‘Wicked Tuna’: How Did Dave Carraro Begin His Career as a Fisherman?

by Jonathan Howard

It has been many years since Dave Carraro began his tuna career. Now, the Wicked Tuna star has a wealth of experience. However, that wasn’t always the case.

Fishing has been something that Carraro has done for a long time. It all goes back to his upbringing on the east coast. Sometimes it’s all about circumstance and being in the right place at the right time. He spoke with Hollywood Soapbox about his younger days and growing up in New Jersey.

“I grew up in an area of New Jersey that was very close to the water, and I used to go down the docks all the time after school and help clean the boats for a few bucks here and there. I’d clean the buckets, and then eventually I was going out on these boats. They were fishing boats where you take people out fishing for the day.”

That sounds like the kind of childhood that a future fisherman has. So, it makes sense that the Wicked Tuna star has led the life he has. Over the years, he has established himself as one of the best fishermen in the business. Even if he wasn’t on the show, you know that Carraro would be out on the water and hooking big fish out in the sea.

You don’t last in an industry like tuna fishing when you don’t have a passion for it. That’s exactly what makes Captain Dave Carraro so successful. It isn’t just a job, it is a way of life. That is evidenced by the fact that he keeps returning to the sea year after year. Even after the hard hours, long days on the water, he goes back and is excited to do it. Wicked Tuna shows that in the best way possible.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Dave Carraro ‘Can’t Wait’ To Go Back On Water

After all these years as a tuna fisherman, Dave Carraro knows the good and the bad of the job. Despite that, he still gets excited to go to work every day on Wicked Tuna. He talked about his feelings when they come back from their trips on the water. The captain is a fisherman through and through.

“On the way in, the only thing we’re thinking about is going back out,” he said. “Sometimes it takes not the normal 14 hours to get home. … Sometimes it takes us 20-24 hours to get home because it’s such a rough ride. As beat up as we are, as tired as we are, as dirty as the boat is, when we get in, we just can’t wait to turn around and go back out.”

Every season, Carraro has shown why he is one of the top fishermen on Wicked Tuna. That passion and dedication have led to his success year after year. Expect to see Carraro out on the waters for many more years to come.