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"Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks," formerly known as "Wicked Tuna: North vs. South," on National Geographic Channel is a reality series, which is a spin-off of "Wicked Tuna," that pits Gloucester's finest against good ol' Southern fishermen.

The long, cold winter has just hit New England, and while the bluefin tuna season has come to an end in Gloucester, Massachusetts, it's just getting started in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After a disappointing season, several of Gloucester's top fishermen head south to try to salvage their finances by fishing for the elusive bluefin tuna in unfamiliar Carolina waters before the experienced locals beat them to the catch. It's a whole new battlefield and the Northern captains must conquer new styles of fishing, treacherous waters and the wrath of the Outer Banks' top fishermen. They're gambling on what could be a massive payday ... or a huge financial loss.

In order to succeed, the Gloucester rod-and-reel veterans will need to master the different method of fishing — greensticking, in which artificial squid are trolled from a 30-foot fiberglass pole in order to entice bluefin swimming near the surface — and best a fleet of North Carolina captains battling for the same catches. Bluefin season in the Outer Banks only lasts a limited time, and there is a highly restricted government catch quota. But if the captains can reel in some "monstah" fish before the quota is reached, the winter months could potentially yield a greater catch than in Gloucester. In fishermen's terms: a cash bonanza.

The weather in the Outer Banks is notoriously unpredictable, so the New England captains must be ready for extremely rough seas, high winds and erratic currents. The Outer Banks is home to some of the most treacherous waters in the world, including the notorious Oregon Inlet — the main gateway to the open ocean, nicknamed "The Graveyard of the Atlantic." But dangerous waters aren't the only challenge that the New England captains have to contend with — they also have to deal with the hotheaded fleet from Wanchese, N.C. When it comes to bluefin tuna fishing, there's no such thing as Southern hospitality.

The series includes fan favorite Captain Dave Marciano and first mate Jay Muenzner of the fishing vessel the Hard Merchandise; the young, hot-headed Captain Tyler McLaughlin from the Pin Wheel; and season three newcomer Captain TJ Ott of the Hot Tuna. Marciano is heading to the Outer Banks and making the biggest bet of his career in order to provide for his family and keep his finances afloat. For McLaughlin, who went from being the Season 2 champion to an embarrassing last-place finish in Season 3, he's desperate to salvage his reputation and is teaming up with fan favorite Captain Paul Hebert to help him succeed. Meanwhile, Ott is looking to boost his year's catch by heading to the Outer Banks — "The one and only place in the world where the giants are biting this time of year," he says — along with his dad, Tim Sr., and first mate Jarrett Przybyszewski.

Marciano, McLaughlin and Ott will battle it out against the seasoned North Carolina bluefin fleet: Captain Greg Mayer of the Fishin' Frenzy, Captain Reed Meredith of the Wahoo and Captain Britton Shackelford of the Doghouse.

The Fishin' Frenzy has regularly been one of North Carolina's top-earning boats, and Mayer currently holds his reputation as the "captain to beat" in the Outer Banks. This year he's teamed up with Southern wild boy Nick Gowitzka, who'll stop at nothing when it comes to staying on top — even if it involves a little gunfire. Mayer also has an ongoing rivalry with Meredith, who fishes with his older brother and first mate Banks. Onboard the Doghouse, family man Shackelford is looking to catch as much fish as possible to provide for his wife and three kids. Teamed up with new first mate Caine Livesay, Shackelford will venture to the edge and fish in waters too dangerous for most boats in order to make a catch.

The Southern boats are not happy about the Yankee invasion of their waters, and will do whatever it takes to ensure the Northern boats don't steal their catch. With limited fish, rough seas and constant pressure to make a paycheck, the battle to win the war on this series promises to be anything but civil.

"Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" is produced for National Geographic Channels by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols. For National Geographic Channels, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky, senior vice president of production and development is Noel Siegel and executive vice president of programming and strategy is Heather Moran.


Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: August 17, 2014
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Pilgrim Studios

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