The Miamimuttonman


I’ve been fishing South Florida waters since I was 12 years old. At the age of 17 I bought my first boat and started fishing on my own several times a week to nourish my passion of the ocean and fishing. My two sons Benny Jr. and Kevin (AKA miamimuttonman jr.) having been joining me on my leisure fishing trips since the age of one. Now 21, Kevin has developed the same passion for fishing and ventures out for a few trips a month to develop and hone his skills.

My passion for fishing turned into a career at the age of 40 when I began studying new skills alongside a local commercial fisherman. I perfected the yellowtail catching technique I was missing and gained valuable knowledge on prime fishing locations. Periodically I guided on people’s boats and word quickly spread allowing me to pursue my passion full-time in 2011. That same year I met Ed Carmen from Biscayne Rod through mutual friends. I had a few custom rods made and I’ve been hooked ever since!

I recommend Biscayne Rod to all my customers as being a great performance and lasting product. The Miamimuttonman rod by Biscayne Rod

The Miamimuttonman fishes from Miami to the Keys aboard your boat, sharing his 38 years of fishing South Florida waters. Learn proper fishing techniques, rigging methods, and prime fishing locations. The Miamimuttonman specializing in reef fishing, learn how to catch more: yellowtail, muttons, grouper, king fish, mackerel, and mangrove snapper. To book your private guide and fish with the custom Miamimuttonman Biscayne Rod click here.

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Biscayne Rods – Decades of World Record Setting

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod and beautiful sailfish catch.

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod and beautiful sailfish catch.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. The IGFA remains devoted to the collection of historical information and artifacts related to the history of sport fishing. Each year the Association receives thousands of applications for the Top Ten Anglers, Lines, Tackle, Etc. The Association puts out an impressive publication of world records each year. You can checkout the most past editions that are free to the public here.

Since 2002, Biscayne Rod has been in the Top Ten Fly Rods and Top Ten Salt Water Rods categories for manufacturing almost every year, leading the Salt Water category several times. Biscayne Rod has been handcrafting rods in the USA since 1948, spanning generations and technological advancements. Built locally in Miami, Florida with a firm commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and our customers Biscayne Rod continues to be an industry leader.

In addition to the acknowledgement of our quality and craftsmanship by IGFA, anglers have set World Records using Biscayne Rods since the mid 1950s. One of the earlier records set using a Biscayne Rod is still approved (according to our recent research)—set by Mrs. B. A. Garson on January 3, 1955 in The Exumas, Bahamas. She pulled in a 13 lb. 12 oz. bonefish in the W-10 kg (20lb) line class. In addition to The Bahamas and United States records, using Biscayne Rods have been set all over the world, include: Algeria, Australia, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Spain, South Africa, Suriname, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.

The top Biscayne Rod record-setting anglers are a family—Dr. Martin Arostegui, his wife Roberta G. Arostegui, and son Martini, with records dating back to 1999. While many of Dr. Arostegui catches were in South Florida, other countries include Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, and Suriname. One of their largest records was set by Martini Arostegui—a 62 lb. Blacktip Shark, October, 28, 2007, Flamingo, Florida, USA, in the M-junior and M-37 kg (80 lb) line classes, which have since been retired. Other notable catches include a Warsaw Grouper in the M-Smallfry class at 57 lbs. 8 oz. out of Key West, Florida on March 22, 2002 (retired), and a Redtail Catfish in the M-Junior class at 57 lbs. 8 oz. out of the Kabalebo River, Suriname on December 31, 2007, which is still an approved record to date. Go team Arostegui!

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod battling his sailfish.

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod battling his sailfish.

Please note: research for this article may not include the most recent catches to date.