The race for bluefin is back on. Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks fans are huddling close to the TV as the series returns to National Geographic tonight. The Season 8 premiere will be a special 90-minute episode titled, “Danger Lurks.” As always, the show will follow a fleet of North Carolina captains on the hunt for bluefin tuna off the coast of the Outer Banks–otherwise known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Outer Banks is a spinoff of the original series, Wicked Tuna, which is filmed several states north in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Despite the vast difference in location, captains from both the north and the south fight against treacherous waters and other determined fishers for the elusive and much-desired tuna. Tonight kicks off the fleet’s new adventures in deeper waters and against bigger stakes.
Even if you’re brand new to the show, that’s okay! Wicked Tuna doesn’t require a whole lot of background information to follow. In fact, you could start watching the show tonight and love it as much as fans who have been watching it since Season 1. But, for those that need a refresher or want to know the men behind the machines, here’s a breakdown of each vessel and its crew.
Get to Know the ‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Vessels
Four boats currently patrol the Graveyard of the Atlantic for bluefin tuna, and among them, one holds the title for most tuna caught across all seven seasons. Meet Fishin’ Frenzy and its captain, Greg Mayer. Fishin’ Frenzy and its crew are the reigning champions among all of the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks vessels, claiming the winning spot for Seasons 1-3 and 5.
In second place for the show’s current fishing boats is Reel E’ Bugging with its Season 6 win–the first season the boat appeared on the show. With Captain Bobby Earl leading the crew, the vessel managed to bring in more money than any ship on the entire show with a total of $104,290.
Although Little Shell didn’t snag first place for any of the seven seasons of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, they did create some strong competition for Fishin’ Frenzy and other past winners. Little Shell came in second place twice among the tuna fishermen. In Season 5, the vessel was only $3,507 shy of the win.
Lastly, Rasta Rocket has yet to place for either first or second in the competition for bluefin tuna. First appearing in Season 6, the vessel has some tough competition on the Atlantic, but with Season 8 premiering tonight, the tides might just turn and bring a bit of good fortune to the crew.
Catch the Season 8 premiere of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks on National Geographic at 7:30 p.m.