Giant Lobster Hunters
2022 12 08 15 00
The winter lobster season is off to a shaky start. The lobster price is holding strong above $AUD100 a kilo but the lobster boat teams have all run into major problems. Team Kai Koura and Team Ansons Bay, the Jager Family, are targeting a combined total of 1,000 big reds. They have five days to make it pay. They’re hunting around Maatsuyker Island where 70-kilometre gusts are the norm, equivalent to a category-two cyclone. Skipper Glenn hasn’t even dropped his first shot and he’s in serious trouble. He’s motored straight over another fisherman’s pot. If the pot line gets tangled in his boat’s propeller, it’s game over. The full moon is causing havoc too because it improves visibility for predators. Team Triton can’t buy a trick. Skipper Pete is under siege from deadly Octopus, and pot after pot is coming up empty, full of dead lobsters, It’s the worse start to a season the Mad Genius has ever experienced - Team Triton’s deep in the red. The curse of the full moon has also hit the Kai Koura. Their pots are coming up full of half eaten and stressed-out reds. But there is a silver lining. Skipper Paul is about to switch to dinghy fishing, to try and boost Team Kai Koura’s per-kilo pot catch ratio. Right up close to the rocks with plenty of sea grass is the perfect feeding ground for lobsters. But when you’re fishing in a dinghy, even a small wave can capsize you and the Maatsuyker Island area is notorious for its unpredictable swell. Dinghy hunting is high-danger, next-level fishing, but get it right and the lobsters and returns can be massive. Skipper Squizzy’s strategy to motor further offshore to avoid the octopus is not working. He’s under huge financial pressure to land 700-kilos of lobsters in five days. If he fails, he’ll need to put his house up as bank collateral. He can’t afford a single slip-up. Skipper Steve Hursey and his dog Gus have finally left port for Hunter Island in North West Tasmania. Steve’s targeting 250 lobsters to re-stock his family’s sea-to-plate tourist restaurant but strong tidal currents from Bass Strait makes fishing around Hunter Island dangerous and fishing in the dark down right terrifying.
2022 12 08 16 00
"Season newcomer, Steve Hursey, is pulling his first shot of the winter run.And there’s a lot riding on it. The Hursey’s family sea-to-plate restaurant is lowon lobsters stocks and it’s Steve’s job to re-fill them. He’s fishing aroundHunter Island, an area known for giant reds and howling westerly winds. Butweather is the least of Steve’s worries. The rope line to one of his pots istangled and it’s threatening to pull deckhand Jamie overboard. Steve needs toact fast. Skipper Paul from Team Kai Koura is dinghy hunting close in-shore.The risks of dinghy fishing are bigger but so too are the lobsters and thefinancial returns; Paul’s targeting big money fish. But a single rogue wave canflip the dinghy in an instant. The temperature has plummeted at South EastBight. Skipper Glenn is off to a blistering start and can’t seem to put a footwrong. But he’s has made a bold wager with his deckhand that may cost himhis Skipper’s title. Meanwhile, back at the dinghy, Glenn’s brother, Paul, is inreal trouble. One of his pots is stuck in bull-kelp and the swell is crashing in.Team Bold Contender is flush after cashing in at port with a season high priceof $110 per kilo but they still have a long way to go. Skipper Squizzy isreturning to sea with a new target of 700 kilos of brindles. He needs to hit thatnumber to avoid having to take out a loan on his house."
2022 12 08 17 00
"Team Bold Contender is heading to the formidable Pedra Branca, a locationfamous for its monster waves. Not many lobstermen hunt around PedraBranca because the swell is just too rough. But Squizzy’s hoping the lack ofcompetition (out there) will give him the edge on the rest of the Southern fleet.Trouble is, even anchoring up at Pedra Branca is a massive challenge. TheJager family, Team Ansons Bay and Team Kai Koura, is hunting around theSouth-West Coast of Tasmania. Skipper Paul’s dinghy hunting strategy isworking well. And now the lobster price has hit a new season high of $112 akilo. Skipper Glenn lost a bet and has handed over the Skipper’s reigns to hisdeckhand, Jake. Can the wannabe Skipper show his boss a trick or two? It’sthe middle of the night and the alarm on the Bold Contender has gone off –the boat’s anchor has broken fee of the sea floor. The Bold Contender is inreal trouble. The Ella Rose is motoring into port, full to bursting with a load ofred lobsters over two kilos in size. But there’s been a mix-up on their arrivaltime and Skipper Steve’s entire catch is now under threat of dying because ofpollutants in the bay – that’s five days of fishing down the drain. Steve makesan urgent call to his dad to help solve the problem. Most of the lobster fleet ishitting their winter catch targets, except for Team Triton. Skipper Pete’shalfway through his run and he’s only caught 280 lobsters, barely a dent in his1,000 lobster target. It’s blank pot after pot. Has the mad genius lost his Midastouch?"
