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July 10, 2013

Wicked good times

Captains relish visits with fans as new tuna season dawns

The captains of the “Wicked Tuna” hit reality television series have started the tuna season with tales to tell — and not all are about fish.

Capt. Dave Marciano of Beverly recently welcomed aboard Allison Wishnov, an ecstatic 8-year-old from Pennsylvania, who wanted to break her piggy bank and send him all the money inside when she learned that his boat, Hard Merchandise, sank last December.

The fishing vessel had sunk while docked at the Gloucester Marine Railways early one morning. Crews found a break in a thru-hull fitting that had caused the 36-foot fiberglass boat to take on water and sink. It took them about seven hours to pull the boat out. “Wicked Tuna” film crews were on hand to record the recovery.

Marciano was insured, and his boat is back on the water.

Allison’s mother, Kim Wishnov, brought the family for a visit on June 30 so that Allison could meet her favorite “Wicked Tuna” captain.

“She was thrilled and got to sit in the captain’s chair and interview him,” she said. “Allison is already planning another trip there so she can ask him more questions.”

Marciano said he was pleased to make the girl’s visit memorable.

“She was adorable and very smart — or smaahhht — and she asked really good solid questions about what happened to the boat and about what she sees on the show in general. I believe she wrote a paper in her last week of school about ‘Wicked Tuna,’” he said. “We are now full-tilt charter fishing. I have been very fortunate that every charter has been another group of amazing people from around the country.”

Earlier in June, Capt. Dave Carraro took Cooper Sowers, a teen from Texas, tuna fishing on his boat, FV-Tuna.com, for his 14th birthday. Cooper landed three bluefin on that nearly 15-hour charter trip.

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