Don´t be caught red

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE -

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.

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