2022 12 08 18 00
"Life at sea can be a lonely place, especially when you’re not catchinglobsters. Skipper Squizzy and Deckie Tabor of Team Bold Contender aredoing it tough. Their pots are all coming up empty and that’s because themysterious pyrosomes are back. Cabin fever has also taken hold, big time;Squizzy and Tabor are at each other like cat and dog. The Jager family’sstrategy of hunting as a two-boat team is paying off. Skipper Glenn hasexceeded his target of 500 and Skipper Warren and son Paul are fast closingin on their target so they’ve decided to change tack and go their separateways. Team Ansons Bay is under attack from sea fleas. The fleas eat thelobster bait and no bait means empty pots - it’s situation critical. Team KiaKoura’s radical dinghy fishing strategy is working even better than expected;they’re catching 2 kilogram plus big red lobsters pot after pot. Skipper Steveand Deckie Jamie from Team Ella Rose in North West Tasmania are headingback to sea, this time to a secret place called Donkey Rock. It’s where Stevecaught his biggest ever lobster, weighing in at more than 5 kilos. But there’s aproblem. Gus the Labrador is seasick and looks like he might vomit at anymoment. Meanwhile, Pete the mad genius from Team Triton can’t buy a win.He’s bleeding cash and fast sliding down the lobster tally board. If he’s anychance of making target, he’ll needs to turn it around and fast."
2022 12 11 19 00
"Team Ella Rose is hunting for big reds near Three Hummock Island inNorthern Tasmania. They’ve already caught the biggest lobster of the season,a 3.8kg mammoth, but they want more. What’s inside their next pot will sendboat-dog Gus into a frenzy; it’s dog versus sea beast. Team Kai Koura hasreturned to Suicide Run but the tide has turned deadly and Skipper Paul isworried their pots will get smashed by the swell and wash away. Word aroundthe fleet is that the price for smaller-sized lobsters is about to plummet.Skipper Glenn has changed strategy and is hunting for 1kg-plus lobsters only.He’s set himself an ambitious new target of 1200 lobsters. But first, he’ll needto navigate his way through the razor-sharp rocks of Ketchem Bay. Theentrance to the bay is super shallow; one mistake and they’ll run aground.Team Triton is nine days into their winter run but they’ve only caught half ofwhat they need to pay their bills. It’s disaster after disaster for the mad genius,bad rope splices, broken pots, sharks and gear failure; Team Trion is deep inthe red and desperately needs a win. Team Bold Contender is leaving port ona five day run hoping to hit his season target of 1900 lobsters. Squizzy’s stilldesperately chasing $110,000 profit figure to avoid having to mortgage hishome. As they hit open water, Team Kia Koura is returning to Dover to cash inand secure a new season-high price."
2022 12 11 20 00
"Team Bold Contender is off to a blistering start in the final leg of its winter run.Skipper Squizzy’s carrying more than $30,000 worth of lobsters onboard. Butthey’ve hit a major crisis; they’ve had a massive electrical power fail thatthreatens to wipe out their entire catch. The salt-water pumps that keep thelobsters alive in the tanks have died. The Bold Contender is dead in the water.Squizzy makes an urgent SOS call for help. Pete the mad genius and DeckieMatthew have returned to the tried and tested hunting grounds of Low RockyPoint - it’s where they cleaned-up big time last season. Finally, the tide isturning for Team Triton, but is it all too late? There’s a code red warning onthe lobster price. The mad genius now has no option but to catch his way outof trouble. He’ll need a small miracle. Meanwhile, Team Anson’s Bay is fishingin a secret location named Donkey’s Bay. And they’ve just pulled a 3.4kgmonster! Skipper Glenn couldn’t be happier. He’s had a dream run thisseason and is now set to return to port and cash in. But after a quick ringaround to his wholesale lobster buyers, he’s confronted with the shock newsthat the lobster price is in free-fall. Glenn is on tenterhooks. The buyers are alllow-balling on the price. Skipper Steve and Deckie Jamie are working offHunter Island as they close in on their trip target of 350 of the biggest big redsin Tasmania. They’re on a mission to catch the biggest lobster of the season.Last year, they bagged a record 5 kg Godzilla. They’re hoping to do it again.But there’s a problem. The Bass Strait tide is wreaking havoc with their lobsterpots, tearing and ripping them to shreds."
