‘Wicked Tuna’: How Do the Cameramen Film the Show?

by Jonathan Howard

When it comes to filming Wicked Tuna there is so much that goes into making the show behind the scenes that fans never see. That includes how the cameramen are able to work on the boats so well.

It is a battle out on the water. Not just between fisherman and fish, but between all of the crews themselves. Getting the biggest haul of the season is important. However, in the background is a whole crew fighting the elements alongside the fishermen and they have to do a lot to make it happen. If it wasn’t for the camera crew, nothing would be seen on TV, that’s for sure.

The hours that the camera crew on Wicked Tuna puts in are about equal to what the folks fishing do. Getting into the moment and making sure every great angle is grabbed. These boats can be out on the water for days at a time. There is a cameraman on each boat that stays full-time during the season. That means they could spend 80+ days on the water. This is a job that takes full dedication and it shows with the great shots that audiences see on the show.

While that sounds standard enough, that is an incredibly hard job. Being able to put your camera right into the midst of things without interfering is challenging. They likely have to understand the dynamics between the crew on the boats and figure out how to navigate things in their own way. Those long hours ensure that the chemistry on board among everyone is how it should be.

Wicked Tuna action is back this weekend with a new Outer Banks this Sunday.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Preview, ‘Every Fish Counts’

When you live life out on the water, every fish counts. That is plain to see any time you watch Wicked Tuna. The show does a great job of emphasizing the need for a good harvest. If these fishermen are unable to bring in the fish, well… With a new episode of Outer Banks coming this Sunday, viewers are hyped!

During a preview of what is to come, the boats pull in a fish weighing 532 pounds. That’s a lot of Chicken of the Sea. It seems that the quota is almost met, and that means filling out the lines with those last few catches is so important. To come this far and end up leaving shorthanded on the season would be rough.

Each pound towards the quotas counts. The crews on Wicked Tuna battle for every last fish. If they don’t, then that means they aren’t making the money they need to make. Going home empty-handed is just not an option.