Fishing with the Got Bait? crew is a bit different from an average day on the water—mostly because this guy named Paul keeps sticking a big, huge video camera in your face. Or maybe one of the kids sticks a live eel down your shirt, or puts a minnow in your water. You never know. So we interviewed our latest Special Guest Fisherman, Captain Larry Golden of Thrillseeker Fishing Adventures, to find out what he thought of the whole affair.


Captain Larry Golden, of Thrillseeker Fishing Adventures. He put the Got Bait? crew on the mahi-mahi, big time. What was it like running the boat, during the filming of Got Bait?

Capt. Larry: I loved it, and I couldn't wait to do the show. Luckily, the Thrillseeker was large enough to hold the fishermen and the entire film crew. Did anything happen that surprised you during the filming?

Capt. Larry: The script called for Lenny to catch a big bull dolphin on a lure, and for me to gaff it—and wow, we were actually able to make it happen! Were you worried we might not catch fish?

Capt. Larry: Absolutely... plus, the weather is always a question when you're running 50 miles offshore, so I was definitely worried about that. How did you know you would (hopefully) find mahi-mahi, where you chose to fish?

Capt. Larry: I had been live-baiting them off those lobster pot balls all summer. But that doesn't mean they're there all the time. (They aren't). I was very nervous it wouldn't be a good day of fishing, would cost the film crew a lot of time and money, and wouldn't make a good show. If you were going to captain for another episode, what species would be most interesting to try for bait versus lures?

Capt. Larry: Marlin. White and blue marlin. It takes a lot more skill to hook those fish... Anything else you want to tell everyone?

Capt. Larry: It was a lot of fun fishing with the Got Bait? crew, and the exposure has helped us get more charters—thanks for going with Thrillseeker Fishing Adventures!

And if you haven't seen Got Bait? Mahi-Mahi Madness yet, well, then, here you go:


Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.