'Wicked Tuna' Is Back on Natgeo — Find Out What's Different About Season 10
A show by fishermen for fishermen, that is what Wicked Tuna is all about.
The most interesting part about it is the high competitiveness the captains show on their Bluefin Tuna hunt, as they race back to shore in hopes to find the highest-priced fish.
So, where is Wicked Tuna filmed? The reality show weaves around tuna fishermen from Massachusetts, who fish in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Back After The Pandemic
Season 10 of the beloved show aired on the National Geographic Channel in February 2021 and it definitely carried a different vibe.
Before their first episode was out, the cast and crew came out to address that in their new 90-minute long premiere episode, they would discuss some forced changes they had to undergo in part because of the pandemic.
Like every other business, fishing was also affected. The price and demand for fish dropped. This factor helped tone down the competitiveness of the show.
The new season of the show features a cast of eight captains — T.J. Ott, Dave Carraro, Tyler McLaughlin, Paul Hebert, Bob cook, Dave Marciano along with new captains Jack Patrician and Spurge Krasowski.
One captain, Capt. Marciano told the Gloucester Daily Times that it was hard for them to make the kind of money they were making in the past. However, tapping on to the positive side, he also mentioned that disregarding the financial aspect, he was just happy to be doing something compared to most people who had become unemployed.
We didn’t make the money like past years, but we were fortunate in this climate to be doing anything at all. A lot of people are unable to do whatever it is they do, and many restaurants never opened fully.
Instead of the usual competition, the new season featured the eight captains working as a team and helping one another.
In this process, the captains and the fish buyers came up with a win-win solution. The captains agreed not to flood the market and the fish buyers agreed to keep the business running.
There's no denying that this year has been a difficult one, and for our captains to survive, they have to work together as a team. The new season of #WickedTuna starts tonight at 9/8c on National Geographic. pic.twitter.com/5BQBifyvhc — Wicked Tuna (@WickedTuna) February 21, 2021
A Time For Positivity
Talking about the new season, Capt Marciano also mentioned that during the filming of season 10, the entire crew did their best to get a message of hope across for the viewers.
According to Marciano, their aim was to relieve their viewers of all the negativity that COVID-19 and the elections had brought.
We truly want people to have fun watching this show and forget about their worries. And I think we accomplished that.
Capt. Paul Hebert returned to the show after the personal tragedy of losing his father to COVID-19.
Hebert could not visit his father before he passed away because he was busy filming the spinoff Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks in North Carolina.
However, talking with the Daily Times, Hebert mentioned that although his father’s death was the worse thing he had ever been through, he had been working on the new season to help provide hope and entertainment to all their viewers who have been going through difficult times and enduring the deaths of loved ones themselves.
Although the rivalry of the eight captains had been put on hold, Marciano admitted that it was the most fun season for him yet.
The Journey Of Wicked Tuna
Having debuted on National Geographic Channel in 2012, Wicked Tuna has had strong ratings for most of its seasons.
After the fame of Deadliest Catch, a show which revolved around the risky profession of Alaskan Crab fishing on various networks like Discovery and National Geography Channel, Wicked Tuna followed suit, making the genre its own.
The show that featured professional fishermen only hunt tuna was a hit.
It gained ground so quickly that in 2014, the makers of Wicked Tuna bagged a spin-off, Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, which ran for seven seasons.
The simple answer to its fame is the combination of intricate focus on an interesting profession and a diverse set of cast members who were always entertaining to watch.
Talking of the selection of cast, according to Greg Chorebanian, from Season two-vessel The Christina, he was chosen because the producer enjoyed his accent.
In his interview with Newbury port News, Chorbanian humorously said:
People ask me a lot, why did I get on the show, and in the beginning, I thought it was because of my fishing abilities… The producer told me he liked my accent. That’s why I’m on the show.
However, apart from his accent, he is also one of the industry’s most respected fisherman.
Controversies Surrounding The Show
Like any reality show based on animal cruelty, Wicked Tuna has received heavy criticism from animal rights groups.
However animal cruelty is not the only thing, the show is being called out for.
According to The World Wildlife Foundation, Bluefin Tuna is a critically endangered fish. With complaints of excessive tuna fishing, the show has been targeted by nature and conservation groups alike.
Another controversy that the show has been a part of is the exaggerated price of fish on the show.
In one of the reports from the Capeshores Charters Fishing Reports made on May 14, 2018, the show was accused of making the fishing profession look more lucrative than it actually is.
In the report, some fishermen have revealed that a Bluefin Tuna usually costs an average of $6/lbs. Which made the claims on the show, where the captains sold their catch for $25/lbs, unrealistic.
Struggling With the Deaths of Two Crew Members
As unfortunate as it sounds, the Wicked Tuna crew has gone through some serious struggles together as they have seen two of their cast members be a victim of untimely demise.
In 2015, Headlines that read "Wicked Tuna Star Dies of Overdose," caused an uproar.
Adam Moser, a member of the pinwheel crew, had lost his life to a drug overdose. The 27-year-old was the first crew member from the show who had an unfortunate passing away.
Three years later On July 19, 2018, news broke that 28-year-old Nicholas 'Duffy' Fudge, first mate of the Pinwheel ship and a member of the Wicked Tuna Spinoff, was found dead in his house.
However this time, the cause of the death could not be confirmed by officials.
According to some reports, the crew member was suffering from a decompression sickness known as ‘The Bends’.
The disease is defined as the product of inadequate decompression followed by exposure to increased pressure.
However, the exact reason for his death has not been confirmed yet.
.@NatGeoChannel and @Pilgrim_Studios were saddened to learn that Wicked Tuna cast member Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge passed away this week. Duffy was the first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel. We join his family and friends in mourning his untimely loss. pic.twitter.com/Cw8Q8JKQHn — Wicked Tuna (@WickedTuna) July 23, 2018
The Show has helped Gloucester’s Economy
Although the city has always been known as “America’s Oldest Seaport”, because of its fishing community that dates back to the 17th century, it was undoubtedly Wicked Tuna that helped spike Gloucester's popularity.
In a 2018 interview with National Fisherman, the Captains of the reality show expressed how they believed the show had helped the economy of Gloucester.
According to Marciana, he's often heard from restaurants and hotel owners how their guests knew the show and wanted to see the harbors.
Similarly, Captain T.J. Ott. mentioned that a flock of 30-40 fans are on the docks during summers on a daily basis. This indicated that their show had been able to accumulate a large number of tourists in the area.