Usually, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks vessels tend to fend for themselves on the water while hunting for bluefins. But when Mother Nature throws a bad storm or rough seas into the mix, the captains immediately band together for each other’s safety and wellbeing. Ahead of tonight’s season finale, the fishing series shared an exclusive preview of the captains Bobby Earl of the Reel E’ Buggin and Adam Price of the Offshore Outlaw collaborating to get through some powerful white caps. With high winds and strong currents, the team needed as much manpower as they did horsepower to get through the wave breaks in one piece.
Check out the sneak peek video here.
While the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks stars aren’t ones to shy away from a challenge, they also aren’t ones to put themselves in unnecessary danger. If it weren’t the last day of bluefin season, these two vessels would still be back at the docks and the crews safely on land. However, with only hours left before the quota closed, the captains decided the risk was worth the potential reward. With the right fish on their hooks, they could bring in an extra thousand dollars back to shore, depending on the size and quality. For Earl, that meant the difference between second place and first on the leaderboard.
Unfortunately, coming in at seventh place at the beginning of the day, the Offshore Outlaw didn’t have as promising an opportunity to change his season status. Instead, Price was likely hoping to earn his crew a more substantial paycheck.
‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Crew Snatches One Final Catch
Though Earl and Price struggled to maneuver past the massive waves in the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks sneak peek, it seems the weather wasn’t always quite so intense. In another clip that the show posted on Twitter, the Offshore Outlaw crew was sitting on much calmer waters when a tuna tugged on their line.
Soon enough, a quiet day on the water turned into a 30-minute battle with the massive fish as it thrashed through the water. First mate John Michael Dickerson manned the reel, careful not to crank too tightly on it in fear that the line would snap. But with how strong the fish was, captain Price knew they needed to spear that tuna quickly before it dove beneath the boat.
Unfortunately, brother Eric Price wasn’t at the top of his game, either. He missed his shot at the bluefin as it began to wiggle away from them. Even their canine companion seemed upset that they couldn’t bring the bluefin onboard. Thankfully, he quickly recovered and stuck the tuna.
Then the panic ceased – they had caught their final fish of the season.