A Lifetime of Fishing Biscayne Rods by Chico Fernandez

Chico with gag grouper and custom built Biscayne Rod

Chico with gag grouper and custom built Biscayne Rod.

I started fishing in Cuba around 1947 at the age of 6 or so, using the latest tackle of those days, a hand-line, wrapped around a stick. But by around 1950 or so I was already using a spinning rod.

In 1952, the family came for vacation to Miami, and my dad, also a fisherman, took me to Biscayne Rods, and ended up buying me a custom build spinning rod to be used with 8 pound test line. In the years that passed we would visit the shop on every trip to Miami.
Finally, in 1959 we came to live in Miami for good. Not being able to afford a custom rod at the time, I would still go to Biscayne Rod and get components to build my own rods, together with lots of advice from Mr. Carman – Karl Carman.

Now over 60 years have passed since that first custom rod, and I have dedicated my self to writing and teaching about fishing and fly fishing. I’ve written over 700 articles on fishing, three fishing books, and have been on many films and documentaries on fishing and fly fishing. I’ve also done videos on fly casting, spin and bait casting techniques, and taking kids fishing – which appeared in English, Spanish and Japanese. I’ve caught a few world records, fished around the world and this September 13, 2016, I will be inducted in the IGFA Hall of Fame.

I have been a consultant for many tackle and boat manufactures. And I am Charter member of the Board of Governors Emeritus status and lifetime member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Director at large of The Snook Foundation, founding member and Board of Directors for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and the IGFA Representative for Florida and lifetime member. I’m also on the board of MidCurrent, and presently consultant for Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Costa sunglasses.

And after all these wonderful lifetime experiences, I am still having my custom rods build – all my spinning and bait casting rods included – from Biscayne Rods, where Eddie Carman now helps me select the right blanks and components, then decide on grip and handle size, etc. He is an expert at it, and an angler, as his brother, his father and grandfather was, and that is part of the reason the rods are world class. There is a passion for perfection in that company and it shows.

This year I visited Eddie with another request. I needed two deep jigging rods, for six and ten pound braid for extensive travel, so they had to be built on three-piece blanks. But, I still needed the rod to have a good feel all the way to the butt as they bend during a fight. Eddie thought about it for a minute, took twenty steps, reached an area with many blanks and soon came up with the blanks that filled that requirement… Surprised? Of course not. Those rods are now in my home, waiting for the next trip.

If you want a custom rod, there is nothing like a Biscayne Rod.

– Chico Fernandez

Chico with young guide and 42 pound cubera snapper in the 1970s.

Chico with young guide and 42 pound cubera snapper caught on a Biscayne Rod in the 1970s.

Chico mutton plug b&w 1970s

Chico with a nice mutton snapper caught with a plug rod circa 1980s.

Chico spin yellow jack 2015

Chico with a yellow jack caught on a light rod built by Biscayne Rod.

Grouper Season

@capt.robdelph-5-20-15With the start of grouper season just around the corner, be sure to check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website for changes to the black grouper size limit and gag season changes. These changes go into effect prior to the June 1 recreational season opening, so be sure to catch yourself up on the latest regulations before heading out into the deep blue!

Photo credit: Captain Rob Delph • Second Generation Fishing Charters @capt.robdelph

Caught Lookin Charters with Captain Jim Hobales


Captain Jim Hobales is a native South Florida fisherman, spending his early years fishing Miami’s Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. A trip to Flamingo at Everglades National Park in the early 80’s got Captain Jim hooked with fishing in the backcountry in both Florida Bay and Whitewater Bay.

Captain Jim earned the title of Master Angler coming up through the ranks of the Miami Sport Fishing Club, a club that is rich in history, tradition and a leader in conservation in South Florida. Captain Jim is also a US Coast Guard Licensed Charter Fishing Captain and Everglades National Park Permitted Florida Fishing Guide.

As a competitive angler Captain Jim has competed and won in several tournaments over the last ten years. The Captain has fished on the professional Redfish Tours since 2001 for team McDonalds. He has guided in the Redbone trilogy in the Florida Keys since 2002.

As a Charter Captain, Captain Jim is about making your experience exceptional, “fun” and memorable. No matter your age or level of expertise, Caught Lookin Charters welcome kids and the whole family as well as groups. Caught lookin Charters can put you on fish in a number of locations targeting several different species; Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, all in the same vicinity.

Contact Caught Lookin Charters with Captain Jim Hobales today to book a trip, call (305) 333-8149 or visit the website.

Key West Captain Rob Delph


Rob Delph, is a Captain Out of Key West Florida. He started guiding at the age of 19 following in his father, Ralph Delph’s foot steps. In 1990 Rob graduated high school and traveled to Cape Cod to chase Bluefin Tunas with his father. Rob and his dad’s largest Bluefin tuna on stand up tackle weighed 1154 lbs (caught on a Biscayne Rod).

25 years later setting his own path fishing in south Florida to Cape Cod Capt. Rob has earned great respect from other captains on the water as being in the top of his class as a fishing guide.

Capt. Rob Delph teamed up with Biscayne Rods back in 1990 to start his career. He is still using Biscayne Rods to date.

Biscayne Rods are my tools that I depend on daily. I punish them to the max every fishing trip. Biscayne Rods are the highest quality and finest craftsmanship rods on the market! I’ve had many other offers to switch to other rod companies at no cost to me, however; the exceptional performance of Biscayne Rods has made me a loyal customer. I bleed Biscayne Rods!!!

Below is a collection of photos from Captain Rob of #groupers caught on #biscaynerods aboard Second Generation Fishing Charters. Grouper season opens May 1st, gear up and  book your charter today!

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