By bike, boat, car and surfboard, Ben Sargent embarks on the ultimate coastal road trip in his prime-time Cooking Channel series, Hook, Line & Dinner. From Florida and Louisiana to California and Oregon, Ben uncovers the country's best seafood joints and regional specialties while taking viewers on the awesome journey from sea to table. Crab shacks, lobster pounds and chowder houses: To Ben, they're more than just places to get a hot meal; they're hangouts for eccentrics, where locals swap stories and fishermen share tales from the sea. In each episode, Ben visits a new coastal locale where he teams up with the expert locals to secure the catch of the day, and then he follows that catch straight to the best seaside kitchens.


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Lobster Cooking 101

In Maine, Ben gets a lesson in cooking lobsters (and sides) the right way.

Go Fishing with Ben

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Spiny Lobsters



Sea Urchins

Starry Rockfish


Mahi Mahi




More Fishing with Ben

Catch more videos of Ben angling for delicious meals.

Learn the Secrets to Ben's Bike

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The Hook, Line & Dinner Ride

Ben has put 5,000 miles on his 1973 BMW R60/5 motorcycle over the course of filming the show.

The Key to the Sea

That's right — the key to Ben's bike is a claw. In fact, it's a real one. The key is a cast of a stone crab claw.

Stone Crab Claw Key

No one will mistake Ben's set of keys for their own.

Pieces of Flair

Ben's helmet has stickers on it from all of the states he has traveled to while filming.

Along for the Ride

Two silver octopuses adorn his saddle bags; they were created by a friend of his.

All Tied Up

Ben has an old sailing rope tied around the handlebars and his seat handle. The rope on the front is decorative, but the rope on his seat handle keeps his backpack from slipping around.

Ready for Anything

Ben carries essential tools and spark plugs, along with extra bulbs and patch kits, so he's prepared for any bumps he might come across on the road.

Anchors Away

Ben replaced the BMW emblems on his bike with gold anchors that were custom-made by a friend. The anchor was part of the get-up of Ben's lobster-roll-slinging alter ego, Dr. Klaw.

Change Up

He's on his second pair of tires — all the driving for HLD wore out his first pair.

Bedazzle Much?

Ben uses Velcro to attach his bedazzled phone to the gas tank in front of him while he's driving. That way he can listen to music while he drives and use it as a backup GPS if needed.

All Charged Up

Ben travels with a solar and plug-in charger because old BMWs are known to not fully charge their batteries.

Vintage, Baby

Ben's bike has its original motor, but a lot of work has been done to restore it.

Rods and Reels at the Ready

Ben constructed a four-rod holder out of PVC pipe for his bike so he could keep his rods and reels near him. He has both freshwater and saltwater setups.

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Most Popular Recipes

All Hook, Line & Dinner Recipes

Blood-O Margarita

Sea Cucumber Sunomono Salad

Eel Provencal

Dooky Chase's Shrimp Gumbo

Striped Bass Crudo

Smoked Whitefish Pate 2

Wild Mushroom Stuffed Trout with Grilled Colorado Strip Steak

Ben's Lobster Roll

Ben's Whitefish Salad

Crawfish Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread topped with Crawfish Etouffee

Fried Barracuda with Fried Plantains and Salad

Black Cod Tips

Pan-Seared Red Grouper with Sofrito

Fried Catfish and Green Tomato Kabobs

Lobster, Bacon and Chorizo Taco

Smoked Whitefish Pate

Octopus Salad

Blackened Lionfish with Creamy Potato Salad

Everglades City Stone Crab

Castnet's Oyster Po'boy

Fresh Alaskan Halibut with Wild Huckleberry Harissa Sauce, Caramelized Shallots and Crispy Oyster Mushrooms with Fresh Basil

Whole Grilled Parrot Fish

Grilled Swordfish with Candied Shallot and Sundried Tomato Beurre Blanc

Grilled Sardines with Sauteed Joi Choi and Ginger Fish Sauce

Whole Mutton Snapper with Mango Salsa

Spot Prawn Sunomono

Scallop Ceviche

About the Host

Ben Sargent

Ben Sargent is a chef, restaurateur, seafood lover and artist. As host of Hook, Line & Dinner, he takes viewers on a coastal road trip to uncover secrets and stories of expert fishermen.