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‘Wicked Tuna North versus South’ finds ‘Southern Discomfort’ on NatGeo

Dave Marciano needs some good luck on Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Dave Marciano needs some good luck on Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
"Photo courtesy of NatGeo, used with permission”

Tonight’s episode of “Wicked Tuna North versus South,” started out with the southern fishermen out for the hunt of their livelihood, as fans know that the Gloucester fishermen do during their summer season. The competition is as fierce down south, as it is in the north. However, this season, there is more competition in this episode titled “Southern Discomfort.”

At the end of last week’s episode the leaders were:

Wahoo with two fish for $14,028.

Fishin’ Frenzy with one for $11,928.

Hot Tuna with one for $7,788.

Tyler came to the Outer Banks with his co-captain Paul Hebert, both of who had a terrible season in Gloucester. Then are here for redemption, but the southern boys are not happy to see the Pin Wheel and hear the laugh of Paul on the radio. As their reel starts spinning, they are thrilled, but he pulled the hook, giving them a crummy greeting. That greeting was nothing to the one they got from the Fishin’ Frenzy, when Nick took his gun and shot their bird, putting them deeper in the hole that the trip cost them.

On the Doghouse, they have two fish on the line, and they are desperately trying to keep them from crossing lines. When one surfaces, Britton’s fish was too small, so he let him go. Now for Caine’s fish, Britton got him with the dart and pulled him aboard. Now they are on the board, as he measured 85 inches. At the dock, the fish weighed 224 pounds dressed and paid $14 for $3,136.

On the Pin Wheel, Tyler and Paul have a lot to prove, and finally one bites. When the automatic reel quits, Paul has to hand-line him. But he must be careful, as the fish could pull him overboard. Tyler spears him, and Paul puts the tail rope on him, and his is a monster measuring 102 inches. He weighs 432 dressed and pays $14 for $6,048.

As the Hot Tuna and the Pin Wheel are ready to pull out for the morning, Tyler and TJ have some bad words. Paul does not want to get in the middle, as he respects both fishermen. Someday, maybe this blood feud will be settled, but Tyler is determined to beat TJ, no matter what.

The Fishin’ Frenzy is hooked up, but the fish is a fighter. After over a half hour, they finally pull him aboard. He measures 93 inches. He weighs 380 with not much fat, he pays $10 for $3,800.

When the Hard Merchandise finally pulls one in, it is a bonita, that gets thrown back. The fishing gods are not smiling on Dave and Jason, who can really use some luck right now.

Paul and Tyler have another fish, and this one measures 81 inches. As they are coming in, they encounter a boat that is stuck on the sand bar. Paul tells Tyler not to help them, because they will be stuck too, but Tyler is the captain of his boat, and ignores Paul’s warning. Their fish weighs 338 dressed and pays $25 for $8,450.

After two weeks of fishing the tally reads:

Fishin’ Frenzy with two for $15,728.

Pin Wheel with two for $14,498.

Wahoo with two for $14,028.

Hot Tuna with one for $7,788.

Doghouse with one for $3,136

Hard Merchandise still no fish.

With 20% of the quota filled, the fishermen will be busy on the next episode of "Wicked Tuna North versus South."