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Wicked Tuna follows a group of salty fisherman from the nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts, as they make their living the way it’s been done for centuries – rod and reel fishing, one catch at a time – all in pursuit of the bluefin tuna.One “monstah” bluefin can be worth more than $20,000, and with that kind of money on the line, every captain is fighting to be the best in the fleet.

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    Bill Monte

    “I started fishing in 1978,” Monte recalls. “My father did fish, but it was just recreational. What got me into giant tuna fishing was seeing one for the first time.

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    Dave Carraro

    Carraro, a northern New Jersey native who grew up fishing in the waters near home, but moved to Gloucester 12 years ago when the bluefin population around New Jersey began to wane.

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    Dave Marciano

    Marciano is a tall, elegant looking man with a gleaming shaved head and an arty goatee, who looks as if he might be a jazz trumpeter or a cutting-edge New York painter instead of a 30-year veteran of bluefin fishing.

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    Ralph Wilkins

    Back in the early 1990s, when cell phones were expensive novelties, Wilkins plunked down a princely $1,300 for one of those early brick-sized early models and happily ran up $1,000 in monthly charges, just so that he could try to stay in contact with his family while he was out on the water.

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    Kevin Leonowert

    Leonowert is somewhat unusual among Gloucester's professional fishermen in that he does both rod-and-reel fishing and the more exacting, high-stakes method of harpooning.

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    Scott Prentiss

    Like Dave Marciano, Scott Prentiss, who's been fishing for bluefin for 22 years, grew up in nearby Beverly, and like his professional colleague has been fishing since an early age.

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    Blair Denman

    Denman, who has lived in the Gloucester area since childhood, has been a longtime fisherman. He got his first taste of bluefin fishing when he worked for Bill Monte as a deckhand in the late 1980s.

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    Donna Monte

    Donna Monte, who worked for nearly four decades in customer service for an adhesive manufacturer, was introduced to fishing in 1978 by her future husband Bill.

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    Jason Muenzner

    “I started going out for Bluefin when I was 21. I haven't been in the game long, but I can't imagine doing anything else,” explains Muenzner.

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    Kit Vallee

    Unlike many of the other fishermen on the show, Kit Vallee grew up far away from the sea, on a farm in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

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    Paul Herbert

    “I've been doing this my whole life, since I was a baby,” says Herbert, and he's only half-kidding. “I grew up doing this. My father was a fisherman, and my five brothers do it.

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    Sandro Maniaci

    Maniaci grew up in Gloucester and has a father and an uncle in what he calls “the fish business,” so it's not a surprise that he started fishing pretty much as soon as he could walk.

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    Scott Ferriero

    Ferriero, whose father was in the U.S. military, was born in Germany but returned to the family's hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts at age 5.

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