‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’: Bobby Earl Previews New Season, Explains How New Ship is ‘Perfect Tuna-Killing Vessel’

by Matthew Wilson
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“Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star Bobby Earl is more than ready for the new season. In fact, he’s got a bit of a secret weapon over the competition. He has what he calls a “perfect tuna-killing vessel” to haul his catch. That vessel would be a 1983 60-foot Hatteras.

After his previous boat, a 1970, 53-foot Hattera, burned down, the “Wicked Tuna” star acquired his new watercraft. It has everything that Earl needs including two generators, an enclosed flybridge, and even an ice maker. In many ways, the reality star had to start from scratch following the fire and setback.

That included borrowing fishing poles from friends and trying to prepare shortly before the start of the new season. In an interview with Screen Rant, the “Wicked Tuna” star previewed what viewers can expect from him in the upcoming season.

“Let me tell you a few things. We ran that boat from the panhandle of Florida, around the Florida Keys, made it to North Carolina,” Earl told the outlet. “We barely knew the boat when we started fishing; we owned it for about 18 days. So that was a challenge. We didn’t have any rods or reels. We had to borrow rods and reels from friends. We didn’t have rod-holders. We had to put those in two days before filming. So there were a lot of challenges with the new boat and getting her ready.

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Star Prepares Viewers For the Worst

The “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star believes that the upcoming season may be one of the best-produced of the entire series. According to Bobby Earl, Nat Geo and Pilgrim Media spared no expense when it came to filming the newest season. For instance, they used chase boats, gyro cameras, and even underwater drones to capture the action.

Meanwhile, Bobby Earl prepared viewers for terrible weather and challenges. He had to dig down deep while filming.

“In previous years I was on the show I never saw an effort like this,” Bobby Earl said. “That coupled with probably the WORST weather I’ve ever fished in my life, ever. I mean, 30-knot winds, 6-to-8 foot seas were the norm. Almost every day. So we were fishing in some of the worst conditions. We went with a couple of new boats and a couple of the old boats came back.”

Additionally, the “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star said he faced fierce competition while out on the water as well.

“The competition, this particular season, it was as if everyone was fishing for the Super Bowl. Everyone brought their A-game, every day. Usually, there’s someone who won’t fish in bad weather, or they just won’t take the risk, but not this season. Everyone went all-in, all the time. It was a fierce competition in terrible conditions,” he said.