Bluefin tuna are the targets “Wicked Tuna” captains and crews are aiming to catch. What, though, does a bluefin tuna actually weigh?
That’s a good question. One of the show’s captains, Dave Carraro, offered an answer during a 2013 interview with Boston Magazine.
“The average weight of a bluefin tuna, if I had to guess, would be about 500 pounds,” Carraro said. “But they can be as big as 1,200 pounds, and the smallest ones we can keep are around 200 pounds.”
‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Offered Insight Into How Much Money Tuna Can Bring
When eyeing how much a certain bluefin tuna would bring in money-wise, Carraro also had some experienced thoughts to share.
“A 500-pound fish could be worth as little as $1,500 or as much as $20,000,” Carraro of “Wicked Tuna” said. “It all depends on just basic economics, supply and demand, and another big factor is the quality of the fish.”
Now Carraro would know this from first-hand experience as he’s out there in the Atlantic Ocean waters just beyond Gloucester, Mass. That’s where captains and crews do their work during their season. On “Wicked Tuna,” the captain who has the most catches within their crew is tabbed as that season’s winner.
Carraro has tallied up five victories during the National Geographic Channel show’s 10 seasons. Last season, Paul Hebert and his crew took home the victor’s crown by catching 15 bluefin tuna.
“Wicked Tuna” remains one of the channel’s most popular shows. It also has had a spin-off called “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” that focused on catching tuna off North Carolina’s Outer Banks region.
Carraro Stands By Statement That He’s Never Eaten Tuna, Seafood
OK, some Outsiders might not understand this and some may understand. How can it be that Dave Carraro has never eaten tuna or seafood? After all, the “Wicked Tuna” captain makes catching bluefin tuna his livelihood.
But he says that he’s never tasted any. Carraro talked about his eating habits during an interview with Hollywood Soapbox.
“I’m 55 years old, shortly to turn 56, and I’ve never eaten a piece of seafood in my entire life,” Carraro said. “I can’t answer that question. I have no idea what it tastes like.
“No seafood, none whatsoever,” Carraro said. “Chicken, beef, and vegetables, that’s as far as it goes — and of course my sweets. I have a sweet tooth, but no I’ve been commercial fishing, recreational fishing since I’ve been a little kid and I’ve never eaten a piece.”
Carraro may hang around Gloucester during the off-season. But Captain TJ Ott isn’t doing that himself. He is heading down to Key West and grab some sun and relax a bit. Just what a captain needs after being out trying to catch bluefin tuna.