Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vicious Fishing going Canadian

June 13, 2011
For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Armstrong

PELL CITY, AL – Vicious Fishing today announced a significant move into the Canadian market through a new agreement with EdgePoint Incorporated and its product distribution network. Under this agreement, EdgePoint Inc. will immediately begin distributing the entire family of Vicious Fishing lines.

“With new products like Pro Elite Fluorocarbon and hot selling items such as Panfish Ice and our Vicious Braid, Canada offers a great opportunity for Vicious Fishing to take a big step forward in the North American market. We're very happy to have EdgePoint Inc. lead us into this new territory.” stated Chris Armstrong, National Sales Manager of Vicious Fishing. “Our consumer demand has grown exponentially year-after-year since we introduced the brand in 2006 and we think this will help us continue to see that growth for years to come.”

“The Pro Elite Fluorocarbon is produced in Japan with some of the most superior resins and technology available.  Vicious utilizes a level winding spooling process that continually lays-down the line side-by-side or parallel to itself across a single row; concurrently stacking the line precisely on top of the previous row as it traverses across additional rows.  The significant benefits of this state of the art process will be recognized by all anglers once they fish with Pro Elite Fluorocarbon.“ adds Eugene Ghounarides, CEO of EdgePoint, Inc.  

A few of the key benefits of leveling winding vs. traditional spooled line are:

  1. Significantly reduced line memory: Laser-guided system maintains even tension throughout the spooling process and keeps the line from twisting while eliminating line stretch as it traverses across each layer or row; thus keeping the line supple and memory free.
  2. Casts further: The technique of winding the line side-by-side across each layer and stacking each layer parallel maintains the lines inherent smoothness and eliminates line criss-cross which cause minute knicks and abrasions on the line surface.  As a result, the line passes more freely through the rod guides; providing longer and smooth casts.
  3. Increased abrasion resistance.
  4. Maintains tensile and knot strength longer.
  5. Smooth and easier to handle: The precise and even line tension throughout the spooling process eliminates line twist and keeps the line smooth and supple and more in-round; thus the line is easier to handle when tying knots or adding terminal tackle.
  6. The line performs better on spinning reels because it maintains less memory and handles easily.

“We've been seeking a fishing line manufacturer for quite some time and found our perfect fit with Vicious. A top of the line product, outstanding value and great people,” commented Craig Butler, COO of EdgePoint Inc. “We're really excited to have Vicious on board with us.”

For dealers interested in stocking any of the Vicious Fishing products, please contact EdgePoint at or call (416) 277-6308.

By offering premium fishing line, apparel and other angling products at an exceptional value,
Vicious Fishing was inspired by the everyday angler. Today's angler deserves quality, durability and reliability in their gear and Vicious delivers all of that with attitude. Vicious Fishing headquarters are located in Pell City, AL. For more information regarding Vicious Fishing and its family of products, visit or call 866-645-0024.

EdgePoint Inc. is a Canadian full service outdoor & recreational sporting goods distribution centre, serving Canada from their Toronto office.  EdgePoint Incorporated is focused on the fishing industry and recreational sports, the company represents top brands, such as BioEdge Fishing Products, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Vicious Fishing, Eco Pro Tungsten, Fin-tech Tackle Company Inc., Mizmo Bait Company, Bill Lews Rat-L-Trap, Poor Boy’s Baits, and V&M.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Some call him a soldier, I just call him my friend

The dictionary says, “A soldier is a member of the land component of national armed forces; whereas a soldier hired for service in a foreign army would be termed a mercenary.  The majority of cognates of the word "soldier" that exist in other languages have a meaning that embraces both commissioned and non-commissioned officers in national land forces."
Sorry, but I do not like that definition. My definition would say something to the effect– a soldier is a son, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, grandparent or a friend.

