Capt. Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com said he knew his team of fishermen was the New England Patriots of the fleet going into season six of "Wicked Tuna" because he had won the competition three out of the last five seasons.
Now in episode 12, the Gloucester captain is again at the top of the leader board along with Capt. Tyler McLaughlin of the Rye, New Hampshire-based Pinwheel.
Sunday night is the season finale of the National Geographic Channel's hit series, based out of Gloucester. Viewers around the globe tune in to watch the drama and laughs as teams of fishermen hunt the giant bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic.
"I knew we were going to have a bigger target on our back now than ever before," said Carraro at the start of the season.
Carraro, last season’s winner, is fishing with the "newest, biggest, fastest boat in the fleet, which has made him the target of the other captains’ scorn and jokes," according to a NatGeo press release.
Throughout season six, the leaderboard standings have shifted with every weigh-in, and the championship will be decided by the very last catch.
The two lead fishing vessels are separated at this point by only $386. The Pinwheel stands at $90,944 and the FV-Tuna.com stands at $90,558. But anyone who watches the show knows one "monstah" tuna can bring in up to $20,000.
McLaughlin and Carraro both are determined to become the victor while the other fishing vessels are hoping to have one last push to earn some cash to offset the expenses of the fishing trips.
Gloucester's Capt. Paul Hebert of the Wicked Pissah is third with a total current catch value of $55,770.
The other standings are as follows going into the finale:
Hot Tuna with Captain T.J. Ott of Gloucester, $44,215
Hard Merchandise with Capt. Dave Marciano of Beverly, $23,881
Fish Hawk with Capt. Brad Krasowski, out of New Bedford, $21,640.
Meanwhile, the fourth season of the spinoff series "Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks" premieres Sunday, July 30, at 10 p.m. and features Ott and McLaughlin. In this series, the fishermen follow the bluefin tuna south to the famed fishing grounds of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, also known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-675-2706, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN TO WATCH
What: "Wicked Tuna" season six finale.
Where: National Geographic Channel
When: Sunday, June 4, at 9 p.m.