Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, there's a special breed of fishermen. For generations they've used rod and reel to catch the elusive bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal.Over the next 10 weeks, the most skilled fishermen will set out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the valuable bluefin tuna. When one bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000—they'll do whatever it takes to hook up.
It’s opening day of the bluefin tuna season, and every captain wants to be the one to bring in the lucrative first fish.
It's week two of fishing and a familiar boat enters the fleet, igniting old rivalries
A familiar face returns to GloucesterP to compete for the title of top bluefin fisherman.
Bad luck strikes the fleet, and the captains struggle to turn their fortunes around.
Capts. Dave Marciano and TJ Ott struggle near the bottom of the leader board; Capt. Dave Marciano's nephew, Jay, brings a shot of energy to the Falcon; Capt. Tyler McLaughlin strives to pull ahead; all three captains turn to family members for help.
The captains are challenged when a large group of boats shows up for the weekend and Hot Tuna must decide whether to risk leaving a familiar spot.
It's almost the midpoint of bluefin fishing season, so the clock is ticking; new alliances are built and battles continue in the race for a payday.
When Mother Nature decides to flip her switch, the fleet must decide whether to stay or give up.
As the season reaches a turning point, a change in the quota forces boats to push their limits, creating tension on the water.
The smaller quota of one bluefin tuna per day adds mounting pressure, as the captains must put meat on deck each day to stay competitive.
Capt. Tyler McLaughlin feels the pressure to stay ahead of Capt. Dave Carraro, but a new boat of friendly faces joins the fleet; mechanical troubles plague the Falcon.
The captain must decide whether to risk making their way further out to sea 170 miles away from Gloucester, Mass., where the fish promise to be big.
Capt. Dave Carraro commands the top-earning boat on the leader board, but nothing will stop the rest of the captains from pushing against all odds to take down the king.
With the untimely death of Pinwheel first mate Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, defending champion Capt. Tyler McLaughlin questions whether he will be able to defend his title.
Captain TJ Ott is eager to put more fish on the deck, but runs into trouble after the steering breaks in the middle of a catch, and only his brother’s experience as a mechanic can bail them out in time.; rivals desperately try to out-fish each other; Capt. Paul Hébert tries to land his first fish of the season and break in new mates.
A severe storm hits the fleet and the captains must decide whether or not to continue fishing.
Pin Wheel is in the lead while Hot Tuna, Hard Merchandise and Kelly Ann try to catch up.
In week 7, the captains decide whether up to head to Maine or stick to their home territory.
It’s week eight of the Atlantic bluefin tuna season, and as the season ticks past the halfway point, the Gloucester captains are determined to work harder than ever to put tuna on their decks and charge into the rest of the season as strong as possible. But being on the water for the past two months is taking a toll on crew members and one mate faces a dilemma — keep fishing or quit so he can spend more time with his wife and kids.
The Hard Merchandise is the only boat that has yet to land a fish, and Captain Dave Marciano is feeling the pressure.
When inexperienced fishermen crowd the water, the fleet has to fight through additional obstacles in order to earn a paycheck
The captains team up to double their chances of catching fish, but forming an alliance with a competitor proves to be risky.
The alliance between Captains Dave Marciano and Dave Carraro is in jeopardy after the Hard Merchandise suffers a breakdown at sea.
Defending champion Captain Dave Carraro and his crew of the FV-Tuna.com take the lead for the first time this season.
As a massive storm front slams the fishing grounds, the fleet takes big risks to catch the elusive bluefin.
The weeks of fishing take their toll on the fleet. Paul, feeling frustrated after a disappointing week, takes his anger out on Rick.
Captain Paul Hebert's negative attitude sours his relationship with his mate, Rick.
Captain Brad Krasowski is ready to make good on his promise to improve.
On the Hard Merchandise, the past few weeks filled with bad luck and few fish push Captain Dave Marciano to his breaking point.
With three weeks left in the fishing season, the competition intensifies. Dave Marciano tries to turn his bad luck around and salvage his season
Captain Brad Krasowski is just one big catch away from completing his “worst to first” comeback over last year’s performance.
With only one week left in the season, the fleet competes for final paychecks, but with the top two boats forced off the water, it’s anyone’s game.