‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Bobby Earl Discussed How He Got Into Fishing on a Bigger Scale

by Joe Rutland
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Captain Bobby Earl goes from killing bed bugs to catching bluefin tuna on “Wicked Tuna.” How did he go from a simple fisherman to this role?

Earl talked about it in an interview with Military News.

“My escape was to go fishing, first with little 17-22 footer boats, and then I bought a 38 footer and called it Reel E’ Bugging,” Earl said. “We put a big dead bug on the back of it because we felt that dead bugs bought that boat. And that’s where the name of the boat came from.”

The “Wicked Tuna” captain said he would wait for December to get here because the giant Bluefin tuna would pass New York en route to Gloucester, Mass.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Takes Advice From Friend, Heads To North Carolina’s Outer Banks

“Well around November, they canceled the season,” Earl said. “A friend tells me that in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, they are reopening the season on January 1st and it’s cheaper to winterize the boat there than in Long Island and that’s what we did.”

Earl also said that at the marina he picked had “the ‘Wicked Tuna’ boats there like Doghouse, Pinwheel, all the tuna guys and I would fish beside them for about 5 years.

“The funny thing is that we would always catch more fish than they did,” he said. “That’s a true story.”

Outsiders, there’s no way Earl would offer a whale, or tuna, of a tale, right?

Anyway, he’s part of the “Wicked Tuna” crew you can watch on the National Geographic Channel.

Captain Talks About Whether Or Not ‘Culture Shock’ Hit Him In Move To N.C.

Well, Outsiders, as you read, Earl found his way to the North Carolina area. He moved there, though, from New York City.

That’s got to be a real head-spinning, culture shock-type of event.

Here’s what he said about it.

“You know, it’s funny, I’ve been fishing the Outer Banks for well over twelve years, every winter,” Earl said. “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 even says that he could not wait to get to go on the water.

“I couldn’t wait to go fishing so I could get a break from Brooklyn and Manhattan,” he said. “My escape was always the ocean.”

He’s become one of those faces you look for on “Wicked Tuna” and its spin-off along the Outer Banks. It appears that Earl loves his life these days.

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