WAKE UP CAPTAIN!
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
Save the Date: September 12th
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August 1st 2014 At Mile Marker One
SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd, 2014
WZLX Listener Cruise and the 2nd Annual Bluefin Blowout Brewfest!
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: WZLX Listener Cruise with the Morning Show Guys – Karlson and McKenzie! Join them on the Lady Sea (www.gloucesterfleet.com) as they host a fun-filled cruise around Gloucester’s inner harbor. Don’t miss this crazy voyage…
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Enjoy an amazing afternoon riverside tasting some of the best craft brews in the area! Live music and the chance to see Giant Tuna weighed at the official Bluefin Blowout stage makes this brewfest a MUST!
Check out some of your favorite craft beers…Kona and Red Hook, Woodstock, Beer Works, Downeast Cider, Cape Ann Brewing, Yuengling, Tuckerman’s, Allagash, Founders, Southern Tier, Wachusett, Lagunitas, and more!
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Don’t miss the premiere of this very special Local Music Seen with Allen Estes tomorrow night at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. This special was shot on location at Alchemy Bistro (at the same time as Nat Geo was shooting) and Mile Marker One. Allen gets some of the Wicked Tuna captains to tell him what music they play aboard ship for good luck catching fish. Then he performs his Howard Blackburn hit “Not With Ya Hands” for them. Mix in a Wicked Tuna Seafood Throwdown and a few other surprises for a show you don’t want to miss. Here’s a short preview of the energy you can expect from this show!
Wondering what the beers drank to fish caught ratio was ?
6:22AM 6/7/14 With Beautiful Light Heading Out Of Gloucester HarborTo Assassinate Some Fish! Go Get ‘Em Boys
Not gonna lie, all that high tech camera gadgetry made my pants tight.
Camera geek’s wet dream. Literally.
From Andy Baker
7 days of filming, 2 days for still photography, 9 locations, 6 camera units, 7 captains, 5 production support boats, 45 crew members…shooting with Arri Alexa, Red Epic, Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro, Sony F3…Techno Dolly, Cineflex (boat and helicopter), Underwater Phantom, 360 degree dolly track setup…all in all, one of the most involved, most complex and most fun shoots I’ve been lucky to be a part of. Thank you to the team at Evolve IMG, and the NGC Creative Team for one incredible production!