‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’: Crews Brave Choppy Waters as They Run Out of Time

by Courtney Blackann
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As the weeks turned into days, the “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” cast have just less than 24 hours in the season to go. With each crew vying for the top spot, the weather makes a nasty comeback – which leaves the fishing vessels reeling as the clock counts down.

Additionally, in the 90 minute season finale, only one crew will be named top dog. The crews of “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” must battle it out in order to come in first and bring in the last remaining fish of the season.

Further, in a trailer posted on Twitter by the show, crews are also seen pushing their vessels to the limit against the harsh waves as the weather turns for the worst. In some cases, this can mean few or no fish. But with just hours left, each ‘Wicked Tuna” boat must attempt their luck with the bluefin tuna in the deep waters off the coast of North Carolina.

“With less than 24 hours left to catch one last fish, the OBX weather fights back against the fleet. The 90-minute season finale of #WickedTuna: Outer Banks airs tonight at 9/8c on National Geographic,” the caption reads.

“Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” Location is Special

One of the captains based in North Carolina says the location in the Outer Banks is particularly special. Captain Britton Shackelford has been fishing a long time. He knows the ins and outs of fishing spots along the eastern coast.

He described the location, particularly for bluefin tuna fishing, in a recent interview.

“When I moved to the Outer Banks, I moved down here to stay with a friend of mine because I had never been offshore fishing. And he said, ‘Man, as much as you love to fish, you need to come down here and check this out,’” Captain Britton Shackelford explained.

He goes on to say:

“And just the sheer dynamic nature of (the Outer Banks) was, just pretty much, overwhelming to me. You’re fishing, but it was a very dynamic environment. I mean, just sometimes getting into the ocean is pretty dramatic,” Captain Britton Shackelford says.

Further, the “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” captain shares that the area is just fun to fish because of its diversity.

“In a lot of different places, you can kind of expect, have an idea of what you’re going to catch. You just don’t have a clue when you’re fishing out here (in the Outer Banks),” Britton Shackelford also said.

The season finale of “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” airs tonight at 9/8 Central on National Geographic. Tune in to find out who wins this season.

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