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‘Wicked Tuna’ ventures 'Into the Storm' on NatGeo

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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, who can earn them up to $20,000 for just one gigantic tuna.

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

  • Hot Tuna with three fish for $21,376.
  • Lily with one fish for $8,838.
  • Hard Merchandise with one fish for $8,381.
  • Pin Wheel with one fish for $5,504.
  • FV-Tuna.Com with one fish for $5,198

As the weather forecast is heard across the fleet, the Hot Tuna has made an early start in hopes of catching tuna before the storm hits. On the FV-Tuna.Com, they are heading out disregarding the forecast. They know the precious hours before a storm are very important, just in case the storm shuts them down for a few days. On the Lily, they rush to get out there because with harpooning, they depend on the view from overhead by their pilot Mark Brochu, once the clouds roll in, the water resembles ink.

With his brother Bruce aboard, Paul Hebert is testing another boat this week, after last week’s boat was a dud. Without a working GPS, it could have been disastrous. This week’s boat is named Miss Sambuca. He has his buddy Junior also aboard. There is 100 years of experience on this boat, so they had better catch tuna and hurry up before the storm. With a window of about three to six hours, they spot a boat where a guy has a fish on the line.

The Bounty Hunter is out today with Captain Bill Monte, his wife Donna and mate Scott. As the reel starts spinning, they are hopeful, after last year’s bad luck, the fish gets away because of a bad crimp, where two lines were joined together, but not very well.

As Mark spots a school, he radios to the Lily, and the harpoon gets thrown on target, but the fish managed to escape from the harpoon. To add to the dilemma, Mark has no radar and must head to shore as the storm approaches, one bolt of lightning and the boat could be lost forever.

As the reel spins again, Scott knows it is a big one. This would be such a great boost if they can get one. As the fish is on the line for over half an hour, they finally pull a fatty aboard and head for port before the storm intensifies.

As the Hot Tuna gets one on the line, it is a shark, and not a welcome sight for these fishermen.

On the FV-Tuna.Com, a rogue wave comes over the deck and gets Garon while his back was turned. As the spotter beeps, the reel starts to spin. Sandro is at the line as the boat rocks, in less than an hour, they pull him in and Garon puts the tail rope on him.

As Bill is out on the extended deck of the Lily, he spots a school and throws the harpoon. They pull the big boy on the deck and head for shore.

In port, the Bounty Hunter fish weighs 355 and pays $21 for a total of $7,455, just what the boat needed to restore their faith in the fishing gods.

As Paul and Bruce hear the reel spin, it is a mako shark, who lives to see another day.

The Hot Tuna hears the beeps, and the reel starts spinning as Jarrett takes the reel. Almost two hours and the fish “chafed them off.” When a fish is on the line too long, his rough skin rubs against the fishing line until it breaks.

The Lily comes in with their catch weighing 298. It pays $11 for $3,278.

The Dot.Com gets another bite as the weather gets rougher. As Dave yells for the harpoon, but with the boat pitching up and down, the fish pulls the hook.

As Paul and his crew head for shore, they caught nothing. In the middle of a squall, they fortunately ride it out.

The Dot.Com is having a hard time navigating in the fog, as a boat hears them. Finally they turn, but were going too fast, and too close. When they make it to port, the early-season fish they caught weighs 188 and pays $8 for $1,504.

At the end of week three the leaderboard reads:

  • Hot Tuna with three fish for $21,376.
  • Lily with two fish for $12,116.
  • Hard Merchandise with one fish for $8,381.
  • Bounty Hunter has one for $7,455.
  • FV-Tuna.Com has two for $6,702.
  • Pin Wheel with one for $5,504.

What lies ahead as the competition heats up on the next episode of "Wicked Tuna?"

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