We are excited to have a guest blogger this week! Field Biologist Jeremy Tiemann and his colleague, M.H. Sabaj-Perez, recently headed down to Brazil for research on the Xingu River and were awesome enough to share their experience with us!
U.S. and Brazilian biologists are collaborating on an inventory of the fishes, mollusks, and crustaceans of the Xingu River, a large tributary of the Amazon River, in the state of Para, Brazil. With funding from the National Science Foundation, we joined other researchers from the U.S. and Brazil and sampled the lower Xingu near Altamira during the month of November 2014. This was the third expedition to the region. This stretch of river includes the area that will be affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam complex. During this time of year water levels are at their lowest point and many species of fishes become crowded together making them easier to collect. The goal of the project was to document the diversity of aquatic life and habitats in the various stretches of the lower Xingu prior to its modification by the dam complex.
Members of the U.S. Expedition team holding the Brazilian Flag Hoo at the downstream most waterfall on the rio Xingu, Brazil.
The rio Xingu is home to an estimated 450 species of fishes and an unknown number of mollusks (mussels and snails) and crustaceans (crabs and shrimps). Sampling consisted of traditional fisheries techniques, and included cast netting, dip netting, seining, gill netting, trotlines, trawling, and hand-picking. Trawling was an effective way to not only collect fishes, but also mussels, sponges, and crabs.
Researchers pulling up a trawl. Photo by M.H. Sabaj-Perez
The expedition consisted of three separate outings, and traveling during each outing was either by boats or a combination of trucks and boats. The first outing was from Altamira upstream to the mouth of the rio Iriri (5 days), the second outing was from Altamira downstream to cachoeira do Jericoá, in the heart of Volta Grande (5 days), and the third was at Porto de Moz at the Xingu mouth upstream to the lower-most rapids of Volta Grande. During each outing, two base camps were made from which small groups ventured out to sample. There was one day (2 nights) in Altamira between outings 1 & 2 and 2 & 3 to rest, restock, and change personnel. Each of the outings consisted of 14 scientists who were assisted by 8 local fishermen, boatmen, and cooks.
The expedition netted and preserved about 17,000 specimens of fishes, 4,000 specimens of mollusks, and 100 specimens of crustaceans from nearly 100 sites. These specimens will help document the diversity of aquatic life in the rio Xingu. Fishes collected varied in shape, size, and color from a two-inch Amazon Puffer (Colomesus asellus) to a 4+ foot Redtail Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus). Below are a few of the fishes collected.
Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus zebra), a species of armored catfish found only in the rio Xingu basin, Brazil. Photo by M.H. Sabaj-Pérez
Xingu River Ray (Potamotrygon leopoldi), an endemic stingray restricted to the Xingu River basin, Brazil. Photo by M.H. Sabaj-Perez
Golden Nugget Place (Baryancistrus xanthellus), another armored catfish endemic to the Xingu River basin, Brazil. Photo by M.H. Sabaj-Perez
Being near the equator and working over water, the Hoo-Rags were extremely useful in protecting my face, neck, and ears from the intense sun during our project. The Brazilian Hoo-Rag also doubled nicely as the flag during our team photos.
Field Biologist Jeremy Tiemann rockin’ the rag on the back of the Xingu River in Brazil.
FishTrack just released their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and it is every deep sea angler’s dream wishlist! The Guide includes 10 gift ideas perfect for that picky fishermen or boater on your shopping list this year. From the YETI Hopper Cooler Bag to the Nightspotter Handheld Thermal Imaging Scope to yours truly – Hoo-rags, you can’t go wrong with any of these top notch products. We just printed and sent it directly to Santa – hope we’re on the nice list this year!
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Buy any three Hoo-rags and get the “Ho Ho Hoo” for FREE! Don’t worry about adding it to your cart or seeing it at checkout. If you order three or more,
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Hoo-rag is pumped to be teamed up with Wishes for Warriors to get their vets rockin’ the rag at their sponsored events. From hunting trips to mud runs to skydiving, Wishes for Warriors is a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to to bringing hope back into our disabled veteran’s lives through outdoor events and activities. Learn more about them and see how you can get involved at Wishes for Warriors.
The Hoo is headed to Biketoberfest! From Thursday, October 16 thru Sunday, October 19 we will be set up in Daytona, FL for Biketoberfest 2014. Come visit our booth on Main Street where we will have epic deals for all you bikers! We will be set up right in the heart of it all, next to Tombstone Silverworks and across the street from the legendary Boot Hill Saloon. Mention you saw this post and get a free Hoo!
The 6th Annual Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure tournament went down October 3rd and 4th in Jupiter, Florida. The completely sold out, all ladies fishing tournament and event included a costume contest, boat decorating and an all-star cast of very pink anglers!
Bluewater Babes was founded in 2009 from a love of fishing, the courage to fight and an understanding of the powerful nature of women working together. The idea grew in members and events until finally converting into a 501(c)3 public charity in 2013. The group now has over 1,500 members and has raised over $200,000 for local breast and ovarian cancer patients in financial need.
These women have proven that you can have an epic time casting lines and knocking back a few cocktails all in the name of a good cause!
To learn more or make a donation, please visit Bluewater Babes.
Bringing a smile to someone’s face can be the most important thing you do today. Tiffany Mulloy and her sister, Crystal Hatch, learned the importance of that from their mother. ‘She did anything and everything to make sure other’s had a reason to smile,’ Tiffany said.
The family suffered a terrible tradegy when they lost their beloved mother, Margo, to complications due to cancer in 2009. And as more and more people shared with the family what a positive impact Margo had on their lives, the sisters decided they would find a way to carry on her legacy and Margo’s Momentos was born.
The fundraiser began in hopes of collecting around 100 cloth totes to fill with goodies to give to patients currently undergoing cancer treatment through The Hope Center for Cancer Care in Howland, Ohio. What began as small, yet hopeful, project has turned into an amazing success. Nearly 300 gift totes have been donated and they are now looking for items like hard candy, comfy socks and notebooks to fill the bags.
Tiffany reached out to Hoo-rag because she thought the Hoo would be a perfect gift for patients, especially those who may be losing hair due to chemotherapy. We were very inspired by the selflessness and love this family wanted to share with the world.
If you would like to make a donation to Margo’s Momentos, please email email@example.com.
Hoo-rag was proud to sponsor one of the longest running triathlons in the world. The Santa Barbara Triathlon was held August 22-24 and featured sprint courses, a long course and an ocean view! This year’s triathlon benefitted Girls, Inc.
Girls, Inc. is a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. Almost 140,000 girls ages 5-18 are provided with life-changing experiences and real solutions to their unique problems. With a staggering percentage of teen pregnancies and high school drop-outs, this program is providing young women with the resources and trained professional mentors to empower them to make the right choices.
To make a donation or learn more about Girls, Inc. – visit www.girlsinc.org.
The Hoo is coming to a store near you! Free shipping combined with our lightening fast shipping department make online ordering easy. But some of you may prefer the real deal or need the Hoo in a hurry. Never fear! Every day Hoo-rag is adding new retail locations. You can use our handy dandy Store Locator to find the nearest store to you!
Here are just a few of our new additions:
Sez Sew in Dyersburg, TN
My Best Friend’s Stuff in Elsa, TX
Go with the Flow in Roswell, GA
Dry Falls Outfitters in Griffin, GA
Play Extreme Sports in Corpus Christie, TX
The Five-O Depot in Jacksonville, FL
Hair Chateau in Lockport, NY
Ft. McAllister Marina in Richmond Hill, GA
Everglades Bait and Tackle in Naples, FL
Fernandina Beach Dock in Fernandina Beach, FL
Loggerhead Marina in Juno Beach, FL
Right Track Pro in Harlingen, TX
From sexuality, violence, and drug abuse to family problems, academics and smoking – the stress on today’s youth can be overwhelming. And you remember as a child and young adult – you didn’t want to talk to your parents or teachers about your problems. Instead, you turned to your friends.
One New Mexico organization is giving children and teens the tools and confidence to help their peers through tough times. Natural Helpers provides training in skills such as listening, problem-solving and referring friends to the appropriate adult resources to a select group of students and mentors in local schools. The 25-hour course teaches the volunteers to effectively help their friends and classmates deal with problems like depression, drug abuse and violence.
‘Our main focus is training youth to watch out for each other because youth know first when a friend has a problem,’ said the program’s director, JoAnn Sartorius.
