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Captain Bill “Hollywood” Muniz prepares the Lily for two weeks of Wicked Tuna taping. The Lily was geared up with all electronics for the cameras, harpoons prepared, new Custom Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs made by Daryl Morita of California. Even New mats to lay the Tuna Catch.
Captain Bill Muniz landed seven tunas ranging from 400 – 691 pounds dressed, the largest length was over 120 inches. Once again Captain Muniz demonstrates his skill with a harpoon.
Captain Muniz stands amongst seven tunas on the FV Lily
Celebrates with his long time 80 year friend “Jack” the Gloucester Fisherman.
More than 600 pounds of Tuna meat being dressed
Celebrating with family and friends with a champagne toast to Captain Muniz.
Ran into Eric down at the dock, he had just released a seagull caught inside the shell container on the boat.
Eric was the guy fuel guy that delivered fuel to some of the Wicked Tuna Boats.
Capt. Muniz of the FV Lily lands three tunas yesterday, also see his view as they travel in the water.
Captain Muniz the Gloucester star on Wicked Tuna, lands a Tuna the hard way with a harpoon, just like his Portuguese ancestors from the Azores. Also see Capt. Muniz prepare his tools of the trade.
I Met Capt. Bill Muniz at St Peter’s dock, he was sharing stories with his 80 year old friend of many years. Capt. Muniz the only true Gloucesterite on the Wicked Tuna show. Now, he has the Gloucester Smile that belongs in Hollywood.
The sister of the new Wicked Tuna’s Captains, Hard working man on a break, Jamaican smile now in Gloucester, and a couple from Rockport enjoying the harbor view.
The Wicked Tuna’s “Hard Merchandise”
I caught the Hard Merchandise from the TV Show Wicked Tuna unloading a few Bluefin Tuna at the State fish Pier this Summer. One of the Tv crew members said the shows they’re filming will air in February 2015. So you may get lucky and watch them film on the Gloucester waterfront. The Hard Merchandise has been fishing for years here in Gloucester way before the TV show. They dock at the wharf behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck. I’m sure all their Fans will enjoy these photo’s. Video’s coming soon.
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First at the dock after 4:00 pm was the Allyson from Kennebunkport
Maine with a 387 lb tuna. Next up at the dock was the Amanda & Andy II,
Capt Jim Santapaola and crew landed a 777 lb whopper of a tuna. Last
but not least was the Gannet with Capt Andy Santapaola, Jim’s son at
the helm with a 585 lb tuna. They were all beautiful fish!
Hard Merchandise at rest.
Lately it’s hard to avoid The Hard Merchandise around the harbor working and with multiple cameras pointed at the crew unloading Bluefin Tuna.
I caught the Hard Merchandise at rest where it’s been docked for years. Behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck.
My camera was the only one there.
My boys have been super excited about spotting Wicked Tuna boats all summer long. I have to admit it is pretty darn cute listening to the two of them talking about the boats, crew, fish, green sticks, the price per pound, fat quality, this pound test or that pound test, etc. While they’ve watched the show here and there during past seasons, they’re just a bit older this year…and hence, much more into it. Likewise, for whatever the reasons, the North vs. South episodes that are currently airing get them giddy.
They clocked some serious hours at the Blue Fin Blowout back earlier this summer and I was so proud of how long they sat patiently waiting for boats to arrive. They were completely riveted by the weigh-ins and the size of the fish. They couldn’t get down there fast enough for Day #2 of the action. A couple of weekends ago they got their “Wicked Tuna” on down at the wharf and thought they were the coolest cats in town when they got to haul their own little fish down the dock. And, worth mentioning, they both gobbled up the sushi like it was candy after helping my husband clean the fish. Finn hasn’t quite mastered the “Tails Up” yet though.
Despite witnessing their enthusiasm all summer, I was still surprised to see the journal entry that Thatcher wrote at school yesterday. Love that kid! I get that many probably find the fact that we let our 5 and 7 year-olds watch Wicked Tuna in the first place may not be the best of parenting decisions….but, I’ll take the learning opportunity and run with it. (insert shameless shout out to his amazing teachers at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School).
Just more proof that growing up salty is excellent and that this little slice of heaven that we call home is bursting at the seams with opportunities for the kiddos to find something unique that speaks to them and to be passionate about.
Looks like at least one New Boat for Wicked Tuna’s 2015 season
I caught it hanging out in the Harbor a few weeks ago when the Camera helicopter was filming it leaving the Harbor.
Thurs Sept 4: Nights on the Neck!
Friday, Sept. 5: Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries Opening Reception 4-6PM at the Cultural Center
Saturday, Sept 6: Tricia Nadeau Conant Opening Reception at Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Cooperative 6-8PM
Sunday, Sept 7: Richard Rosenfeld and Bob Crandall in the first Rocky Neck Conversations series talks on Air Wars, 7PM at the Cultural Center
Tuesday, Sept 9: African Drumming 6-7PM at the Cultural Center
Wednesday, Sept 10: third Goetemann Residency opening talk at the Cultural Center 7PM
Friday, Sept 12: ****ANNUAL BEAUX ARTS BALL**** at the Studio Restaurant, 7:30, costume parade from the Center at 6:30 (you do not have to wear a costume, but it is fun if you do). Ball Tickets $35 for RNAC members/$50 for non members/$100 gets you a RNAC membership and a free ticket, and Wicked Tuna Raffle tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/events.php