In the mid-1970s, Larry Boyster took a job as crewman for Giuseppi (Joe) Pennisi on his F/V Diana. Today “Uncle Larry” is a fixture in the Pennisi family, his place in Monterey fishing history well earned.
After fifteen years or so of working as crewman, Boyster was the obvious choice to captain the Pennisi family vessels while Joe Pennisi turned his attention to the family’s wholesale seafood and marine supply businesses.
Over the years, Captain Boyster has taken the helm of the F/V Diana, F/V San Giovanni II, and now the F/V San Giovanni, a 60-foot wooden trawl vessel built in 1943 by F.C. Schulte. On the San Giovanni, they harvest sole, halibut, ling cod, black cod (sablefish), and deep-water (slope) rockfish.
Captain Boyster is married to Sally; they have four grown children. Although his two sons tried fishing with their father, they chose other, more promising, careers. Still, for “Uncle Larry,” commercial fishing was the right choice, and allowed him to support his family.
Look for the San Giovanni tied out by Royal Seafoods [(831) 655-8326] at the end of the Municipal Wharf in Monterey Harbor. While you’re out there, you can also purchase their fresh catch of the day directly from the Pennisi family.