JoAnn reached out to the Hoo team to donate some better bandanas to give out to the youth volunteers and we were more than happy to help! We think this program is amazing and a great asset for every school. It’s all about people helping people! Teaching youngsters effective ways to help themselves and their peers will only make it easier for them to grow into healthy and happy Hooligans.
If you are interested in learning more about Natural Helpers, or are wondering if a program would work in your school, youth group or community center, visit Prevention New Mexico.
Hoo-rag is honored to be a sponsor of the Heroes on the Water Northeast Florida chapter’s Veteran’s Day celebration. Heroes on the Water helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Founded in 2012, the organization strives to provide a long-term activity that teaches life skills.
Veteran Juan Vallejo said “The Heroes on the Water program has been a blessing in disguise for me and my family since I attended my first event … The program has helped me reconnect with my family…’
This year’s Veteran’s Day celebration event will be held on Sunday, November 9 at Browns Creek Fish Camp in Jacksonville, Florida. It will include kayak and dock fishing, live music and food!
The Northeast Florida chapter of Heroes on the Water is a not for profit organization who relies 100% on donations and volunteers. If you are a wounded vet, interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, please visit Heroes on the Water Northeast Florida Chapter.
The #WhereDoYouHoo Photo Contest entries were amazing! It was a hard choice and we are so happy to see all your epic adventures and the beautiful places all you Hooligans are hanging!
The pot was hot with our biggest prize package yet. We had two contest winners : The Gear Nuts and Owen Henderson. They each won 5 Hoo-rags of choice, an official Hooligan t-shirt, a long sleeve Hoo tee and more! Check out their awesome photos…
The Gear Nuts exploring Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky.
Owen Henderson on the hunt for stripers and trout!
Show us #WhereDoYouHoo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
We were proud to sponsor the 8th Annual Fisher-Titus Maple City Triathlon/Duathlon on August 2, 2014 in Norwalk, Ohio. The event was designed to encourage people to develop and maintain personal fitness goals. The triathlon consisted of a 800 yd. swim, 16 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run. The duathlon entrants ran 2 miles, followed by a 16 mile bike ride and finished up with a 3.1 mile race. This non-competitive environment was a great event for first time participants.
We congratulate those who completed this race and all you Hooligans out there who are working on your fitness – whether it be walking, running, swimming, biking – whatever your doing to get out and be active! And don’t forget the Hoo is the perfect fitness accessory and the moisture-wicking material will keep you sweat-free and shielded from the sun and wind. Keep up the good work Hooligans!
Meet two of our favorite Hooligans, Brendon and Emma – or ‘Bremma’ as their friends call them. Bremma hail from Melbourne, Australia but rarely stay in one place. For years they traveled the world, learning and loving the experience.
From their love of travel and adventure, Bremma came up with a plan : Totally Tandem. They would go from Vancouver, Canada to Santiago, Chile … on a bicycle built for two. The ride of over 20,000 km would take over a year to complete. Their philosophy ‘Starting small, but thinking big’ turned into a solid plan and in July of 2013 they were off. Fast forward 14 months and over 14,500 km later and today we find them cycling off from Riobamba, Ecuador towards the finish line!
Throughout their ride – they rock the rag, protecting them from sun, wind and dust. Hoo-rags are perfect protection for cyclists!
Totally Tandem is also using their mission to help others. Their ride is raising funds to donate to World Bicycle Relief to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa, connecting them with education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
Follow Bremma’s journey on their blog Totally Tandem.
Here at Hoo Headquarters, we have a special spot in our hearts for our four legged friends! Our resident office dog – Ms. Lulu, can usually be found taking a nap under one of our desks or begging the delivery man for a treat! And when our employees bring their pups in for the day, sometimes the office becomes a total bark fest!
But we know not all dogs are as lucky (or spoiled!) so we are proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Pedaling for Pups. P4P is a recreational bike ride to benefit homeless dogs at PC Pound Puppies in New Harmony, Indiana. All proceeds benefit the non-profit, no kill organization that helps to improve the lives of stray and homeless dogs in the area. Some of the services provided include spay/neutering, vaccinating, micro-chipping and more! The event is expecting over 200 riders on Saturday, September 20 in conjunction with the German festival, Kunstfest.
To register for Pedaling for Pups or make a donation – please visit Pedaling for Pups
Approximately every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. Blood cancer is the most common type of cancer in children and young adults under the age of 20.
September is blood cancer awareness month and The Hoo team has partnered up with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society (LLS) to sponsor the Pineapple Classic 5k. The LLS exists to find cures for blood cancer and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Hawaiian themed run includes obstacles, costumes and a beer garden so participants have fun, get dirty and help in the fight to beat cancer. Sounds like our kind of party!
To join us in the fight against cancer – visit www.llc.org to find out how you donate or participate in an event.
2.Take a photo of where you would rock the rag – out on the water, in the woods, at the beach . . . be creative, take high quality photos and have fun!
3. Tweet your photo with #WhereDoYouHoo.
We will pick our 2 favorite photos and those tweeters will win our MEGA Hoo prize package!
Prize package includes:
FIVE Hoo-rags of the winner’s choice
Long-sleeve Hoo-rag T-shirt
Original Hooligan T-shirt
Hoo-rag Buck Band
2 Hoo-rag UV Stickers
Plus you’re photos will be posted on our blog and twitter accounts! Two winners will be announced Friday, September 19 at 4pm EST.
So… #WhereDoYouHoo ???
No Purchase Necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.
Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old and have a Twitter account.
Agreement to Official Rules: By entering, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to (a) these Official Rules and (b) Hoo-rag’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
Entry Period: The Sweepstakes begins at 3:30 PM EST on September 12, 2014 and ends at 3:59 PM EST on September 19, 2014 (the “Entry Period”). Hoo-rag’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.
Content Requirements: Your photo must not: (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity; (b) depict any risky or offensive behavior or contain images that are obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with Twitter’s editorial standards; (c) prominently feature any trademarks or logos; or (d) have been entered in any other contest or have been published or distributed in any other media. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any photo for any reason. By submitting a photo, you represent and warrant that: (a) the photo is an original work created solely by you; (b) you own all rights to the photo; and (c) the Entry complies with all requirements of these Official Rules
H00-rag’s Rights to Photos: By participating, you: (a) irrevocably grant Hoo-rag, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your photo as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor’s use of your photo, or require any further permission for Sponsor to use the photo; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the photo, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the photo, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.
Here at the Hoo, we make it a point to give back to the community whenever we are able. Throughout the year, we make product donations to organizations and events that are contributing to the greater good in the world. A great example of this kind of organization is Camp Trillium out of Ontario, Canada. Camp Trillium offers year-round recreational experiences for children with cancer and their families. The programs range from traditional summer camps to weekend camps through-out the year to leadership development programs for teens and more! The 30-year old organization provides children with cancer , and their families, an opportunity to bond with others going through the same experiences – all in a fun and uplifting environment!
All programs are free to the families and funded by donations. To learn more about Camp Trillium or to make a donation – please visit www.camptrillium.com.
Illinois’ SanJa Photography contacted us with an amazing idea they had to help and bring awareness to their local homeless community. The team of volunteers got together and took to the vast streets of the city in the dead heat of July. They handed out Hoo-rags that would help keep cool those that may not always have the luxury of air conditioning. SanJa Photography was on hand to capture the day’s events and show the world that one man’s idea can put a smile on a city’s face.
The 2014 Car2Go Marathon Relay will be held on September 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas – all funds raised benefit LIVESTRONG.
Pull out your running or walking shoes and get ready for some family fun in Austin, Texas this Fall. The 2014 Car2Go Marathon Relay will start and begin at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin. Competitive athletes as well friends and family members are all welcome to join in on the marathon.
Participants can tackle the 4.37-mile loop (six loops = a full marathon) one time on their own or sign up with a team of up to 6 members to complete the full marathon – teams can pass a baton off between members for each loop of the full marathon distance.
Once the marathon is completed, participants are invited to an after-party to enjoy food, beer, music, and other exciting events.
We are honored to have had the opportunity to donate hoo-rags to such a great cause, the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
For more information regarding the 2014 Car2Go Marathon Relay, please visit www.livestrong.org.
The Desert Knights of America Motorcycle Club, Southern MD. Chapter hosted their Summer Party fundraiser on July 26, 2014 to help raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation. The Desert Knights of America MC is a traditional Motorcycle Club with a focus on veterans’ issues and the improvement of the condition of the American military veteran. During the MC’s 2014 Summer Party, giveaways and raffles will be held to help raise money for the Fisher House Foundation – Hoo-Rag was pleased to help support the cause by donating bandanas for the event raffle.For more information on the Desert Knights of America Motorcycle Club, please visit www.desertknightsmc.com.
