‘Wicked Tuna’: Here’s How Much Sleep the Cast Members Get on Average During Grueling Fishing Trips

by Courtney Blackann
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While a life at sea seems like a fun gig, there’s nothing super easy about it. From long, grueling days to even longer nights, the anglers face a lot of ups and downs. “Wicked Tuna” crew have to prove themselves as worthy fisherman before risking it all out on the open water. One of the ways they have to do this is through, pretty much, sleepless nights.

Fishing for bluefin tuna is a 24-hour-a-day job. This means that the fisherman will sleep while they can – if their schedule allows for it. Many times it doesn’t. According to Screenrant, after setting out in their vessel, the fishermen sometimes work 22 hours a day. So each night, the men are getting roughly two hours of sleep.

The taxing effects fishing takes on the body aren’t for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of dedication to the lifestyle to commit and go after the tuna. That’s if they want a hefty paycheck and a good haul of fish when they return to land.

While it’s fairly taxing on their bodies and minds, the reward is worth it. Bluefin tuna can bring in lots of money – which is why it’s so important to trade sleep for monitoring those fishing charts.

Not everyone is cut out for it. But the “Wicked Tuna” captains know the physical pain is temporary. And it’s just part of the job.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Fans Love to Meet Returning Vessels

Additionally, the work may be absolutely exhausting, but the fans make it worth it. The “Wicked Tuna” stars recently explained what it’s like to come home to a rather large crowd waiting for them.

“It’s crazy! It’s something I never imagined happening, but it’s also been a blessing. Sometimes it can take 20 minutes for us just to get off the boat because people are lined up watching us come in,” Captain Dave Marciano said.

The intense trip makes coming home to smiling faces that much more worth it, Marciano said.

“Even on the days when we’re tired after a long trip, I’m always happy to meet with fans,” he said. “It’s been a very humbling experience, and it’s good for the community.”

Despite their fame, garnered from the success of the show, the fisherman are not just turning up the intensity for the show.

Each of the captains and crew have been in the fishing game for years. They’ve each faced rough seas, huge swells, long nights, and frustrating losses. The lifestyle is something ingrained in the men, and they’re trained to deal with the grueling hours and dangerous situations.

Each season, the hunt for bluefin is a new promise of a huge profit. It’s a battle of the best of the best in the business and the rewards, while difficult, are plentiful.