Since 2014, bluefin tuna fishermen from the Northeast have been traveling south and putting their skills to the test against those in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Come September, Season 6 of the hit National Geographic show “Wicked Tuna: North vs South is available to stream on Disney+.
The Outer Banks have been nicknamed “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.” With a name like that, it should come as no surprise that every fisherman gets put to the test. The waters aren’t easy to navigate, and it’s even harder to catch $20,000 fish there.
The show features fishermen from both the original “Wicked Tuna” and “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.” But no matter where they hail from, those who choose to pursue bluefin tuna off the coast of North Carolina have to rely on their own intuition on “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
According to “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South” star Dave Marciano, only one piece of technology is invaluable on the water.
“We have the ‘fish finder’ on the boat, which is just a machine used to look in the water below the boat. But that doesn’t really find the fish. It’s up to me to find the fish, that machine just tells me whether I’m right or not,” Marciano told TV Tango. People have asked me, ‘What’s the most important piece of equipment you have?’ Literally, for a guy like me, that sounding machine is comparable to a hammer for a carpenter. Without that sounding machine, I’m blind as to what goes on under the boat.”
The Fish On ‘Wicked Tuna: North vs. South Can Travel Up and Down the Coast in A Single Day
There’s a reason bluefin tuna are some of the most valuable fish in the world. They’re not particularly easy to find, let alone catch. In fact, they’re so fast that they could be off the coast of Massachusetts one night and find themselves in the waters off of North Carolina the next day.
“The most interesting thing about bluefin tuna as a species. Is how fast they can move. We know through tagging studies that these fish can move 800 miles within a 24-hour period,” Marciano told National Geographic. “When they decided to move from to and from an area, they can literally vanish overnight and show up someplace else, overnight. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it just being a fish.”
It’s also amazing to grasp the sheer size of these things. Bluefin tuna grow up to 550 lbs. Because of their size, power, and shape, they can swim at speeds up to roughly 45 miles per hour. It’s no wonder people dedicate their lives to catching them. The challenge is half of the fun for those on “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South.” Of course, $200 per pound sounds like a good deal of fun as well.