A day at one of The Fisher House locations.
What exactly is the Fisher House Foundation? The Fisher House program is a unique private/public partnership that supports America’s military members and their families in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA). To read more about the Fisher House Foundation, please visit www.fisherhouse.org.
Hoo-Rag thrives off of our Hooligans that rock the rag all over the world. Today we are going to take a look at @Police_Fitness (IG), an American hero as well as an all-around Hooligan. While most folks on the internet know him as “Police Fitness”, this Hooligan’s real name is Curtis Bartlett and he sends us killer photos from Iraq – let’s get to know Curtis a little more.
Military Background: 4th ID 2-8INF (Fort Hood, TX)
- Military (Iraq)
- Law Enforcement (North Carolina)
- Contractor ERT Team (Iraq)
- Contractor K9 (Iraq)
- Corporate Security Manager (Utah)
- Law Enforcement – Part Time (Virginia)
- Department of State PSS/ERT – Full Time (US Embassy Iraq)
My name is Curtis Bartlett, but most know me as Police Fitness.
I am a Military, Law Enforcement, and High-Threat Security
Professional currently working overseas. My fitness journey
started after recovering from knee surgery and has morphed
into a Motivation Tool for people in Police, Military, and others
in the Fitness Community.
Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal;
it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Hoo-Rag would like to personally thank Curtis for his service as well as his support for our company – we are proud to have you as a Hooligan and hope you keep on rockin’ the rag! Show some support by following @Police_Fitness on Instagram and Facebook!
Do you have what it takes to be a featured Hooligan? Share your photos on all of our social media platforms or email us some amazing photos of you rocking the rag to social[at]hoorag[dot]com.
We are proud to announce that Hoo-Rag’s custom bandanas will now be carried in seven new retail locations across the United States.
Demand has been incredible here at Hoo-Rag and retail locations all across the country are quickly jumping aboard the Hooligan bandwagon. From tackle shops to a professional eye care provider, our new batch of retail locations is quite diverse – it just goes to show that our bandanas are celebrated by everyone!
Below you will find seven new retail locations that now carry Hoo-Rags:
Honey Hole Tackle Shop
2916 N 7th St
West Monroe, LA 71291
Hoo-Rag is honored to help celebrate the memory of Chase Warren during the first annual ChaseN’Tailz fishing tournament that will be held on September 13, 2014 in Jupiter, Florida.
Who is Chase Warren? Chase was born on October 1, 2012 as what appeared to be a healthy baby boy but this joyous story for two proud parents quickly became a heartwrenching tragedy. Over the next ten months, the Warren family watched baby Chase get progressively more sick while no doctors could explain the cause of his symptoms. Chase Warren passed away on August 7, 2013 while surrounded by family members – two days later the Warren family received their son’s diagnosis which was the fatal and untreatable, Gaucher Type 2.
The Warren family has created the ChaseN’Tailz fishing tournament in memory of their son and to spread awareness and raise funds for rare diseases such as Gaucher Type 2 – all proceeds will be donated to the National Gaucher Foundation.
Support for the Warren’s tragic story has been overwhelming with local businesses sponsoring the event. Hoo-Rag cannot express how honored we are to donate Hoo-Rags for the captain’s bags and the prizes/raffles that will be held during the fishing tournament.
Hooligan and make-up artist, Alina Suave, has transformed two of our zombie-inspired bandanas into works of art.
Creativity is the driving force behind Hoo-Rag’s unique bandana designs and we take great pride in every single one. Ecstatic is an understatement when it comes to how we felt the first time we encountered @Puuurrr on Instagram. Alina had taken inspiration from our Skull Daddy and The Walker Hoo-Rags to create face paintings that were nothing short of phenomenal – she has quickly become one of our favorite Hooligans!
Remember to show off how you rock the rag by using #hoorag on all social media platforms.
Two serious Hooligans, Nate Hescht and Jay Cox took their love for the outdoors and turned it into a serious hobby.
“In my early 20s, I began filming those unforgettable moments in the deer stand and seeing those raw and emotional moments through the camera motivated me to learn as much as I can about filming and the outdoors, ” Nate said.
A few years later he teamed up with Jay and the two started to fish and hunt together – and get it all on film! And not some shoddy I-phone video footage either, these guys produce some quality stuff. Check out their latest video of their trip to Escatawba in Virginia for some sick Rainbow Trout fishing:
This team of bow fishing lunatics are Rocking the Rag and are ready to shoot some fish. They have been locked up this winter and are ready to start traveling the United States in search for the most epic spots to shoot exotic invasive species with their high speed bow fishing gear.
The Born 2 Bowfish team specializes in shooting footage of their adventures and editing fast paced, action packed clips that allow their friends, fans, and followers to take a look on their travels and bow fishing adventures. We look forward to seeing them Rock the Rag this Spring and Summer.
From us to them: Welcome to the team Jason Mann, Tyson Warner,Aaron Eickhorst, Bill Baumgartner, and Jon Lord! We can’t wait to see the Hoo-rag in action!
Here is a sample of some video from their latest South Dakota trip.
As our company grows we get to meet new customers each and every week and the relationships we establish with these customers yield some exciting conversations, emails, photos, and sometimes videos. This week we have been chatting with one of our favorite instagrammers Josh Diller (aka @dillcrack). Josh resides in Copper Mountain, Colorado and has multiple talents. He is an angler, BMX rider and snowboarder and just so happens to rock the Hoo-rag on the daily.
Josh sends us great photos all the time, but this week we are excited about a video he put together with him and his buddies while they were working at Camp Woodward at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Check out Josh and his crew and give him a follow on instagram.
We decided to kick the New Year off with a #hashtag fishing photo contest. The contest is easy. Upload your best catch from 2013 and add #hoocatch14 as a tag to enter. You can upload your photo to Facebook or Instagram. The person who has the photo with the most likes at the end of the contest will win a 100 DOLLAR shopping shopping spree at hoorag.com
NOTES: Don’t be afraid to upload your photos. Even a small fish with a super cute kid can win this contest! The more the merrier! Thanks for playing and good luck! We look forward to seeing all of this past years fishing photos!
-Must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. -All photos must contain a fish. -No nudity in any photos. -All entry photos was have the hashtag #hoocatch14 -Prize can not be converted to cash. -Not valid at any hoorag retailers. -Contest starts December 31st 2013. -Contest ends on January 31st 2014. -First place will receive a $100.00 credit at www.hoorag.com -Second place will win a 40% off coupon for www.hoorag.com purchases. -Third place will win a 25% off coupon for www.hoorag.com purchases.
As 2013 comes to a close the Hoo-rag family wants to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday season. We are all prepared to take a few days off to spend time with our own family and friends and hope you have plans to do the same. 2013 was a great year for our company and we want to thank our customers for helping us grow. With a keen focus on our online retail and customs business we saw company growth that we couldn’t be more proud of. We printed custom bandanas for lots of great companies and enjoyed dealing with owners, purchasing agents, marketing directors and more. We would like to say thank you for doing business with us.
2014 is going to be a great year and we have a ton of goals, ambitions, and things to accomplish. First and foremost we are setup to begin the expansion of our wholesale/retail business. Our goal is to establish and maintain great relationships with retail locations that want to carry the Hoo-rag. With new retail display options available, and a 2014 retail catalog complete, we have established the systems, shipping, and logistics necessary to fulfill retail orders.
If you are a retailer or know a great retailer, please contact us to learn how you can start carrying the Hoo-rag in your store.
In closing, we want to thank all of our loyal customers, fans, and partners a very happy holiday and hope you take the time to enjoy what’s most important. Your family, friends, and time with those that matter most. We hope you take the time to relax, and focus on the important stuff. We know we will, and wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous 2014.
Regardless of the season, Hoo-rag offers you protection from the elements. Buy you and your fishing buddies a gift they’ll use all year. As promised, this is the steepest discount thus far. Buy any fishing design for $8.00.
Are you a Christmas shopping slacker? Perhaps you have a TON of parties to go to and need that unique gift for a grab bag. Maybe you totally missed your Secret Santa deadline. Well, we’ve got you covered.
Hoo-rag will pick 9 random designs and ship them priority at no charge. Each rag will be $9.99 and total $89.91 (normally $143.55, $150.55 with priority shipping).
Note: Offer valid in the US and Canada only. International orders will need to pay for priority shipping. This offer is valid only to those who purchase the 9 Radical Randoms package and will not be applied on every order.
