The perfect team — working together for over 50 years
Captain Mike has spent a lifetime on the water, from working on tuna boats in Maine to fishing south Florida and back to the Delaware Bay. In 1987 he became part of the crew of the Bonanza II. From running the boat daily, Captain Mike has extensive knowledge of the Bay both during the day and at night. Captain Mike is just as comfortable either plotting a course off shore or netting fish on deck.
Captain Joe Jr.
Captain Joe Jr. has grown up on the Delaware Bay, working as a mate on different boats since age 11. He was taught by many great captains, including his grandfather Captain Ernie and his dad Captain Joe Sr. At age 18, Captain Joe Jr. obtained his captains license and has been running the boat ever since. With the information that was passed from one generation to the next, combined with his own lifetime experiences and great sense of humor, Captain Joe Jr. makes an enjoyable day of fishing even better.
Chris, First Mate
Chris Bland, the Bonanza's full time First Mate, has worked on the Bonanza for the last 11 years perusing his passion for fishing. When he is not working on the Bonanza he can be found fishing around the local area on his days off. His talent on the big boat is only out shined by his talent on his small boat. Fishing is his passion. Go catch em up Bucktail Bland.
Nick, First Mate
Nick Rothman, one of the Bonanza's Mates, is Capt. Mike's oldest son and worked on the Bonanza since he was a little buck.
Drew, First Mate
Buck is Capt. Mikes youngest son. He has followed in the footsteps of his grand dad, dad, and older brother when it comes to his desire and love of the water. Buck is a very big part of what happens on the boat, as well as the upkeep of the boat. Buck is often the center of attention when he is on board. With all his mad skills about fishing he is most likely found in the entertainment area or in your lunch box. We all have to ask him " Boss, shaking the tree, shaking the tree Boss."