Just the other day I ask an injured soldier about his injuries and then I asked him: “Would you do it again?” There response is always, “You, dang right I would!!!!”  I get the same response 99.9% of the time. They do it for their fellow man and for the freedoms many people just don’t take for granted.

 At first I called them soldiers; now we have developed a friendship that will last forever and we call each other friend! Last weekend one young man, a USMC - special forces/friend, asked me and Kim (my wife) for our phone numbers and email address. I asked him, “Why do you want that?” He said, “I want to stay in touch with you and let you know how I am doing.” And then he went on to say, “I want to come back and visit once my rehab is completed and meet Kim’s son (Stephen, who is a USMC currently serving in Afghanistan).” See our new friends had a story to tell us. He was shot in the jaw during a battle, somewhere; see we don’t talk about foreign countries and different locations around the world with these guys. We talked about what really happened; not what the newspaper tells must of you. Our new friend suffered a minor stroke before he could get to an advanced medical care unit; due to blood loss. During this traumatic event, one of his friends “trached” him in the battlefield and this allowed my friend to breath and survive from his injuries. While my friend, at times, had a tough time talking about this event you could see the passion in his eyes. He refuses to take “no” as an answer and he will win in this game called life! I am thankful my new friend got too spent sometime this weekend with Kim and me. See last weekend has changed our life!
See this past weekend I the opportunity to met some new friends and do some work for Operation One Voice ( Some people like meeting celebrities and athlete’s; but I really like meeting soldiers. These guys do not entertain, hit homeruns or throw long touchdown passes they fight for our freedoms every day. I had the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in professional sports this past week at an event benefitting these soldiers and Operation One Voice. I saw these grown men, who are professional athletes look directly into each one of these injured soldiers eyes and listen intently to their stories. Trust me we changed some celebrities and athlete’s lives this weekend; forever! 
Did you know our military is one of the largest, best trained and most respected fighting forces in the world? Unlike all the armies of many countries around the world, our military is composed entirely of volunteers. Volunteers that allow us to read what we want to, speak and write about anything we want to without consequences. That’s right they volunteer!

When was the last time you stopped and thanked one of my friends when you past by them in the airport or at a local store? Try it, because it will change your life forever…..

Til next time….tgb out!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I like my boss and I am not weird!

Yesterday was the first employee meeting in many, many, many moons with the boss. You see my boss at work is called the Fire Chief! And yes, I like my boss and I like what he stands for. There is nothing wrong with saying you agree with the boss! I just think he gets it while many others do not have a clue about what we do. If you do the right thing in life you will not regret it.

 I only reason I know what "The Boss" stands for is he lives it and secondly the signs are posted on the department’s web site, in all the fire stations and on the walls at HQ. Everyone should have some kind of "Values" in their life. The values we, as a department, believe it are Truth, Trust, Respect, and Unity. You cannot go wrong if you always tell the Truth. You are definitely living the good life if your boss and your co-workers Trust you and your judgments. We all must show Respect towards each other. Last, Unity means that we all believe in one goal and that goal to me is that my crew stays safe and we all go home in the morning.

 When you have to make a decision on doing the right thing remember this, “Could you stand in front of your parents and explain what you just did?" It’s a pretty simple question, but it will make you think if you made the right decision or the wrong decision. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Til next time.... tgb out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What the heck Carlos!

Carlos Irwin Estevez aka Charlie Sheen -  what in the wild, wild world of sports are you freaking thinking, doing and acting like? I am just totally confused into thinking that the 1.8 million dollars, someone receives per episode for a TV show could really ruined your life. I am sorry, but I am thinking I would not have that problem if I went to work and they paid me that much...

Last night as I laid in bed listening Carlos being interviewed by Piers I thought to myself, "Dang there's another one lost to the Hollywood crowd!" Why is it when they throw money at people all it does is ruin them? The average Jack and Jill have their 2.5 children, go to work 5 days a week and attend church on Sunday. There life is not perfect, but it surely beats what these actor folks are living through. I think I will keep my weird life and continue on. I like paying my own bills, eating out when I want, attending my church and driving what I can afford.

