What Wicked Fishing star Dave Marciano thinks of Australia’s tuna capital
How the world’s most popular fishermen got hooked on Aussie tuna hot spot, Portland.
Captain Dave Marciano is a leviathan of the fishing world. The star of National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna is watched by millions of viewers in more than 150 countries as he battles bluefin tuna up to two metres long and weighing more than a large fridge.
On a recent trip to Australia, for the RACV Marine 2019 Boat Show, Captain Dave had the chance to try his luck in Victoria’s premier southern bluefin tuna fishing spot, Portland. He enjoyed the experience despite the fish being somewhat smaller than his usual catch.
“It was awesome, it was a lot of fun. They’re definitely not as big as the ones we get but they’re a whole lot of fun catching them with the gear that we’re using, and that’s what matters,” Captain Dave said.
He was joined by Boat Show competition winner Ben and his mum Debbie for a two-day tuna fishing charter in the waters of Bass Strait.
“It was great day, absolutely fantastic, fishing with these boys was just a dream come true,” Ben said. “I was rapt just to meet Dave at the Boat Show, so to go out fishing with him was just unreal.”
Captain Dave is not the only fisherman to be hooked by Portland’s promise of tuna. Game fishing is now big business in the town that clings to Victoria’s far south-west coast, with the latest figures showing the pastime pumps up to $12 million into the local economy every year.