The cast of National Geographic Channel’s hit show "Wicked Tuna" is making a special appearance in Foxborough Saturday to meet with fans prior to Sunday's second season debut on National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m.
The show follows a group of spirited fishermen from Gloucester as they make their living the way it has been done for centuries — man versus fish, rod versus fin, one catch at a time.
The stakes are unforgiving, but the paydays can be huge as the fleet navigates the frigid waters of the North Atlantic searching for the magnificent and elusive bluefin tuna.
One “monstah” catch can bring in as much as $20,000 but with a short fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, Gloucester’s fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail.
Four of the show’s cast will be at the Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. “Wicked Tuna” fans will have the opportunity to meet Dave Marciano, Dave Carraro, Paul Hebert and Bill Monte.
Marciano has been a fisherman all his life, and it shows, according to a press release issued by Bass Pro Shops and National Geographic. With decades of commercial fishing under his belt, Marciano captains the Hard Merchandise and supports three kids, including one in college; with the money he makes fishing bluefin tuna.
Carraro captains the top boat in the fleet, the FV-Tuna.com, which raked in the top haul last season. This year, Carraro’s reputation is on the line - and he'll do anything to protect it. Originally from New Jersey, Dave now lives in Gloucester and also works as a commercial airline pilot.
Hebert, best known for his big personality and salty vocabulary, has been bluefin fishing ever since he was four years old. Now with decades of experience under his belt, Hebert’s reputation as one of the best in the business makes him a valuable asset to any boat in the fleet.
Monte captains the Bounty Hunter, and has been chasing bluefin tuna since 1979. Together with his wife Donna, Monte relentlessly pursues his love of fishing while struggling to make up for a disappointing season last year.