic Channel or on streaming services including Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.