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‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’: Why Capt. Bobby Earl Says NC Waters Are Like ‘Skydiving’ for Him

by Quentin Blount
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It looks like this season of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks is going to have some pretty crazy weather. But Captain Bobby Earl is up for the challenge.

There’s no question that the seas are among the most unforgiving places in the world. But it does make for some interesting television shows. Just take National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for example. The show follows fishermen and their crews as they travel around the islands of the North Carolina coast in search of the giant bluefin tuna.

One of the stars of the show, Captain Bobby Earl, sat down with Hollywood Soapbox back in July. He reflected on his time out on the North Carolina waters. To him, fishing in dangerous weather can be as adrenaline-pumping as going skydiving.

“It’s really an adrenaline thing,” Earl explained. “It’s almost like skydiving for me. If you can do this, you know you’re among the best there is.”

However, it’s not just the fishing and the danger of the job that attracts Earl. There are several other challenges that he and his crew must accomplish just to get out on the open water.

“There are so many challenges prior to actually getting out there and fishing — crossing the inlet, the weather, etc. — that it’s a huge reward just to get to the open water.”

Earl also thinks that the area is home to some of the best fishing in the world. But to get out to where the action is, he said that you’ve got to “go out 30 miles or so.”

“Probably the best fishing in the world,” he admitted. “There are so many different species, and it’s really just a fantastic experience.

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Most Dangerous Weather in Series History

Have you been watching the newest season of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks? If so, then you’d know that the weather off the coast of North Carolina is some of the worst the show has ever seen. Although extremely dangerous, the severe weather definitely makes for exciting television for the viewers. And it’s clear from Captain Bobby Earl’s comments above that it’s a thrill for the fishermen as well.

In an interview with Screen Rant back in July, Earl admitted that the production of Season 8 was complicated by some of the worst fishing weather of his life. But despite some setbacks here and there, he and the other fishermen have been all in.

“I mean, 30-knot winds, 6-to-8 foot seas were the norm. Almost every day,” he said. “So we were fishing in some of the worst conditions. 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.”