‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Dave Carraro Breaks Down What Happens After Crew Catches a Fish

by Joe Rutland

People who religiously watch “Wicked Tuna” captains like Dave Carraro watch crew members nab a bluefin tuna. What happens after that?

Oh, well, Outsiders, here’s Carraro to talk about the process. He was interviewed by Boston Magazine.

“After we catch a fish, we dress it out,” he said. “We basically take the head off, take the contents out, cut some of the bigger fins off, and we cover it in ice below the deck so we keep it as cold as possible.”

Carraro added that the better a fish is taken care of, then the more money you will get.

“After we come back to the dock, our buyer is waiting for us with a big white box truck,” he said. “From there it goes to his processing plant, where they clean up the fish a little more. Most of the fish go to Japan, however, about 5 percent will be kept here for the domestic market. It will either ship out to Boston, California, or New York.”

Well, that’s quite a process, Outsiders. “Wicked Tuna” keeps following the day-to-day life of bluefin tuna season off Gloucester, Mass. Carraro has been one of the biggest winners during the show’s run on the National Geographic Channel.

Through the show’s first 10 seasons, Carraro won five.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Talks About Having To Coooperate With Others in 2020

Back in 2020, the “Wicked Tuna” crews were facing some interesting times due to the pandemic. Tuna prices were lower than ever. It drove them all to work together.

Carraro talked about it with On TV Today.

He said it changed the dynamic of working.

“We all agreed that, ‘Hey, let’s work together,'” Carraro said. “Yeah, everybody was still competitive or everybody still wanted to be that top boat but we all helped one another out with regards to where we were fishing. ‘Hey, you go this way, I’ll go that way.'”

There was more than just coordinating where to go. Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com and his colleagues were willing to take it further.

“And you know, we shared information and we shared tactics, you know, how we were fishing, baits we were fishing,” he said. “How deep we were fishing, just to help one another along for the season for a common goal. And that’s to catch and make what money we can considering the circumstances.”

What is Carraro’s secret to success? He tells Discover Gloucester.

The other captains would say I’m a ‘lucky boat’, but I say you earn your luck, good or bad,” Carraro said. “Each year that we have won has been credited to our hard work, our knowledge, and our collaboration. We work together very well as a team and that wins big!”