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The Passion of Benny Blanco

The Florida guide has been pulled to the water since childhood


It was a bicycle, not a boat, that made it possible for award-winning conservationist and tournament-winning fishing guide Capt. Benny Blanco to feed his passion for angling at a very young age.

“When I was about 12 years old I got a bike, and that set me free,” said Blanco, who grew up in the Miami-Dade County community of Kendall, Fla. “I would get up early in the morning to ride my bike down to the canal and throw my cast net for five hours to fill a pail with mullet. Then I’d take it down to the bait shop and trade for Rapala lures, so I could go catch fish.”