 Is there something wrong here? Yes, there is! We all have made the sports athlete’s, actors and celebrity’s non human. We act as if they are all bigger than life itself and they are not. I think Carlos could not use some one on one time with the man. I would recommend him sitting out on a lake in a bass boat and looking up at the heavens and talking to GOD. He has a plan for all of us; some know it and others do not have a clue. Open up your ears and listen to what he says back!!!!!

A list of famous celebrities who have died of alcoholism or drugs. So who's next?

Lenny Bruce
Janis Joplin
Jimmy Hendrix
Mamma Cass
Tommy Dorsey
John Entwistle
Chris Farley
John Belushi
Michael Jackson
Judy Garland
Margaux Hemingway
Marilyn Monroe
Jim Morrison
Gram Parsons
River Phoenix
Ike Turner
Sid Vicious

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thank you Mr. Larremore

I read this tonight and my first thought was I needed to share it with everyone I know. Why Operation One Voice? Now you will know, thank you Mr. Larremore.... Tom, Jr.

“Suffer in Silence”
By G. Larremore
“Don’t complain”, “Grin and bear it”, “Suck it up”.  We have all heard one version or another.  For me, I was introduced to the concept by a Marine Corps drill instructor.  He knew when one of his recruits was suffering…he just didn’t need to hear about it.  For many years, I thought I understood what it meant to “tough it out” when I was hurt or in a difficult situation, and to an extent, I did.   Then, six years ago, I was introduced to some people who showed me what those sayings meant, on an entirely new level.  A good friend of mine gave me the opportunity to get involved with Operation One Voice.  OOV, as the organization is known, is a small non-profit group that raises money to support Special Operation Forces and their families.  When one of these elite soldiers, sailors or Marines is injured or killed, it brings terrible hardship on the families and OOV does what it can to ease their burdens.  Why have we focused on “Special Forces”?  Because these are the people who do the extremely dangerous jobs no one ever hears about.  Special Ops members are in harm’s way, war or no war.  They accomplish amazing things under the most difficult circumstances and often receive no thanks or recognition.  OOV strives to be the ‘911’ response when things go wrong on one of those missions.
Over the last six years, I have had the true honor of meeting some of America’s real unsung heroes.  From the widows and suddenly fatherless children, to the severely injured troops, I have been humbled by the willing sacrifice and “guts” they have demonstrated.  While many Americans enjoy the freedoms of life in the United States, complaining about the wait at a favorite restaurant or the latte that wasn’t made to their precise specifications…Special Ops families spend extended periods of time separated from their loved ones.  The troops are confident in their ability to accomplish their missions and keep deadly threats away from the soundly sleeping population of the U.S.  The families spend that time praying for the safety of their loved one, often knowing nothing about where they are or how long they will be there.  Some never see their loved ones again. 
Watching a young child clutching an American flag, or gazing with a child’s eyes at a marble marker with their father’s name engraved on it, tends to change the way you view your own difficulties.  Talking with a soldier who has been seriously wounded, and who considers it his duty to recover and get back into the fight, brings new meaning to tenacity.  Four of these elite warriors will forever stand as an inspiration to fight on, even under the most difficult circumstances.  The first one is a former Green Beret, one of the original ones.  He served in Korea and Vietnam, where he received eight purple hearts and was at one point stripped of his clothing and equipment by Chinese soldiers who thought he was dead.  He recovered from his injuries and went on to be one of the United States preeminent terrorist hunters.  At almost eighty years of age, he still maintains a humble demeanor and is occasionally called on to assist his former employers.  The second, who I now consider a friend, is an Army Ranger who was shot in the leg while serving in Iraq.  He recovered and returned to Iraq, where he was injured by an insurgent grenade attack.  He saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his mangled arm, while a teammate tried to stop the bleeding from his right leg…which he ultimately had amputated.  This intrepid Ranger faced a long and difficult recovery, but returned to full combat jump status, with a prosthetic leg.  He redeployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, leading a squad of Rangers and was injured by shrapnel during a firefight there.  Not even out of his twenties, he has shown more dedication and courage than most people will over the course of a lifetime.  The third is a Navy Seal who was shot twice in the arm and once in the face with a heavy machine gun during a battle in Afghanistan.  He suffered disabling injuries to his arm and his face was virtually destroyed.  He posted a sign on his hospital room door warning visitors not to pity him, because he didn’t pity himself.  When I first met him, he had no nose and the rest of his face was marred by scars.  He exuded such a positive attitude, I found it easy to forget he was disfigured.  After many surgeries, he maintains his optimism and has started a small non-profit that also raises money for wounded warriors.  The most recent hero to remind me of the true meaning of “Suffer in Silence” is a Recon Marine.  This Marine was hit by an IED in Afghanistan.  He lost his legs, a hand and was burned over 99% of his body…a two inch wide strip under his belt was the only uninjured area.  After languishing in a coma for several months, with medical statistics and doctors predicting he would die, the Marine began responding to stimulus.  Stunned, physicians determined his brain was not damaged and his mind was intact.  He is currently undergoing intensive physical therapy and is considered the most severely wounded service member ever to survive his injuries.
During the 6th Special Operations Forces run in early November, I had the honor of meeting and getting to know one of the Recon Marine’s teammates.  I listened to the tall, quiet Recon Marine veteran as he talked about his friend and brother in arms.  As he talked, describing the bonds forged during the many dangerous missions they completed, tears ran down his cheeks.  He tried his best not to break down as he described the suffering endured by his fellow Marine, but ultimately had to pause, unable to speak.  When he spoke again, he made a statement that struck a chord in my heart and committed me to involvement in OOV for as long as it is needed.  To paraphrase; He said that although Special Ops may go into harm’s way, out of sight and mind of the American public, those soldiers, sailors and Marines go willingly into danger knowing there are police officers and firefighters keeping their families safe at home.  He said he and his fellow Special Operations Forces soldiers take comfort in knowing that they and their families will be cared for if the worst ever occurs.  I believe it is the responsibility of all of us living in relative comfort at home to support those who serve and suffer in silence, whether or not we agree with the reason for the fight…but I’m a little biased.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Yes the U.S.A. cares, but what about our own....

