Don´t be caught red
Capt. Chris Lemieux fishes tournaments on Rebound, a 52-foot Merritt run by Capt. Stan Hunt out of the Hillsboro Inlet Marina in Pompano Beach, Florida. Before one of those outings, Lemieux encountered one of the most unusual fishing superstitions he’d ever heard of.
“I brought a cooler that had a little bit of red paint on it, just some overspray,” Lemieux says, “and Stan threw a fit. ‘No red is allowed on my boat!’”
Hunt says his rationale for red being an unlucky color stems from his youth, when he and his friends rode four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles.
“We started noticing that whenever someone wore red, they would get hurt or break down,” Hunt says. “One of my best friends was looking at a four-wheeler, a nice red-and-white Honda. We all told him, ‘Don’t buy it, it’s bad luck.’ Wherever we went with him, he broke down within half an hour.”
Hunt does not allow red hats or clothing on his boat, and only grudgingly bends the rules for lures and kites. “I only put the red fishing kites or blackand-red SeaWitches out when I really have to,” says Hunt, whose favorite lure color — not surprisingly — is blue-and-white. No red, Fred.