When you purchase at least 1 Hoo-Rag we will ship you a branded Red and White Hoo-rag. After that, you have two choices. You can be a grinch and keep it for yourself, or you can be a good little elf and hook up a friend or family member.
Note: Orders that exceed more than one rag will only receive one Red and White branded rag. This complimentary rag will not show up in your cart, we will automatically add it to your shipment.
You heard us right. Starting tomorrow, you can sing along with us as we bust out 12 Days of Specials! Each day we will bring you a new package or a new discount and each one will be sure to please. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, family, friends, mailmen, teachers or Secret Santa’s, we have what you need!
Check out our Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for daily updates through December 12th.
12 Days of Savings Boring stuff:
Each offer is valid starting at 10:00am through 10:00am the next day. For example: The 1st Day of Specials starts tomorrow at 10am, It will end the following day at 10am when the 2nd Day of Specials begins. For any questions or comments, contacIT”St us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some offers valid in US and Canada only. Those notations will be listed in our blog or on our social media. Follow our blog for a new special from December 1st to December 12th.
Have you been waiting to see what kind of crazy sales Hoo-rag will be having for the holidays? Well, wait no more! Hoo-rag is hosting a Cyber Monday Raffle and a 12 Days of Specials Spectacular.
Starting today – Sign up for our newsletter and be included in a Hoo-rag raffle! 25 winners will be selected on Cyber Monday (12/2). The winners will be allowed to select any of the Hoo-rags featured at www.hoorag.com. Let all your friends know by liking and sharing this post, so they can get a chance to win as well!
Boring Stuff: Winners will be chosen at random and e-mailed 12/2. Once they have selected their winnings and provided their address, the Hoo-rag will be mailed within 48 hours. A final announcement will be made when all 25 winners have replied, and their name will be featured on our Facebook page.
Good morning to all those that are reading this and THANK YOU to all those that have served or are serving in the United States military. Hoo-rag wanted to do something special for our customers today and more importantly wanted to ensure that every service member gets a sincere “Thank You” for sacrificing their time and dedicating their skills to the United States of America.
As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I know what it’s like to travel and live in places outside of your control, leave family members behind, and stay focused on a mission that is critical to the well being and safety of the United States.
Today we marked every Hoo-rag in inventory down for all of our customers and hope that you enjoy a significant discount on your order. All we ask is that you take the time to pick up the phone, email, or hit up your friends and family members that have served or are serving in the United States military. Thank them and let them know you appreciate the sacrifices they have made to ensure you live your life safely and how you want.
From the entire Hoo-rag team we say “Thanks”. Thank you for taking an oath, performing in rough conditions, and making a decision to serve the Unites States of America.
Please join us in welcome Sierra Sekula to the family! An avid fan of the outdoors, we knew we wanted to get to know Sierra and find out what drove her. She was gracious and took some time to answer our questions and even allowed us to post her answers here! We hope you enjoy learning about Sierra. If you see her out and about in San Antonio, make sure to say HI!
HR: Thank you Sierra. We’re going to start off with some basic questions. Where were you born, and where do you live?
SS: I was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved back here 18 years later after living in Falls City, Texas, Ridgeway, Colorado, and Wimberley, Texas.
HR: It sounds like you’ve lived in a few interesting places. Which area do you prefer riding and fishing in?
SS: I love riding in the hill country because that had always been home to me. I love getting out of the arena and and onto the trails where the horse doesn’t feel like it has to do any work and can be itself.
HR: How did you discover your passion for riding? Was it family, friends or something else?
SS: I have always been fascinated with horses and have been riding since I was 5 where I enjoy learning different riding and training techniques. I’m currently learning about the American Saddlebred industry. I’ve also fished since I was old enough to use a reel and believe in passing on the sport to younger generations. I feel that fishing and horseback riding help build character in both kids and adults.
HR: You mentioned different riding techniques. Which of those techniques do you prefer?
SS: Being a Texas girl, I would have to say that Western riding is definitely my favorite. I love the relaxed sense of comfort I get when I climb into a western saddle. Even though my riding is rooted in Western riding, I still have a really big appreciation for English riding as well and can definitely give credit to it for making me a better rider.
HR: You said that you believe fishing and horseback riding build character. What is it about these activities that does that?
SS: I believe that outdoor activities like fishing and riding build character because we experience so many things that we will always experience in life outside the sport. The biggest one is patience. You have to be patient for the tug on the other end of the line when you’re out in the water. You have to be patient when your horse doesn’t get that lead change. When you catch a hard head, you have to want to throw that line out and try again despite your discouragement. When you fall off your horse, you have to want to get back on no matter how much your body might hurt or how scared you were. Sometimes it takes a while, too. After a bad fall of my horse in 2011 where I broke my back and elbow, I was very skeptical to get back on and was in no hurry to be loping a horse again. It takes time to build that confidence back, but you have to want to try again and love the sport past its let downs, scares, disappointments, tests, and trials.
HR: Can you give us a story about your favorite time horseback riding?
SS: Barn play days have always been a favorite activity of mine because win or lose, everyone seems to have a good time. One of my favorite memories was when my friends and I once spent a weekend at a large stable outside of Houston during Christmas break where we strung hammocks across the stalls after the play day was over and we actually weathered out a cold front that blew in during the night. It kind of gave a new meaning to feeling “right at home” at the barn! That morning during the games, I won a keyhole race on really beautiful Palomino that I had borrowed named Dusty. He spun a perfect circle and we flew back across the line with everyone screaming and cheering and made the best time even though I had lost a stirrup. Even though I was only eleven, I felt like I had just won the NFR.
HR: Are there any other activities that you like to be involved in?
SS: I love rock climbing, kayaking, mudding, tubing, hiking, jogging, swimming, and boating. Oh and shooting sports!
HR: Of everything you do, what is your favorite?
SS: I’m definitely happiest with either reigns or a fishing pole in my hands.
HR: When you contacted us, you said you got your first Hoo-Rag from another Ambassador, Chad Brock. Which of the Hoo-Rags is your favorite?
SS: Definitely the Groovy-Hoo.
HR: You said you loved the versatility of the Hoo-Rag. How do you use them while riding/fishing?
SS: Being a girl with really long hair, my favorite way to use my Hoo-Rag is for a headband. It always stays in place and I never have to worry about it. I don’t want to have to take my hands off my fishing pole, or off of my reigns to adjust my hair or push my bangs out of my eyes. It really is the better bandana. My friends joke about seeing me on the plane to Tennessee going to the Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show where they spotted me in my seat sleeping with one Hoo-Rag in my hair as a headband, and one covering my entire face to block out the light and keep the a/c from blowing on me. They said I looked a pretty funny but I was the only one on our row that slept through the entire three hour flight.
HR: Before we let you go, if you could give budding equestrians a tip, what would it be?
SS: For anyone wanting to get onto a horse, I would really suggest looking into different styles of riding to understand what exactly you can do with it. For instance, you can go into dressage or jumping with English riding, or barrel racing, showing, or roping with Western riding. Stick with it, but also don’t be afraid to try something new, it will only add to your skills and understanding.
Please join us in welcoming Willy Le to the family! Willy is one of our newest Ambassadors and we are thrilled to have him. In an effort to get to know him better, we had a sit down with Willy to ask him a few questions. He was such a good sport and stayed up late with us even though he had an early client the following day. You can read the interview in its entirety below. If you are out and about and happen to see Willy, make sure to say ‘Hello!’. For information about booking a charter with Willy, call him at 321-303-7905. You can visit his site at www.nativeflycharters.com.
HR: Where do you live now?
WL: I live in Cocoa Beach, FL.
HR: Where are you originally from?
WL: I was born on a little Island in the South Pacific called Guam, but my family is originally from Vietnam.
HR: Wow. That is awesome. Did your dad fish and if so did he teach you how to fish? Where did you learn?
WL: Actually, it’s my mom that fishes and she taught me everything from catching to cleaning to cooking seafood. She lived off the land and sea growing up in back in Vietnam, and passed on the ways of living a simple life to me and my siblings. Once we moved to Orlando, Florida when I was 1 back in 1980, we would camp out every weekend on the side of the road in Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach along the Indian River Lagoon and Banana River. We would fish all day and cook our catch that consisted in fish, clams, and blue crabs. She taught us that you don’t need any money to have a great time, that’s exactly what we did out there, and that’s exactly how I live my life now.
HR: What made you want to become a guide? And How long have your been professionally guiding anglers?
