Broadminded: A Swordfish Story

by Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Broadminded: A Swordfish Story

In early January, I had Dave and Sandy out for a swordfish trip aboard the “Broad Minded”. We fished together a couple years ago and caught one about 80 lbs., but this time we were hoping for a bigger one.

On the way out, we did a little deep dropping and Sandy put a couple nice queen snapper in the box.

An hour later, we were on the swordfish ledge and made our first drop. We drifted for an hour without a bite. For our second drop, I ran back south, but we started about a mile further from the first spot. We’ve been fishing two rods a lot lately, and,  within a minute of hooking our float on, we could see it burying in the water. Fish on!

Dave worked the reel and Sandy started bringing up the other bait. Before we could get the first line up, an electric blue swordfish was swimming by the boat! We finally got the other rod up and, luckily, the big fish didn’t tangle the lines when he swam past past us.  I estimated the fish at 250 – 300 lbs., and, when the fish made a blistering run, I knew she had some size.

Ten minutes later, the fish raced back to the surface and did a couple jumps half way out of the water. When we got a better look at her, we knew she was over 300 lbs.

The next 45 minutes was a tug- of- war, the broadbill would sound 500’ and then race up to the surface.  The fish did it multiple times. Dave kept steady pressure on her the entire time and, eventually, she started circling the boat. I kept the boat in gear and young James loaded the harpoon. James waited patiently for his shot, but the fish stayed just out of range.

Finally, the fish broke the surface and James took his shot. Direct hit! A few seconds later, we put a couple gaffs into a fat swordfish! It was high fives and everybody was fired up.

We used a block and tackle to pull the fish into the boat and it made for a couple great pictures. The fish had a short length of 86’’ and weighed in at 331 lbs. It was a pumpkin too!

Congrats to Dave and Sandy on a memorable trip!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk- FishMonster Magazine March/April 2017




Capt. Nick Stanczyk
Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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Capt. Nick Stanczyk operates a 37’ Freeman center console out of Bud n Mary’s Marina in Islamorada. He can be reached online at budnmarys.com, floridakeysswordfishing.com or 305-481-0366



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