The boys from Bud N’ Mary’s caught their first daytime swordfish in January of 2003. By 2006 we started catching impressive numbers
Islamorada offers the finest and most consistent swordfishing charters anywhere. Capt Nick Stanczyk and Capt. Scott Stanczyk of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina are two of the pioneers of the daytime swordfishing technique. We have worked through the years to refine our methods to maximize the chance of hooking up with a swordfish.
The Stanczyk family is credited with pioneering Daytime Swordfishing in the United States. Captains Scott and Richard Stanczyk, along with Capt. Vic Gaspeny, caught their first ever daytime swordfish in January 2003. In 2006 we started catching impressive numbers and had the confidence to take clients out on charters. We don’t catch them every trip, but your chance of success is as high as it gets when fishing with us.
In the daytime we typically fish depths in the 1400′ – 1800′ range. We have all sorts of different tackle set ups including IGFA legal conventional outfits and rigs, electric assist reels, and just plain electric reels. If you are partial to any particular type of tackle please let us know beforehand so we can rig accordingly. In the daytime we typically fish 1-2 rods for swordfish depending on the conditions (current, seaweed, etc).
What To Expect
The swordfish grounds are anywhere from 25-45 miles from Islamorada. Being that distance we only offer FULL DAY charters when targeting swordfish. The typically run to the swordfish grounds is an hour to an hour and a half. We fish in 1400-1900′ of water along the continental shelf. We use both electric and conventional reels, so it’s completely up to the you on what sort of tackle you want to use. We fish 1 – 2 rods down near the bottom while drifting in the Gulf Stream. With the current we have anything from 6-12 lbs of lead on the rig. Typically we fish a flat line with a smaller bait and certain times of year (late spring through early fall) mahi are a common bycatch while waiting for a swordfish bite. Most of the time when a swordfish strikes the bait the rod tip only bounces an inch! There is a lot of line out with a very long leader, so seeing the initial bite and reacting to it is very important! We may take the bait away from the fish to make him more aggressive or we may drop it back to try to feed him. Hooking a landing a swordfish can be tricky!
There is no indication the size of the fish when he hits the bait. It may be 50 lbs or it may be 500 lbs! A lot of the swordfish swim to the surface when hooked, and once they see the daylight the fight begins! The fight can last 15 minutes or go on for hours! If the fish is of legal size we can keep it for you to eat, or you can release it. We encourage tag and release on small fish, and on any fish if we already have one in the boat for dinner. Swordfish average 50-150 lbs, but you never know when you will catch that giant 400lber!