National Geographic’s hit show “Wicked Tuna” has its season finale Monday night, and Captain Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com, told FOX411 the competition is down to the the wire.
“Like every season, everybody wants to be the top boat for multiple reasons—one being bragging rights and the next making the most money,” he said. “And we have been on the top almost every season… it’s pretty stressful for us though. We have to be at the top of your game everyday and try to do the best we can. It’s very stressful overall but we enjoy it, we love being out there—we love fishing.
“Wicked Tuna” follows a group of captains as they compete with one another for the Bluefin Tuna in the waters of the North Atlantic. The price tag for a good Bluefin Tuna “monstah” fish can reach $20,000.
The show has already been renewed for a sixth season, and Carraro thinks he understands why so many Americans are fascinated with the show.
“Most people that are in the middle of the country just away from the ocean, never knew that Bluefin Tuna of this size and magnitude existed,” he said. “So for them they are just totally fascinated by the sheer size and power of the fish in addition to the money.”
Captain Carraro, who has been fishing for over 35 years, shared what he took away from the competition this season.
“We are going to stay out as long as we possibly can and we are going to fish as hard as we can,” he said. “I think the other captains saw what we were doing and that was part of our success. The more time you spend out the water and have time more lines in the water and the higher probability you are going to get a bite, the higher probability you’ll catch a fish.”
And Carraro said the competition between the captains this season was fierce and unlike others.
“We all wanna see each other succeed having successful seasons—while catching fish and all making money—however, every boat wants to be that top boat,” he said. “This year specifically it is very competitive and coming down to the wire. The finale is going to be very close. I can’t say who is going to win, we all know, but it’s going to come down to the very last fish.”
“Wicked Tuna” season finale airs Monday night on National Geographic.
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