‘Wicked Tuna’: Captain Dave Marciano Explains Why He’ll ‘Never Be Just Dave the Fisherman Again’

by Joe Rutland

Oh, the simpler days of just being a regular fisherman is a thing of the past for “Wicked Tuna” star Captain Dave Marciano.

Marciano talked about how the times in his life are changing in an interview with Hollywood Soapbox.

“Now I have a publicist and a manager, and all of those things that we talked about work into your formula for the next opportunity that you might have coming down the road — next show deal, appearance deal,” Marciano said.

“I’ll never be just Dave the fisherman again, and part of me was content with that. … Fishing always provided everything we needed,” the “Wicked Tuna” star said. “… Everybody was well fed. There’s a certain amount of pride that goes with that. I was content.

“I loved my job as a fisherman,” he said. “… My philosophy was, look, in this day and age, if you love your job and enjoy your job and you make a lot of living doing it, life ain’t all bad. It ain’t all about the money. There’s a part of me that will miss that guy.”

Since 2012, “Wicked Tuna” has been on the National Geographic Channel. Marciano is one of those fishermen who goes out into the waters beyond Gloucester, Mass., and look to pick up the most bluefin tuna. Marciano was part of the show for its first seven seasons. He took a couple of seasons off, then came back in the 10th season and is now on the show, too.

Marciano Said He Didn’t Expect ‘Wicked Tuna’ To Be Successful

When “Wicked Tuna” started, Marciano and other captains on the show hardly expected the show to take off and be successful.

But even Marciano, married to his wife Nancy, has found himself at a spot where the success of this show has definitely surprised him.

“When this all started, I did it for a little bit of money at times,” he said in a 2016 interview with Hollywood Soapbox. “I never in a million years thought it would get to the level where … [there’s] now season five airing, and I’m talking to you on the phone. I just got done filming season three of a spinoff show.”

Marciano said he’s still baffled when he sees himself on TV.

“I never planned on none of it, but it has been an amazing ride for me and my family,” he said. “It’s been very good for all of us.”

That spin-off is called “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” and continues to be on National Geographic Channel.

Beyond Marciano, other captains on “Wicked Tuna” include Dave Carraro, Tyler McLaughlin, TJ Ott, and Paul Hebert. The show, though, remains popular and still plans to be around for another season or two.