Dave Carraro Wiki/Bio, illness, surprising revelation, net worth, girlfriend, wife, kids.

If you love fishing and get excited seeing giant fishes pulled out of the ocean, then you must be a fan of the National Geography TV show Wicked Tuna by now. The show is about fishermen based in Gloucester, Massachusetts who commercially fishes bluefin tuna meanwhile they take on the challenge to catch more fish than others before the end of the season. In this article, we have covered one of the stars of the show Dave Carraro who is a fisherman. He is the captain of the FV-Tuna.com, one of the most successful boats in the Atlantic Bluefin tuna fleet. A legend in the fishing scene, Dave has been fishing for over 42 years, and knows every trick in the book. He is a master strategist, a fierce competitor, and a respected leader. He is also a mentor, a teacher, and a friend to his loyal crew. He is also a licensed pilot.

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Dating a girlfriend hiding detail about his wife and children

Dave Carraro is a man of many talents. He is a successful commercial fisherman, a skilled pilot, and a star of the hit reality show Wicked Tuna. But what about his personal life? Does he have a wife and kids? Well, not exactly. Dave is not married, but he has a long-term girlfriend named Jess Boardway. They have been together since 2016 and share a love for fishing and traveling. They also have a furry companion, a dog named Calvin, who often joins them on their adventures. Dave has three children from a previous relationship, but he has not revealed much about them or his ex-partner. He prefers to keep his family matters private and focus on his career and his current relationship. Dave and Jess are very happy together and support each other’s dreams. They are not in a hurry to tie the knot, but they might do so in the future. For now, they enjoy each other’s company and their life on the sea.

Dave Carraro and his girlfriend Jess Boardway
Dave Carraro and his girlfriend Jess Boardway

Career and progression

For Dave fishing has been a passion since he caught his first as a child. He would fish in the pond with his father, and by the age of seven, he was fishing on the ocean shores and got his first Bluefin Tuna.

Though born in Tinton, New Jersey Dave grew up in Middleton where he shaped his fishing career. Initially, he was regularly boarding on Charted fishing as a customer. He became the first mate of Sea Fox from Atlantic Highland in 1979. By the time he was twenty, Carraro had obtained a captain license; he holds a USCG 100-ton Masters License.

Dave has an invaluable over 42 years of experience fishing the East Coast, Bahamas, and Mexico. His specialty is Tuna and Cod fishing which is what he spends most of his time doing. Until now his best fishing year has been 2016 when he caught 88 giant tuna, before that, he landed 52 giant tuna in 2011. In addition to fishing, Carraro provides fishing charters and Tour services to his customers.

Captain Dave Carraro
Captain Dave Carraro

While his undoubted passion lies in fishing, we cannot change the fact Carraro has been flying for over 25 years. He graduated from  Sheilds Aviation Academy in 1992 and got his pilot license at the age of 26. Carraro currently captains E190 for Jet Blue Airways Corporation.


Dave Carraro is a charter fisherman and one of the prominent cast members of National Geographic’s reality show ‘Wicked Tuna. He has been fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna in Gloucester, Massachusetts, since season one of the show and has won the competition an unprecedented five times. He is the captain of the FV-Tuna.com boat and has a reputation for being a skilled and successful fisherman.

Carraro made his debut in 2012 in the very first season of Wicked Tuna. He became involved in the show when he got a phone call from the production company that was interested in creating a show about tuna fishing. He agreed to do an interview and shoot some footage on his boat, which led to a pilot episode that was picked up by National Geographic. 

Dave Carraro with a big Tuna
Dave Carraro showing off his a big Tuna catch

In the first season, he handed his longtime friend Paul Hebert the opportunity as the first mate of his boat FV-Tuna.com. However, as the season went rocky, he fired him. Currently, Hebert owns and captains a customized 30 feet boat named Wicked Pissah. The show also has featured Glouchester-based fishermen such as TJ Ott and Dave Marciano. As the season progressed, which has been on for over 10 years and has over 100 episodes, the popularity of the show caught him by surprise.

In 2020, he joined the spinoff series ‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ for the first time, where he faced new challenges and rivals in the waters off North Carolina. On his new adventure, he opened that he enjoyed the different style of fishing and scenery in the Outer Banks, but he also found it very dangerous and challenging to navigate the inlet known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

Net Worth

Dave has proven his skills and expertise by landing some of the biggest catches on the show, earning him fame and fortune. But fishing is not his only passion. Dave is also a licensed pilot who flies for Jetblue Airways and teaches aviation. He owns a fishing charter business that offers customers a chance to experience the thrill of tuna fishing with him. Dave Carraro has a net worth of $6 million, which he has accumulated from his diverse and successful career. He lives a comfortable life with his girlfriend and his dog, enjoying the fruits of his hard work and dedication in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Illness?, Surprising Revelation

Dave Carraro of Wicked Tuna has never eaten seafood in his life, not even tuna. While many concerned fans have gone on to deduce that it could be due to his illness such as allergy.  Fish allergy is a type of adverse reaction to fish that is mediated by the immune system. The major fish allergen is parvalbumin, a protein found in fish muscle. However, in truth, Dave has no such fish allergies and his reason for not consuming seafood is entirely different, and prefers meat and sweets. In an interview, he said: “I’ve never eaten a piece of seafood in my entire life. I can’t answer that question. I have no idea what it tastes like. No seafood, none whatsoever. Chicken, beef and vegetables, that’s as far as it goes — and of course my sweets.”

Social Media Presence

Dave Carraro is a famous fisherman and reality TV star who has a large fan base. He is also on social media platforms. He has accounts on Facebook and Twitter. His Twitter account has over 20 K followers. He mostly uses social media to promote his fishing charter business, FV-Tuna.com, and to share some news and updates about his show, Wicked Tuna. He also occasionally posts pictures of his girlfriend, his dog, and his fishing crew.

Early Life & Education

David Carraro known as Dave was born on April 23, 1965, in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, United States. He grew up in Tinton Falls and then in Middleton, New Jersey.

He started fishing at a young age with his father, who would take him to ponds near their home. He caught his first bluefin tuna when he was seven. He has not revealed much about his parents or siblings, but he has said that he inherited his talent for fishing from them.

He studied at Middletown High School and graduated in 1983. He worked at the docks and on charter boats as a teenager. He got his captain’s license at 20 and his pilot license at 26.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameDave Carraro
Date of birthApril 23, 1965
Age58 years old
Place of birthTinton Falls, New Jersey, USA
Zodiac signTaurus
Marital StatusDivorced
GirlfriendJess Boardway since 2016
ChildrenThree (names unknown)
Height (approx)5 feet 10 inches (177 cm)
OccupationFisherman, pilot, reality TV star
Net worth$6 million (estimated)
EducationMiddletown High School, Shields Aviation Academy
LicenseUSCG 100-ton Master’s license, pilot license
TV showWicked Tuna on National Geographic
Fishing boatFV-Tuna.com
Fishing charter businessFV-Tuna
IllnessNone reported, but never eats fish or seafood


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