‘Wicked Tuna’: Watch Little Shell Feel the ‘Tension’ in Battle for a Must-Catch ‘Whopper’

by Quentin Blount

We have talked about just how crazy the weather can get out in the Atlantic Ocean. That was on full display in the latest episode of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.

It goes without saying that the open seas are some of the most dangerous and unforgiving places on the entire planet. But that in itself makes for some pretty great television. Just have a look at National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for example. The show follows fishermen and their crews as they make their way around the islands off of the coast of North Carolina. Their goal? To catch lots of giant bluefin tuna.

However, the official Twitter account for Wicked Tuna showed just how tense things can get out on the water. They posted a clip from the most recent episode of the show on Thursday morning.

“Quota is winding on down, man. I heard it’s going to be over pretty soon,” one of the crew members says in the video.

“Here we’re on the outside edge of the continental shelf. We’ve been grinding it out. We’ve been fishing hard,” another member of the team said. “If you fish enough, you’ll catch some.”

As the crew of Little Shell explains, they have been fishing for long hours each and every day.

“We’re really exhausted. Quotas are getting ready to be closed and the competition is as close as I’ve ever seen it. But there is no stopping, so we’ve got to go hard and we’ve got to try and land a fish.”

Take a look at the Wicked Tuna clip down below:

“Little Shell is feeling the tension as they race against the clock to catch another whopper before the quota is filled. A new episode of #WickedTuna Outer Banks airs Sunday at 9/8c on National Geographic.”

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Compares Tuna Fishing to Skydiving

Captain Bobby Earl is one of the stars on Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks. Sure, fishing out on the open sea might be dangerous. But Earl is up for any challenge that comes his way.

As a matter of fact, Captain Earl loves the high-pressure moments. He even compared fishing for bluefin tuna to skydiving.

“It’s really an adrenaline thing,” Earl told Hollywood Soapbox back in July. “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 adrenaline-pumping action that attracts Captain Earl to the job. He explained that it’s rewarding just to get out on the open water due to the various challenges that are in front of him.

“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.”