T.J. Ott is an uprising TV personality who gained recognition through the hit Nat Geo show, Wicked Tuna.

But fame isn't the only thing he got from the show. He also found love in Marissa McLaughlin, his rival from the grueling tuna hunting show. 

After keeping the relationship on the down-low, the tuna hunter revealed he was dating his rival from the show for quite some time. So, how did their rivalry turn into a sweet relationship? Well, keep reading to find out!

TJ Ott and Marissa McLaughlin's Relationship

The two Wicked Tuna rivals' romantic connection first became news after the show's ninth season came out. In an episode titled 'Band of Brothers' of the 9th season, released on March 15, 2020, Ott finally opened up about his personal life.

While introducing his new pet dog, the reality show star revealed about having a girlfriend. He went on to state that he adopted the dog with his partner, who was his rival from the show.

TJ Ott with his girlfriend Marissa McLaughlin.

TJ Ott (right) with his girlfriend, Marissa McLaughlin (in a black and white striped t-shirt), and fans. (Source: Instagram)

That March reveal was the most that he ever talked about his relationship with the show rival. Details on his personal life and relationship remain scarce as he is a secretive guy who rarely shares details on his personal life.

Even his social media handles are mostly filled up with pictures of the show and his pet dog.

TJ Ott Cheered His Girlfriend

Although Ott likes to hide his personal life details, he certainly doesn't shy away from showing his love for McLaughlin.

TJ Ott and his girlfriend, Marissa McLaughlin, with his family.

Ott and his girlfriend, Marissa McLaughlin, with his family. (Photo: Instagram)

In one of the episodes of the show, the Wicked Tuna star tried to cheer her up when he found out that his partner had missed two big fishes.

He directly went to the kitchen and then surprised his girlfriend with a delicious sandwich.

After that, McLaughlin and her crew eventually caught two bluefin tunas that helped them to reach the top of the scoreboard.

In addition to that, the Hot Tuna captain's love for his rival is also reflected during his greenroom interview.

During the confessional, he mentioned that if he and his crew continued to catch big fish and earn healthy money off it, he would be able to buy some lovely gifts for his muse and even take her out for a romantic dinner.

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Does TJ Ott Have a Wife?

In 2020, rumors circulated stating that the tuna hunter was already married but not to his girlfriend, McLaughlin. Instead, it was mentioned that his wife was Kristina Doellman. Also, it mentioned that he exchanged wedding vows with his wife in 2016.

However, as it later turned out, the news was nothing but the case of mistaken identity. The man whom Doellman married had the same name as the Wicked Tuna star.

Regardless, wedding bells might still be just around the corner for Ott and his girlfriend, given their closeness in recent posts.