TJ Ott from "Wicked Tuna" is one of the fishing captains featured in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series. He is the captain of the Hot Tuna.

TJ Ott is in his early 30s but he's already earned himself a reputation as one of the best fishermen on the east coast. Born and raised in the fishing community of Broad Channel, New York, TJ was introduced to the commercial fishing trade by his father, Tim Ott Sr. TJ was 12 years old when he caught his first bluefin, and has been hooked ever
TJ Ott Wicked Tuna
TJ Ott in "Wicked Tuna" - © National Geographic Channel

since. He took over the Hot Tuna from his father when he was just 19 years old, making him one of the youngest captains in the area. TJ currently splits his time between Key West, where he fishes for grouper, snapper, mahi and wahoo, and fishing in Gloucester during bluefin season.

The Hot Tuna is the biggest boat in the fleet, and its captain has a personality to match — gregarious, funny and highly knowledgeable, TJ is one of Gloucester's best-liked and most respected fishermen. During the past several fishing seasons, the Hot Tuna has regularly been one of New England's top-earning boats, due to Captain TJ Ott's unfailing ability to find the tuna and get them on his lines.

TJ's easy-going nature means he's accumulated a valuable network of friends in fishing industry, willing to tip him off to wherever the fish are biting.

Don't let his jolly demeanor fool you. TJ also has a score to settle with his former mentee, Captain Tyler McLaughlin of the Pin Wheel.

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Where does he live? Find out here.

Birthplace: Broad Channel, NY
Current Residence: Gloucester, MA and Key West, FL

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