So today on the web I read, "The United States is deeply concerned about the use of force by Egyptian police against protesters demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s rule. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the protesters should refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully."

 FYI - I do not believe the people that are protesting in Egypt are reading my blog, so I am just going to say what I mean right here and now! My personnel belief is I am sorry for the people in Egypt and how they have been treated for all these years. But, once our military has removed all the America's citizens out of their country it is Egypt’s and the citizen’s responsibility to solve the problems. The United States of America must feed and provide shelter for our own first. Just in the USA there is somewhere near 500,000 Americans that are homeless. Per some more research I have learned that 33 million Americans continue to live in households that did not have an adequate supply of food. Nearly one-third of these households contain adults or children who went hungry at some point in the year 2000. So I decided to send President Obama a short note:

 Dear Mr. President,
 We have some major problems right here in the U.S.A. that should be addressed ASAP. We should take care of our own before we worry about other regions of the world. Let's provided more tax breaks for business so more people can go back to work and quit collecting unemployment. If any citizen gets any Federal assistance, they should be required to submit to a drug test every 30 days. More local technical schools need to offer free job training to anyone unemployed, so they can get back to work and be able to provide for their families.

A voter

* Please understand these are my thoughts and know one else’s.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

more B.A.S.S. decals needed

 It might sound kind of strange to say this, but I would like to make a few suggestions to the new ownership at B.A.S.S. You guys have 2 major jobs right now that I would recommend concentrating on.

