Last night’s NatGeo episode of “Wicked Tuna North versus South,” started out with the southern fishermen out for the hunt of their livelihood, as fans know that the Gloucester fishermen do during their summer season. The competition is as fierce down south, as it is in the north. However, this season, there is more competition in this episode titled “Ice Ice Tuna.”
At the end of last week’s episode Wahoo jumped ahead of Fishin’ Frenzy, but the weather is getting mean. The Fishin’ Frenzy gets a fish on the line, and immediately starts hoping to pull him aboard. They throw the harpoon, and hook the tail, and make it seem easy. He measures 78.5 inches and with fifty miles to go home, they head in. The weather report does not look promising, and the rest of the boats have a decision to make. On the Wahoo, one fisherman has a mortgage due, while another is two months behind. These guys need some fish. The Frenzy’s fish weighs 206 and pays $12 for $2,472, because it has no oil or fat.
In the Outer Banks, a Coast Guard plane flies over the Pin Wheel, advising them about the the weather forecast. Even snow is expected with bad winds blowing. The pier is frozen in, as the Hot Tuna crew has to make a decision. TJ heads out to fish as Jarrett shovels snow. But halfway out of the harbor, TJ returns, as the ice is too thick. On the Hard Merchandise, shoveling snow is the job of the day, and they decide not to risk sinking the boat again. Now the Pin Wheel is heading out, slowly past the ice, and heading to the sandbar and the bridge. They make it through and are out on the water. Tyler will not tell any other tuna boats that the inlet is passable.
The Wahoo is out and has a fish on their line, and they pull it aboard and head back to shore. Hard Merchandise is out too, and got two for the price of one. Now if they can only pull both of them in, it will be a banner day. Suddenly the lines cross and one fish is gone. Jason spears the other fish, and got the tail rope on him.
After being out all night, the Pin Wheel finally has a fish on the line. He is only 76 inches long, which is legal, but they want to stay out for another, hopefully a big one. The Wahoo came to the dock with their fish. He weighed 288 dressed and paid $16 for $4,608. That should make a few mortgage payments. Tyler decided to stay, and Paul was a bit unsure, but Tyler assured him it would be fine. As they looked for their line and the greenstick, they did not see them or the bird. The waves have caused the line to go under the boat. If the line wraps around the propeller, it could freeze the engine, leaving them stranded at sea. They had to cut the line, to free them. At the dock, they took the fish they caught, but it only weighed 178 and had no fat, so for $8 a pound they got $1,424 and now Tyler is disappointed that they did not stay out longer. Dave brought his fish in and it weighed 181 had some fat and paid $16 for $2,896.
After six weeks of fishing the tally reads:
Wahoo with five for $27,804.
Fishin’ Frenzy with five for $24,498.
Pin Wheel with four for $23,322.
Hard Merchandise with three for $14,980.
Hot Tuna with two for $11,608.
Doghouse with one for $3,136.
With 50% of the quota filled, the weather better clear up soon. Tomorrow will surely see Tyler out there on the next episode of “Wicked Tuna North versus South.”