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Five Takeaways from a Conversation with Charlie Moore

After more than a year of doom and gloom, TV’s favorite fisherman wants you to kick back, relax, and have some doggone fun this summer. Seriously.


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He has a flashy designer wardrobe, a thick Boston accent, and a bright-yellow Lamborghini—in other words, not exactly what you’d expect from a typical outdoorsman. Then again, Charlie Moore, a.k.a. “The Mad Fisherman,” is anything but typical. The North Shore native, who started fishing as a kid in Boston Harbor, has transformed his hobby and his irrepressible irreverence into a mini media empire as TV’s most beloved “bruh.” Now in its 25th season, Charlie Moore Outdoors airs on NESN, while his other fishing program, Charlie Moore No Offense, is shown worldwide on Amazon Prime, both with celebrity guests ranging from Bobby Orr to Ted Nugent. Just in time for warmer weather, we caught up with the 11-time Emmy winner to talk local fishing holes, Lake Winnipesaukee, and what he’d wear for a day on the water with Kim Kardashian. Here’s the highlight reel.

His favorite local place to fish is due north.

Lake Winnipesaukee is probably my all-time favorite. It’s got so many awesome things to offer, being so close to Boston. Obviously, I’ve fished all over the world, and it depends on what you’re going for, but overall, the atmosphere and the people up there, the vibe, the lifestyle. On a hot summer night in July, enjoying a few cocktails, a couple of cigars? It doesn’t really get any better than that.

He has a soft spot for Kim Kardashian.

Are you kidding? I’d love to take her camping! Holy shit. I’m a total fashion queen over here. I’m fishing in Hugo Boss and $400 shoes! I’m the furthest thing from a friggin’ outdoorsman. But you know who I wouldn’t want to go camping with? A politician. Or anyone with a political agenda. It would be like, “Please leave now or get mauled by a mountain lion.”

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But he had more fun than he expected when he hosted Mitt Romney on Charlie Moore: No Offense.

He water-skied, and he did a slalom ski, and he was just shredding it. We had a great time, which is amazing, because politics takes the fun out of everyone.

The biggest lesson fishing has taught him has nothing to do with fish.

I don’t think people have enough fun in their lives. I don’t care what you think of me, or my show, or whatever, but I’ve always had fun, and I’ve always wanted to make people laugh. When you go fishing? You’re hanging out with your dad, your grandfather, your grandmother, your brother, your wife, whoever, and it’s a bonding experience. Even if you don’t catch anything, how can you say it was a bad time? Are you out of your mind? Like, what’s wrong with you? People are just too uptight. They’re wound super tight. I think everybody just needs a big old glass of chill.

He’s not out there rubbing sticks together.

I can light a fire anywhere as long as I have lighter fluid. As for the guys making fire magically appear on camera? I can guarantee you that off camera, someone’s got a Bic lighter.