‘Wicked Tuna’: Dave Carraro’s Secret to Success on Show Isn’t Anything Special

by Joe Rutland

Dave Carraro of “Wicked Tuna” fame has been one of the show’s most successful captains out there catching bluefin tuna. What’s his secret?

In an interview with Discover Gloucester, the boat captain spills the tuna (not beans) about it.

“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!”

So big, in fact, that boat “FV Tuna.com” has scored five overall victories on “Wicked Tuna.”

That’s the most of any captain on the National Geographic Channel show.

Outsiders, you can go catch episodes of “Wicked Tuna” on its website right here.

Carraro and Dave Marciano are the longest-tenured captains on the show. Other captains on the show these days include TJ Ott, Tyler McLaughlin, Paul Hebert, Bob Cook, Jack Patrican, and Tim Ott Sr.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Talks About Why People Are Still Enjoying TV Show

By now, Outsiders, you know that “Wicked Tuna” is quite a show. It brings viewers right into the action of tuna fishermen off the coast of Gloucester, Mass.

People are still enjoying the show after more than 100 episodes.

Does Carraro have an idea why? Yes.

He tells Discover Gloucester that most people are landlocked who watch the show. They’ve never “heard of a bluefin tuna, that a fish of this size and power even existed.

“So to watch us catch these fish on a small rod and reel,” Carraro said, “people are just so impressed that we catch such big fish on small tackle and the money that can be made and lost over just one fish. You can hit the jackpot on that one great ‘catch.'”

Carraro Admits That He Has Never Tasted Seafood In His Entire Life

“Wicked Tuna” fans really get to see all the action and how much it matters to these teams.

This is how many of them make a living just off Gloucester. It’s seeing all the things that go into doing this type of work that brings people back over and over again.

Now, with all this work going on, Carraro probably gets his fill of seafood, right?

Not so fast, Outsiders. He talks about it with Hollywood Soapbox.

“I can’t answer that question,” Carraro said. “I have no idea what it tastes like.

He doesn’t eat any seafood. “Chicken, beef, and vegetables, that’s as far as it goes — and of course my sweets,” Carraro said. “I have a sweet tooth, but no I’ve been commercial fishing, recreational fishing since I’ve been a little kid and I’ve never eaten a piece.”