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‘Wicked Tuna’ experiences a 'Battle Royale' on NatGeo

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On tonight's episode of “Wicked Tuna” those fishermen of Gloucester, Mass. are back on their journey to catch the elusive bluefin tuna as fans see how the competition plays out in this difficult profession. The opening sequence shows just how tough it is to bring in these fish, that can earn them up to $20,000 for one gigantic tuna on this episode titled “Battle Royale.”

As the episode opens, the end of week seven, the totals are:

FV-Tuna.Com with five fish for $31,722.

Hot Tuna with four fish for $28,064.

Lily with five fish for $21,593.

Hard Merchandise with three fish for $15,918.

Bounty Hunter has two for $13,701.

Pin Wheel with two for $8,564.

Miss Sambuca one for $2,880.

As the episode begins, the FV-Tuna.Com has hooked a fish, but the anchor line is tangled with the line as they pray the fish remains on the line long enough to be caught, but they lose it when he pulls the hook.

In the harbor, the Hard Merchandise is ready to head out, but Dave Marciano is hoping to find a few more fish to keep them going for the winter. They decide to go to Jeffreys Ledge where they have had good luck in the past.

The Lily heads out as does the plane to spot more tunas for them. The season is running short for the harpoon fishermen, as the fish do not surface as much as the season winds down. As they spear one, they lose him while trying to pull him in. They call it pulling the dart, when the fish is not speared in a thick enough place, and the harpoon slides out as they try to reel it in.

On the Bounty Hunter, Bill Monte brought his friend Greg Chorebanian along, who has as much experience as Bill. The boat needs another catch to add to the two they have this season. As they have one on the line, Bill is excited to have a bite, but it is tangled in their gear. Finally, they untangle the gear and fight the fish, when they see another boat close by that has their line hooked. As he reels, what he thinks is a fish, he actually has the Bounty Hunter’s line. If he pulls too hard, he could break their line, and they could lose their fish. After a lot of hard work, they reel in a fatty. The fish weighed 901 and 661 pounds dressed. It paid $17 for $11,237, a great payday for this boat.

On the Hot Tuna, they are having fun with Jarrett’s last name as both Brian and TJ try to spell Przybyszewski. It was fun, but nobody had it correct, surprise!

The Tuna.Com is fishing in the dark after losing a sizable fish that pulled the hook. They want a big jump on the rest of the fleet, and hear the reel spinning as they rush to keep him on the hook. As Garon has trouble with the gears, Sandro takes the wheel. As the fish surfaced, Dave missed, as the sea is not forgiving and Dave is splashed several times, after over an hour goes by, Dave takes another shot and misses again. The fish is on the line almost five hours, and Dave misses again. At the nine-hour mark, this fish was on the line all day. When Dave tells Garon to grab the harpoon, he misses his first throw, but nails the fish on the second one. After nine hours and thirty-seven minutes, they reel in this fish as they are all drained of energy. The fish is a big one too and worth every minute of the fight. He was 99 inches long and weighed 724. When dressed, he weighed 650 and paid $22 for a whopping payday of $14,300.

On the Hard Merchandise, they arrive at Jeffreys Ledge and spot some big ones on the fish finder. The reel starts spinning Jayson is focused on pulling him in, but when they see him, he is too small.

The Lily is back on the hunt for more tunas, as Bill is on the extended deck waiting to hit one in the right place. They hit one on the first shot and pull him in. He is 75 inches long, and they may not get another, as they take what they can get. Dressed, he weighed 197 and paid $13 for a paycheck of $2,561. The fish is not what they expected, but off they go to find more.

On the Hot Tuna, they see a big fish on the spotter. As TJ goes to the rail to chum, he finally bites, but it must have been a shark, who bit the line and freed himself.

At the end of week eight, the leaderboard is as follows:

FV-Tuna.Com with six fish for $46,022.

Hot Tuna with four fish for $28,064.

Bounty Hunter has three for $24,938.

Lily with six fish for $24,154.

Hard Merchandise with three fish for $15,918.

Bounty Hunter has two for $13,701.

Pin Wheel with two for $8,564.

Miss Sambuca one for $2,880.

Will Dot.Com keep the lead? It will be hard to top that one, but next week’s exciting episode should be a great "Wicked Tuna."

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