Fishing for bluefin tuna is a way of life for many residents of Gloucester, Mass. "Wicked Tuna" takes viewers into the unrelenting North Atlantic waters infamously spotlighted by the novel-turned-feature film "The Perfect Storm," to follow captains who are relied upon by their families, their shipmates, and by Gloucester itself, to haul in boatloads of the large but elusive bluefin. The pressure to deliver is unforgiving -- the fishing season is short and tuna populations are dwindling -- but one "monstah" catch can reel in just as large of a payday.
Tim Ott Jr.
Tim Ott Sr.
Bill "Hollywood" Muniz
Marciano feels the pressure to land his first fish of the season and garner a paycheck.
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Defending champion Dave Carraro struggles to land a fish, while the other captains try to get ahead.
On opening day of the bluefin tuna season, the captains fight to land their first tuna.
The captains look back at the wildest battles they waged out in the North Atlantic.
The story of bluefin fisherman Capt. Dave Marciano, who helms the Hard Merchandise, and his crew.
A behind-the-scenes look at the top 20 epic fights, blowups and tantrums within the Gloucester, Mass., fleet.
A look back at the top 20 extreme weather clips.
Defending champion Capt. Dave Carraro and his vessel are back on top; for many in the fleet, FV- Tuna.Com's dominance is an unwelcome sight, and the fleet will do everything in its power to cool Dot Com's hot streak.
In Gloucester, Mass., top fishermen battle the elusive North Atlantic bluefin tuna and each other for the title of number one boat in the fleet.
A week after the captains team up, the alliances begin to prosper.
The captains relive the top-20 close calls of the past six seasons.
The highs and lows of Capt. Tyler McLaughlin's career; Capt. McLaughlin was the young upstart of the Gloucester, Mass., fleet who arrived to unseat Capt. Dave Cararro.
The captains team up to improve their chances even though forming an alliance is risky.
Inexperienced fishermen crowd the water, forcing the fleet to fish through obstacles.
Dave Carraro and Tyler McLaughlin are locked in battle as the crews enter the final two weeks of the bluefin tuna fishing season.
A treacherous storm descends on Gloucester and fishing becomes a dangerous gamble.
Duffy makes a mistake that could destroy the Pinwheel's chances of catching a fish.
The captains pounce on an opportunity to take the lead away from Captain Dave Carraro.
The competition heats up as the captains become desperate to land a paycheck.
Captain Tyler McLaughlin is determined to stay out as long as necessary to best his rival.
After his mates succeed without him, Captain Dave Carraro is desperate to redeem himself.
When bluefin tuna season ends in Gloucester, Mass., it's just beginning in North Carolina's Outer Banks, a perfect opportunity to pit North vs. South in a pro fisherman contest for the ocean's most lucrative prey. Venturing south are the best crews from Gloucester to take on top local fleets in the treacherous Outer Banks, where the weather is more unpredictable than up north, and the seas can be extremely rough. The Gloucester rod-and-reel vets must master "greensticking" -- trolling artificial squid from a 30-foot fiberglass pole to lure the elusive species to the surface. Top-dollar bluefin can be worth as much as $20,000 each, but a short season and small government catch quota means explosive rivalries surface quickly.
The old Dolly Parton hit "9 to 5" isn't a tune worth humming for the blue-collar pioneers featured in "Filthy Riches." The series spotlights ingenious Americans who skirt a conventional workplace in favor of making a living in the deep rivers, soggy mud flats and wild backwoods of the U.S. Ray Turner, for example, has been catching eels in Delaware for 30 years. He uses a self-made smokehouse in the woods to cook the critters and sell them. Billy Taylor and his sons hunt for prized ginseng root in the Appalachians. Taylor, a fully licensed wild ginseng dealer, promotes sustainability by planting its berries. In Maine, Jim Campbell and Andy Johns make the coastal mud flats their office, as they dig for valuable bloodworms to sell to fishermen. And Greg Dahl and Albert DeSilva are burl hunters. A burl is a hard, unwieldy outgrowth on a tree, usually at the trunk. Burls have value because of the spectacular patterns found in them when cut open.
With laid-back indie film director Michael de Avila at the helm, "Lunkerville" is not the typical hard core, host-is-the-star fishing show. It's quite the opposite, actually. Its foundation is the marriage de Avila -- as its creator and host -- creates between two of his passions: storytelling and bass fishing. He travels the country looking to hook everyday, recreational bass fishermen into sharing their secret casting spots, special techniques and love for the sport. Mike D, as de Avila is known on the series, isn't the star; the amateur anglers are -- the real people with real fish stories.