Sandro Maniaci from "Wicked Tuna" is featured in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series. He is the first mate of the FV Tuna.

Sandro Maniaci grew up in Gloucester and has a father and an uncle in what he calls "the fish business," so it's not a surprise that he started fishing pretty much as soon as he could walk. By grade school, Sandro was catching sunfish in a local pond, and by adolescence, his mother was taking him to the docks and watching dutifully as he cast lines for striped
Sandro Maniaci Wicked Tuna
Sandro Maniaci in "Wicked Tuna" - © National Geographic Channel

bass. By high school, he was going out on boats in search of various saltwater fish. And when he wasn't fishing, he was watching TV shows about fishing.

Sandro's fascination with bluefin started when he was in high school and first saw the big tuna boats coming in with their heavy gear to unload the gigantic creatures on the dock. "I wanted to catch them too," he recalls. "It was something I always wanted to do, from the moment I saw them."

While an ordinary sport fisherman may have the good fortune to get a big bluefin, Sandro says that what separates the civilians from the professionals is consistency. "The average guy might be able to go out and get lucky, like hitting a scratch ticket," he explains. "But to catch them consistently, that takes a special set of skills ... These are tough fish. The big ones that we want somehow have managed to avoid being caught all these years, so they obviously aren't easy to haul in. You can have days when you've got 25 or 30 of them under the boat, and none of them will bite."

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Hometown: Gloucester, MA

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