Seabrook, New Hampshire, Fisherwoman and Her All-Female Crew Make ‘Wicked Tuna’ History
Michelle Bancewicz Cicale is one of the most badass women I have ever seen in my life. I so enjoy watching her fishing adventures on social media. I have never had a chance to meet her in person, but hope to someday. Maybe a smidgeon of her badassery (not a word, I'm aware) will rub off on me.
Michelle has been fishing most of her life. Like most things, if you implement the three P's, practice, patience, and persistence, you are bound to get better at it. In 2015 she started fishing mostly for tuna, and bought her own boat in 2019, the FV No Limits (FV = fishing vessel).
"No Limits" seems like an appropriate name for Michelle's boat. Remember when she reeled in this monster of a Blue Fin on one of her first solo ventures?
And let us not forget about this crazy catch:
This one was 108 inches and had a dressed weight of 601 lbs (that’s minus the head, tail and gutted). Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor!
I have said before that Michelle deserves her own reality show. Well, the reality TV gods must have heard this declaration, because Michelle and her first mate Lea are on the current season of Wicked Tuna, which kicked off February 26!
Michelle and Lea are the first all-female crew to ever compete on the show (who run the world? GIRLS)! This is history in the making right here.
Have you been watching?