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Mad Fisherman: Kick Some Bass with America's Wildest TV Host

Mad Fisherman: Kick Some Bass with America's Wildest TV Host

by Charlie Moore, Charles Salzberg

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The memoir of "Mad Fisherman" Charlie Moore, host of TV fishing shows Charlie Moore Outdoors and Beat Charlie Moore.


The memoir of "Mad Fisherman" Charlie Moore, host of TV fishing shows Charlie Moore Outdoors and Beat Charlie Moore.

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Publishers Weekly

The host of ESPN's popular Beat Charlie Mooreshow-in which he bets his own money in one-on-one fishing duels against pros and amateurs alike-tries to transfer his wild man persona to the printed page, with mixed results. The first few chapters, on his youth, marriage, and failed attempt to run a bait-and-tackle shop, make slow going, and his look at how he went from local to national stardom is marred by abrupt tangents in which he thanks various network and corporate sponsors. The pace speeds up when Moore provides a behind-the-scenes look at various shows; he has plenty of great stories about such celebrity guests as rock guitarist Ted Nugent, sports legend Bobby Orr, rapper Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC and Batmanstar Adam West. But Moore doesn't provide much beyond what was caught on camera: his comment that "Ted is crazy" doesn't illuminate the episode in which Nugent fired a nine millimeter into his own pond to get enough fish to win the competition. Moore is upfront about wanting to be "more along the lines of a Tim Allen driving the show," and it is clear that he succeeded on TV. But he doesn't capture his "Mad Fisherman" persona on the page. (Apr.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The NESN/ESPN personality chronicles his rise from penury to the big (well, bigger) time as host of two top-rated fishing programs. Moore and his four siblings were raised in rural Massachusetts by a doting mother and a competitive, Civil War-obsessed father. (Family vacations were spent touring historic battlefields.) Exuberant and acquisitive from an early age, young Charlie owned a brand-new Corvette at 18 and married high-school sweetheart Angela at 20. Virtually broke, the couple temporarily moved in with Angela's parents . . . and stayed several years. With two kids and another on the way, Moore was bounced by his father from the family cigar store and tried unsuccessfully to open a bait shop. At this lowest of low points, he put his "people person" skills to good use and pitched himself as a fishing expert to the brass at New England Sports Network (NESN). They gave him a biweekly five-minute segment on the sports magazine show Front Row, and after some rather wooden initial performances he eventually warmed up enough to let his natural comedic panache, vast knowledge and genuine love of freshwater fishing shine through on camera. He got his own NESN show, Charlie Moore Outdoors, then moved to ESPN for the competition-themed Beat Charlie Moore. Initial reaction to the latter was mixed-Moore's in-your-face personality wasn't to everyone's taste-but visits from a slew of sports and rock celebrities (and a cameo by Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney) beefed up ratings. As well as tracing his personal journey, the dedicated family man imparts sage wisdom on preserving domestic bliss and achieving success (tenacity in both cases). He also catalogues the best ways to cast a line,favorite fishing spots and the contents of his tackle box. The author's crowning glory, he claims, was being inducted into the New England Sports Museum. Moore's madcap vibrancy and zest for outdoor life permeate this unpretentious chronicle.
From the Publisher

“Charlie Moore is my American blood brother in the spirit of the wild, celebrating the joys and purity of hands-on conservation. The boy knows how to live! Rock on, Mad Fish.” —Ted Nugent

“Charlie Moore is a passionate, entertaining personality who makes a sport into not just a great hobby but a heck of a lot of fun. Charlie Moore is the real deal as an American Fisherman.” —Jim Calhoun, Basketball Hall of Famer and Two-Time National Champion Collegiate Coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies

“I don't know what's crazier: playing all over the world with Lynyrd Skynyrd or doing a TV show with Charlie Moore! I do know I love the guy like a brother.” —Rickey Medlocke, lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynryd

“A good old success story related with charm and humor.” —Booklist

Basketball Hall of Famer and Two-Time National Cha Jim Calhoun
Charlie Moore is a passionate, entertaining personality who makes a sport into not just a great hobby but a heck of a lot of fun. Charlie Moore is the real deal as an American Fisherman.

