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Exclusive Interview with ‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Dave Marciano: Captain Discusses New Season, Popularity of Fishing Today
In an exclusive interview with Wide Open Spaces, Captain Dave Marciano of the FV/Hard Merchandise gives a sneak peak into the new season of “Wicked Tuna” on National Geographic.
Monday nights are about to be wicked awesome once again with the return of “Wicked Tuna” on National Geographic. As one of the most wildly successful shows on the channel, the fifth season of “Wicked Tuna” promises to be better and more action-packed than previous ones.
This season, six teams will be competing against one another to catch the most Atlantic bluefin tuna. As viewers know, some of the crews are recovering from a rough fishing season in the Outer Banks. Participating boats for Season 5 include the FV-Tuna.com (Captain Dave Carraro), Hard Merchandise (Captain Dave Marciano), Pin Wheel (Captain Tyler McLaughlin), Hot Tuna (Captain T.J. Ott), Wicked Pissah (Captain Paul Hebert), and newcomers, The Eric & Sarah (Captain Pete Speeches), a father and daughter team.
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For Nancy Marciano! After patiently waiting for her husband Captain Dave’s boat to leave port, her camera battery died just as Hard Merchandise headed into the setting sun.
These salps were filmed in Gloucester’s inner harbor and had a luminous appearance in the blue lights of the fishing boat Hot Tuna, the largest boat in the Wicked Tuna fleet. I think the song “La Luna” by Lucy Schwartz adds to the magical movement of the salps and other creatures in the glowing blue. (So sorry to Captain Ott for startling him while hanging over the edge of the dock to film the salps at the rear of his boat, and Hey to Nicky Avelis!)
Sea salps are warm ocean water creatures, exploding in population during algae blooms. With beating heart, notochcord, and gills they are more closely evolutionarily linked to humans than to jellyfish. Sea salps are individual creatures that through asexual reproduction, can form linear chains up to fifteen feet long!
Salps are planktonic (free floating) members of the subphylum Tunicata. Tunicates get their name from the unique outer covering or “tunic,” which acts as an exoskeleton. The sea salp’s tunic is translucent and gelatinous; in some species it is tough and thick.
Capt. Dave Marciano signed autographs for his fans during a Wicked Tuna Photo Shoot at St Peter’s Square.
Captain Bill Muniz “Hollywood” seen here with two local fishing captains and tourists from Italy.
Wicked Tuna Captain Bill Muniz of the F/V Lily assists a NOAA Team led by J. Michael Jech. The project involves the tracking of Tuna using a Drone seen below with Capt. Muniz . his first mate and J. Michael Jeck and Jennifer Johnson also from NOAA. The project is part of the Large Pelagic Research Center.
Captain Bill “Hollywood” Muniz prepares the Lily for two weeks of Wicked Tuna taping. The Lily was geared up with all electronics for the cameras, harpoons prepared, new Custom Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs made by Daryl Morita of California. Even New mats to lay the Tuna Catch.
Captain Bill Muniz landed seven tunas ranging from 400 – 691 pounds dressed, the largest length was over 120 inches. Once again Captain Muniz demonstrates his skill with a harpoon.
Captain Muniz stands amongst seven tunas on the FV Lily
Celebrates with his long time 80 year friend “Jack” the Gloucester Fisherman.
More than 600 pounds of Tuna meat being dressed
Celebrating with family and friends with a champagne toast to Captain Muniz.
Ran into Eric down at the dock, he had just released a seagull caught inside the shell container on the boat.
Eric was the guy fuel guy that delivered fuel to some of the Wicked Tuna Boats.
Capt. Muniz of the FV Lily lands three tunas yesterday, also see his view as they travel in the water.
Captain Muniz the Gloucester star on Wicked Tuna, lands a Tuna the hard way with a harpoon, just like his Portuguese ancestors from the Azores. Also see Capt. Muniz prepare his tools of the trade.
I Met Capt. Bill Muniz at St Peter’s dock, he was sharing stories with his 80 year old friend of many years. Capt. Muniz the only true Gloucesterite on the Wicked Tuna show. Now, he has the Gloucester Smile that belongs in Hollywood.
The sister of the new Wicked Tuna’s Captains, Hard working man on a break, Jamaican smile now in Gloucester, and a couple from Rockport enjoying the harbor view.
The Wicked Tuna’s “Hard Merchandise”
I caught the Hard Merchandise from the TV Show Wicked Tuna unloading a few Bluefin Tuna at the State fish Pier this Summer. One of the Tv crew members said the shows they’re filming will air in February 2015. So you may get lucky and watch them film on the Gloucester waterfront. The Hard Merchandise has been fishing for years here in Gloucester way before the TV show. They dock at the wharf behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck. I’m sure all their Fans will enjoy these photo’s. Video’s coming soon.
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