The Bounty Hunter
These guys give other fishermen a bad name. They can't catch fish on their own, and when they get someone onboard who can (Paul), they blame all of their bad luck on him. Then, when they catch one, Paul is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I wish they would show how many fish the Googans they complain about so much catch. I bet it would be far more than these spoiled, inferior "fishermen" (and I use that term extrememely loosely).
I've been watching for 3 years and I think that's the same number of fish they have caught. It's always someone else's fault though (Googans, Paul, paying customers for charters), until they lose one themselves which they excel at, then it's just bad luck.
Please do us all a favor and concentrate on actual fishermen!
Here is my position on Bill
He's seems like a good guy and OK fisherman.
Having his wife on board- is never a good thing, I would never do it and don't think its good for fishing. he's a better man that me for trying to make it work.
Scott - one woman on a boat is one too many, Bill has Donna and SCOTT to deal with, He is a negative, wining, baby who has no business on a boat. why on earth you allow him to fish with you is a mystery to me. You asked paul what the secret is, he said attitude is everything and you keep this guy. I understand dealing with a bad attitude if the mate knows what he's doing - that is not the case. he pets a short fish, covers his eye, talks about sustainable fishery then slides him over the deck cover backwards damaging the fin. Spin the fish and push him forward jack-a_ _. "we're going to lose his" - get off my boat. Get rid of him and your luck will change. Every time I see him do that I would like to break his fat arm, please bill don't allow this to happen.
all fisherman do what they can to find what others do to catch fish. Its part of the game, its the learning process. Everyone does it, most are more subtle than Bill. don't you pretenders act like he's stealing.
Stop crying about tuna.com. heck , its not that you are even close to him. Worry about moving up one position at a time. it would be a win for you to not be in last place. crying and being negative is contagious, again....................get rid of scott and focus on the prize.
Leaving line in the water - BS, no fish is worth that Billy, you should know better. Don't get tied up in the moment again.
You guys seem like great people. Relax, be positive, don't force the fish in (I know how hard that is with scott yelling "we're going to lose him". we all want to see you catch fish.
funny how bill catches the biggest fish in the fleet without dick head "we"re gonna lose em" Scott fishing. Great to see Greg from Kevins boat A real gentleman fishing with Bill Good Luck Bill & Donna
keep on fishing and leave Scott on the dock I know you can make it!
when you leave 100 ft. of line to drift you are more interested in money than to be stewards of the sea! that said i am no longer interested in whether you appear on another show or whether you lose or keep your boat!
Hey gang, love the show. Bill. I think that I may have come up with a cheap way to keep the birds from getting at your chum. I would rather not share this with the other captains. Please email me at this adress if your interested. email@example.com Good luck and be safe.
Here in Tennessee we are so thrilled when we watch WT and think of our visit last September. I still wear my bracelet Billy; Donna i just love watching you! Go girls! If you think of it please say hello to the assistant dock master- can't for the life of me remember her name but she was so kind to us; you go Scott! love you guys stay safe and see you in September- Perry and Mary from H-town tennessee
it really hurts watching Billy and his crew work so hard and not reap the rewards. Hire some young fellows for crew to help u all out. Better still, get Paul to Captain, and his brother Bruce to help and you cant lose. Scott cant do it alone and it is getting harder for you all. Catch fish , get winning the tuna catch. You all deserve it!
I love Donna's fistyness too. lol. you all just work so hard.
Hats off to you, Billy... Donna and Scott. Great to live a dream! I remember fishing a few seasons in the 80s as First Mate on the Simpatica and correct me if I'm wrong, didn't you own a boat named the Bounty Hunter back then? I'm sure you and Donna remember me but I don't believe I ever met Scott. Anyway, retired now myself and full time RVing, currently in Florida.
Good Luck this coming season!
you guys talk about when billy took .com numbers but do you remember when .com gave billy the run around. the bounty hunter caught lots of fish but they were all shorts. I bet you if you and up all the fish that each boat caught even the shorts the bounty hunter would be in a close first. Bounty hunter will be on top next season.
