National Geographic Channel's WICKED TUNA Season 2 Premieres Today

Wicked Tuna sheds light on the hardship, the rivalries and the determination of the brave men and women who make their living on the high seas, one catch at a time.

Season Two Premiere Episodes Include...

Wicked Tuna: Back in the Hunt
Sunday, January 13, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
The fishermen of Gloucester, Mass., navigate the open seas in hopes of catching the first fish of the season. Dave Carraro , captain of FV-Tuna.com, finds his first fishing spot of the season, but his day is interrupted by an unwelcome visitor.Tyler McLaughlin , a New Hampshire native and the 24-year-old captain of the Pin Wheel, has headed south to invade Gloucester waters, with the expressed intent of catching more fish than Dave. The Pin Wheel anchors right next to FV-Tuna.com - kicking off a rivalry between the two cocky and competent captains. For Dave Marciano , captain of Hard Merchandise, and Bill Monte , captain of the Bounty Hunter, the pressure is on after a disappointing result last year. Another down year could force Hard Merchandise off the water and potentially end Bill's 35-year fishing career.

Wicked Tuna: Go Fish !
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
After an impressive first week against the veteran fleet, Tyler and the Pin Wheel gamble on making the 150-mile trip to Georges Bank . It's an expensive trip to Georges and, with no word on whether fish are biting, it's a risky one to take so early in the season.

Meanwhile, 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. But not everyone agrees with this method, and the rod-and-reel fishermen of the fleet fight to make their catches the old-fashioned way - man versus fish.

Wicked Tuna: The Numbers War
Sunday, January 27, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
The fleet has invested time and money in searching for places where bluefin tuna congregate and feed - locations known as "numbers" - and no one knows these spots better than Captain Dave of the FV-Tuna.com. But for the young crew of the Pin Wheel, the entire ocean is theirs for the taking, and Captain Tyler sets sail in search of new hot spots. Meanwhile, Bill Monte , the captain of the Bounty Hunter, is drowning in expenses after three weeks without a catch. As Bill's desperation mounts, he'll go to extreme lengths to catch his first fish of the season.
(Preempted Sunday, February 3)

Wicked Tuna: Fish Fight
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
Let the games begin! It's tournament time in Gloucester, and with a big cash prize up for grabs and the best boats in New England joining the fray, it's the mother of all battles to catch the biggest bluefin. Tensions come to a head as the mischievous young crew of the Pin Wheel plays a prank on the biggest hothead in the fleet, Captain Ralph of the Odysea, and get more than they bargained for.

** Additional episodes will premiere on subsequent Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NGC.

Wicked Tuna is produced for National Geographic Channel by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols . For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo , vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky , executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens .

For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/wickedtuna or www.ngcpr.com.

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