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Bill Monte from "Wicked Tuna" is one of the fishing captains featured in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series. He is the captain of the Bounty Hunter.

After retiring five years ago, Captain Bill Monte decided to pursue his true passion, and became owner and captain of the Bounty Hunter, a 35-foot craft built in 2003. Together with his wife and deckhand Donna — one of the few women working in the industry — "the duo became part-time professional fishermen, spending their "golden years" fishing bluefin tuna and running charters. They have been married for over 30 years, and have been chasing bluefin together since 1979.

"I started fishing in 1978," Monte recalls. "My father did fish, but it was just recreational. What got me into giant tuna fishing was seeing one for the first time. I saw one hanging one day in Gloucester and I didn't know what it was. I thought, 'That's awesome!' I got to get one of those."

For years, Monte worked as a diesel mechanic during the off-season, and fished when he could. "Finally, when I got close to retirement, I decided it was time to have some fun," he explains. He says that the best part of being a part-time professional fisherman is the freedom. "If I don't want to go out, I stay home," he explains. "Or I'll go work on fixing a boat. Whatever I want to do, I do it. I'm the captain of my fate."

After a disappointing season 2, times are tough for the Bounty Hunter. As fuel and maintenance costs continue to grow, it's critical that the captain and crew put meat on the deck this year. With their reputation — and their livelihoods — on the line, the team is more determined than ever to turn their luck around.

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