“Wicked Tuna” fans know that anything can happen out at sea.
The stars of “Wicked Tuna” are constantly battling treacherous seas and unforeseen circumstances created by weather. Unfortunately for the fishermen, some of the best catches occur in the most dangerous areas of the sea. Nevertheless, the “Wicked Tuna” cast has to chase the best catches. So, they literally sail into danger. National Geographic TV recently shared a clip from the latest episode of “Wicked Tuna.”
During the clip, one of the show’s captains explains his game plan for the day’s catch. He says that they are following a gulf stream change in temperature because fish like to follow the change. However, the change in temperature also causes the waves in the sea to build much faster, making the conditions even tougher for the crew to navigate.
“Alright, we’re here. We found the gulf stream change where it’s 72 degrees just outside the bottom here at the 460,” says the captain. “It seems like the fish are going to be close to the change somewhere. There are a couple of boats fishing up above me. And shack is holding from up above.”
He continues to explain how this change makes for ideal catching opportunities, but tough fishing practices.
“We like to fish on temperature breaks because the fish will follow the change,” says the captain. “But the seas build a whole lot quicker. Seas like this, when you hook a fish, it just makes it that much tougher to fight them.”
The video quickly cuts to the captain at the wheel of his boat. He’s tracking potential catches.
“There’s a mark right there, 15 fathom,” says the captain.
“That’s what we’re talking about!”
The video clip then cuts to two crew members sitting nearby their lines.
“Come on, Baby,” says one of the “Wicked Tuna” fisherman as the line on the reel begins to move.
“Let long, let long!” yells the other fisherman as the first begins to reel in the catch.
“Pile on it!” That’s a real one, baby,” says the first fishermen. “We got a screamer on here.”
“Woo!” cheers the other fisherman, “Got him!”
Along with the clip, National Geographic TV wrote, “Bluefin like to hang out in the sweet spot of the gulf stream where temperatures change, but the rough seas can be a challenge for our captains. #WickedTuna”
Who Won ‘This Year’s Wicked Tuna’ Season?
The cast of “Wicked Tuna” all have their own fishing operations to manage. This certainly sparks some healthy competition among cast members. Since the start of the series 10 years ago, all the captains have competed to see who can take home the most tuna per season.
And after ten years of competing, captain Paul Hebert of the Wicked Pissah, finally won the title of champion.
The network revealed the winner after the finale of the tenth season last month. Hebert caught 15 fish that cashed in for a total of $53,303.