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‘Wicked Tuna’ fishermen discover 'Sharks and Recreation' on NatGeo

TJ Ott found a 185 inch thresher shark on Wicked Tuna
TJ Ott found a 185 inch thresher shark on Wicked Tuna
"Photo courtesy of NatGeo, used with permission”

On tonight's episode of “Wicked Tuna,” the fishermen of Gloucester, Mass. are on their journey to catch the elusive bluefin tuna as fans root for their favorites in this difficult profession. With only three weeks left to bring in these fish, that can earn them up to $20,000 for one gigantic tuna on this episode titled “Sharks and Recreation.”

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

FV-Tuna.Com with twelve fish for $100,175.

Hard Merchandise with six fish for $37,186.

Hot Tuna with five fish for $34,024.

Lily with seven fish for $29,059.

Miss Sambuca four for $26,424.

Bounty Hunter has three for $24,938.

Pin Wheel with three for $17,804.

As the episode begins, Dave Carraro is determined to stay on top of the leader board. TJ knows that by catching a few fish each day, they can make it to second place. Dave Marciano on the Hard Merchandise is determined to keep second place or else.

The FV-Tuna.Com is first to get a reel spin, and Sandro is at the rod when they realize this fish is tail-wrapped, but the fish could break the line and swim to safety.

On the Miss Sambuca, they are marking and finally get a bite. Bruce notices that something is amiss with Paul, like he is not focused. Is it the stress of being captain for the first entire season, or something else? Suddenly, the shifter on the rear wheel is not working, and Paul has to go to the wheelhouse to steer the boat. He measures 113 inches and hopefully will pay top dollar. It weighs 594 dressed and pays $12 for $7,128, because it has low fat content.

Paul calls Dave on the Hard Merchandise, who is waiting for his first of the day, and Paul sent a picture of the tuna across the web, and now everyone will be fishing in his spot.

On the Hot Tuna, Jarrett is catching herring for bait, and gets a catch, right where Paul caught his fish. The fish is not acting like a tuna, and soon they see it is a huge thresher shark, with plenty of fight left in him. As he flings his long tail back and forth, the crew and Reba have to be careful not to get hit. Dave Marciano got hit with a tail last year, and it could have killed him. Finally, it gave up the fight, and they hauled it on deck, a monster; 185 inches from nose to tip of his tail. They will feed a good twenty people with this fish, and TJ knows it is good eating.

On the Hard Merchandise, the reel starts spinning and Jayson is at the reel. Dave wants to pull in the college tuition payment on the end of his line. In two weeks, he will not be able to catch bluefin for six months, so he wants this one. Over and hour on the line, they get a glimpse of him as he surfaces, then the line snaps.

Paul watching from his wheelhouse lets out one of his big laughs. Watch out, Paul, you know what payback is.

On the Dot.Com, Garon is making pancakes when they get a bite. Pancakes will have to wait; too bad this one is another tail-wrapped. Fortunately, for them, they hauled this one in. He weighed 377 pounds and paid $10 for $3,770 for another low fat fish.

The Hot Tuna gets another bite, hopefully; this one is a tuna. After nearly an hour, they pull it on deck. TJ deserves a catch after giving Dave Marciano the tail and a big piece of the thresher shark for steaks. They were not sure it was the same one, but the shark had a piece missing from his tail, and suspicion is it was the one that hit Dave last year. This fish weighed 335 pounds and had lots of fat for $18 a pound and a nice $6,030 paycheck.

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

FV-Tuna.Com with thirteen fish for $103,945.

Hot Tuna with six fish for $40,054.

Hard Merchandise with six fish for $37,186.

Miss Sambuca with five for $33,552.

Lily with seven fish for $29,059.

Bounty Hunter has three for $24,938.

Pin Wheel with three for $17,804.

Dot.Com keeps plugging along, and with only two weeks left of the season, can Dave regain second place, on the next episodes of "Wicked Tuna?"