The WORST episodes of Wicked Tuna

Every episode of Wicked Tuna ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Wicked Tuna!

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.

Last Updated: 1/21/2023Network:National Geographic
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Meltdown
star
7.11
55 votes

#1 - Meltdown

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/24/2013

Tensions come to a head when captains and crew lock horns on the water. Tuna.com is back in the lead over Pin Wheel in week nine of the fishing season. The fishermen of Bounty Hunter are feeling the tension because of their lack of fish this season. Tyler is still reeling from his mates slacking off last week, and when they continue to misbehave on the water, he reaches his breaking point.

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All Hands on Deck
star
7.18
57 votes

#2 - All Hands on Deck

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/7/2013

When new fishermen join the crew, who will make the grade and who will miss the boat? FV-Tuna.com is just clinging to its lead over Pin Wheel. New deckhand Garon is out for his first day on FV-Tuna.com and he's eager to prove himself. Paul's new boat, Lisa & Jake, is in its second week and has serious ground to make up to catch the other captains. With inexperienced deckhand Kevin costing them a fish, Paul is feeling the stress like never before.

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Tuna Invaders
star
7.24
83 votes

#3 - Tuna Invaders

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/2/2016

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The Wicked Return
star
7.27
63 votes

#4 - The Wicked Return

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/16/2014

A rivalry between Tyler and TJ heats up in the Season 3 opener.

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Payback's a Fish
star
7.28
47 votes

#5 - Payback's a Fish

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/8/2012

After going bust on his last trip, Marciano of Hard Merchandise wrestles with the trials of being an absentee father when he comes home empty-handed. Though they'd prefer a paycheck to a three-thousand-dollar loss, his family misses him and shows their love and support while his mind remains on chasing tuna. The next day, he repays their devotion when he comes home with a $10,000 fish.

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Operation T.U.N.A.
star
7.30
60 votes

#6 - Operation T.U.N.A.

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/16/2014

TJ is tracked by a competitor looking to get in on his action. Elsewhere, two captains decide to work together to increase their tuna intake.

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Money on the Line
star
7.32
56 votes

#7 - Money on the Line

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/5/2013

In the first episode of a two-part season finale, Gloucester's reigning bluefin champion, Captain Dave Carraro starts the last week of the season nearly $20,000 ahead of his New Hampshire rival, the Pin Wheel. For young Captain Tyler, the goal is to prove himself to the veterans. Captain Paul Hebert of the Lisa & Jake wants to fulfill his goal of earning $50,000 in five weeks while Captain Marciano is desperate to put away money and revive a season marred by boat breakdowns and short fish.

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The Mighty Bite
star
7.33
58 votes

#8 - The Mighty Bite

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 6/1/2014

Captain Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com is determined to keep up his hot streak, but the recklessness of another boat causes him to reach his boiling point. Captain TJ Ott of The Hot Tuna took over second place last week, but Captain Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise is determined to regain second position. After a rocky start to the season, Captain Paul Hebert of Miss Sambvca has been on a catching streak for the past four weeks, and has his eyes set on second place as well.

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The First Fish is the Hardest
star
7.34
127 votes

#9 - The First Fish is the Hardest

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/12/2017

Old rivals and a new competitor race to land the first fish of the season, which brings big money for one lucky captain.

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Checkmate
star
7.35
63 votes

#10 - Checkmate

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/23/2014

Tyler has second thoughts about hiring his friends. Elsewhere, Bill attempts to catch tuna by using tactical maneuvers and harpooning.

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Tuna Beta Kappa
star
7.38
61 votes

#11 - Tuna Beta Kappa

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/11/2014

The crew of the FV-Tuna.com assist the Coast Guard in a rescue mission. Later, a joint venture takes a turn for the worse when slow fishing creates tension between two captains.

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Riders In The Storm
star
7.38
71 votes

#12 - Riders In The Storm

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/18/2016

When a violent storm rolls in, the Gloucester captains must make the decision whether to fish or flee at a critical time.

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The Ego Has Landed
star
7.39
88 votes

#13 - The Ego Has Landed

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/9/2017

After his mates succeed without him, Captain Dave Carraro is desperate to redeem himself.

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Sharks and Recreation
star
7.41
54 votes

#14 - Sharks and Recreation

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/25/2014

With only three weeks left in the current season, the captains struggle to maintain their position on the leaderboard.

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Mission: Fishin!
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7.41
63 votes

#15 - Mission: Fishin!

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/30/2014

Hot Tuna has managed to stay on top of the competition so far. However with the bluefin tuna season heating up, his anxious competition try to contend.

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The Maine Event
star
7.41
46 votes

#16 - The Maine Event

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/5/2015

In week 7, the captains decide whether up to head to Maine or stick to their home territory.

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Brotherly Shove
star
7.42
62 votes

#17 - Brotherly Shove

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/27/2014

Captains get creative as new techniques help boat crews bring in more tuna. Elsewhere, tensions rise between the Hebert brothers aboard the Miss Sambvca.

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Uncharted Territory
star
7.43
28 votes

#18 - Uncharted Territory

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/21/2013

As the summer comes to an end and the water temperature drops, the bluefin start their migration to the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico, making the last three weeks of the season even tougher. Pin Wheel is just behind FV-Tuna.com, so Tyler makes a gamble on a long trip, hoping it'll pay off. With their boat near Canadian waters, the guys have to be extra careful to stay in U.S. territory or their catch won't be legal.

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Pissed Off on Pissah
star
7.43
72 votes

#19 - Pissed Off on Pissah

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/22/2016

A disgruntled crew face off aboard the Wicked Pissah.

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Payday Baby
star
7.44
36 votes

#20 - Payday Baby

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/11/2021

The fleet sees a bump in prices, pushing everyone to fish even harder for a paycheck, but Wicked Pissah got a big reason to stay in their groove.

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Pirate Problems
star
7.44
27 votes

#21 - Pirate Problems

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/27/2012

A hard season with little money to show has taken its toll on the crew of the Odysea, leading Captain Ralph to lash out at his first mate Pirate. The more Ralph yells, the more Pirate tunes him out, leading to more mistakes from Pirate.

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Monster Finale
star
7.47
15 votes

#22 - Monster Finale

Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/10/2022

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Doubling Down
star
7.47
64 votes

#23 - Doubling Down

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/11/2016

Two captains head out for a huge haul offshore on Georges Bank.

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Bite Fight
star
7.48
63 votes

#24 - Bite Fight

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/23/2014

Tyler goes to his lucky spot in an attempt to win back his pride and to make some money, but there he finds his former captain TJ already fishing.

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Doldrums and Dog Days
star
7.49
105 votes

#25 - Doldrums and Dog Days

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/16/2017

Captain Tyler McLaughlin is determined to stay out as long as necessary to best his rival.

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