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The Mad Fisherman: Kick Some Bass with America's Wildest TV Host Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
The host of ESPN's popular Beat Charlie Moore show—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 Batman star 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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“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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Oh, by the way the icing on the cake in this book are the great fishing stories with "THE MAD FISHERMAN" (Charlie) which include competing against celebrities such as Drew Bledsoe, Bobby Orr, Bill "The Spaceman" Lee, Adam Vinatieri, John "Hondo" Havlicek, Jim Calhoun, Governor Mitt Romney, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Adam "Batman" West, Chuck Woolery, John Smoltz and many others. You'll also enjoy the utter beauty of being a child that never grows up, which is at the soul of all fishermen, as an array of fish get their TV names such as "LARRY" the Largemouth Bass, "SALLY" the Smallmouth Bass, "PETEY" the Pickerel and others. Also learn about how Charlie lifted the "CURSE OF THE BASSBINO, and helped the Red Sox win the World Series.
In summary: A) Buy this book for the fish stories and also get free an inspiring American success story. OR B) Buy this book for an inspiring American success story and also get free some great fish stories.