This series enters the high risk world of New England's long line fishermen who risk all to catch an elusive prey in some of the most dangerous waters on the planet. They are uniformly tough and resilient and they need to be as every day could be their last.
They hunt swordfish -- magnificent giants of the deep that can weigh over a thousand pounds. The best time to catch these migratory fish is every Fall when they can be found in the waters around the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and the Georges Bank off the Gulf of Maine. These waters are also home to some of the wildest storms on earth. Cold fronts racing in from Canada meet hurricanes from the south and the results are a truly awe inspiring display of power by nature – the most famous example being "The Perfect Storm" of 1991.
This series follows four boats (The Eagle Eye II, Big Eye, Seahawk & Frances Ann) that head into these stormy waters hoping to hit the jackpot. The skippers of the boats use every ounce of experience and knowledge they have to try and find the fish. The risks are incredible. It costs around $60,000 to make the month long journey and they need to catch thousands of pounds of fish just to break even. One big fish can be worth as much as $20,000 so a trip can turn from disaster to success in seconds. Each skipper has his best spots and knows how to read the waters and temperatures to try and find the best fish. Once the fish are caught, it's a race back to market where the first back gets the highest prices.
This job is physically and mentally exhausting. Twenty hour days are the norm. Six inch hooks fly off the deck attached to a 40 mile long line and can take a deck hand down 100 feet deep in seconds. Fishing gear can be dragged away and destroyed by monster trawlers from foreign fleets who have no respect for fellow fishermen. And even if the crew catches plenty of fish, they still have to make it home alive.
The rewards are great but the risks are even greater. It's a gamble where lives are on the line.
EPISODE 101: "Voyage to Hell"
The fall swordfishing season gets off to a rocky start, after engine failure aboard the Sea Hawk sends the Eagle Eye II on a mission of mercy. Then a little coastal boat takes a big risk on the dangerous waters of the Grand Banks.
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