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Northshore March 2019

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117 McLaughlin says. "I like to rile people up. I like to stir the pot." McLaughlin studied management and marketing in college, arranging his class schedule so he could spend the fall fishing. And when he graduated, he headed for the ocean rather than an office. He says he rarely comes on shore during the fishing season. Whenever he catches tuna, he unloads in Gloucester and then goes right back out. His goal is to be dominant, he explains. "And I don't have any time to waste." Ott, who grew up in New York but has fond memories of fishing in Gloucester as a kid, was approached to join the show during the second season. He decided to take a chance, but didn't really believe people would care about the escapades of a bunch of tuna fishermen. "I didn't think it was going to become what it became," he says. "Five years business is taking off, his children were able to graduate college debt-free, he says, and he and his wife, Nancy, have had the chance to travel extensively doing appearances, even visiting a fishing tournament in Italy. "e past three years have been the best three years of my life," says Marciano, who wears a gold tuna on a chain around his neck. His current crew consists of his son, Joe, and his daughter, Angelica, who joined the team last season after Marciano's nephew left the show. Tyler McLaughlin, owner of the PinWheel and a self-described "fishing nerd," joined the show in the second season and has taken the title twice. McLaughlin is the youngest of the captains, and his brashness sometimes puts him at odds with the show's more veteran fishermen. "ese are the best guys in the industry and we get to go head-to-head," later, it's crazy." Like the other captains, Ott is regularly approached by fans when he comes ashore. Recently, a family from Ireland made a visit to Gloucester specifically to track him down. When he is working out of Key West in the winter, there are days he is stopped more than 30 times as he walks just 10 blocks. People regularly recognize not just Ott but also his two Rottweilers, who often appear on the show. And being filmed while working has become second nature, he says. "It's almost weird now when I go fishing without cameras." As the airing of season 8 approaches, the captains all agree there's no place they'd rather be than out on the water hooking tuna. "at pure rush is what brings me back," Carraro says. "e honeymoon stage never leaves." nationalgeographic.com/tv/wicked-tuna

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