I'm a professional blue marlin fisherman and you, Bill are a Googan. All you ever do is complain about googans, yet I don't know any professional fisherman that has to go into Fisherman's Outfitters and ask what ssome other fisherman (.com) is using to catch fish. YOU ARE A GOOGAN. and the fact you claim to have been fishing as long as you have explains to all that you SUCK.......gooogan
I'm a professional blue marlin fisherman and all you ever do is complain about googans,yet, you, Bill are the biggest googan out there!!!!!! Hilarious. What professional fisherman has to go into Fisherman's Outfitters to ask what some other fisherman (.com) out there is doing. Your a complete joke to fishermen....give it up and go back to your day job as I'm sure that's where you came from GOOGAN
Yesterday my husband, myself, and my mom and grandson visiting from MN took a drive for the day over to Gloucester, from Syracuse, NY to see if we could find FV.Tuna. com and Bounty Hunter, and Hard Merchandise in the marinas there..we happen to be the Bounty Hunters biggest fans even though we admire all of them...as we were walking around after my husband had found and taken pictures of the .com we walked around the dock to the other side and found the Bounty Hunter...Wow amazing but the best part was seeing Bill, Donna, and Scott walking at us, they were the most gracious people, we had sevral pictures with them and visited like we had known them forever...and yes we also cry with Donna when they lose one and cried when Scott dedicated an episode to his father...but to those of you who belittle them and talk smack shame on you, until you have talked to them laughed with them and taken even a few minutes to say hello...Karma is never far away...We love you guys and good luck can't wait for the new season in February...
yep really embarrassing for billy.
I was pulling for him to get a few in the beginning but the way he has handled a bit of adversity with this dry spell is sad.
Their attitude in the episode where they stole tuna.coms numbers said a lot about the type of men they are to me.
Together with the continuous whinging and negativity, its not a good look to portray to the world on tv.
They come across as jealous amatuers that dont have any faith in their own ability to find and cacth fish.
Scott is a big mouthed gronk and it surprises me that someone hasnt slapped him.
You see the way both scott and bill react when other fisho's impead them and break any etiquette?
Hypocrites, really embarrassing bill.
What happeneded with Paul? you had him on the boat but both you and scott kept whinging and expecting him to pull something out of arse all on his own to bail you two sad fuks out.
Take the advice of many here and sack scott. He's a dud
You jinxed your season when you poached .coms #s and for what a 178lb fish.When you sold it to the buyer you
were fist pumping Donna was doing a little dance and scott pointed his finger in the air going "this is for you dad".
Really.You outta be ashamed of yourselves.Paul had 5 weeks and made over 50K.He has what you lack,a true
passion.You had him for awhile last season and you profitted.Either sell your boat and get rid of that no-fishing
cry baby scott or get some mates that know how to fish.Scott had the balls to talk about Karma...."what goes
around comes around".Well it came around and took a bite out of all your asses just like a Great White!!
Let pudgy Scott go..He lost every tuna..seems more concerned with his 18 yr old haircut..and acting for the camera..He has no idea when to let the tuna run..seems to want the camera to get a close-up of his torn off sleeves and non existent muscles..what is he 45?
Hello: I think anyone who does this for a living is great in my book anyday. However, having said this, in my opinion Capt. Monte should hang up his hooks. This fishery does not wait for hesitators, if you don't take the shot and land meat on the deck, someone else will. Scott still has fire in his belly for the fight and I hope he does for a long time. So lease the boat out to another captain, have money coming in and keep up the fight. Never stop fishing, even if you are wet, hungry and discouraged. Never stop fishing.
Capt. Bill is a great fisherman however He definitely needs a younger and better crew. Better yet get Paul and his brother on YOUR boat !!
You probably have more hours on the water than most of the other fishermen. You have the very best boat of the fleet. Have been on the ocean since I was 5. One of the hardest days of my life was when the Grady White left our yard for the last time. Enjoy it while you can.
I doubt that Bill comes here to read the comments....so much negativity and hatred.... But Bill, if you indeed do read these comments I will offer an observation.... You're using hooks that are too small and of the wrong type for the line test and drag pressure you're fishing. Hayabusa, Gamakatsu, and Owner hooks are actually too sharp, and while they'll set up quickly in the mouth, they also pull just as quickly, due to their sharpness and fine shank diameter and squared off shape...I would suggest Eagle Claw L118 mag, these are bronze hooks with round wire shanks and they are perfect for fishing tuna of the size you're fishing and with heavy drag pressure.... I would also suggest using a bigger hook then the size I see you using.... If you insist on using the gear you've been using then at least back off on the drag and learn some patience... unless there are sharks infesting the water you should be in no hurry to land the fish, it is the extreme drag pressure and impatience that is costing you on the larger fish, just my humble opinion, I'd like to see you enjoy greater success.....
STOP CRYING ABOUT DAVE AND TUNA.COM . HE IS NOT HOLDING YOU GUYS BACK PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOUR NOT DOING! RATHER THEN BLAM .COM. BILL GET SOME SKILLS
Bill if you want to save your business leave your wife at home and get rid of your first mate and get two hungry young fisherman that want to earn some money like me, and sit back and watch your business flourish for a change!!!
You all need some younger members on your crew because I have never seen a crew miss as many fish as The Bounty Hunter does!