 #1 get more subscribers to the magazine and internet web site. First give away 3 months free of the magazine and include a decal. Also B.A.S.S. if you read this silly blog go over to - my friend, Larry Thornhill  online magazine and get a look at the future - . He knew what the future was going to be. Now he is running one of the best online magazines out there that has to do with fishing... Good Job LT...

 #2 get some sponsors that make sense to bass fishing people. Here is a good starting point:
a. Gasoline sponsor - you cannot drive to the lake without gas in your truck and boat. Would it not be cool to pull up to a Chevron station and have to wait in line to get fuel, while no one is at BP.
b. Hotel sponsor - every fishing person that travels has to stay at a hotel. Why would not a large chain sign up to be a sponsor and get everyone with a B.A.S.S.  card or decal a discount to stay at their hotel. Sorry guys Kim and I can only sleep 2 more couples at our house and parking is
c. Fast food restaurant - I am sorry but, fast food and restaurant should not be in the same sentence. Hey as my Momma use to say, “Boy, you got to eat!" We fishing people must eat while traveling and attending events. I think it would be neat to pull into Arby's and see nothing but trucks and boats and McDonalds parking lot empty.
d. Truck sponsor - well Toyota has that one locked down right now, but FORD or Dodge should be waiting in the wings to grab up that deal.

 Well that’s enough to get the people at B.A.S.S. started on future sponsorship ideas. Call me if you need some help; I have a friend in the marketing business in Atlanta.  You know more than anything I want to see the B.A.S.S. decals back in the review window of pickup trucks, SUV's and cars again. I am doing my part, look for my white Tundra on the road, at a tournament site or at the boat ramp I have my B.A.S.S. decal proudly in my window. Do you?

til next time..... FISH ON! and GOD bless our troops.....tgb

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yesterday 49 out of 50

OK, whoever made Mother Nature mad needs to apologize right now; this is not funny anymore.  Just yesterday in the United States 49 out 50 states had snow on the ground. So what about "Global Warming" and Al Gore; where in the heck has the former VP gone?  I want to hear his thoughts on this matter now. I am guess he is in Nashville, TN scratching his head trying to come up with something else. I did find one funny remark I will leave you with - journalist Phelim McAleer asked Gore, “Mr. Gore, is this name changing of Global Warming to a symbol simply an acknowledgment that global temperatures have stabilized or gone down for the past decade, and that the science is certainly not settled given the recent Climategate and IPCC scandals?” Gore replied, “Not at all.  The scientific consensus is stronger than ever, and The Phenomenon Formerly Known as Global Warming is posing an ever greater threat to our planet’s future, and to the future we leave our grandchildren.” 

Come on over to Braselton, GA Mr. Gore and explain all this ice and snow to me. I did find out cabin fever is a disease that can be treated.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What if ?

Today as I sat and watched Fox News channel I was wondering.... hmmmm. What would have happened if  the new Speaker of the House - Congressman John Boehner would have hit that women right between the eyes with that gavel!!!!

 So then my medical thought was - he would have possibly created a subdural hematoma. These are usually the result of a serious head injury. When this occurs in this way, it is called an "acute" subdural hematoma. Acute subdural hematomas are among the deadliest of all head injuries. The bleeding fills the brain area very rapidly, compressing brain tissue. This often results in brain injury and may lead to death.

 But, that would not be the answer to this problem. The answer is for every Congressman and woman to remember and know that we the people elected them and we the people and run you out of office.

Do you know who your elected officials are? If not try this web site:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Good Evening - welcome to my world!

Thought I would start something crazy.... Let's blog something funny, interesting, fishing stuff (Pro's or co's), sponsors new stuff, hunting lessons or even maybe some dog training stuff. But, nothing about firefighting or Paramedic stuff. I plan on having some fun with this blog. Alot of thoughts about what is going on in our world, state, county and my little city. We will start with something small..... Hello..... Life is Good!