‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’: The Surprising Job Captain Bobby Earl Worked Between Wall Street and the Show

by John Jamison

Wall Street, bed bugs, and tuna fishing all have something in common. “What could that possibly be?” you may be asking yourself. Well, the answer is actually a who, not a what. “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star Bobby Earl is the common ground between all three of those professions.

That’s right. After spending three decades on Wall Street, eventually becoming an investment manager for Bank of America, Captain Bobby Earl of “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” got into the extermination business. It wasn’t just any extermination, however. He was in the bed bug business.

It wasn’t exactly his passion. His hand was forced. In 2008, the market crashed. It drove Bobby to leave finance behind for the world of bed bug killing.

“At that time, I had a friend in the bed bug business. He said, “I know you like your suit and tie, but I have an idea.” And I’m like, “Bed bugs? Are you out of your frikkin’ mind?” And that’s how it started,” Bobby told Screen Rant in July. “And it seemed like a good way to make a living, I got to be my own boss. That’s how I started my business, me and my older son. We would kill bed bugs.”

Bobby’s company grew into something that was more than capable of providing a living. In fact, it funded his first trips down to the Outer Banks, where he would spend a few months of each year fishing. Eventually, he realized how much he loved the time he spent down there. Beyond that, he was getting really good at fishing for bluefin tuna.

“My escape was always the ocean. At some point, I said, “Hey, I could probably do this full time.” So we started running charters, etc, and the rest is history,” Earl continued.

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Star Bobby Earl Traded New York for North Carolina

For Bobby Earl, those three months he’d spend in the Outer Banks fishing were his bliss. It took a while, but it finally occurred to him that he may very well be better off living down there permanently. So that’s what he did.

“You know, it’s funny, I’ve been fishing the Outer Banks for well over twelve years, every winter. So it’s been my home for four months out of the year for over a decade. But I just moved 140 miles south of the Outer Banks. My residence is in Morehead City. So I’m a little further down. I have to tell you, I absolutely love it,” Earl continued in the Screen Rant interview.

From New York’s Wall Street and apparently booming bed bug business to bluefin tuna fishing, living in North Carolina year-round, the “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star seems to have finally figured it all out.