I fished for a living for years it is not easy. It gets harder as you get older. The Bounty Hunter Is having a dry spell, dry spells are bad when its money on the deck. Bill and his crew seem to be nice people a lot of working fisherman are. Their are bad apples in every bunch bit the Bounty Hunter is not in that bunch. All those who say ean things about people they dont know should be ashamed. And if they want to get out of the arm chair and hit the deck go for it a lets see how you do.
Bill your face in this picture to me says, "we hardly caught any fish last season, and probably do the same this year"...I use your segment of the show for bathroom breaks etc...
Please send us money we need real jobs and we cant catch fish, if it wasnt for workmans comp I couldnt of sued and got this boat.Oh plus the law suit money for the accident when I bumped my head. I dont work and pretend to be a fishermen in boston.
My brother and I were fortunate enough to meet Bill and Donna in Boston this past weekend in Boston. They are a class act. Unbelievably nice people, modest and extremely friendly. Bill is the ideal guy to sit down with drink beer and shoot the sh#t.
A real sportsman doesnt cut off 100 feet of line to avoid tangling when "hooked up" You guys know that line will drift forever tangling sea and bird life . Shame on you !! Maybe when you become stewards off the sea your luck will change . I am far from an environmentalist but a hunter and fisherman .
The crew of the "Bounty Hunter" are what we in NH call "MASSHOLES"! What a rotten group of nasty people! They are the kind of people who cut you off on the road and then flip you the bird! I hope your boat sinks! It's people like them that give the whole state a bad rap.
Incomprehensible why this "Bounty Hunter" captain, mate, and crew are featured on National Geographic. Embarrassing.
I agree with Geno, Bill might have been good 30 years ago but to fish on top of someone else's and then act like you found the tuna on your own is embarassing, thinking it is time for you and your wife to call it quits. As for your deckhand Scott what a loser celebrate when you can find your own fish. You are NO competition for any of the other boats. After your last season this season is going to be the same. Tuna.com or Hard Merchandise have nothing to worry about from you guys. And Scott saying this is for your deceased father is a disgrace, he raised a man who steals from others, if I were you there is nothing to be proud of
Another crew that would be more successful if they spent less time worrying and slagging off Dave on Tuna.com, and more time actually working hard and catching their own fish like he does......
You steal his numbers, you follow him around, you constantly badger him for information he is not obliged to tell you....and you even steal his first mate....and dump your wife in the process....
You are relentless mate....there is nothing you wont do to pinch a fish from him....EXCEPT work hard like he does and catch your own fish!
Hey bounty hunter, i joined this site just to tell you your a loser, find your own numbers, if you know how to do that, oh i do you dont give a damn what i say, help hope you only get 1 fish this season and your family goes hungry, get lost dirt bag !!!!
Bill is a sook....instead of abusing Dave and following him around and whining, how about you work as hard as he does and you might see his successes. He is not lucky, he is good and works hard. On the other hand Bill and his crew are just sore losers and sooks.....
Seriously, it's insulting to hear you insult paying customers (amateurs can't catch fish) yet you caught more Tuna, undersized or not, with them than you EVER do..... Then, to see you shove the Tuna out the door backwards, probably damaging their pectoral fins, yet at the same time you preach about preserving the species... I could go on and on... I will actually fast fwd past any content that has you guys on the show...... You really bring it down...
@John Michael A little negative are we?
@Cindy Ellingson here here Cindy. They all work hard and I don't feel any of them should be smacked down.
@Fermin Benedetti Paul in a canoe could outfish these idiots
@Wu Gavagoochi he is 51
@Lewis Lytle I doubt they went bankrupt, they act like spoiled rich kids.
However, they definitely have lost money every season the show has been on due to their lack of skill and sense of entitlement. I bet, based on the show, they can't even get a charter (which they love, because they can blame someone else for losing fish....if they actually get one to bite and for once they might get a fish since someone else is fighting it).
Well, they've probably gone on to other things they can fail at and blame others for their own shortcomings.
@J. Pasqurell I agree, get Paul and Bruce on your boat. you will see the tuna adding up very quickly Bill and Donna and Scott!
Joe these guys are total losers ive never seen a group of worse sportsmen ever in my life, terrible fishermen some of them, its not rocket science its a way to get some quick easy money because the japs pay so much these days now that the species is about gone.
@steven moran you took the words right out of my mouth...and Scott you owe your family!
@Andrew Clark Billy didn't steal Dave's 1st mate. Dave fired Paul and Billy took him on for the rest of the season so Paul could catch fish. Paul was looking for work and Billy was glad-and smart- to take him on. Hey they caught fish with Paul on crew!
@bruce m. Your an idiot