Just one week after the Wicked Tuna finale, captains Marciano, McLaughlin and Ott will once again head south to the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” for the sixth season premiere of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, airing Sunday, June 23, at 8 p.m. on the National Georgraphic Network. This time, they will meet four new Southern boats — and one returning captain from season one — determined to use their home-court advantage to fish their way to victory, having nothing to lose and everything to gain as the captains from Gloucester invade their turf.
Returning to the Southern fleet after a five-year absence is Reed Meredith, the famously no-nonsense captain from the first season of Outer Banks, who is back with a powerful new boat, the Kahuna, and his fun-loving brother Banks by his side. Both men are determined to bring home big paychecks for their families, and since the Kahuna enjoyed its best commercial season ever last year, they’re confident that they will be the boat to beat.
New to the series are the Rasta Rocket, Offshore Outlaw and Reel e Bugging. Rasta Rocket’s fresh-faced 27-year-old captain, Zack Shackleton, knows his 28-foot 2000 Contender isn’t much to look at. But, while the other boats laugh, the Rasta gets busy keeping pace with those over twice its size.
Offshore Outlaw’s captain, Adam Price, has been fishing for bluefin every season for over 20 years, and even though his 1969 boat is one of the slowest in the fleet, he’s determined to prove his worth after losing his home to a fire two years ago.
Reel e Bugging’s captain, Robert “Bobby” Earl, is a former Wall Street hotshot who traded tailored suits for rods and reels when the stock market crashed in 2008. A Queens native with a big, boisterous personality and a tendency to trash-talk with every catch, Earl’s 53-foot 1970 Hatteras Sportfisher is the biggest boat in the fleet. But bragging doesn’t equal bluefin. Will Earl finish first among his rivals?