Captain of FV Hard Merchandise As seen on National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna
Dave Marciano was born in 1965 and graduated (finally) from Gloucester High School. He grew up in Ipswich and then Beverly MA. No one in his immediate family fished but he somehow caught the bug. When he was little his mother used to take him to one of the ponds in Ipswich and he would stay there and fish for hours. He even got “hooked” the first time, with a fish hook through his ankle. When his mother came to pick him up that day, off to the hospital they went. “The Dr. cut, right through the hook, and slide it right out, easy as pie.” After they moved to Beverly when he was about 9, they lived near the harbor so he could walk down to the docks and fish whenever he wanted.
“I have been hooked many times, once even with a tuna hook, which I duck taped over for the rest of the trip until I could cut the hook and get it out. That was the last time I didn’t bring a pair of wire cutters with me out on the boat!”
During high school he worked on his first boat, the Yankee Fleet. They are a charter fishing fleet who do day fishing trips and whale watching. During high school he worked at the fleet, and he also lettered in Cross Country track his senior year. After high school he stayed on with them full time and spent the winters with them in Key West Florida. “I did that for a few years and it was quite the experience.”
After working for the Fleet for a few years and getting his Captains license, he finally decided to take the plunge and buy his own boat, to work for himself. “That is basically all I have ever wanted to do and I am grateful that I have this opportunity to work outside in all kinds of weather.”
Along the way he married his wonderful wife Nancy, in 1990, and has 3 awesome kids. Angelica is currently a college student; Joseph is in high school and works with me on the boat during the summers and school breaks, and little Eva Rose is in elementary school.
“All my kids and my wife love to fish and we have the best family time doing that. My wife actually has a record for catching a striper in Massachusetts. She has been fishing also since forever with her father, her older brothers, and then with me.”
Currently Dave owns the FV Hard Merchandise. “She’s a 38 foot, Danielshead solid fiberglass Novi boat. She’s a beauty, and as sturdy as can be.”