‘Wicked Tuna’ Teases Why Birds May be the Key to Success

by Courtney Blackann

If you’ve ever been behind a shrimp boat, you know there are birds galore. Each creature is just waiting for the chance to swoop in and grab some fresh fish. Needless to say, they’re pretty smart. So when the fisherman of “Wicked Tuna” see a pile of birds swarming over a spot in the ocean, they know something’s up.

During a clip of “Wicked Tuna: Outerbanks,” the crew spots a flock of birds in a frenzy off the North Carolina coast. They quickly shift the boat’s direction in order to head that way. While radars are great for finding coveted fishing spots, there are occasions when you’ve got to listen to the wild.

In the clip, the captain spots the activity and instinctively knows it could pay off.

“When birds are flying around, they’re looking for food like everybody else,” he says. “Something’s got their attention.”

As the boat heads in closer, the scene changes to fishermen with bent-over lines, indicating the move was successful.

“Fish on!” the crew is heard shouting. Will they make a successful run of it? You’ll have to tune in to see.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star’s Toughest Moment

Despite major successes, both in the show and in the fishing industry, longtime captain Dave Marciano has had his fair share of lows. Between rough days, long hours away from his family and missing good opportunities, the captain has thought about giving up the career more than once.

“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,” Marciano 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.”

No doubt there have been tough times. Being away from family – a full-time job in and of itself – is definitely a major stress on anyone who fishes for a living. That’s because the sea and the boat create your schedule for you. Unlike a 9 to 5 job, fishermen aren’t guaranteed anything. So the job isn’t done until the fishing is done. And that means, if you’ve spent days at sea and you come up empty-handed, you don’t get to just go back home. In order to make a paycheck, the “Wicked Tuna” captains have to deliver.

However, despite this, the end result can also be extremely rewarding.

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