Jimmie Horning may be the youngest captain on Wicked Tuna at age 22, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s any less qualified to troll the Atlantic. Since he was 15, Horning has known what it takes to bring in big fish off the coast of the Outer Banks. Originally, under the guidance of his father, Horning cast his lines for Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Now a star on the Nat Geo series, Horning has become a pro at nabbing bluefin tuna.
Since the release of season eight, Wicked Tuna has been gifting teaser videos to its fans between new episodes to hold them over until the next fix of their favorite show. In the latest edition, Horning and the Hog Wild crew stare down the deep waters to try to bring home big-money fish. Dressed in matching maroon sweatshirts, the men work through the wind to weight and bait their lines.
As the clip opens, crewmate Ellis Sanders shows how he just missed a promising catch. The “toothy critter” snatched part of the bait without catching the hook. Despite the near success, he doesn’t seem too discouraged.
Meanwhile, Captain Horning hastily finished the knots on his own lines.
“We got to get some bait out,” the Wicked Tuna star said. “We need to hurry.”
Horning proceeded to list off all the expenses that he and his crew spent for the day’s endeavors.
“It’s a big gamble every year going into the season, putting all this money into the boat,” Horning shared. “We’ve got fuel, we’ve got bait, we’ve got ice, we’ve got tackle. So, we’ve got a lot of expenses that we’ve got to take out of these fish checks.”
For Horning, that just means they have to catch enough bluefin to balance out and exceed the cost of their supplies.
‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Calls the Weather Conditions ‘Gloom and Doom’
As Horning well knows, not every day on the water is going to be sunny blue skies and calm waters. In fact, most of the time, it’s exactly the opposite. So, the weather conditions during Wicked Tuna‘s most recent clip were pretty typical for the crew of Hog Wild.
The boat continued to rock back and forth, and several crewmates wobbled as they regained their balance while prepping the lines. Even the bait on the lines swung dramatically with the intensity of the waves. Behind the crew, the night sky blended with the black waters, making it hard to tell where one ended and the other began.
Still, no one seemed all that phased.
“Fierce conditions that we got, man,” one crew member told his captain.
“This is like gloom and doom on this drift here,” Horning agreed. “Something’s getting ready to happen.”