WL: Going on my 4th year now. I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean and fishing since I was a little grom reading Jacques Cousteau books, it was my dream to fish for a living when I grew up. Once the right opportunity was thrown my way and some words of encouragement from Fly Fishing Legend Flip Pallot, I knew it was my destiny to sign up to get my Captains license.
HR: What is your favorite thing about Guiding?
WL: Favorite thing about guiding would be watching someone catch their first sight casted redfish whether it be on fly or spin tackle using artificials. Not many people have the opportunity to sight fish tailing reds, so when they first see one tailing, they are pretty fascinated by it. The all around excitement, once that tailing fish eats the fly or lure and comes tight….wow, it’s unexplainable! I’m getting excited just talking about it.
HR: What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you while guiding?
WL: Funniest thing that ever happened to me while guiding….hmmm. Probably the time when we were idling out to the channel first thing in the morning and a 2lb mullet jumps across the boat and smacks this girl from Ohio in the face then bounces back into the water. Haha. She had never seen a mullet in her life and did not know what had just happened. That woke her up real quick….I was cracking up.
HR: What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you while guiding?
WL: Worst thing while on a trip is getting stuck in a nasty Thunderstorm that popped up in us in minutes. The tip of the fly rod started buzzing from all the electricity in the air when the client would make a cast so I said “Dude…we gotta go! So we made the run back towards the ramp which was into the storm thinking I can beat it but I was too slow. The storm got stronger and grew bigger! Once we hit the edge of the storm just a mile from the ramp in the middle of the river, our glasses and hats got blown off and the boat did a 180. The chop in the water was a good 2ft+ and I was taking waves over the bow and sides. There was nothing I could do but ride with the waves which was the opposite way of the ramp. Rain was blinding and lighting started crashing every 20-30 seconds all around us. I had my clients put on the life vest and try to keep cool, which they did. In my head I was thinking that we were going to get struck by lightning at any minute. The boat was filled with water and we got blown on the other side of the Indian River. This went on for what felt like hours but really it was maybe 30 minutes until it blew over and we made it back to the ramp safely. When I got home and turned on the news, winds in the area that were we at gusted up to 70mph. I really thought that was going to be the end of my life that day by getting struck by lightning. Someone was definitely watching out for my anglers and me that day.
HR: Is there a fish that you caught or put a client on that is most memorable to you?
WL: Yes, watching my 5 year old niece Hanna catch her first Largemouth Bass, she was so happy!
HR: Did she catch it on live bait or an artificial?
WL: Well, first we were catching small bream using bread balls on her Barbie rod, then I look under the dock and see a nice 4-5lb Bass sitting under there. Hanna just caught a small bream and I told her to leave it on the hook and drop it over by the bass. Next thing you know, the bass nails it and we both were screaming with excitement. She reels it in and I grabbed it for her. It was awesome! I have the pictures somewhere.
HR: Speaking of tackle preferences – Do you prefer Fly or are you one of those anglers that doesn’t care how it’s done as long as you getting it done?
WL: I am definitely NOT a fly snob. I love to catch fish any how, any way. I do love the challenge with the fly rod but I still pick up the spin rod a lot using artificials. O Shootz, one day I’m going to bring back the handline on a beer can. Shootz, maybe soon now that we are talking about it, haha!
HR: Where is your favorite place to fish in Florida?
WL: It’s gotta be the Florida Keys, world class fishing from inshore to offshore.
HR: What time of year do you like being in the Keys and what species are you usually chasing?
WL: Every year I go in August for Lobster season with family and friends. I’ve been going down there since I was about 10 or something camping out at first but now we rent a house because the females that come along can’t take the no shower, no a/c, no electricity, and bugs. Most of the time we dive for lobster, spearfish, and reef fish. That is my get away from flats fishing I guess, I just want to relax, have some drinks, and eat what we catch.
HR:Is there a species that you feel like you haven’t mastered yet and what is it?
WL: Haha I don’t think anyone can really master a species of fish, if so, I wanna meet them and buy them a beer. I don’t think I have any fish mastered at all, some days they eat well, and some days they don’t, it’s fishing!
HR: Summer fishing is here, do you have any plans to chase any certain species around the state? out of state?
WL: Tarpon with a fly rod. Anywhere in the state.
HR: Sounds like you have some specifics in mind. Keep us updated.
HR: We are super excited to have you on the Hoorag Team. Which Hoo patterns do you like the best?
WL: Thank you for the opportunity, lately I been rocking the plain Hoos and earth tones, it depends on the mood I’m in when I wake up in the morning.
HR:Is there a pattern we don’t have you would like to see?
WL: Nah, I think Hoo-Rag covers all of the styles…I like more plain natural earth tone colors.
HR: Where can people book you for a charter? What is your phone number and web site?
WL: 321-303-7905 www.nativeflycharters.com
HR: When can we get together to fish?
WL:Anytime you want brah, you tell me.
Hoo-Rag recently had the opportunity to work up a Custom Rag for Blow Kite in Pamlico Sound. The sound is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Blow Kite offers old fashioned customer service and boasts that while their service is old school, their gear and lessons are not!
Blow Kite offers Kiteboarding lessons along with the product you need to do so! They use the RPM “Rapid Progression Method” that they developed after much travel and working with the best professionals. Lessons start at just $75 and you can check out their site at www.blowkite.com for more info!
We are super excited about our collaborative efforts with Promont Outdoors, we wanted to take a minute to spotlight them and our latest design we are calling the Bedded Bull. Promont Outdoors in an American Apparel company that features fly fishing and hunting inspired clothing, hats and accessories. In April they approached us with a design that was based on a photo of a group of elk from doing what they do out west. Promont sent us a vector design that was based on a field photo. They took the photo, vectorized it and then laid out a camo pattern that is super unique and super effective.
Check out some of Promont Outdoors other gear at Promontoutdoors.com.
Red Bull Land Rush took place in April two days before the original Oklahoma Land Run took place 124 years ago. Teams of three people took up the challenge to win a suite in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2013. Hoo-rag was there in spirit, and on top of sweaty hands or wrapped around busy wrists. The lucky and hard working team of “Pup ‘n Suds” won in the end and we hope you join us in congratulating them. For more information on Red Bull or other events, visit www.redbullusa.com.
Hoo-Rag is pleased to partner with Oyster – The Race in creating a Custom Hoo-rag! An urban adventure, Oyster – The Race dares you to combine intelligence and athleticism in a challenging race. They have some upcoming races in August and September. You can put together a team and register at www.oystertherace.com.
If that’s not enough, they even offer you a chance to play fearlessly for FREE! You can enter to win free race entries, gear or just sign up for their newsletter. We encourage you to check them out. We are super pleased with the way this Hoo-rag turned out and look forward to seeing these Hoo-rags in action!
We decided to do our own Harlem Shake video whole celebrating our recent retail success. White’s Tackle was where we shot the video and this is our first
retail customer. That’s right, our first store and we have a bunch more lined up and ready to rock the rag!
We just finished up a really cool run of Hoo-rags for Salty Shores. (saltyshores.com) Salty Shores is a truly informative fishing blog that features fishing reports, reviews, photography tip and gear reviews, and general outdoor living/lifestyle eye candy. Salty Shores is based on the west coast of Florida and is operated by Sam Root.
Sam Started Salty Shores as a way to archive his fishing reports and photography. Back then he was known as “Apollo Beach Sam”, but today should be known as the “Man on the move”. If you follow him on facebook, instagram, or his blog you quickly realize that Sam is never idle. He follows fishing around the state of Florida and even travels the rest of the country with a camera in hand. At any given time, you can see him testing new products, reviewing great places to eat, meeting interesting people, and capturing it all with his cameras.
Hats off to Sam Root and Salty Shores as well as all of his great contributors. You can also get review great content from his army of serious anglers that get it done. Here are his contributors.
Salty Shores Contributors:
Honson Lau | Adrian Correa | Ryan Brandt | Kenny Smith | Collin Ross | Brad Leber | Jose Chavez | Leonardo Marques | Ryan Eaton | Captain Willy Le | Jay Nelson | Richard Traugott | Bill Howard | Michael Munoz | Dale Snead | Russell Kleppinger | Jay Riordan | Art Blank
Sam Root is also the founder of the Salty Fly Tournament. This is the largest fly fishing tournament in Florida and the event is coming up real soon!
We bet you can get one of these new Salty Shores Hoo-rags at the event.
We know, we know, we should have been on instagram like forever ago, but we have been busy! We have been chatting with some great instagram junkies for a few weeks now and we are ready to get it cranked up. So how do we do that?
