Monday, May 16 at 9 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD
Loveline’s Mike Catherwood Tapped to Host Reel Talk Live Post-Finale Show Where Cast Answers Fan Questions and Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Details
“The Final Fishdown” - There’s one week left in the North Atlantic bluefin fishing season, and one question remains: Who will earn the title of Gloucester’s top-earning fisherman? Four boats are one catch away from the lead, and every captain is fishing harder than ever. The word is out that a bite is on, and captains are zeroed in, fishing within sight of each other. It’s the most competitive season yet — each time the rod bends, a captain’s fate is at stake. Captain Paul Hebert, once the laughingstock of the fleet, has come from behind to present a real threat to perennial leader Dave Carraro, last season’s champion Dave Marciano, and respected captain TJ Ott. It’s a race to the finish, and when the final catches are weighed and the totals are counted, who will end up on top?
After weeks of fishing filled with treacherous conditions, multiday trips, sleepless nights and record-breaking catches, the North Atlantic bluefin season is coming to a close and the captains of National Geographic Channel’s hit series “Wicked Tuna” are in a fierce battle to the finish. Tempers flare and the pressure builds as captains and crews reach their boiling points in a desperate scramble for last-minute paydays. Four boats are within striking distance of the title, but only one can go home the champion.
Throughout this season on “Wicked Tuna,” the leaderboard standings have shifted with every weigh-in. Heading into the finale, Captain TJ has scooped up the lead after a risky trip out to Georges Bank. Ott’s performance over the past few seasons has damaged his reputation, and he’s fishing with a vengeance to prove that he’s not just an average captain. Ott has the lead for now, but last season’s champion Captain Dave Marciano is close behind. Marciano fishes with his son and nephew, and has had a very successful season due in part to the supportive family atmosphere on the boat. The Hard Merchandise is the oldest boat in the fleet, and often the punchline of other captains’ jokes, so a second victory would prove to his hotshot competitors that slow and steady wins the race.
Ott and Marciano aren’t the only ones chasing the title. The ultra-competitive Captain Dave Carraro knows that the top spot on the leaderboard is slipping further away from him with every fish the other boats catch, so he and his crew are determined to fish harder than ever in order to finish first. And Captain Paul Hebert, often disparaged by his fellow captains, has gone from being this season’s underdog to a real contender for first place. After years of struggling, Hebert finally owns his own boat, the Wicked Pissah. Despite some rocky moments, including the departure of one crew member, Hebert has battled back against the odds and is within striking distance of the top spot. A win would top off his incredible season and finally earn him the respect of his peers, but the leaderboard standings are razor-thin and any captain could take the title.
Meanwhile, Captain Tyler McLaughlin has had a disappointing season aboard the Pinwheel — pulled hooks, broken gear and near-mutiny have cost the captain and crew. Now well behind the rest of the fleet, the Pinwheel desperately needs to catch a few more fish in order to make a profit.