The Mad Fisherman

Kick Some Bass with America's Wildest TV Host

Charlie Moore with Charles Salzberg

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Charlie Moore was married with two kids (and one on the way) when his Massachusetts bait-and-tackle shop sank without a trace. A skilled fisherman and a savvy entrepreneur trained in his father’s cigar shop, Charlie decided to support his family by starring on his own TV fishing show.

After all, the ones playing on the TV in Charlie’s shop all day had one thing in common: they were dull. As a rule, people called Charlie many things, but never, ever dull. In fact, when he told friends about his television idea, they called him crazy.

Today, everyone calls him the Mad Fisherman.

The Mad Fisherman  is the incredible story of how Charlie cold-called his way into doing short spots for no money for a regional outdoors show while working odd jobs to pay for diapers. When the TV station refused to pay up once the show was a hit, he hooked show sponsors himself, turning Charlie Moore Outdoors into a profitable enterprise.

Charlie’s success opened doors at ESPN and gave birth to the groundbreaking Beat Charlie Moore, an entirely new kind of outdoors show on which Charlie goes mano y mano with pro fishermen and celebrities alike. Charlie's very competitive, but he still pays more attention to amusing his audience than beating his competitors. But he usually does both, anyway.

Guest fishermen on Charlie’s boat have included NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (who waterskiied off the back of Charlie’s boat), Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd, UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, Ted Nugent, Adam West (TV’s Batman), and Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC. No matter how famous they are on dry land, they turn into ordinary guys when Charlie hands them a fishing pole. Well, except Ted Nugent.

With unflagging energy, a wild sense of humor, and a sheer love of the outdoors, Charlie Moore entertains and amuses a million and a half people every week.

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The Mad Fisherman
1I'm Gonna Get My Own TV Show ... . No. Really. I Am.Here I am in Beverly, Massachusetts, twenty-four years old, two kids, another one on the way, and it's time to cut bait. Time to walk away from a spectacularly unsuccessful attempt at opening my own tackle store. I am, by any measure, an absolute failure. A flop. A bust. On the bright side, I've got nowhere to go but up. At least that's what I tell myself. Because if I don't go up, my friends, I'll go belly up.But who am I, exactly, and why did I ever think I could possibly make a living selling lures and bait? To really

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“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


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Charlie Moore with Charles Salzberg

Charlie Moore hosts Charlie Moore Outdoors and Beat Charlie Moore, two top-rated outdoor shows on ESPN2 and NESN (New England Sports Network). Between the two shows, Charlie reaches almost one and a half million households per week and has won two New England Emmy Awards for Best Sports Series.

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The Mad Fisherman
Kick Some Bass with America's Wildest TV Host
Charlie Moore with Charles Salzberg

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St. Martin's Press
May 2009
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ISBN: 9781429934633
ISBN10: 1429934638
240 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout plus one 16-page color photo insert
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May 2009
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ISBN: 9780312565275
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5 1/4 x 8 inches, 256 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout plus one 16-page color photo insert
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