By Capt. Nick Stanzcyk
I grew up fishing on our family boat, Catch 22. It was a 48’ Marine Management, your average charter boat with twin diesels, AC, bathroom and a 15-knot cruise. We fished every Sunday and then would travel to the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos for a few weeks each summer. In 2003, my family upgraded to a 54’ Blackwell. The boat was bigger, faster, and much more comfortable. The only bad news was there was a big price to pay for the added comfort with the increased fuel burn and maintenance costs.
I got my captain’s license in 2003 and my family was addicted to swordfishing already at that time. Most of the fishing was at night but my dad, uncle and their friends were slowly cracking the code for daytime swordfishing here in Florida.