Wicked Tuna

2012, TV Show

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Hitting the High Seas With the Colorful Crew of Wicked Tuna

"Fish is good brain food. You should eat a whale!" shouts Wicked Tuna's Dave Marciano across the table to ­rival Dave Carraro when I join the stars of one of NatGeo's highest-rated series for dinner in Gloucester, ­ Massachusetts, where they're shooting Season 3. Why the advice? Captain Carraro doesn't eat seafood.

Even more bizarre than a fisherman refusing to eat fish is witnessing the cutthroat captains laughing amicably over clam chowder, sushi (veggie for Carraro) and steak. "You have five teams all wanting the same goal," says Carraro, Season 1's champ. "We can joke around and have a beer, but when you get on the water, things change." They'd better have an appetite for competition, since this season will see two new crews (in addition to the five returning teams) competing for what they call "monstahs," which can reel in $20,000 each.

Throughout our meal, Carraro repeatedly checks on marine conditions; choppy waters will put our planned deep-sea expedition in jeopardy. But to my nerves' dismay, the ­Atlantic Ocean smooths out. Here's how the next day went on Carraro's boat as — my Dramamine in tow — we searched for bluefin tuna.

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Season 3, Episode 15
There is only one week left in the North Atlantic bluefin fishing season, and the Gloucester fleet is set for a final showdown in a bid to catch the last “monstah” tuna of the year.

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Season 3, Episode 14
With only two weeks left in the fishing season and the price of bluefin tuna on the rise, the Gloucester captains race to bring in record hauls.

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Season 3, Episode 13
The FV-Tuna.com has a commanding lead over the fleet, so with only three weeks left in the season, the other boats are clamoring for second place.

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Season 3, Episode 12
There are only four weeks left in the North Atlantic bluefin tuna season and, with the fish earning top-dollar after months of fattening up in New England’s feeding grounds, the Gloucester fleet is desperate to haul in a monster.

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Hitting the High Seas With the Colorful Crew of Wicked Tuna

"Fish is good brain food. You should eat a whale!" shouts Wicked Tuna's Dave Marciano across the table to ­rival Dave Carraro when I join the stars of one of NatGeo's highest-rated series for dinner in Gloucester, ­ Massachusetts, where they're shooting Season 3. Why the advice? Captain Carraro doesn't eat seafood.

Even more bizarre than a fisherman refusing to eat fish is witnessing the cutthroat captains laughing amicably over clam chowder, sushi (veggie for Carraro) and steak. "You have five teams all wanting the same goal," says Carraro, Season 1's champ. "We can joke around and have a beer, but when you get on the water, things change." They'd better have an appetite for competition, since this season will see two new crews (in addition to the five returning teams) competing for what they call "monstahs," which can reel in $20,000 each.

Throughout our meal, Carraro repeatedly checks on marine conditions; choppy waters will put our planned deep-sea expedition in jeopardy. But to my nerves' dismay, the ­Atlantic Ocean smooths out. Here's how the next day went on Carraro's boat as — my Dramamine in tow — we searched for bluefin tuna.

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Premiered: September 04, 2012, on National Geographic
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Commercial fishermen are followed as they set sail in search of lucrative bluefin tuna in the waters off New England.

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