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‘Wicked Tuna’ experiences a competitive 'Bite Fight' on NatGeo

On tonight's episode of “Wicked Tuna” the 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.

One Wicked Tuna
One Wicked Tuna
NatGeo

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

  • Hot Tuna with three fish for $21,376.
  • Hard Merchandise with three fish for $15,918.
  • Lily with two fish for $12,116.
  • Bounty Hunter has one for $7,455.
  • FV-Tuna.Com has two for $6,702.
  • Pin Wheel with one for $5,504.
  • Miss Sambuca one for $2,880.

As the episode begins, FV-Tuna.Com, spots the Odysea with Captain Ralph aboard. Dave starts yelling to him to get away from his territory.

At Georges Bank, TJ is on his boat heading where he had great numbers before. As he spots a boat nearing, he is alarmed that they are going to drop anchor.

The Bounty Hunter is headed to Jeffreys Ledge where they had good results in the past. When they arrive, Dot.Com is anchored right on their numbers. Billy knows that Dave will take over someone’s area and call it his own.

As Miss Sambuca drops anchor, they see several boats nearing the area. Once word gets out that fish were caught in an area, Paul knows that the rest of the fleet jumps to the spot like it is the only spot in the ocean where fish are being caught.

As TJ spots another boat, it is his enemy Tyler on the Pin Wheel. TJ claims that Tyler stole his numbers and Tyler does not deny it.

As the reel starts spinning, on the Dot.Com, Scott on the Bounty Hunter spots his hook up. Dave is worried that if his fish crosses lines with Billy’s anchor line; the fish will be lost. Dave managed to snag the fish, much to the dismay of the Bounty Hunter crew. He weighs 393 pounds dressed and pays $18 for $7,074. Dave decides to turn and burn back to the numbers where he caught this fish.

On the Hard Merchandise, Dave is going to avoid the crowd that his hanging out where he caught two fish yesterday, so he and Paul will be in a quiet area, hoping it stays that way, except for the fish.

In sight of the Hot Tuna, Tyler hooks up as TJ spots it, and the fish pulls the hook. As TJ thanks the tuna gods for making him happy.

Paul sees a boat speed past his anchor line and decides to get even with the Googans by announcing that Dave Marciano just found a tuna and announced the numbers. Dave is up north fishing far away from the crowd, suddenly there are many boats up by Dave as he tells Paul that payback is a bitch. However, payback came quickly as a fish hooked up, and they lost it.

The Bounty Hunter is all alone except for Dot.Com; this one is a fighter as the Dot.Com crew watches the fish go under the boat and is lost. The Bounty Hunter heads home to fish another day.

As Jay and Dave Marciano get even with Paul, they hide bananas on his boat. It is not bad enough they smell when very ripe, but they are a sign of bad luck to fishermen and never allowed on a boat.

The next day Dot.Com comes to the same numbers they were at yesterday to find the Bounty Hunter there already. Now Dave wants to catch a fish again like yesterday and rub it in Billy’s nose.

On the Miss Sambuca, they get a bite, but it is another mako shark. Then as they decide to go elsewhere, the battery is dead, and they must take out the generator and charge the battery. Paul told Dave Marciano that there must be a curse on his boat.

On the Pin Wheel, they have a bite as TJ spots it in his binoculars. So just to be jerks, they drive very close to the Hot Tuna and give them a bath with their hose.

On the Miss Sambuca, they found some bananas and now know the cause of their bad juju.

As the Bounty Hunter hooks up, they snag a 92-inch fish. Donna is very happy as they roll by the Dot.Com to brag. The fish weighs 347 pounds and pays $18 for $6,246.

The Pin Wheel heads in with their fish that weighs 170, pays $18 for $3,060 and gives his new mates some confidence.

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

  • Hot Tuna with three fish for $21,376.
  • Hard Merchandise with three fish for $15,918.
  • FV-Tuna.Com has three for $13,776.
  • Bounty Hunter has two for $13,701.
  • Lily with two fish for $12,116.
  • Pin Wheel with two for $8,564.
  • Miss Sambuca one for $2,880.

Who will top the leaderboard on the next exciting episode of "Wicked Tuna?"

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