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Wicked Tuna Breakdown – S1/E4

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4/22/12 – CAMBRIDGE #MATTHEW J. WEBSTER

Captain Kevin Leonowert of the f/v Christina proves the clear hero of  Episode 4, first by landing a one-thousand-pound giant tuna that at least a couple of other boats had already marked on their sonar devices, then by catching another big “slob” (aka tuna) later in the same episode.

Dave (aka “Tricky Dave”) Carraro, the competitive captain of the Tuna.com, is grinding his teeth just knowing the Christina got a fatter slob than him. Meanwhile, Capt. Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise has grown “desperate” enough to accept a day of charter fishing, which means he has to cut bait and tell fishing stories to a bunch of googans who never even caught a medium tuna before.

“These guys are offering me money for a chance to go out and catch a few fish,” explains Dave. “Call me a slut but they offered me money.”

The charter turns out more successful than anyone hoped, however, when the Hard Merchandise crew hooks and lands an 800-pounder. Dave even gives each of the “landjobs” on his boat a chance to reel in a few turns of giant tuna (once he’s properly set the hook, of course).

WICKED TUNA QUOTE OF THE WEEK – Episode Four

“And I thought tuna fishing was expensive.”

 — Dave Marciano, upon learning that his wife is running a tab of $487.50 at the same tackle shop where he’s rigging up for his next adventure.

Written by webster71

April 29, 2012 at 20:43

Oxbow: Songs for the French

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(Originally published a while ago. And don’t worry, it’s written in English.)

Lettre ouverte aux très distingués représentatives de L’Académie Française des Arts et Lettres, concernante “Oxbow: Songs for the French”

Mmes./Mms.: At least four men play with the San Francisco-based band, Oxbow. Guitarist Philippe Thiphaine also joins them for the studio-recorded tracks on this latest release, named for the nation that loves Oxbow more than any other, although not very much: the home of Lautréamont and Rimbaud.

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Wicked Tuna Breakdown – S1/E2

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4/9/12, CAMBRIDGE – *#MATTHEW J. WEBSTER

Episode Two introduces what seems to be developing as Season One’s primary subplot – the mind games fishermen occasionally play over two-way radio channels necessary for sharing information, and in cases of emergency.

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Written by webster71

April 9, 2012 at 18:32

Told ya…

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April 2, 2012 at 19:49

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Wicked Tuna on NatGeo channel! Watch the whole first episode here!

CAMBRIDGE — 3/29/12 — MATTHEW J. WEBSTER

Call me a “homer,” but the gala pre-screening of Wicked Tuna’s season one premier, at the Wilbur Theater last Tuesday night, was the best 42 minutes of sports television I have seen.  

The NatGeo channel premier is 10PM Sunday, but these wicked sharp sportsmen (and one woman) are already big stars, covering national TV news, radio, and broadsheets in the past week. Wicked Tuna portrays exceptionally genuine, hard-working characters, all fishing out of the historic seafaring city of Gloucester, MA., which is also my own home town.

Bluefin are wiry, intelligent animals weighing up to a thousand pounds. Wicked Tuna’s narrative pacing is graphic and authentic — long, tedious, waiting periods at sea building up to action sequences of fishermen hooking and harpooning tuna, culminating with crafty overhead shots of the long, steaming beasts pulled onboard along the narrow side berths* of boats no longer than 38 feet.  

Wicked Tuna is about huge, tasty fish and the thrill of the hunt, but natGeo also does the right thing by explaining that none of these cursing, probably stinky, real-life fishing characters is finally concerned with plundering the environment, or a fat paycheck.The bulk of their work really supports tuna conservation, and it’s very hard work.

The show’s innovative under-and-aboverwater photography makes up for the occasionally creative editing and its loose points regarding day-to-day fishing business.

One of the guys on the show is called Pirate. Pirate’s cool, all the elegant ladies wanted to have their pictures taken with Pirate at the Wilbur.  

(*Dave Marciano will call me a “landjob” if I get the nautical terms wrong.)

Written by webster71

March 30, 2012 at 18:32

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