Early on, Charlie Moore was drawn to the outdoors, lured you might say.
"My dad had a big boat, and we would go out in Boston Harbor a lot," said the Boston native during a recent interview. "I'd go snowmobiling as a kid, too."
He also took up multiple sports, such as football and baseball. However, for the past two decades or so, it has been the art and sport of fishing that has brought him to the attention of the masses.
For the past 17 years, Moore has appeared in several television programs, including "Front Row Outdoors," "Charlie Moore Outdoors" and "Roughing It" for NESN (New England Sports Network); "Beat Charlie Moore," on ESPN; and "Charlie Moore: No Offense" for the NBC Sports Network (which just began its third season).
Throughout his long career, his shows have been fueled by his fast-paced style; his rapid, comic delivery; and his propensity for doing the unexpected -- the kind of behavior that earned him his moniker "The Mad Fisherman."
He said early on, those behind his longest-running show, "Charlie Moore Outdoors," had little sense of what the future would bring. Moore may be a skilled fisherman, but he didn't want to do a show about how to fish.
"No one had a sense of what it was going to be," said Moore, 42.
With its mix of celebrity guests, skits, and, oh yeah, fishing, the show has earned fans and honors, including multiple Emmy nominations.
"I do a show about a guy who happens to fish," he said.
Moore will be in Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 12 to 3 p.m., as part of the 16th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show. It runs Friday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Connecticut Convention Center.
He will be joined by other presenters, including Greg Myerson, the world record holder for largest striped bass; Lane Benoit, a well-known whitetail buck tracker from Vermont; Del DelMastro, an archery tackle and urban deer hunter; and Tony Sletzko, a former striped bass world record holder.
"There is a little bit of everything there that has to do with fishing and hunting," said organizer Kristie Gonsalves, who is president of North East Expos, the company producing the show.
More than 200 booths will feature fishing tackle and hunting gear -- everything from lines to boats; archery supplies to camping supplies. "We try to encompass everything."
There will be demonstrations and activities, as well, including a fly-tying center, a virtual reality fishing simulator, live fishing at a catch and release trout pond, a children's bass casting competition by the Connecticut Bass Federation, a "Talons! Birds of Prey" live show and an archery range.
New this year is an "Elements of Nature" show that features artists' work in a variety of media, including stone, clay, photography, taxidermy, wood, bronze and antler.
Moore's expected appearance in Hartford is one of only a few he can do each year, despite upward of 30 to 40 invitations from all over. He said he values the opportunity to get out and thank those who have embraced the multi-dimensional approach he takes to his shows.
"I get great feedback from the fans," he said.
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Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Friday, Feb. 15, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 adults, $4 children (5 to 12), free under age 5. Cash only. 860-844-8461, http://www.fishinghuntingshow.com.