Wicked Tuna

Wicked Tuna

Fishing is a hard life, and harder with Bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, there’s a special breed of fishermen. For generations they’ve used rod and reel to catch the elusive Bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal! Watch these skilled fishermen set out of the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the big one (one Bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000!)

Participants

  • FV-Tuna.com Crew
    FV-Tuna.com Crew

    FV-Tuna.com Crew

    FV-Tuna.com Crew

    Meet the FV-Tuna.com. They’re the best around—and they know it. Under the fiercely competitive leadership of Captain Dave Carraro, this three-man crew is at the top of their game, consistently hauling in giant fish (“monstahs”)—and a lot of them.

    But Captain Dave isn’t the most popular guy in the water. Going against the tenets of an unspoken fisherman’s code, “Tricky Dave” isn’t above providing the other boats with fake GPS coordinates, sending them out on wild goose chases while he hauls in the “blue gold.”

    Envied and despised by the other boats, the FV-Tuna.com has been described as the “evil empire” of the sea. But will their winning streak endure?

  • Hard Merchandise Crew
    Hard Merchandise Crew

    Hard Merchandise Crew

    Hard Merchandise Crew

    This two-man crew works hard for the money. With decades of commercial fishing under his belt, Captain Dave Marciano supports three kids, including one in college, with the money he makes fishing blue fin tuna. First Mate Jason Muenzner, Marciano’s nephew, is learning the ropes from his uncle.

    Their vessel is called the Hard Merchandise, a beat-up, workhorse of a boat from 1984 (though it looks like it’s even older). Compared to the other crews’ boats, the Hard Merchandise has been described as the “bastard stepsister” of the fleet. But what do looks matter if she gets the job done?

  • Pin Wheel Crew
    Pin Wheel Crew

    Pin Wheel Crew

    Pin Wheel Crew

    Meet the new kids on the harbor this season—a three-man crew from New Hampshire led by a 24-year-old captain named Tyler. Tyler’s privileged background (he attended prep school where he met his first mate Alex) has afforded him his own boat at a young age. But he’s no googan. This kid can fish.

  • Bounty Hunter Crew
    Bounty Hunter Crew

    Bounty Hunter Crew

    Bounty Hunter Crew

    Bill and Donna Monte have been married for over 30 years, and have been chasing bluefin together since 1979. Donna credits her husband with introducing her to fishing in the first place—and she’s hooked.  “I am one of the only girls that do this type of thing.”

    When Scott Ferriero started fishing with the Montes in the mid-’80s, Bill was already a legend in the tuna fishing community. But over the years, Monte has been slowing down a little. “I’m continually having to kick him in the ass to get him going,” says Ferriero.

    This season, the Bounty Hunter starts out in a bit of a dry spell. “We’ve had some very good seasons,” explains Bill Monte, “but chasing these fish becomes harder as you get older and your body gets beat up. The younger guys can do this much easier.

  • The Odysea Crew
    The Odysea Crew

    The Odysea Crew

    The Odysea Crew

    The smallest of all five boats, the Odysea is captained by Ralph Wilkins, who happens to be best friends with Bill Monte, Captain of the Bounty Hunter. “It’s a big ocean, and you can’t be everywhere at once,” explains Wilkins. “So having people to give you reliable information is key.” Over the years, their friendship has worked to both boats’ advantages. “What he didn’t know, I knew. And what I didn’t know, he knew,” says Ralph. “So it kinda made us very powerful.”

    First Mate Kit Vallee, nicknamed “Pirate,” has been fishing with Captain Ralph for only a year, and, according to Ralph, has a lot to learn. But the team works well together. “He’s non-confrontational,” says Ralph. “Which is great for me because I’m a confrontational guy.”

  • The Christina Crew
    The Christina Crew

    The Christina Crew

    The Christina Crew

    “Size matters, Davy boy!” As soon as the Christina comes on the scene, they pull in the biggest fish of the season—and Tuna.com’s Dave is not pleased. Crewed by three pros, will the Christina come out on top?

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Schedule

Monday May 29th, 9/8c PM

The End is Nigh

Sunday May 21st, 9/8c PM

Hickory Dickory Docked

Sunday May 14th, 9/8c PM

Hissy Fit

Sunday May 7th, 9/8c PM

Hickory Dickory Docked

Monday April 24th, 9/8c PM

Captain Money Bags

Sunday April 16th, 9/8c PM

Doldrums and Dog Days

Friday April 7th, 9/8c PM

The Ego Has Landed

Sunday April 2nd, 12/11c AM

Who Needs A Captain?

Sunday March 12th, 9/8c PM

The First Fish Is the Hardes

Monday May 16th, 9/8c PM

The Final Fishdown

Monday May 9th, 9/8c PM

The Thin Bluefin Line

Monday May 2nd, 9/8c PM

Tuna Invaders

Monday April 25th, 9/8c PM

Comeback Kid

Monday April 18th, 9/8c PM

Riders in the Storm

Monday April 11th, 9/8c PM

Doubling Down

Monday March 28th, 9/8c PM

Opposites Distract

Monday March 21st, 9/8c PM

Snitches Get Fishes

Monday March 14th, 9/8c PM

Help Wanted

Monday March 7th, 9/8c PM

Big Hauls and Downfalls

Monday February 22nd, 9/8c PM

Pissed Off Pissah

Monday February 15th, 9/8c PM

May The Fish Be With You

Monday February 8th, 9/8c PM

Tuna and Tequila

Monday February 1st, 9/8c PM

Something To Prove

Sunday May 31st, 9/8c PM

It All Comes Down To This

Sunday May 31st, 11/10c PM

Reel Talk Live

Sunday May 24th, 9/8c PM

Knock Out Punch

Sunday May 17th, 9/8c PM

Tuna Trifecta

Sunday May 10th, 9/8c PM

Triple Crossed

Sunday May 3rd, 9/8c PM

Three's a Charm

Sunday April 26th, 9/8c PM

When Push Comes to Shove

Sunday April 19th, 9/8c PM

Wicked Pissed

Sunday April 12th, 9/8c PM

Battle at Midway

Sunday April 5th, 9/8c PM

The Maine Event

Sunday March 22nd, 9/8c PM

Bent Rods and Broken Hearts

Sunday March 15th, 9/8c PM

Go Hard or Go Home

Sunday March 8th, 9/8c PM

Harpoon Hellraising

Sunday March 1st, 9/8c PM

Bluefin Beatdown

Sunday February 22nd, 9/8c PM

Anchor Anger

Sunday February 15th, 9/8c PM

First Blood

Sunday June 8th, 9/8c PM

The Reckoning

Sunday June 8th, 10/9c PM

Reel Talk Live

Sunday June 1st, 9/8c PM

The Mighty Bite

Sunday May 25th, 9/8c PM

Sharks and Recreation

Sunday May 18th, 9/8c PM

Bad Blood

Sunday May 11th, 9/8c PM

Tuna Beta Kappa

Sunday May 4th, 9/8c PM

Blue Grit

Sunday April 27th, 9/8c PM

Brotherly Shove

Sunday April 20th, 9/8c PM

Battle Royale

Sunday April 6th, 9/8c PM

Bad Latitude

Sunday March 30th, 9/8c PM

Mission Fishin!

Sunday March 23rd, 9/8c PM

Bite Fight

Sunday March 16th, 9/8c PM

Operation T.U.N.A.

Sunday March 2nd, 9/8c PM

Into the Storm

Sunday February 23rd, 9/8c PM

Checkmate

Sunday February 16th, 9/8c PM

The Wicked Return

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