‘Wicked Tuna’: Why Dave Marciano Calls Himself Black Sheep of His Family

by Joe Rutland

“Wicked Tuna” captain Dave Marciano has been a successful tuna fisherman during the series’ run. To his family, he’s the black sheep.

Well, Outsiders, that’s what he says himself.

Marciano talked about this during a 2016 interview with Points East Magazine.

“I was pretty much the black sheep of the family,” Marciano said. “I was the only one of the four kids that did not go to college or go into the family insurance business.

“Instead, I started out fishing on the Yankee Fleet [the venerable Gloucester party boat fishing and whale-watching company] doing charter trips while still in high school,” he said. “After that, I moved on to working on commercial fishing boats in Gloucester.”

‘Wicked Tuna’ Fisherman Learned About Getting Bluefin Tuna Fishing Commercially

While he spent time in commercial fishing, it was where the “Wicked Tuna” star learned about catching bluefin tuna.

Marciano does this over and over again in the regulated bluefin tuna season.

What about his first tuna catch? He talked about it.

“I was fishing with William G. Brown on the Janie B out of Gloucester; I was about 20 years old,” Marciano said. “We were gillnetting at the time, and when the tuna were around, like all good fishermen do, we took advantage of that.

“After that first fish, I knew right away I was hooked,” Marciano said. “I’ve fished for tuna by rod and reel whenever I could after that initial catch, and I’m still doing it today. I never looked back.”

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Dave Marciano Talks About What Downtime Is Like For Him, Other Crews

Every crew and fishing captain faces downtime during the year. Tuna season is not all year so there will be times that they spend it differently.

Well, what do they do? Here is the “Wicked Tuna” captain to talk about it.

In an interview, FV Hard Merchandise captain Marciano told Yahoo! TV in 2013 that “there’s a lot of days where we don’t see much action.”

These periods aren’t seen by viewers. What is shown on “Wicked Tuna” instead?

Those slow periods are cut out. But there is an advantage to it being done.

“That’s where they really create the entertainment – if you saw how it really was, the fishery itself would be as exciting as watching grass grow,” Marciano said. “… With the editing, you’re seeing the consolidating of the epic highs and the epic lows.”

What about the fish? They have to wait for them.

Marciano said that it takes a lot of time and that is the major investment they put into the fishing season.

“That’s where the playing field is equal,” he said. “You have to spend time out there in the fishing grounds to put these fish on the boat.”