2022 12 15 15 00
"It’s the last week of the winter rock lobster hunting season. Three teams arestill fishing and two teams have cashed out at port. The lobster price isholding strong, just. The Powerful Bass Strait tide is dragging the Ella Rosedangerously closed to the razor-sharp rocks of Three Hummocks Island.Skipper Steve needs to make this his trip pay, to meet his season target of600 lobsters. The Hursey’s family restaurant is depending on it. The springtourist trade is only a matter of weeks away and the restaurant needshundreds of fresh new lobsters to keep up with the demand. To make mattersworse, 40-knot winds and a large swell is making it near impossible to find thebuoys attached to their lobster pots. And now one of them (a pot) haswrapped around the boat’s propeller. Skipper Steve and Deckie Jamie need toget it sorted urgently before the engine seizes up. The Ella Rose is in serioustrouble. Skipper Squizzy and Deckie Tabor have crushed their season targetof 1900 lobsters. Everything now is cream on top. Bur forecast strong windsand a large swell means time is running out. And out of the blue, anotherfishermen has pranked the Bold Contender. Squizzy is hell bent on revenge.Meanwhile, the Mad Genius is doing the near impossible, racing up thelobster tally board with an 11th powerful finish. It’s hit after hit, pot after pot.The mad genius wanted four more seasons at sea before he retires. Will thisbe one those seasons? The season’s catch clock is fast counting down. Whowill catch the most lobsters? Who’ll claim the biggest red? And who will makethe most money for the season?"
2022 12 15 16 00
Aussie Lobster Men face their greatest challenge. The international lobster price has crashed, triggered by a global pandemic. Skipper Squizzy is $150,000 down in revenue for the month. With the lobster price at an all-time low of $30 per kg, he’s hemorrhaging money before he even leaves port. In the hope of securing a higher price, he’s banking on selling his catch direct to the public. It’s a first for Squizzy - and a massive gamble. Dinghy Skipper Cracker managed to secure a wholesale buyer, but he has to deliver 1000kg of 1.5 kg plus lobsters, otherwise the $50,000 deal is off. In Western Australia, Skipper Jay and his two deckhand nephews have spent seven weeks without pay. He’s over $200,000 in the red and his buyer has given him a narrow window to catch a heavily reduced order, but all that’s about to change as they head to sea.
2022 12 15 17 00
The global market meltdown has hit hard. Aussie Lobstermen right across the country are struggling to stay afloat. Tough times calls for radical thinking about how to sell into the depressed local market. Get it wrong and it’s game over. Greenhorn Skipper Bryce is up to his eyeballs in debt. After buying a new boat for $150,000 and spending a further $90,000 refurbishing it, the cash-strapped rookie can't afford a deckhand and embarks on his maiden voyage solo. Skipper Squizzy and Tabor are halfway through their five-day run. Squizzy’s had to re-mortgage his house to keep his business afloat. They have just 48-hours to hit their target – and then comes the hard part, selling 500 kilos of lobsters direct to the public. West Australian Skipper Jay gets the okay to pull his lobster pots. After eight weeks of no-action this will be Team Corado crew’s first paycheck.
2022 12 15 18 00
The hunt for red gold heats up. The Aussie Lobstermen are forced to put it all on the line to stop their businesses from going under. Rookie Skipper Bryce is three days into his nightmare maiden voyage. He borrowed $150,000 to buy his first boat just before the market collapsed. So far, he's only caught ten kilograms of lobsters and needs at least 100 kilos more to break even. Skipper Cracker’s $50,000 deal to supply 1000 kilograms of big reds is on shaky ground when he and Scotty discover their secret fishing spot has been invaded by other boats. 500km to the north, in the Bass Strait, Skipper Danny and deckhand Macca are heading to sea even though fish buyers are refusing to take orders. Danny is taking a $27,000 gamble, hoping to catch 1000 kilograms of lobster. But if he doesn’t find a buyer, it’ll all be for nothing.