‘Wicked Tuna’: Does Captain Dave Marciano Actually Have Issues with Other Captains?

by Joe Rutland

With all those captains on the TV show “Wicked Tuna,” Outsiders, we wondered if Dave Marciano had issues with them.

Marciano is one of the longest-tenured captains on the show.As such, he was asked about it during an interview with Boston Magazine.

About the competition, Marciano said, “It’s real, and we kind of get along on shore, but the bottom line is: it’s all about money, especially for me.

“Fishing is my sole source of income for my family,” he said. “That’s how I put my daughters through school and my son. When you get out there, we’re talking fish that could be anywhere from $10,000 to as much as $20,000, for one fish.

“So when you’re talkin’ that much money, yeah, we seem to get along fine on shore, but when you get out there, and there’s that kind of paycheck involved, the elbows go up,” Marciano said. “It’s human nature.”

If you think Marciano is kidding, well, he’s not. He’s posted one overall win and three second-place finishes among captains collecting bluefin tuna on “Wicked Tuna.”

The National Geographic Channel continues to show episodes on its network. Also, Outsiders, you can catch the spin-off, “Outer Banks,” on there, too.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Believes Certain Level of Cockiness Needed on Show

No one will ever say Marciano is not confident in his or his team’s ability to catch bluefin tuna.

But the “Wicked Tuna” captain did admit that a level of cockiness is needed to be out there in the waters off Gloucester, Mass.

He talked about it in 2013 in an interview with Yahoo! TV.

“There’s literally hundreds of boats that participate in the bluefin tuna fishery,” Marciano said. “And it is pretty cutthroat because these fish are worth a lot of money.”

In the interview, Marciano said that he has a small, tight circle of friends that he works with within the area. He said “most of them are guys like me — full-time, strictly working commercial fisherman,” he said. “Prior to ‘Wicked Tuna,’ I knew all these guys existed, but I didn’t talk to them much or work with them much at all.”

About the cockiness, Captain Marciano? He said there definitely does need to be some.

“If you want to do well and you want to catch fish, you kind of take what’s yours,” he said. “Nobody’s gonna hand you nothing out there, that’s for sure. I’m not gonna run over and give Tyler [McLaughlin] any fish. If he wants some, he’s gonna have to come get ’em.”

Marciano is definitely not afraid to get out there and nab his fair share of bluefin tuna. It’s his willingness to do so that keeps him in the group of successful captains.