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Jay Muenzner from "Wicked Tuna," whose full name is Jason Muenzner, is featured in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series. He is the first mate of the Hard Merchandise fishing vessel.

Jay Muenzner is the nephew of Captain Dave Marchiano who imparts his knowledge with every success and letdown. It's all tough love for Muenzner while he learns the skill and passion that Marciano uses to level the playing field against his more modern competitors.

Jay started fishing the moment he graduated high school at age 18. "I haven't been in the game long," he explains. "But I can't imagine doing anything else. I definitely want to become a captain someday ... Dave [Marciano] is encouraging me to go out and get my captains license, and to run charters."

According to Jay, "The experience of catching bluefin — everything about it is hard. You wake up early, you stay up long days. You might go three, four days without a bite, and then you have one, and you've got to work, jump into action ... You see the rod move, and it's game time. "

Muenzner describes bluefin fishing as not so much a job but a craft — an amalgam of complex, difficult-to-learn skills, knowledge, and physical endurance that takes years to master. "You have to start as an apprentice and work your way up," he says. "And it really helps to have a teacher like Dave [Marciano], who's been around for over 30 years catching bluefin. I can go out and compete with some of the best, because he's dumped all his knowledge on me."

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