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• Last updated: July 14, 2016

The Best Outdoor Profession to Escape From the Office

professional tuna fisherman with fish on boat

Paid for and written by the National Geographic Channel

Hate all the little red flags in your inbox, the watery coffee in the break room, and your boss’s passive aggressive comments every single hour, on the hour? What if you traded your keyboard in for a rod and reel? Check out some reasons why being a professional bluefin tuna fisherman could be your dream job…or your worst nightmare.

professional tuna fisherman at fishing pole on boat


  • You could make $25,000 in a single day from a hearty catch. Say what??
  • You can trash that calendar of beaches on your office wall because your office here is the gorgeous blue ocean.
  • You can burn all your ties and skip the showers because fish don’t care how GQ you look.
  • There’s no need to deal with rubberneckers, tailgaters or traffic jams from hell on your daily commute in the sea.
  • You can finally grow out that manly beard you’ve been dreaming of as long as you damn please.



  • You could make no money or even lose money at the end of a poor fishing season.
  • Your worst fear in an office jog is getting fired. Your worst fear on the open seas is losing your life in a treacherous storm. #perspective
  • Fish seem to love to bite right when you’re falling asleep. Be prepared to go days without sleep.
  • Say goodbye to your nice, baby soft hands and hello to some extremely calloused palms that look like they belong to a zombie dog.
  • Think the farts from your coworkers in the elevator stink? Try dealing with the ripe smell of squid, cod, herring and more during the day.

Need to do some more research before putting in your two weeks notice? Tune in to Wicked Tuna: North vs. South to follow several of Gloucester’s top fishermen as they head south to attempt to salvage their finances after a disappointing fishing season in New England. Find out how they fare against the more experienced locals in the unfamiliar and dangerous waters of the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the series premiere on Sunday, August 17 at 10/9c on the National Geographic Channel.