Bluefin tuna fishing is a competitive venture. A single fish can bring in anywhere from the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. With that kind of value, any type of advantage can make all the difference. Add to that the literal competition taking place on “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South,” and the fact that Bobby Earl took the Reel E Bugging out in a storm starts to make a lot of sense.
The open ocean is one of the most hostile places one can find themself on a good day, let alone during a storm. But finding his team lagging badly behind their competition on “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South,” Bobby Earl made an executive decision.
With the other crews thinking that no one would be bold, or frankly, stupid enough to go fishing off of the coast of North Carolina in severe weather, they took a few days off to let the storm pass. Unbeknownst to them, however, Bobby Earl and the crew of the Reel E’ Bugging snuck out to play catch-up while everyone else from “Wicked Tuna” was sidelined.
“As bad as we want to win this thing, we got to stay levelheaded,” another crew member says. “Good thing about not fishing today with this weather is no one’s fishing.”
Meanwhile… “Alright, let’s do this boys!” Bobby Earl says as the show cuts to the Reel E Bugging headed out to sea. “We’re trying to sneak out. We’re at the bottom. If we don’t take a risk, we’re going to stay at the bottom.”
‘Wicked Tuna：North Vs. South’ Star Bobby Earl Actually Seeks Out Bad Weather
Risky a proposition as fishing for tuna on the angry ocean is, the situation depicted in the “Wicked Tuna” video is one that Bobby Earl hopes for. Why? Simple. He goes where others aren’t willing to go and feels that the benefits of doing so outweigh the risks.
“Here is one personal example. They told us Valentine’s Day weekend was going to be 10 feet tall waves. The others said we’re not fishing in that. They stayed home and took their wives to dinner. I canceled dinner with my girlfriend, and told her to stay home in Morehead,” Earl told The Flagship in a July 2021 interview. “Went fishing three days in a row and caught fish every day, when no one else left the dock. I don’t believe there was a single day after Valentine’s Day that every boat did not leave the dock because they were not going to be embarrassed. So it will literally be some of the fiercest competition ever filmed. That’s a fact.”
Apparently, the sustained bad weather made great fishing for the current season of “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South”
“This season will be by far the most amazing season for many reasons such as the weather and the competition was fierce,” Earl continued.