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I've followed along with every season of Wicked Tuna thus far, and it's
a decent show. Of course, we are all aware that bluefin tuna is
notoriously overfished and its populations are dwindling, but watching
this show, you get to learn a lot about the fisheries and the hardships
that these fishermen have to go through in order to make a living. It's
an eye-opener to a different kind of community, and it's entertaining
and emotional for viewers who are foreign to this kind of environment.
National Geographic also does a good job of turning the bluefin fishing into a sort of competition, which kind of pulls audiences in to see how each fishing vessel does by the end of the season. Sometimes, you've got good catches, and other times you fail miserably. It helps quantify the swing of good and bad luck that these fisherman face with each season.
There is obviously a lot of talk about overfishing bluefin and why National Geographic chose to air a show that is about depleting bluefin stock. However, there are regulations for bluefin tuna fishing, and as long as these regulations are met, I don't see why people are complaining about it. The fisherman are doing it for a living, and National Geographic decided to tag along and enjoy the ride. I say it was a good decision to focus on working-class people for once and give them some of the spotlight.
Overall, I find this show to be amusing because of the competition and the different wildlife that these fishermen encounter on a regular basis. It's a good show, and you definitely feel for the captains and their families if they have a bad year.
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Wicked Tuna is a great program for people who enjoy the fishing reality
shows but don't enjoy all of the b.s. over dramatizations that
accompany most of the other shows.
It's easier to keep up with the boats and crews since they are significantly smaller than the other commercial fishing vessels. It seems that you get a more intimate look at the captains and crews and you can feel the rivalry between boats. You also see the amount of respect that the crews have for each other.
The most recent season (2015) had only 4 of the original vessels and one new one but with a repeat captain.
FV - Pin Wheel, Capt. Tyler McLaughlin FV - Hot Tuna, Capt. T.J. Ott FV - Tuna.com, Capt. Dave Carraro FV - Hard Merchandise, Capt. Dave Marciano FV - Kelly Ann, Capt. Paul Hebert
Capt. Hebert has been on the show all of the seasons but he changes boats since he tends to wear out his welcome quickly. He's hard headed, arrogant and makes poor decisions. He's season totals are evidence of his many problems.
The crews seem to be made up mostly of family members and don't tend to be more than one captain and 2 or 3 crew members. The Pin Wheel started out with the captain and 2 crew but is now down to Tyler and one deckhand as is the Hard Merchandise. FV - Tuna.com has Capt. Carraro and usually 2 or 3 deckhands. The Hot Tuna with T.J. Ott has 3 deckhands. One is his father, another is his brother and then there is a third member.
You will have to watch it to learn more about the crews.
Overall, you get up close and personal with the crews. You feel the competition, you enjoy the sport of it and you learn a good deal about the state of the tuna fishery.
When they take their tuna in to sell, they get weighed and they examined. Then the offer is made. Anywhere from $12 per pound to well over $20 per pound. It's fun to try and guess how much they are going to be offered for their fish. I'm usually off by about $2 per pound.
The one thing you do see is how much the crews really do respect each other. They are all good people and have a good time. You feel their aggravation when they've been fighting a tuna for an hour and the hook pulls close to the boat or when they hook up and get the fish to the boat just to find out that it is a shark.
And, the best part about this show is that it is family friendly. There is some bleeping out but not like on other fishing reality shows. There are also teaching points along the way and you can keep your children interested.
Basically, it is a great family friendly show, with solid competition and makes for an enjoyable hour of family viewing.
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