‘Mad fisherman’ to showcase County fishing

Posted July 28, 2009, at 10:07 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — It is no secret that some of the best fishing and hunting grounds can be found in Aroostook County.

Evidence of that will now be presented on a national scale, as a sportsman with shows on three television networks recently was filming footage in Aroostook County for the broadcasts.

Charlie Moore has three shows: Beat Charlie Moore on ESPN Outdoors, Charlie Moore Outdoors on NESN and Charlie Moore TV on WFN.

The bulk of the footage of his trip to the region will be shown on Beat Charlie Moore, and a Fort Kent restaurant and lounge will host a special viewing of the show Friday evening.

In Beat Charlie Moore, individuals challenge “The Mad Fisherman” to a fishing contest. If he accepts the challenge, Moore meets the challenger at a venue of their choice for the match.

Leslie Jackson, tourism marketing specialist for Aroostook County Tourism, said Tuesday that those involved with the organization first discussed contacting the Beat Charlie Moore film crew more than a year ago after Dave Spooner, former tourism specialist for ACT, suggested it.

Moore visited The County at the end of June to film.

The Beat Charlie Moore footage will show Moore and Master Maine guide Dave Kelso fishing for muskie on the Big Black River, a major tributary of the St. John River.

What transpires will be shown when the segment airs. It was Moore’s first muskie fishing trip in the 15 years he has been on television, according to Jackson.

Footage of Moore fishing for muskie and brook trout and riding an ATV with the Eagle Lake Trail Blazers Club also was shot and will be included on Charlie Moore Outdoors.

Jackson said she felt the show would do a great deal for the region.

“This is definitely going to highlight this area as a place for people to come to and fish and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors,” said Jackson. “It really will shine the spotlight on what we have to offer. It not only will show fishing, it also will show what we can offer ATV riders.”

Spooner agreed, noting that both NESN and ESPN reach viewers in millions of homes across the nation.

Kelso, the master guide, noted that such advertising is what Aroostook County needs “to promote our outdoor related tourism.”

“Everyone will eventually benefit from this type of exposure,” he continued. “Money spent for this and future TV shows is money well spent to promote what we have to offer.”

In Fort Kent, the Swamp Buck Restaurant and Lounge will host a special viewing of the Beat Charlie Moore episode at its business on West Main Street. The showing will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. All are welcome to attend.

The show will air on ESPN2 on Aug. 1 at 8 a.m. and repeat at least once during the winter. The NESN show will air later this summer and repeat through the winter.

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