Rolling the Dice

by Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Rolling the Dice

People ask me all the time what we should fish for on a charter. I am fairly well known for swordfishing, but, trust me, it’s not for everyone; staring at a rod tip only appeals to a select few.

First, I would ask you how many days a year you get to fish? If not a lot, I would say a standard day with action would be a better bet.

You also need to ask yourself , “Am I willing to accept the fact that I may fish all day without a bite?” If you are fortunate enough to get a bite from a swordfish, there’s a good chance he’s going to get away. But, if you like to roll the dice and take a gamble, and try to catch a fish of a lifetime, then swordfishing may be right up your alley. FishMonster Magazine-May/June 2016

On my last few trips, we had one bite each trip; two of the bites at the very end of the day on the last drop. If it were baseball, it would be the bottom of the 9th. When you catch that fish, it’s like hitting a walk-off home run for the win. If it were football, it would be the 2 minute warning and driving down the field and scoring the go ahead touchdown. Fortunately, luck was on my side those three trips and we caught each bite we had. A couple of them were really nice fish over 200 lbs. as well.

Even if we wouldn’t have caught those fish, I would have enjoyed myself, but, the problem is, the charter customers wouldn’t have. So, make sure if you book a swordfish trip, or any sort of big game fishing trip, you know what you’re getting into and make sure your expectations are realistic. It’s called fishing for a reason. If it were easy, everyone would do it!

I hope we continue to see some beautiful swordfish throughout the rest of the year!FishMonster Magazine-May/June 2016




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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