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Giant Lobster Hunters   

Information
Series 1: 10x60 | HD | 2018
Series 2: 08x60 | HD | 2019
Production Company
Fredbird Entertainment
Primary Broadcaster
Seven Network

Giant Lobster Hunters follows the real life dramas of six lobster boat captains over the last ten weeks of the winter rock lobster hunting season as they risk it all in search of the world’s most prized seafood delicacy. For the lobstermen, it’s their last chance to put money in the bank until the fishing grounds re-open in spring. The Southern Ocean is Australia’s deadliest stretch of ocean. Against a backdrop of wild weather and treacherous seas, crews work night and day to haul in hundreds of kilograms of lobsters across slippery decks. Even a minor problem can turn deadly in a matter of moments and the nearest port is often hundreds of nautical miles away.

Medical emergencies, mechanical failure, storms and underwater predators all serve as natural adversaries. And then there’s the volatile lobster price, which goes up and down most days. More than eighty percent of all lobsters caught in Tasmania are exported live to China and that’s what drives the per kilo price. But if a captain gets it right, he can make a fortune. Get it wrong and he can lose it all. This is not only a story of risk, strategy and skill at sea but a drama about family economics. 

SCREENER ARRIVING September (Series 2, international)

Series 2 - Episode 1 (Australian Version)

This multi-part factual series follows the real life dramas of six charismatic lobster boat captains as they hunt for Southern Rock Lobsters in Australia’s deadliest ocean. Squizzy, Skipper of Bold Contender, has headed out early, hoping to get the jump on the fleet and capitalize on the red-hot lobster price, which is at a season-high. He’s hunting south of Bruny Island in Southern Tasmania targeting 1900 brindle lobsters. And he’s under huge financial pressure to pull it off.

Series 1 - Episode 2: Superstition

The winter lobster season is in full swing. Squizzy, Skipper of Bold Contender, is under pressure to fill a special order of 600 brindle lobsters. Ansons Bay is dead in the water – its engine has stopped working. And stormy weather and rough seas have plagued the Minnamurra. It’s been a horror start for Skipper Clive. Meanwhile, Danny, Skipper of the William Norling, is hunting for big reds in the Bass Strait and he’s received some good news.

Series 1 - Episode 1: Money Fish

There’s only ten weeks to go until the end of the winter rock lobster hunting season. For the lobstermen, it’s their last chance to out money in the bank before the season re-opens in spring. This multi-part series follows the real life dramas of six lobster captains as they go in search of lobsters in the Southern Ocean – Australia’s deadliest stretch of water. The winter weather will put every skipper to the test. Who’ll hit their target? Who’ll bag the biggest? And who’ll make a fortune?