|December 22, 1987
|American TV Personality, Fisherman
Do you know where your tuna comes from? Do you know who puts it on the plate? Well, yes, you paid for it. But do you think about where does your tuna come from? If you want to know more about the origins of tuna, Wicked Tuna is the place to start. And Tyler McLaughlin is a big part of it. With years of experience in the fishing industry, how much is Tyler McLaughlin cash flow?
Wicked Tuna premiered in 2012. Since then, the show has built a very dedicated fan base. Fans all over the world love watching the crew go fishing. And Tyler is one of the favorite crew members. He has years of experience in the fishing industry. McLaughlin has a family history of fishing as well.
Among the fishing community, Tyler is a respected member. Let’s take a look at his fortune and career journey.
Many people learn their skills from their fathers. Tyler is an example of that as well. Fishing is a generation’s business in their family. It passes from one generation to another. While for many people fishing is a hobby and a way to get out in the open, for Tyler and his family, it is something more.
Tyler started fishing when he was just three years old. He has fished professionally for his entire adult life. And at the age of 23, he joined the cast of Wicked Tuna.
Born in 1987 in Hollis, New Hampshire, Tyler also has a sister. And his younger sister Marissa, also goes fishing.
Growing up in his hometown, fishing served as a predetermined career for him. He was perfectly set up for it. His father took him on fishing trips trying to keep him away from crying. And by the age of three, he already started catching tuna all by himself.
Despite his fishing career, Tyler also attended school. He finished his high school education at Bridgton Academy, graduating in 2007. Following his high school degree, he joined Nicholas College. There, he played tennis but kept fishing. Up until 2011, when he got his major in management, Tyler kept fishing and academics side by side.
But after getting out of college, he bought a fishing vessel and named it Pin Wheel. In 2012, he joined the crew of Wicked Tuna. It is a show about commercial fisherman fishing in the Atlantic Ocean for bluefin tuna. Every year, at the end of the season, the show declares a winner.
In his debut season, Tyler claimed the throne at the end of the season. He caught Tuna worth of $100,861. Besides the main show, he also joined the spinoff, Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.
As of November 2020, Tyler’s record for the biggest tuna is a fish weighing 1,269 pounds and 124 inches long. He caught it in October 2011 in Massachusetts.
In 2016, he got arrested after getting into a fight in North Carolina. But he got released on a $10,000 bond.
We said before his sister loves to fish as well. Fishing is something that runs deep in the McLaughlin family. After the passing of Duffy Fudge, Tyler brought his sister as a first mate.
Tyler grew up in New Hampshire, but spends most of his time in Massachusetts. That is why he is a fan of the Boston Bruins. He loves watching them play at the TD Garden.
Tyler spends most of his days on the open sea. But that doesn’t mean he shies away from commitment. In 2015 he dated Savannah Tapley. But that relationship ended, and she disappeared from the public’s eye. He moved on and started dating Shannon Harris. She works as a branch manager in Worcester, Massachusetts.
As for his boat? Well, the name has a special meaning. And it is all thanks to tuna.
You probably wonder do members of Wicked Tuna get paid? Well, when the show started, the cast made between $2,000 and $3,000 per boat, per episode. But as the series grew, so have their salaries as well. Now, they get paid up to $10,000 per episode. And some of the big stars earn even more.
The show serves as Tyler’s main source of income. But he also has other sources. Tyler has his own Pinwheel inspired merchandise line. You can buy clothing items, but also accessories.
Tyler has Pinwheel since 2011. He makes money filming the popular National Geographic show, but also from commercial fishing. Yes, Tyler earns money from fishing when the cameras aren’t rolling. And he has a couple of brand deals and endorsements.
As of November 2020, Tyler McLaughlin fortune is more than $400,000. For info, tuna fishermen in the employ of the federal government earn an average of $42,000 per year.