‘Wicked Tuna’: Captain Dave Carraro Says Fans Wouldn’t Watch Show if They Saw What Anglers Do ’90 Percent’ of the Time

by Joe Rutland

Captain Dave Carraro knows fans love “Wicked Tuna” a lot. He also knows they wouldn’t watch if they saw what happens most of the time.

Carraro talked about certain aspects of his work during an interview he did this February with Hollywood Soapbox.

“As I tell a lot of the viewers, if you saw what we did 90 percent of the time, that’s what they showed, you would never watch the program,” Carraro bluntly said. “You’re viewing those highlights, the exciting moments.

“It requires a lot of patience, a lot of waiting, but when you do get the bite, you do have the battle and you do have the kill, it’s definitely very exciting,” Carraro of, “Wicked Tuna,” said. “Each fish I catch, I always say, it looks like my first one. That honeymoon never goes away. It’s definitely one of the, if not the, most exciting species of fish to catch, the giant bluefin tuna. It’s a magnificent fish.”

Carraro has captured the first prize on “Wicked Tuna” through five of the show’s 10 seasons. But he still starts off every season like other captains. They start with no tuna and have to go out there beyond Gloucester, Mass., and capture the bluefish tuna. How many they get and how much they weigh will determine the number of dollars that get into their pockets.

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Knows Catching Fish Different Off Outer Banks

While Carraro has a pretty good understanding of catching bluefish tuna off Massachusetts, the “Wicked Tuna” captain knows it’s a different ballgame off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Now it’s not just that catching tuna is different. There also is an entirely different environmental makeup Carraro and the other captains have to get used to as well.

“Up [in Gloucester], we’re sitting on anchor and we’re waiting for the fish to come to us,” Carraro said on last year’s season finale of “Wicked Tuna.” “Whereas down in the Outer Banks, we’re not on anchor, we’re moving, trolling, and we’re looking for the fish. Two different techniques. What works up here wouldn’t work down there.”

In other words, the captains have to adapt their strategies when catching tuna.

Plus, there are a lot more tuna that swim together in the Outer Banks area. “It definitely can be a little more exciting down there knowing there’s so many fish underneath the boat,” Carraro said.

“Wicked Tuna” fans also get to watch the spin-off, “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks,” on the National Geographic Channel. The “Outer Banks” show has been on there for seven seasons.

Carraro, though, is not among the tuna boat captains currently on “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.” Captains on the show right now include Greg Meyer, Britton Shackelford, Bobby Earl, Adam Price, and others.