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Dave Carraro from "Wicked Tuna" is one of the fishing captains featured in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series. He is the captain of the FV-Tuna.com.

Dave Carraro is 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. In addition to being a captain and boat owner, he's a professional airline pilot. But to him, flying is a job — a means of subsidizing his true passion in life. "I would have not become a pilot if I couldn't fish," he explains. "Fishing is my priority. If I had to choose between the two, I would quit flying rather than quit fishing."

In addition to being a captain and boat owner, Captain Dave is a professional airline pilot who's worked for several commercial airlines. But to him, flying is a job — a means of subsidizing his true passion in life. "I would have not become a pilot if I couldn't fish," he explains. And if he had to choose between the two, flying or fishing? No contest. "Fishing is my priority."

Learning to be able to function at a high level even when exhausted, Carraro says, is what differentiates the professional fisherman from the amateur. "You get your second wind, and you feel like Superman," he says. "You know that when you come in, you're going to get a chance to sleep. But sometimes, when you do hit the bunk, you're so excited that you don't want to."

To Captain Dave Carraro, the most challenging part of being a fisherman is sleep deprivation. "We just don't sleep," he says. "We're out there for three, four days at a time, and we're awake for most of that. It seems like even when you get a chance to lie down for a nap, that's when you hook up. Or when the weather's rough and you have to shut down the operation, you still don't get to sleep, because you get tossed around in the bunk."

Carraro recalls, "It's dangerous enough being out here. You just add another element, fog, it's even more dangerous." He reflects on his crew, "Mates are the key to success on a boat. I'm fortunate to have Sandro and Garon. And once Garon's comfortable with driving the boat, we'll be unstoppable."

Carraro is universally regarded as one of the most successful fishermen in the fleet ... and the sneakiest. In season 2, "Tricky Dave" lost his first-place standing to Captain Tyler McLaughlin, and in season 3, he's more determined than ever to take back the crown. His frequent success and his highly competitive nature often put him at odds with the rest of the Gloucester fleet, but Carraro is more interested in catching fish than making friends.

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Where does Dave Carraro live? Find out here.

Hometown: New Jersey
Current Residence: Gloucester, MA

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