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Goliath Grouper Caught on a Wrench

Goliath Grouper Caught on  A Wrench
Ryan Hein catches a 400lb Goliath Grouper on a wrench.

Ryan Hein of St. Pete, Florida decided to try out a lure he made from a number 11 wrench from his tool box. About 30 miles offshore, and on his first drop, his poll bent nearly in half with the weight of the fish. On the other end? A 400lb Goliath Grouper.

Could the key to big fish be in your toolbox?

And if our eyes don’t deceive us, it looks like Ryan is rocking the Snook Real Photo. What do you think?
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Meet our Hooligans : Tag N’ Brag

The members of Hoo-rag’s Pro-Staff, or the “Hooligans” as we like to call them, are captains, hunters, snowboarders, anglers, hikers and all around outdoor enthusiasts. They help us to field test new product, follow trends in their industry and spread the good Hoo word. These men and women represent the best of the best and we’re proud to have them rockin’ the rag. We thought you all might like to get to know them a little better so we’ve decided to start a blog segment called “Meet our Hooligans” where we will periodically introduce you to another awesome member of our team. And for all of you who have inquired about becoming pro-staff, this is a great place to look and find out the kind of Hooligans we are looking for! Continue reading Meet our Hooligans : Tag N’ Brag

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Guest Blog Post: Field Biologist Jeremy Tiemann

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.
Members of the U.S. Expedition team holding the Brazilian Flag Hoo at the downstream most waterfall on the rio Xingu, Brazil. 

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Natural Helpers

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. Continue reading Natural Helpers

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The Perfect Fitness Accessory for Events

Hoo-rag was proud to sponsor the 8th Annual Fisher-Titus Maple City Triathlon/Duathlon on August 2, 2014 in Norwalk, Ohio with the perfect fitness accessory. The event was designed to encourage people to develop and maintain personal fitness goals. The triathlon consisted of an 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 working on your fitness – whether it be walking, running, swimming, biking – whatever you’re doing to get out and be active! And don’t forget the Hoo is the perfect fitness accessory. Have we got proof… you can’t handle the proof!

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Hoo-rag Teams Up to Beat Cancer

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! Continue reading Hoo-rag Teams Up to Beat Cancer

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Cooling Chicago’s Challenged Campaign

Sanja Photography

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. Continue reading Cooling Chicago’s Challenged Campaign