A Life on the Water -Fall 2017

by: Dean Geddes

photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger

After 44 years in the charter-fishing business, Captain Tom Mleczko officially passed the torch to his son Jason this summer. But that doesn’t mean he has retired.

Tom is something of a local living legend.

Capt. Tom heading out for an afternoon on the water.

Having spent a lifetime on the water, his name is synonymous with fishing on Nantucket. The late author David Halberstam, a longtime seasonal resident, once wrote that Tom was, “by consensus, our best fisherman.”

But old habits are hard to break. Even though Tom has passed the torch, he can’t help himself. He’s still taking charters out on the water. It’s a testament to how much he loved and still loves his job. How many people retire and still keep showing up for work?

“You do something for so long, it’s hard to hand it over,” Tom said.

“At the same time, I’m very proud that Jason is doing it. It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to hand the business over to someone who is uniquely qualified and also your son.”


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