Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks season premiere

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The show on Sunday night began with talk about boats sinking in the water. From the shipwrecks, it then led to why the fishermen risk everything for a payday.

The Fishin’ Frenzy was profiled first, as they are the three-time defending champion. However, they lost Nick Gowitzka, who left the Frenzy in the off-season to captain the Little Shell.

Pinwheel (Photo by National Geographic)

Pinwheel (Photo by National Geographic)

Gowitzka was the first with a bite of a tuna, then the Fishin’ Frenzy had the second bite. The Fishin’ Frenzy; however, lost the tuna as he pulled the hook.

Gowitzka’s team also lost the bite a short-time later, because his crew member could not see where to snag the tuna.

The Dog House, Hot Tuna and Foolish Pleasures also get going, as they were the next boats to hit the open seas in the morning. They then cut to Reels of Fortune already in the sea.

Pinwheel debuted a new boat on the show. Tyler McLaughlin said the new boat is five mph faster and will help him “be the top dog.”

McLaughlin and Duffy, his first mate, were the next to get a hook up on a tuna. The Fishin’ Frenzy also had a bite, their second potential tuna, before the Pinwheel realized their tuna line was tangled with another line.

The Fishin’ Frenzy went 0-for-2 for the first Bluefin of the season. Their second hook broke off.

The Pinwheel got the first tuna of the season. It was 75 inches and weighed 248 pounds that McLaughlin and Duffy received $4,464.

The Reels of Fortune buzzed by The Little Shell and Gowitzka at a high speed twice. One of Nick’s crewmen pulled out a shotgun and shot into the water as Reels of Fortune’s Charlie Griffin was joking with him.

The weather then turned rough and foggy. The Hot Tuna and TJ Ott questioned his boat — which is more made for his Northern journey instead of the cold months in North Carolina — on the rough seasons. They then got a strike. The Dog House also got a bite.

The Hot Tuna got a “short” and had to send back the tuna. It must be 73 inches for the tuna fisherman to make money off of it.

The Reels of Fortune was the next to strike with a bite. Despite the rain and potentially losing it, they were able to get the second tuna on the premiere show.

Then, TJ Ott, the leader of the Hot Tuna, talked about catching fish. Seconds later, the Hot Tuna was on the line with a bite.

Ott finds out his line was tangled a short-time later and first mate Jarrett Przybyszewski had to hand-line a fish. They got the fish despite the hand-line with a tail grab.

The tuna was 91 inches long.

The show then showed Pinwheel weighing a tuna. But then cut to the Foolish Pleasures fishing at night.

The Foolish Pleasures had a bit. However, due to the pitch black, they had trouble battling the tuna before securing it.

The Foolish Pleasures then took it to the dock. The tuna weighed 318 pounds and they got $6,360 for their hard work.

The next day, during the light, it appeared, the Reels of Fortune took their tuna to market. The tuna weighed 217 pounds and they received $4,724.

“Steve [Hall] and I are going to make a great team,” Griff said. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

The show then went back to Gowitzka’s The Little Shell. He was fishing by The Fishin’ Frenzy, who then talked about losing Gowitzka.

The Little Shell then was able to hook up. A short-time later, the Fishin’ Frenzy also had a bite. The Fishin’ Frenzy got their first fish with a dart before their former boat mate could land his own.

The Fishin’ Frenzy’s tuna was 92 inches. The Little Shell’s was 98 1/2 inches.

The Little Shell’s tuna was 518 pounds. They got $8,288 for their tuna, the most on the first episode.

The Fishin’ Frenzy brought theirs in the next day. Their tuna was 471 pounds and was worth $8,478.

The Hot Tuna had a tuna that they had on the ice. However, instead of taking it in, like the others, Ott decided to stay on the seas in hopes of getting more fish before going in.


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