Follow Ben across thousands of miles to beautiful Oahu Hawaii where he surfs, farms seaweed, pounds poi in a loincloth, and hunts for octopus. The episode culminates in an exciting cooking challenge with a local award winning chef in this amazing island paradise.
Hook Line and Dinner takes on Oklahoma in a catfish noodling competition where Ben's local expert teaches him to fish with just his hands. Once Ben learns the art of "noodling" he takes on a local handfishing legend in a team battle with high stakes and great catfish cooking.
Ben takes us on a tour of his home away from home... Puerto Rico, where beautiful surf, great friends and fantastic food all meet for an exciting show. He catches local grouper in a crash boat and braves blue water hunting with a speargun and shark wranglers culminating in the creation of authentic Puerto Rican dishes Sofrito and Mofongo.
Join Ben on the idyllic island of Maui with a world champion spearfisher Kimi Werner as she and her family introduce Ben to all the types of traditional Hawaiian fishing. He learns how hard spearfishing really is, and promises to catch a whopper with Kimi's dad all while making great local favorites like grilled Uhu, Nabetta and Hawaiian Chowder.
Ben travels to Michigan to track the origins of one of his favorites... smoked whitefish in a competition of Lake Huron Vs. Lake Superior. Each of the lake locals claim to have the best smoked whitefish, and it's up to Ben to decide the winner and he even build the actual trophy. He sneaks a quick trip between lakes to go salmon fishing on the Au Sable river with a world class guide to round out his trip.
It's Lobster Lobster Lobster as Ben travels back to trace his roots as an underground lobster roll king. He joins a seasoned local Maine lobsterman out on the water pulling traps as best he can, and convincing folks to sample some city style lobster rolls in an underground bar in the backwoods of Maine.
With a crafty recluse in the Catskills on the Delaware River, Ben rebuilds a weir and learns to fish for and smoke eels. He searches the local area and takes his catch to a savvy farm to table restauranteur at the Beautiful Andes Hotel where he prepares an amazing Chowder and Provencale that make eel something everyone will want to eat.
Ben heads to the beautiful Colorado Rockies and gets back to nature on a fly fishing adventure with Chef Kelly Liken where he not only fishes, but herds cattle and prepares fish by fire. He strips down fly fishing and makes it accessible to everyone. Ben also embraces the idea of surf and turf.
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