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 “By Hook or by Crook.”
At the end of last week’s episode Wahoo is still ahead of Fishin’ Frenzy, but the weather is a factor and another southern boat is in last place with the appropriate name Doghouse. All of these fisherman, both north and south are not recreational fishermen; they need to money for their families and they fish for their survival. With half of the quota already caught, it could be a matter of a few days before they can no longer fish for the bluefin tuna.
In the Outer Banks, the southern boats are out early, and because the tuna swim close to the surface in these waters, they watch for the birds to lead them to the bait fish, and where the bait fish are; the tuna will be near.
The Hard Merchandise spent the night on the water and they found the school of fish as Jason gets very excited. The fish finders start beeping and all they need is a bite. The Hard Merchandise gets two fish on one line, and another on the greenstick. They are in a precarious situation, as they could lose all fish and have nothing to show for their work unless they are careful. They hook one, and get the tail strap on him, but lose the other two and their $400 worth of gear.
Paul and Tyler are on the scene as word of the schools has reached the fleet. The Fishin’ Frenzy hooks up next, but loses the fish when another boat rides over their line. The Pin Wheel is being inspected by the Coast Guard, so they will lose fishing time. The Hot Tuna hooks up and brings him aboard.
The Wahoo hooks up next, but he pulled the hook. At the dock, the Hot Tuna brings their small fish in weighing 191 pounds dressed and pays $14 for $2,674 and turn and burn for another. The Hard Merchandise brings theirs in weighing 204 and pays $16 for $3,344, and they hit the ground running.
The Doghouse is spotting fish, and prays for a bite, and gets one. They throw the dart and they nearly lose the fish when he pulls the hook and is only on by a buoy. But luck is on their side as they pull him in. The Pin Wheel gets a bite and the fish is too frisky and Paul will have to hand line him. The line gets tangled with the squid baits. Tyler gets the harpoon and the tail rope, this one is a biggie! At the dock, the guys from the Doghouse are happy to have a 251 pounder. He pays $16 for $4,016. The Pin Wheel brings their 300 pounder to the dock, he pays $12 for $3,600.
After seven weeks of fishing the tally reads:
Wahoo with five for $27,804.
Pin Wheel with five for $26,922.
Fishin’ Frenzy with five for $24,498.
Hard Merchandise with four for $18,324.
Hot Tuna with three for $14,282.
Doghouse with two for $7,152.
With 60% of the quota filled, the fish are biting and hopefully will continue on the next episode of “Wicked Tuna North versus South.”