Let’s give away some Hoo-rag bandanas! We are going to give away 20 bandanas. Free.
Here is what you have to do. First, you must follow us on instagram and then upload a single picture from now until January 1st 2013 and make sure to add #freehooragcontest. Lastly leave a comment on your photo that tells us why you think you deserve a free Hoo-rag bandana and we will pick the lucky 20 people based on their comments. All winners will get a free Hoo-rag. It’s that simple. Are you ready to test drive the Hoo-rag in 2013. Get cranking!
Please note: All Winners will have a single choice of our black on white hoo, white on black hoo, pink hoo, or blue hoo.
We were the sponsor of the USA Bassin Hoo Rag Division on Patoka Lake in Southern Indiana this past summer. Johnny Morris and Jeremy Hagen unloaded the final punch with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 13.75 to seal the deal and take the win for tournament #5 of division. We supplied USABASSIN with a red white and blue fishing bandana we called Old Glory, we hope everyone is still enjoying them! Congrats to USA BASSIN and it’s successful season. In the meantime you might want to head to Florida while your lakes are frozen.
Are you ready to run like hell? Devil Dash is an extremely popular mud run that features lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. At least that is what the web site says. Sound fun? Well, apparently it is, Devil Dash had an aggressive 2012 schedule and 2013 is rumored to be even crazier! We look forward to continuing to print these custom mud run bandanas for this event and look forward to seeing all the great people that run in this event wear our bandanas. Keep rocking the rad Devil Dash! For a complete schedule visit www.devildash.com. Their next event is on March 22nd and 23rd in Sin City. Vegas anyone?
We started working for Mike Genoun this past summer. If you don’t know who Mike is, he is the Editor at a little magazine called “Florida Sport Fishing Magazine”. Nike wanted some custom Hoo-rag fishing bandanas to give to loyal subscribers, fans at boat shows, events, and for social media give-aways. He printed an initial run just before icast this last summer and we had a super tight deadline. We told him we would do our best to make it happen. Well, if you know Mike, than you know the definition of tenacious. We were able to make the delivery and now Mike was just delivered another order of his custom Florida Sport Fishing Mag bandanas. We want to thank Mike and the staff as Florida Sport Fishing Magazine. We hope you keep rocking the rag!
We want to thank all the chefs that are using our new Hoo-rag chef bandana designs in kitchens all over America. We are excited to see photos popping up on Instagram, Facebook, and in our email box from men and women all over. If you are a chef or in the food preparation industry, please consider the Hoo-rag to while you are in the kitchen. Our rags are great to soak up moisture, keep your hair in order, and look stylish while you are getting it done! Oh and thanks for giving all of us non cooks the flavors we love in life. Have a happy holiday and remember, Stay Hungry!
PHOTO CREDIT:Bruce Feingold, the Executive Chef at Dada’s in Delray Beach
Good morning Hoo-raggers! It has been a while since we put up a blog post, so we hope you enjoy this one. Derek Hansen is a writer, illustrator and arguably the funniest Hoo-ragger we have encountered since we started. We sent Derek a Hoo-rag for a review and he put together this great video that shows a TON of ways to rock the Hoo-rag.
Watch this video and then head over to Derek’s website www.theultimatehang.com to check out his new book entitles The Ultimate Hang- An illustrated guide to hammock camping. Thanks for the kind words Derek we really enjoyed the video!
Apparently in Canada they call the Moose a Swamp Donkey. This summer we had The Swamp Donkey Race series ask us to design and produce custom bandanas featuring the Swamp Donkey Mud Run. This was a nasty event that was a huge sucess!
We wanted to post a few pictures from the event. Check them out, and if you are in Canada, check out the Swamp Donkey Mud run.
This is just a simple update to show you an awesome video that Jason Arnold shot in Jupiter. You have got to see the massive schools of baIT and Snook in this video. Jason Arnold is a professional photographer and we have a custom Hoo-rag that features a sick tarpon photo he shot in the Florida Keys. (Tarpon Sun Mask) Thanks Jason for rocking the rag and producing awesome video!
Hoo-rag has become a sponsor for the 2012-2013 USA BASSIN tournament trail. USA BASSIN is a rapidly growing tournament trail that draws anglers from all over the US in search of monster large mouths. Hoo-rags will be going to select boats during this upcoming season. If you are one of it's 17000 members there is a chance you will be getting a Hoo-rag. If you are a USA BASSIN member and want to see what a Hoo-rag is and how to wear one, please watch this video.
Here is a little bit about USA BASSIN:
U.S.A. BASSIN is a grass roots team tournament trail, catering to the weekend angler and our youth.
We promote a "family-friendly" atmosphere; this allows all team formats to participate, singles, two-person teams, husband/wife and parent/child to experience competitive angling, while learning good sportsmanship. We offer free membership to the Youth under the age of 18 before August 31 of every season in either the U.S.A BASSIN Team Trail or the U.S.A BASSIN Next Generation Trail.
We offer low membership fees of $25.00 per adult that includes the right to fish any U.S.A. BASSIN tournament for that season’s year. Entry fees start at $25.00 for a weeknight, and $50.00 for a weekend tournament per boat/team. This makes U.S.A. BASSIN very affordable and fun for everyone!
In 2003 U.S.A Bassin was founded on the simple tournament format that we run on to day; low fees with tournaments close to home. At that time we had 60 members in three states. By 2005 we grew to 500 members operating in 5 states. Two years later in 2007, our growth increased to 1500 members and 280 events in 9 states. In 2009 the growth has continued with over 3400 members and over 500 events in 17 states.
Moving forward into 2010 we have expanded our tournaments to involve our youth even more with the addition of the “The Next Generation Trail”. The Next Generation Trail is designed to provide educational opportunities to the youth. By offering adult/youth divisions and teams, our youth will not only learn fishing skills, but will also have a chance of being awarded scholarship money towards their future education. Our youth are the future of our sport!
The 2009 season’s Classic will be our biggest ever! The 2009 Classic to be held on KY/Barkley Lakes on May 1 & 2, 2010 and will offer members a chance to win one of four new boats (Nitro™ Z8, Nitro™ Z7, Nitro™ X5, and a Tracker™ Pro Team 170 TX draw boat) to be given away along with cash and sponsor prizes to total over $100,000.
As we start our 7th year with the 2010 season, we would like to invite you to become a member of our organization to experience a different kind of tournament trail. Come out and see how tournament fishing is supposed to be!
Nationally and locally, U.S.A. Bassin has partnered with many companies who believe in U.S.A. Bassin's goals and efforts. Anglers are assured a chance to win prizes, and have fun during the course of the season. Please feel free to browse our web site and register to participate in our Forums/Bulletin board.
Thank you from all of us at U.S.A. Bassin. See you on the water!
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We hope the everyone is taking the day to relax with friends and family, please be safe as you enjoy America's birthday!
The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays and we can't wait to get out and see some explosions in the sky!
As you are out and about you should know we are running a contest on our Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/hoorag)
Hoo-rag is giving away a $50.00 Amazon gift card to the person that submits the best 4th of July photo. You can submit as many as you want, but only one person/photo will win.
Become a fan, take some pics, and either post them to the Hoo-rag page, or email them to info at hoorag dot com.
Your pics don't have to be of fireworks, it can be photos of anything as long as you keep it clean and it is a good photo! We want to see others celebrating today!
Have a great holiday!
Hoo-Rag Holiday hours:
We will be taking a vacation from 7.4.12 through 7.8.12. Even though we will be closed through the weekend, we will be monitoring emails so if you need to get a hold of someone in an emergency, please let us know! If you ordered customs and know they are in route, please check your tracking numbers to see what the progress it!
It was brought to our attention that our online shipping prices to Canada were really high. We adjusted those today and are now offering Hoo-rag shipping to Canada from $3.00-$5.00! Canada We are so sorry. We had no idea we were so off, and hope you can forgive the Hoo!
Afterall you are a great neighbor! Rock the Rag Canada!
And yet another update from our shipping department from last week. We have completed the production phase of a cool event that now has a custom bandana we are calling the HOOsier Rag.
This custom order of Hoo-rag bandanas just went out this last week for a serious event with an awesome name. "Mud Stash 2012." These rags are showing up to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceberg, Indiana just in time for this years event. This mud run is interesting because it is being held at a Snow Ski resort and is being ran in the dark. That's right a night time mud run! Watch out Indiana Hoo-rags are coming to Whiskeytown USA!
