No one knows better than “Wicked Tuna” star Captain TJ Ott what it feels like to hook a monster catch. – the initial excitement builds as muscles begin to ache from intense reeling. Hands gripping the rod, there’s nothing to do but keep fighting. And the prize is that fish on the end of the line. It is an experience that will get the adrenaline pumping every time.
And the Gloucester-based fisherman shares this passion each bluefin season with offshore charters. When he’s not filming for the National Geographic hit show, Captain Ott can be found with customers out at sea. It’s a pastime that never seems to get old.
Fishing Show Draws in Tourism
While the famous angler is known for being one of the best in the business when it comes to raking in the bluefin tuna, Ott said the interest garnered from the show has helped revitalize tourism in the Massachusetts fishing town.
Running charters on the well-recognized boat, the Hot Tuna, Ott said people come from near and far to see the ‘Wicked Tuna’ boats.
“On any given day, 40-50 people will come down to my boat, and they’re staying in the local hotels and eating in the local restaurants. Every local business owner will tell you that ‘Wicked Tuna’ has a positive effect. Gloucester was always the bluefin capital of the world, and now people are coming to experience that for themselves,” Ott told Discover Gloucester.
And what they do experience are some incredible catches. Bluefin tuna are known for being incredibly large. Some can even reach up to two thousand pounds. Also, the species is the largest of its kind, dwelling deep in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Recently, Ott took to Instagram to share an outing aboard his 48-foot fishing vessel with charter business Hot Tuna Charters.
“Great day on the rip again @mtnjammer and his crew of Macho Randy Savages got a beauty for the table,” Ott posted.
While catching a monster tuna is no easy feat and undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some, Ott said they also see plenty of whales offshore. The area is also home to many other species of fish, including stripers.
However, when the bluefin season ends, Ott heads down to the tropical waters off Key West. There, Ott’s catches get a little more colorful. Everything from wahoo, snapper and mahi-mahi make a good run.