LAMOINE — perhaps not since Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore and a star-studded cast lit within the silver screen in “Captains Courageous” features commercial fishing already been in the center of such preferred enjoyment.
The 1937 film won four Oscars, including Best photo and an ideal Actor for Tracy.
Flash forward 75 years. Reality television fans are glued for their screens watching shows such as for example “Deadliest Catch, ” a Discovery Channel show that switched a number of unshaven Bering water crab fishermen into media darlings, and “Lobstermen Wars, ” a chronicle of tension and competition within the 2007 Georges Bank lobster fishery, and “Wicked Tuna.”
Today beginning its 4th period regarding National Geographic station, “Wicked Tuna” informs the story of what the show’s website defines as “a unique breed of fishermen” from Gloucester, Mass., in the rod and reel fishery for bluefin tuna where “the competition is intense.”
The existing period, based on a pr release from show’s manufacturers, will “push Gloucester’s captains into the brink when you look at the many thrilling season yet.”
Far from the brink last Wednesday, among show’s star captains, Dave Carraro, was at the SW Boatworks shop in Lamoine looking remarkably calm while managing the building of his brand new tuna fishing-boat, a Calvin Beal-designed 44-footer that, like their motorboat featured within the TV show, may be called Tuna.com.
Originally from New Jersey, Carraro said “I’ve been a fisherman my life time.” He started off fishing together with dad in local ponds, moved on to chilling out round the Jersey shore fishing docks and, above 30 years ago, got their very first work as spouse on a charter watercraft. For previous 16 years, he's lived-in Gloucester and fished for tuna.
“I relocated up here to follow the bluefins, ” Carraro stated.
It is often an effective quest. In accordance with his website, between 2011 and 2013 Carraro along with his charter customers have actually landed 136 huge bluefin tuna fishing when you look at the Gulf of Maine, around Jeffreys Ledge, Stellwagen Bank so that as far offshore as Georges Bank, “if we must.” He also takes charter events out to catch cod.
Carraro’s charter guide is filled for the following couple of years — he does about 100 fishing charters per year — mostly with perform clients.
“It’s already been equivalent folks for twenty years, ” Carraro stated.
This present year, they’re set for a shock.
For previous years, Carraro has actually fished aboard Duffy 38 Tuna.com. This springtime, he'll move his functions to a different Calvin Beal 44 that have a similar name, it is a much bigger boat.