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July 9, 2013

A tale a fishing trip with 'Wicked Tuna'

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


“These guys were not going to give up, and I could tell once we landed Bluefin number two, they were going to do their best to get that third one for Cooper. What a birthday bonus,” said Sowers. “It was an incredible day and for a kid who has caught many a game fish including Marlin and Sailfish, I can promise you this was his best trip ever. He came home to a hero’s welcome. It was a trip of a lifetime for both of us and will continue to bring tears to my eyes because I got to experience it with my little boy who isn’t so little anymore.”

Sowers travels often as a flight attendant but she had never been to Boston or the Massachusetts coast. But she will never forget Cape Ann.

“The crew of and everyone we encountered in Gloucester — a beautiful town — made us feel so welcome,” she said. “You have a wonderful community.”

In the wake of that trip, also took a couple of Red Sox players — Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli — out on a tuna charter on June 24. But the major league baseball players did not have the same luck, returning to shore with no tuna.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t catch anything. I was dying to get hem one but it wasn’t in the cards,” Maniaci said of the trip. “They caught a few cod but that was about it. They fish and they were interested in the show. I believe they may come out later in the season.”

A few days later, Maniaci, along with Captain Dave Carraro and fellow tuna fisherman Paul Hebert were special guests at the Fenway game against the Blue Jays. But even more exciting, Carraro was among those who threw a ball out the first pitch at the Friday night game.

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