‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’: Anglers Fight Against Ticking Clock As Season Comes to an End

by Amy Myers
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The quota is quickly closing and with it comes the end of bluefin season for the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks vessels. Needless to say, the pressure is on. As the captains and their crews fight to bring in the final fish of the year, there seems to be a collective air of “controlled chaos” in their movements. Although, from the looks of the show’s latest previous it seems that there’s more chaos and less control than the cast members care to admit.

Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks released a new clip ahead of tonight’s episode. In it, fans could feel the tension as countless boats crowded onto the Atlantic, hoping to find the coveted herd of bluefins.

“With the end of the season just weeks away, the fleet must fight for every bite they can get,” the show’s account tweeted. “A new episode of #WickedTuna: Outer Banks airs tonight at 9/8c on National Geographic.”

Of course, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks cast aren’t the only ones hunting for tuna this season. Dozens of other anglers are hoping to make their living off of the season’s catches, so the competition is that much more intense. With how much space these crews have on the water, newcomers to the fandom might think that the fishermen don’t have to interact with each other all that much.

However, once a vessel finds a pocket of bluefins and successfully hauls one in, other boats quickly follow to the scene. Soon enough, a whole fleet of boats will gather to the same location. That means more chances of tangled lines, stolen catches and spooked fish.

It’ll take an immense amount of experience, dexterity and will to finish the season strong.

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Crew Lucks Out After Leaving Fleet

There is one final component to add to the equation of a successful bluefin season – a bit of good fortune. Sometimes, this creates the difference between securing the season win and falling to the bottom of the leaderboard. During a recent episode of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, one crew found out just how lucky they were when they made a split-second decision that jeopardized their chances of catching bluefin.

After noticing how crowded the waters were becoming around one herd of tuna, Captain Britton Shackelford of the Doghouse took a huge risk by leaving the promising yet highly occupied area for another location. This could have destroyed their chances of bringing in their next catch. Thankfully, though, the crew found themselves with not one but two bluefins on their lines. After a tiring battle with one particularly elusive fish, the Doghouse took home an 83-inch-long catch and raised their place on the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks leaderboard.

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