Local Boat Heads South For ‘Wicked Tuna’

OCEAN CITY – With the severe storm passed and the snotty seas subsided, the Ocean City-based sportfishing boat “Foolish Pleasures” with Captain Dale Lisi and crew left the resort area on Monday for the Outer Banks in North Carolina to begin preparing for the latest season of “Wicked Tuna.”

Lisi and the “Foolish Pleasures” based at the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City were chosen as one of a handful to participate in and appear on the latest season of “Wicked Tuna.”

The National Geographic Channel’s wildly popular show follows groups of salty fishermen as they make a living battling monster bluefin tuna the old school way with a rod and reel. Lisi and his crew, including mates Will Hathaway and Ed Gross, certainly fit the bill.

The next season, which will feature Lisi and the “Foolish Pleasures” crew, among others, will pit teams of anglers from the North against teams from the South, fishing out of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The “Foolish Pleasures” will represent the South team.

On Monday morning, after the seas had calmed following the weekend nor’easter, the “Foolish Pleasures” began its journey to the Outer Banks.

The “Foolish Pleasures” is no stranger to big-game fishing and typically spends the winter and early spring in the Outer Banks in search of the elusive but highly lucrative bluefin tuna.

This year, however, Lisi and the crew’s efforts will be recorded and aired when the latest “Wicked Tuna” season opens this summer, likely in mid-July.