Tonight's episode of “Wicked Tuna” finds the fishermen of Gloucester, Mass. in week seven of their season as they try to catch their livelihood of bluefin tuna. So far, the leaderboard is as follows; Pin Wheel with five fish for $28,154. Second is now FV-Tuna.com with four fish and $23,864. Third is Hard Merchandise with three fish for $15,620, Bounty Hunter with two for $4,435 and the Odysea with one fish for $4,100.
As the episode starts, the FV-Tuna.com has lost their lead after not catching a fish for two weeks. The rough weather is on the way, and Captain Dave is hoping to get a catch before the storm. Paul has a fish on the line, but it is a shortie and gets a free ride back to grow up.
On the Bounty Hunter, Donna is upset because they have only two fish. Bill knows the risk is worth it, because in stormy weather, the fish start biting.
Captain Kevin on the Odysea knows how expensive it is to fish, and that is before leaving the dock.
Tyler of the Pin Wheel is headed to Georges Bank to beat the storm. He is young and wants to take the risk to catch the big ones.
Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise has his son Joe on the boat for good luck. The radio says winds over 25 knots which on land are about 30 miles per hour.
On the FV-Tuna.com, the waves are starting to rock the boat. The storm is not even here yet, as the waves start to roll. As a fish is on the line, he runs along the anchor line, and they lose him. Suddenly, he bites another line and this time; they will not lose him. Paul spears him and he comes aboard breaking their cold spell. The fish weighs 254 pounds and for $18 a pound he will bring in $4,572 and high hopes for more fish tomorrow.
On the Bounty Hunter, Scott is feeling the waves rock the boat. Scott knows that Captain Bill is not as young as he used to be, but tomorrow they will try Stellwagen Bay. Donna cannot make it the next day, and Bill and Scott have high hopes.
On the Pin Wheel, Tyler is ready to go beyond the limit. Georges Bank is a gamble for him, and he is willing to push it. The Coast Guard is issuing warnings of the impending storm surge. Just then, they get a bite as the boat rocks and rolls. Suddenly, the fish pulls the hook, and the mood turns from hopeful to angry.
As the dark clouds start meeting the horizon, the FV-Tuna.com makes the decision to stay in the water.
On the Odysea, they are wary of the storm clouds. They are pretty serious looking clouds. As Tyler sleeps, his crew is wary of the impending storm.
On the Bounty Hunter, the rain starts falling. Scott and Bill are hoping that it is worth it. Soon he decides to head for shore.
On the Hard Merchandise, Dave is warning the crew that the calm wind can go from nothing to 50 knots and horizontal rain. Catching fish is important, but most important is the safety of the crew. They leave a hook or two in the water, but pull the rest up.
Kevin is in a hole for $600 in fuel, and keeps the Odysea out at sea for a while longer, but as the Coast Guard warns of tornados with little or no warning, they head to the dock.
Tyler is out in Georges Bank, and if they do not catch a fish today, he is out $2,000.
The Pin Wheel gets a bite as night falls on the boat. The fish is fighting, the sea a pounding, and waves bring water on to the deck. The catch clock is over thirty-four minutes and the fish is a fighter. He has been on the line for fifty-five minutes and finally they spear and tail him. Now they are thrilled as he measures 106 inches long.
The next day on the Hard Merchandise, the weather is beautiful as the storm has subsided. Jason found a fish on the scanner. As they fish for live bait, they hope to lure a big one. Just then the reel starts spinning. Joe is handling the reel, as Jason takes over as the catch clock is over half an hour. Dave tells them to stay focused as the fish finally starts to surface. After just over an hour, they harpoon him and bring him aboard. He weighs 210 pounds and pays $19 for $3,990.
The fish the Pin Wheel caught weighs 531 pounds and pays $15 for $7,965.
At the end of week seven, the leaderboard is; Pin Wheel leads with six for $36,119. FV-Tuna.com has five fish for $28,436. Hard Merchandise has four for $19,610. Bounty Hunter still has only two for $4,435 and Odysea with one for $4,100, but it is a big ocean and hopefully, more "Wicked Tuna" to be caught.