Good morning Hoo-rag fans! Last week was a busy week so we missed a few blog posts. It is catch up time! We wanted to start by sharing a link to another site. This new web site is a guide to the Mud Run/ obstacle racing world. If you are looking for a site that can help you find a mud run or race in your area, you need to bookmark this web site.
The web site address is www.mudandadventure.com
The site is put together very well and is constantly getting updated with new races in your area and features these races in a format that makes sense. You can look by state, or by date and see what the next big race is and where to sign up.
Make sure you check out the site and use it as a way to keep up with all these awesome events!
Just a quick update from the Hoo-rag team! We are proud and excited to announce that Hoo-rags are headed to Long Branch, New Jersey for this years epic Jersey Girl triathalon. We are in production on these custom Hoo-rags for this event as well as the Sandy Hookers running club.
Here is a little bit about the event:
The first group is at 6:50 AM. Swim is straight out and back along a line of buoys. You will go around the buoys, keeping them on your left at all times to the end, make a u-turn and then straight in to the finish on the other side of the line of buoys. Course will be lined with more than 20 lifeguards. In addition, swim angels will be available on shore and in the water (wearing yellow caps) if you need assistance for the swim. You can rest on a surfboard, rope or use a noodle at any time during the swim.
Special Note on Swim:
There will be swim corals on the beach, please line up according to your wave start.
Bike – 10.62 Mile Bike Course
We will be exiting the transition area on our bikes heading north along the boardwalk. Please stay to the right and proceed with caution. At the end of the boardwalk, the pavement is rough, take that turn very slowly. Left turn, along the fence at 7 Presidents then make first right turn. Do NOT go straight out onto Ocean Blvd. Also, be cautious of people entering Seven Presidents Park.
Remember – ROADS ARE NOT CLOSED TO TRAFFIC! Be cautious at all intersections, we have over 30 police officers on the course. They are to assist in safety, you are responsible for watching out unsafe drivers or pedestrians People can cross the course and cut you off at any race. In addition, there are 40 volunteers staffing all turns, indicating direction, etc.
Bike Loop: You will ride only one loop of the course and turn right onto Seaview from Ocean Boulevard and then continue straight to the ocean, turn right and follow towards transition area. REMEMBER: It is always the responsibility as an athlete to be familiar with the course.
Run – 3 Mile Run Course
3 Mile Run: Athletes will turn left (east) upon exiting transition area, then turn right (south) towards the south end of the boardwalk on the paved path following signs and volunteer direction. Water stop at mile 1 (mile 2 on return) is NOT the turn around. Continue on following signs and volunteer direction to turn around at very south end of boardwalk, past bathrooms and snack bar. Please stay to the right.
We want to wish and the women competing in this event the best of luck and look forward to see you all Rocking the Rag!
It has been a busy few weeks and we are SUPER excited about a bunch of new Hoo-rag customs about to happen. In the mix is a triathalon, a motor cycle club, a running club, an adventure racing group, and even some in house customs.
Speaking of in house customs, we are pleased to announce that we are about to go into production mode on a sick Tarpon Hoo-rag that features the photography of Jason Arnold.
Jason kicked off his relationship with Hoo-rag this last weekend at Bass Pro Shops in Dania, Florida. Jason was there handing out Hoo-rags and showing off his art. If you fancy yourself an angler and have not seen Jason's work, then you are missing the bus! Check him out at www.jasonarnoldphoto.com
Back to more information about this Jason Arnold Tarpon rag…… It is based on an actual Jason Arnold photo of an angry Tapon coming out of the water. We will be selling this hoo-rag right here on www.hoorag.com soon enough so stay tuned and pick it up as soon as it becomes available.
Here is a Sneak peak of the digital rag.
And here is some more photos of the Bass Pro Shops event and some of the lucky Hoo-rag winners!
Hoo-rag is proud to have produced a custom rag for the New Harmony Mud run in Southern Utah. This race is on June 23rd 2012! We are excited to see all the racers coming across the finish line ricking the rag! Have plans to be in Southern Utah on the weekend of the 23rd? Well, get yout butt in gear and get registered! Here is a little bit about the run! Enjoy!
"The New Harmony Fire Mud Run is a cross country running race run as a five person team or individual. Throughout the mud run course there will be military style obstacles to negotiate, including barrier walls, culvert pipes, tires and of course Mud pits. There will be three different course lengths available, a 10 km and 5 km mud run course along with a 1 km under 13 youth mud run. This was the first ever mud run conducted in southern Utah and one of the highest elevation mud run’s in the nation. Participants will be met with breathtaking vistas of the adjacent Kolob Canyons of Zion National park as the course will top out at just over 5,000 feet elevation on the volcanic rock of the Black Ridge of New Harmony valley. The mud run course will drop back down into the water course of Ash Creek and proceed upstream finally finishing on the blacktop of old highway 91. So get your team together or come out and solo this challenging, fun mud run course, June 23, 2012."
Visit www.newharmonyfire.com/NHmudrun.htm for more information!
Holy email batman! We have had a ton of interest/emails in the custom Hoo-rag department. Numerous times in the last week we have had potential customers wanting to see just how to wear the rag! Our staff has been saying "We need a video!" so we unleashed our video production people to begin putting together a full blown professional video. That being said, it won't be complete for several weeks.
In the meantime, we threw together a quick video that shows some of the more popular ways to wear a seamless bandana! We hope this short little video give you a better feel for the Hoo-rag and how it can be worn!
The Kiss me dirty Race series is for women. Men need not apply. Hoo-rag is proud to have designed a custom seamless promotional bandana for this cool event that donates a portion of its proceeds to gynecological cancer research.Their race is coming up and Hoo-rags will be there with the Kiss Me Dirty brand all over them. This hot pink argile design features their cool logo and it turned out awesome. If you are interested in learning more about the Kiss Me Dirty Race Series, make sure to visit them online. www.kissmedirty.com
OGDEN, UTAH – GOLDEN SPIKE FAIRGROUNDS – 6.30.12
The second installment of the Kiss Me Dirty Race Series for our Utah "Dirty Girls" is Golden Spiked with some NASTY filthy fun! A 5K single loop course packed with all sorts of cool terrain features exclusive to the venue. The party is movin' North to O-Town. Bring it to the Gladiator Mud Pit… you won't come out of this one clean!
DENVER, COLORADO – COLORADO HORSE PARK – 7.28.12
"Rocky Mountain High (er DIRTY), ….in Colorado…."! The Continental Divide can keep KMD from truckin' East to the Mile High City. Even though Colorado means "colored red", we're bringing our filthy repertoire and plan on painting the ladies DIRTY! Come see what it is like to be part of the "Mile High" KMD Club!
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SALT LAKE CO. EVENTS CENTER. – 8.25.12
It's no secret that our Kiss Me Dirty family has grown! Remember when our quaint little country farm was enough to hold us all in Salt Lake City? Well, we're happy to announce we've decided that double bunking is no longer an option for us…so we're moving the party to our new home at the Salt Lake Co. Equestrian & Events Center. The newly designed one loop course is gonna suck your socks off as we find all new ways to stoke up the filthy fun, with new obstacles!
PORTLAND, OREGON – PORTLAND INTL. RACEWAY – 9.22.12
KMD is headed to the Northwest! We love the beautiful city of Portland and figured our Oregonian friends could use some good ol' KMD luv! There be all sorts of muddy bumps & jumps, twists & turns to keep it interesting in The City of Roses…but you gals certainly won't be smelling like "roses" coming out of this one!
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – SANTA CLARA FAIRGROUNDS – 10.13.12
No Way…San Jose! That's right, KMD is runnin' West towards the Bay Area in a Girlie Gold Rush and we'll be mining some mud. Wishing you could be one of those California Girls, why not ROAD TRIP and see the sights on the way to this NorCal venue? So don your favorite "chick suit" and come sling more mud than a political primary as we slop, drop and roll into filthy fun under the California sun…or famous Bay Area fog.
Father's Day is right around the Corner and we wanted to hear from our Hoo-Rag Facebookers what their father means to them. If you have something special to say about your father this year, like our facebook page and leave a comment on the contest comment thread about your dad, what he means to you, how he has changed your life and why you are proud to call him dad. We will pick one entry and send that father a $50.00 coupon to use right here in our store. Hoo Is your daddy? We want to know!
You know email is a funny thing. You can almost instantly communicate with someone you don't
even know and start business relationships, get answers to important questions, or simply
beg for a Hoo-Rag Sticker. Today this kid named "Ric" sent us an email via our dealer form
and this what was transmitted.
