These differences in gear, it seems, often reflect individual anglers' preferences. "It all comes down to a long leader, longer in stronger current, plus a couple of lights, a durable bait that swims without spinning, and some way to get down to the bottom," says Capt. Nick Stanczyk, of Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina in Islamorada, Florida. His father, Richard, and uncle Scott brought their first swordfish up from the depths off the Florida Keys in 2003, having been inspired by boats in the mid-1990s in Venezuela that were dropping baits to the bottom of La Guaira Bank using bags of rocks as weights. "We had daytime swordfishing to ourselves for a while, but people knew we were bringing in fish. R.J. [Boyle] was obsessed with figuring it out, just like my dad," Stanczyk says. Nick uses a variation of his father's technique — breakaway concrete weights fished on conventional 80-pound-class reels — for charter anglers who want to hand-crank fish. When charter guests prefer electric reels, he uses a rig similar to Boyle's.