Wicked Tuna Season 8 debut airs tonight

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Wicked Tuna will be returning to National Geographic on Sunday night. This will be the first episode of Season 8.

Pilgrim Studios documents the first day of bluefin tuna season in Gloucester, Mass. Captain Dave Marciano will debut his new boat, The Falcon, in this episode.

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Marciano previously debuted The Falcon in the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.

He is one of two men, who have been on all the seasons of the Wicked Tuna series. Dave Carraro is the other Captain, who has been on the show since season 1.

In “Battle Cry,” it will document how Captain Tyler McLaughlin deals with the death of his former mate, Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge. He died last July.

“I give Tyler credit,” Captain Marciano said in a recent interview. “That all happened — and it was very tragic — days before the season was about to begin. Although I don’t hang out with the boys personally, I know them pretty well from working with them all these years from the show. In spite of their antics, they were a great team. Those boys caught a lot of fish together. There’s no denying that. Tyler and Duffy were friends since childhood.

“For Tyler to be able to overcome that and keep moving forward, to me, it was quite impressive to watch. I’m not sure, given the same circumstances, I would have been able to do that myself. I have a lot of respect for him. Other than that, the unfortunate tragedy,  there’s definitely going to be some twists and turns. And maybe some old things will come back to haunt us and some new things will be around to surprise us.”

This is the second-time that McLaughlin has had to deal with the death of his mate. He previously dealt with the death of Adam Moser, who died in 2015 of an overdose at 27.

It is not clear how “Duffy” died. However, New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent Kimberley Haas did posted to Twitter that she was hearing from local fisherman that he “may have been the victim of decompression sickness, also known as “the bends.”

“I never got to fish with him outside of TV World,” Marciano said. “Other than working on the show, working together boat-to-boat, I’ve never really fished with Duffy. We never crossed paths outside of the show. At least, that’s my experience.”

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