First Name: Ric
Last Name: Foss
Company: stciker collecter
Email Address: HIDDEN TO PROTECT RICS IDENTITY
Message: "Hi I really like stickers and also enjoy showing them off on my
longboard,snowboard, surfboard and airplane and was wondering if you
could send me some free hoo-rag stickers I think they are really funny
and might buy one, if you could email me back that would be great thanks."
So after reading that email we replied with this.
"Ric, send us some pics of your gear and we may just have to send you some.Thanks!Hoo-Rag"
Ric almost immediately replied with another email that had us laughing
pretty hard. Here is what this Stickerless Ric wrote back and the
images he attached. He references all three images in the
email found below. Here is the email first.
"Hey it's Ric, so you asked for some pics of my gear and heres somestuff, its not great though if you need more ill show you some.Anyways the first one is me looking pretty dull without a hoorag whileout on the slopes, the second is just a sweet picture of my longboard,and the third is me upset cuz i dont have any hoorag stickers. Hopethese work."
"Anyways the first one is me looking pretty dull without a hoorag whileout on the slopes"
"the second is just a sweet picture of my longboard"
"and the third is me upset cuz i dont have any hoorag stickers. Hopethese work."
We have no idea who this kid is and why he wants a Hoo-Rag sticker so badly, but all we really want is to see pictures of his airplane, and maybe some more pics of him sad without a sticker. If he comes through we will just have to send him and his friends some Hoo-Rag stickers and maybe even some Hoo-Rags.
We will keep you posted. We are intersted in hearing what you facebookers think of this kids and this email. Do you know him? Look familiar? Let us know on the Hoo-Rag Facebook page.
This past weekend was a lucrative one for anglers Chase Cornell, John Snipes, Tyler Richey, and Andrew Bossetti. This group of Hooligans decided to take on the large turn out of other anglers this weekend in Fort Pierce for the Blue Water Open Dolphin Tournament. They left the Fort Pierce inlet in search of the yellow ones in a 22' Pathfinder. They were surrounded by other big boats but ended up 16 miles offshore dirfting baits.
The bite was slow for most of the day until around 3:30 p.m. when this group of 4 were energized by 3 good fish that showed up in the chum slick. They ended up catching all three of the visitors and it was enough to take 1st place in the tournament.
They won $4,800.00 and bragging right with 3 fish.
Tarpon season is here, and Hoo-Rag is getting ready ready to put our newest and first fishing Hoo-Rag seamless custom bandana design into production. We are calling it "Sleek Tarpon" This design features clean classy lines with a vector Tarpon that will surely turn some heads while you are ballting fish during this year's migration.
While going through the design process we decided we couldn't decide which color to put into production first. So, we turned to our growing Facebook community to let them decide. The votes are coming in and it is going to be a close battle! We are going to run the contest over the weekend and into the early part of next week before we put this custom Tarpon bandana into production on Wednesday of next week.
If you would like to vote, go to http://www.facebook.com/hoorag and let us know which one you think we should print. We are going to be randomly slecting 5 voters and each of them will be sent a FREE "Sleek Tarpon" Hoo-Rag fishing bandana.
Thanks and good luck this year Tarpon fishing this year!
We are excited! Excited to see orders coming in from all over the United States. From California, to Florida we have had customers ordering Hoo-Rags and we are excited about earning your business! Keep them coming and make sure to take photos of you Rocking the Rag!
We have been talking to customers all over the United States and are excited to see all the different ways out customers are using Hoo-Rags. We have motorcycle enthusiasts wearing them to protect their face, and to provide a little extra comfort under their helment. We also have fitness junkies and women wearing them to keep their hair out of their face while training and working out. And, let's not mention all the anglers sending us photos of them wearing their Hoo-Rags while fishing to protect their face and neck from the sun.
We are having a blast and are excited to see all these Rags heading out the door here in Jupiter, Florida! Have a great week and thanks for Rocking the Rag!
Want a Free Hoo Rag? Well, here you go! All you have to do is like the Hoo-Rag facebook fan page and then share this photo on your page or fan page. Once you do that email your physical address to email@example.com and then sit back and check the mail! First 100 sharers get a free Gun Metal Hoo-Rag so get crackin! http://bit.ly/100-free-rags
Dave and I were never lucky enough to meet Jose, but know a few people that have been lucky enough to fish with him. All accounts of Jose Wejebe and his desire to share, teach, and represent our interests below the waterline are evidence that the fishing community lost a true legend. Jose will be sorely missed. Please take 30 mins to watch this video. It is spectacular, sums Jose up, and will have you happy and sad no doubt. If you don't have time in your schedule to watch this, do yourself a favor. Bookmark this page and watch it later. It is really a video that celebrates the life of Jose.
We decided to start this party with a little friendly fishing photo contest that is centered around our growing facebook community. An overview of the contest in below.
To visit and like our facebook page, CLICK HERE
TARPON, REDFISH, SNOOK, AND TROUT PHOTO CONTEST:
Hoo Rag will be giving away $75.00 worth of Hoo-Rags to 4 winners. ( 4 rags from our online store, and one Gun Metal Gray Hoo Rag.)
All you have to do is submit the coolest photo you have on your hard drive of you with a Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, or Trout. You can submit to all four categories but can only win once!
DIRECTIONS: Like our page, post your photo on the Hoo Rag FAN PAGE, and then start sharing it so you can build your likes!
He is 6'4", weighs 190 pounds and is covered from head to toe in very cool tatoos. He is Rob Bunker and he is the owner of Seek and Destroy Charters in Vero Beach, Florida. Rob is a United States veteran with multiple tours to Afghanistan, and has been fishing for 16 years. This guy is on the water targeting schools of Redfish, monster Snook, Permit, and Cobia 6 days a week. He fishes inshore, nearshore and when he is not guiding he likes to target Sails, and Dolphin offshore with close fishing buddies. Rob was at our office today and we are getting ready to ship almost all of our Hoo-Rag camo patterns to him for some serious use. Rob will be sending us some Hoo-Rag fish photos in the near future so make sure you check back here for some monsters.
We would like to say thanks to all the people that showed interest in Hoo-Rags at the Boat show this weekend. We had a great time and look forward to sending pricing to all of the wholesale vendors and individuals we spoke with. Thanks again, and it was a great show!
The Hoo-Rag Team just got back from our local big box store with a case of RED BULL for our web development team. Our developers are in the process of cutting up and implementing our new web design. Our official launch date is next week, but we are cranking away at this and it is coming along. Hang in there, you will be able to buy Hoo-Rags before you know it!
During this holiday season, Hoo-rag will be closed on the following days - November 27, 28; December 25, 26 and January 1 and 2. In order to ensure your order arrives on time, please order 10+ days in advance. Even priority shipping may be delayed due to the amount of mail this time of year. Thank you!
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Looks like #Santa is ready to hit the slopes!! We are looking for all your Ho Ho Hoo pictures to post this week! Make sure to #hoorag and we may post yours!! #Christmas #SantaClaus #JollyOlStNick #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Photo credit @whingnut
No big deal but we are giving away a sweet drone on our Facebook page. Follow us on FB to find out how you can enter! It's super simple!! #WinADrone #DronesRule #Giveaway #Contest #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Which one's the fish?? Awesome South American #LeafFish mimics dead, drifting leaves in both appearance and swimming behavior! Photo credit @J.S. Tiemann #Fish #Brazil #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Hooligan @joshuajamesdiller out shreddin' this weekend at #CopperMountain. Where did you ride? #Montana #Snowboarding #Powder #Snow #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Monster #cuberasnapper caught by @captjimmynelson in #Panama. #Fishing #Saltwater #Snapper #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Happy Holidays from the Hoo Crew! #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
@ianparent rockin' the Stay Hungry Hoo on the #slopes. Hoo-rags are perfect for keeping your face protected from the wind and cold cruisin' down the mountain! #Snowboarding #Skiing #Winter #Snow #StayHungry #Snowsports #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
These 2 little ladies were out celebrating @Alex.orzech's last month of chemo. Yay Alex!!! And nice catch girls! #Florida #Wahoo #Saltwater #BFF #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Photo credit @julie_escuage
@nicholasalfredpeskie #bassfishing in the Gunslinger Hoo! Where are you fishing this weekend? #Wisconsin #Fishing #Bass #SkullMask #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag
Check out everything you can fit in our 20 litre Dry Bag!! Perect for #boating, #canoeing, #fishing, #kayaking and #puddle-jumping! #TheBetterBandana #RocktheRag