‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Dave Marciano Speaks on Moments He Wanted to Give Up on Fishing

by Amy Myers
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that becoming a bluefin tuna fisherman is a hard living. Even before the season starts, Wicked Tuna stars have to prep their boats, buy the necessary equipment, monitor the waters and secure their crews. Then once the quota opens, the crews set sail for days and weeks at a time away from their family, opting for long days at the reels and even longer nights as storms rock the boat.

Of course, on the other hand, those hours spent on the Atlantic amount to some of the most victorious in a fisherman’s life. Once the crews haul a 100-inch bluefin on board after a hard fight, none of the pain, loss or hardship matters.

Like many of his co-stars, Wicked Tuna captain Dave Marciano understands the highs and lows of his coastal career. Though he may be one of the best anglers on the East Coast, Marciano, too, faced moments where he wanted to give up on fishing altogether. In a past interview with Fox News, the fishing star unabashedly admitting to this feeling.

“Over the years as a commercial fisherman there’s been a least half a dozen times where I just really thought I couldn’t do it anymore, especially when you add in the family part,” the Wicked Tuna star shared. “I could get by on a lot less but when it comes to the wife and kids having to go without as a father that makes you seriously reconsider what you’re doing with your life.”

How ‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Dave Marciano Finds Strength to Keep Fishing

The Wicked Tuna star shares three kids with his wife, Nancy. His two oldest, Angelica and Jason, have spent their fair share of time on the Hard Merchandise. Meanwhile, Marciano’s youngest, Eva, is still in elementary school and likely has a few years before she can help her father pull in a 200-pound fish.

While there are surely moments when Marciano would rather be at a soccer game than on the water, he digs down deeper than his lures can reach and finds the motivation to continue chasing after his dream.

“But somehow I manage to keep it together and stay in the game,” the Wicked Tuna star explained. “That’s why I’m also thankful for the show. It’s been a life-changing experience partnering with National Geographic and Pilgrim Productions.”

Surely, the day will come when Marciano decides to only bring out his rods for leisurely fishing, but he’ll never put his equipment away for good.

“I don’t know if I truly ever will retire but it would be great to get to a point in my life when I could go fishing when I want to, not because I have to,” he said.