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St. Martin's Press
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The Mad Fisherman

Kick Some Bass with America's Wildest TV Host

By Moore, Charlie St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2008 Moore, Charlie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312374723

Introduction I’m nervous today. Very nervous. And that’s not like me. I never get nervous. Ever.
But tonight is different. Tonight I’m going to the Boston Garden. Sure, I’ve been to the Garden before. Lots of times. But tonight’s a different story. Tonight, I’m going in a stretch limousine, one of six filled with twenty-five people in all. But first, all twenty-five of us are having dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse, one of my all-time favorite restaurants. My friend, Ernie Boch Jr., who owns a bunch of car dealerships, will be there. Yes, I’ll be getting a Ferrari soon. Ernie, expect a call. Chuck Clement, owner of Eastern Propane and Oil, will be there, as will George Carey, owner of Finz Restaurant, Paul Riley, from Post Woodworking Sheds, and the whole Aubuchon Hardware family—Aubuchon is the title sponsor of my show. And, of course, my entire family. Wouldn’t want to forget them.
Tonight is different. I’m being honored at the Boston Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins. Tonight, between periods of the hockey game—Go Bruins!—I’m being inducted into the New England Sports Museum in a program called “Gone Fishing: New England’s Famous Outdoorsmen.” I’m going tobe inducted along with Curt Gowdy and Ted Williams. Can you believe it? Me. Charlie Moore. The Mad Fisherman. My name is going to be spoken in the same breath as Curt Gowdy, one of the greatest sports announcers of all time, and Ted Williams . . . I don’t have to tell you who Ted Williams is, do I? Does the last .400 hitter in baseball ring a bell?
No wonder I’m nervous. As much as I have an ego—and you don’t need a magnifying glass to find it—I’m still very grounded. I don’t take myself too seriously. But this, well, this is . . . serious.
As you can probably tell by now, tonight is a very big deal for me. Curt Gowdy Jr. will be there, as well as a representative for Ted Williams. And then there’s my family: my wife, Angela, my three kids, Anthony, Nikolas, and Kaitlin, and all the people who helped make my shows—Charlie Moore Outdoors and Beat Charlie Moore—wildly successful. Bob Sylvester, my producer, who had a big part in working with Dick Johnson from the Sports Museum, will be there, too.
It’s been twelve years since I started down this road, but I feel like my career is just beginning. I’m looking forward to the next twelve years which, believe me, are going to be even better than the first ones. But, as for tonight, I told them I wanted the ceremony to be short. Very short. I don’t want this to be a long, drawn-out affair. My stomach couldn’t take it.
I, Charlie Moore, will be honored in the Boston Garden. How could I possibly have imagined all this twelve years ago, when I was dead broke, married with two kids and another on the way, and living in my in-laws’ house? Well, I probably did imagine it. But it was just a dream, then. Tonight, it’s going to be a reality.
I’m not one for reminiscing about milestones. Heck, I don’t think I’ve accomplished anything near what I’m going to before I’m done. It’s great to look back and think, “Hey, that was terrific,” but that’s not what I’m all about. I love what I do. I know what I have. I know who I am. I know what’s important to me.
But how did I get here? How did I get to the point where all these people are going to be in the stands applauding as I join the ranks of the true immortals?
And so, while there’s still nobody else around, while I’m waiting nervously for tonight’s ceremony, I’ll light up an Avo, my favorite brand of cigar, and I’ll think about my life and my show, where I’ve been, how I got there, and where I’m going.
Sit back, my friends, because we’re headed over choppy waters . . .   Copyright © 2008 by Charlie Moore. All rights reserved.


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Meet the Author

Charlie Moore hosts Charlie Moore Outdoors and Beat Charlie Moore, two top-rated outdoors shows on ESPN2 and the NESN (New England Sports Network) as well as the newly launched Charlie Moore TV on WFN (World Fishing Network). Between those shows Charlie reaches more than one and a half million households and has won two New England Emmy Awards for Best Sports Series.

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