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Discovery Channel Debuts Bluefin Tuna Show

The Discovery Channel will be airing Fighting Tuna, a new two-part special about fishing for giant bluefin tuna, premiering on Tuesday, October 30th at 10 p.m.

Weighing between 320 and 1,500 pounds, giant bluefin tuna are the largest prize in the ocean. These behemoths are the most expensive fish in the world, their price driven up by Japanese demand for sushi. The largest of the bluefin tuna swim north to the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean where they’re targeted by a range of fishermen the old-fashioned way — with rod and reel.

In Fighting Tuna, the show follows four captains as they vie for these high stakes fish. Using boats that are tossed by high waves and rough weather, they face down one of the world’s most powerful fish. The payoff? A single fish can sell for $20,000.

Episode Descriptions:

“Cape Cod Bay” Premieres Tuesday, October 30th at 10 p.m.

The captains venture out into Cape Cod Bay after a storm rocks New England. Paulie, the king of Bluefin tuna, and Donnie, a legend known for catching the largest fish on rod and reel — take on Anthony, a young captain with a different strategy.

“George’s Bank” Premieres Tuesday, November 6th at 10 p.m.

It’s the last trip of the season, and it’s the four captains’ last shot at giant tuna. The 150-mile race is on to legendary Georges Bank, the fishing grounds depicted in the book and movie, “The Perfect Storm.” Paulie, the master, struggles to make a catch — and keep his secrets. Donnie, the legend, is in for the fight of his life. Carmine, the sport fisherman faces a decision and young captain Anthony is facing ruin.