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July 9, 2013

A tale of two fishing trips with 'Wicked Tuna'

Locally-based reality TV captains welcome kids -- and Sox as tuna season starts

The captains of the “Wicked Tuna” hit reality television series have started the tuna season with tales to tell — and not all are fish tales. They involve the Red Sox.

Just after the tuna season opened last Monday, a boy from a small Texas town was able to convince his mother to take him tuna fishing in Gloucester after watching “Wicked Tuna” on the National Geographic Channel. Pilgrim Studios crews will begin filming again in the coming days for season three.

“Each year I take my son on a fishing charter — fishing is his passion, so what’s a mom to do?,” said Michelle, Cooper’s mother. “He has caught yellowfin and blackfin tuna but not bluefin. I told him if that is where he wants to go for his birthday, I would try to find us a charter, never thinking we would be able to fish on the FV-Tuna. com.”

But Capt. Dave Carraro emailed her back promptly with the news that he had an opening on Cooper’s birthday on June 7 — when he turned 14.

As luck would continue to flourish for Cooper, he landed three bluefin on that nearly 15-hour trip.

“It was the most exciting fishing trip of our lives,” she said. “The quiet times quickly dissolved into the wheelhouse and deck was blowing up with action. Cooper tried to be in the middle of it all without getting in the way. Sandro and the deckhand Jordan realized that he was a little skilled and gave him jobs he could handle before handing him the rod. I can’t believe the excitement and fortune we had — expecting to be lucky to catch one, then two then three ... really.”

She said the crew was happy to see this boy’s good fortune. Capt. Sandro Maniaci said it can be unusual to pull in that kind of catch so early in the season.

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