As the waves get bigger, so do the stakes. Tonight, an all-new episode of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks premiered on National Geographic. And from the looks of the montage, the captains and crews have struck bluefin gold. And the more tuna they catch, the harder the competition becomes.
Each year, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks vessels fight for the title of most-caught fish by the end of the season. Last year, the champ was the Pinwheel with its captain Tyler McLaughlin. Together with his sister, Marissa, the McLaughlins brought in 16 bluefin tunas by the end of season seven. Now, a month into the season, it’s tough to tell who will bring home the title this year for their crew.
To keep fans hyped about the race for bluefins, Wicked Tuna posted a teaser clip of the new Outer Banks episode on Twitter.
“Tonight, herd is the word,” the show wrote.
“When the herd’s showing up, anything can happen,” one captain said.
“I laid my eyes on bluefin,” exclaimed another.
In each of the snippets, the waves look rough but the crews look twice as determined. Amid the montage of fighting fins, there was plenty of celebration. Hopefully, that means that the latest episode, appropriately called “Herd is the Word,” was a successful one for each of the vessels.
‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Fans Hope for Another Northern Win
Conveniently, just as tuna season ends near Gloucester, Massachusetts, it’s just beginning in OBX. That’s why captains and their vessels from the original show, Wicked Tuna, have traveled down to North Carolina to compete against southern crews during bluefin season in the Outer Banks spin-off. In its first six seasons, the only captains to win have been from the south. Captain Greg Mayer and the Fishin’ Frenzy crew currently hold the reigning title for most show wins with four tucked neatly under their belts.
However, McLaughlin and the Pinwheel broke the show’s record with a win for the northern-native vessels. At the beginning of season seven of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, fans certainly didn’t think McLaughlin and the Pinwheel would take home the win. After a slow start and minimal catch for the majority of the season, it didn’t seem plausible that the vessel could catch up to the more experienced captains of the show. But just when fans started to count them out of the running, the Pinwheel jumped in the leaderboard within the last few episodes, snatching as much bluefin as their ship could hold. With a final market calculation, the season seven winner was clear.
Now in season eight, McLaughlin’s latest win has put a big target on his back as huge competition. But that just means more fans will be rooting for a second victory. After all, who doesn’t love to see the underdog prevail in the end?