‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Dave Marciano Has Charter Customers from Around the World Because of the Show

by John Jamison

Have you ever found yourself on the couch, wishing you were on the water reeling in a monster bluefin tuna with Captain Dave Marciano of Wicked Tuna fame? Well, Outsiders, we’re here to tell you that such an experience is a quick trip and a couple thousand bucks away.

Believe it or not, Dave Marciano offers chartered fishing tours through Angelica Fisheries Incorporated. And the rates are anything but astronomical. The success of Wicked Tuna and Marciano’s popularity as one of the leading figures on the show has given him worldwide recognition as one of the best tuna fishermen around.

Marciano told The Salem News that the people come from all around the world to go fishing with him and/or his son and fellow Wicked Tuna star Joe Marciano.

“What other TV show can you watch and have a character you’re interested in and then call him up and go hang out for a day,” said Captain Dave.

He raises a good point. It’s not like you can simply decide to go check out a crabbing operation with the crews featured on Deadliest Catch. There’s no time or room for thrill-seekers on the hostile waters of the Bering Sea.

And Marciano is far from the only captain featured on the show to offer private charter tours. The good news is that many of them are spread up and the East Coast. Wicked Tuna has grown to encompass multiple regions, including the Outer Banks.

Many of you Outsiders may be interested to learn that Captain Bobby Earl of the Reel E’ Bugging offers chartered fishing trips out of Morehead City, North Carolina. However, his rates appear to be slightly more expensive.

What Does the Name of Dave Marciano’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ Boat Mean?

If you do find yourself in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and are considering a chartered trip on the F/V Hard Merchandise, you may be wondering what the boat’s name means. Of course, you could ask Captain Dave yourself. But we’ll save you the trip.

In 2016, Wicked Tuna star Dave Marciano explained the name to Points East, a boating magazine for coastal New England.

“The fish I always sell at the auctions are hard, firm, and fresh. That’s what the buyers are looking for. The hard merchandise and we have it – the good stuff that fetches the highest prices,” said Marciano.

There you have it. The name represents the product Captain Dave Marciano consistently delivers. But there’s a second reason behind the name too. “Hard Merchandise” is a Star Wars book title that Marciano and his daughter both appreciate. If you were looking for even more of a family connection, now you have one. In fact, Marciano named his charter service Angelica Fisheries after his daughter.