‘Wicked Tuna’: Why Captain Dave Marciano Thinks the Show’s Depiction of ‘Fishing Days’ are ‘Accurate’

by Amy Myers

When the captains and crews of Wicked Tuna embark on their 14-week journey on the Atlantic each season, it can feel like time blurs. Between exhausting days and too-short nights, no doubt the show’s stars lose track of the days before they get back to shore. However, on-screen, the progression of the days and weeks should be pretty clear to the audience. According to Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise, though, this wasn’t always the case.

Back in Season 2 of Wicked Tuna, when Marciano and other captains reigned over the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts, understandably, the show was still working out kinks in the editing process. As Marciano explained, demonstrating the passage of time on board while also showing the most action-packed moments is a hard balance to achieve.

So, when Boston Magazine asked the seasoned captain if he found the show’s portrayal to be accurate, he had a complicated answer. While he found that the shots featuring actual fishing were a pretty good match, he did have one piece of constructive criticism for the Wicked Tuna production team.

“I think the actual fishing days you see are accurate. What’s really hard to get a sense of is that if you watch the show, it looks like we’re just out for the day. The viewer really doesn’t see that most of the time we’re out for multiple days at a time,” Marciano expressed.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Marciano Explains How Everyday Life on the Water Isn’t Always Clear

As most fans of any reality TV program know, a heavy amount of editing takes place before the show actually reaches viewers. For more scandal-related shows, this could be to heighten the stakes of a situation. However, most of the time, as it is for Wicked Tuna, the editing process just skips through the more mundane parts of the show to focus on more action-packed scenes. This isn’t so much to be deceitful as it is to keep viewers interested.

After all, not many people would want to watch full episodes of downtime on board. A minute or two of the gang playing cards or chatting on deck might be a welcome palette cleanser in between catches, but any more than that and Discovery channel would drop like pelicans over a school of herring.

However, after watching how the first season depicted the lives of his crew, Captain Dave Marciano believed that production edited out a little too much. While there may be some shorter trips on the water, the crews are not fussing with the rigs and yanking up bluefins from sunrise to sunset for just one day.

“Sometimes it looks like we’re out for a six-hour cruise when in reality, we were out for four to five days,” Marciano explained.

Now with 10 seasons under its belt, Wicked Tuna properly shows the balance of work and downtime while the vessels troll the Atlantic for 14 weeks. This not only gives the audience a more accurate depiction but also honors the hard work of the fishermen and their long, exhausting trips.