Nat Geo's Wicked Tuna premiered its second season last week and the competition didn't take long to heat up.
Last year's big winner, Capt. Dave Carraro got a bit of a spanking from newcomer Tyler McLaughlin and his twenty-something crew.
McLaughlin and his Pin Wheel mates hail from neighboring New Hampshire and they have the swagger thing down pat.
The leaderboard from last week shows that Tyler hauled in a 600+ pound blue fin tuna that netted his boys a cool $8,845 at $14.50 per pound.
The veteran captains brought up the rear. Read: First catch means big bucks on Wicked Tuna
Capt. Bill Monte of the Bounty Hunter came up empty.
Carraro and the FV-Tuna.com crew got $18 a pound for a 323 lb. blue fin for a total of $5,814.00. Nice start to the season but not a winning haul.
Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise reeled in a tuna weighing 504 pounds. He got $14/lb. for it, to bring in a tasty $7,056.00.
The "kids" are emboldened by the first week win and crowed about it over the radio. Not surprisingly none of Tyler's competitors gave him the courtesy of a reply.
It's a new week and a fresh start for everyone. A new leaderboard will be revealed after tonight's show.
Nat Geo's preview shows us that after an impressive first week against the veteran fleet, Tyler and the Pin Wheel gamble on making the 150-mile trip to Georges Bank.
We'll also get a glimpse of harpooning as a technique. Last week we watched as tuna were finished off with a harpoon, once they had been reeled in close enough to the fishing vessels.
Tonight's action is not merely the finishing touch. It's Viking-like and startling if you aren't ready for what you'll see. Here's what Nat Geo says about it.
"For Kevin Leonowert, captain of the Christina, there's nothing better than the rush of harpooning. It's a high-octane chase where boats specially rigged with a high tower and a bow pulpit can identify schools of bluefin, take aim and nab the tuna of their choice. "
Get your popcorn ready, tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo Channel. Image: Nat Geo/Wicked Tuna