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‘Wicked Tuna’ finds 'Blue Grit' on NatGeo

Wicked Tuna saw last year's leader Tyler go from first to last with just five weeks to go!
Wicked Tuna saw last year's leader Tyler go from first to last with just five weeks to go!
"Photo courtesy of NatGeo, used with permission”

On tonight's episode of “Wicked Tuna,” those fishermen of Gloucester, Mass. are 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 “Blue Grit.”

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

FV-Tuna.Com with seven fish for $54,156.

Lily with seven fish for $29,059.

Hot Tuna with four fish for $28,064.

Bounty Hunter has three for $24,938.

Hard Merchandise with four fish for $20,384.

Pin Wheel with two for $8,564.

Miss Sambuca one for $2,880.

As the episode begins, Paul is fortunate to have Bruce back as he stormed off the boat last week. Paul is getting one more chance by Bruce, but is hanging by a hair. As Bruch spots something on the marker, they get a bite, but it is a shark.

On the FV-Tuna.Com, they are happy to give Tyler a taste of his own medicine. As Dave calls him on the radio, to rub his nose in the fact that he is far ahead of the entire fleet, and Tyler is on the bottom, Tyler has not given up yet, but a fish the size of Moby Dick may be what he needs to catch. As the reels start spinning on both the Dot.Com and the Pin Wheel, both are putting up a fight. The Pin Wheel loses their fish and the Dot.Com gets another that measures 99 inches, weighed 507 and paid $23 for $11,661.

Paul called Marciano for a pep talk, and he told Paul you don’t have to be nuts to go tuna fishing, but it sure helps. Then the Hard Merchandise got one that measured 76 inches. He weighed 181 and paid $17 for $3,077.

Paul finally spotted a fish on the finder, and then he swam away. Bummer!

The Dot.Com puts in a call for help to their mechanic to fix the cable on the rear control, because it stopped working when they had the first fish on the hook, Sandro had to yell to Dave in the wheelhouse who had a tough time hearing over the engine noise. As they were heading in, they had another fish on the line. After over two hours, they pulled in another fatty measuring 116 inches and weighed 696 and paid $22 for $15,312, for a payday of $26,973.

When the Miss Sambuca finally saw fish on the marker, there were seven of them. When they got him on the line, Bruce knew he was gut-hooked, which means he swallowed the hook. It takes a lot of finesse to catch one of these because the line is in his mouth, and he can cut the line with his teeth. They got him on the deck, and he measured 92 inches, weighed 410 and paid $18 for $7,380.

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

FV-Tuna.Com with nine fish for $81,129.

Lily with seven fish for $29,059.

Hot Tuna with four fish for $28,064.

Bounty Hunter has three for $24,938.

Hard Merchandise with five fish for $23,461.

Miss Sambuca two for $10,260.

Pin Wheel with two for $8,564.

With Dot.Com clearly in the lead, and last year’s leader, Pin Wheel, clearly on the bottom and five weeks left of the season, more could happen on the next episode of "Wicked Tuna."