" Information, Education, and Entertainment for Anglers". That phrase is actually a condensed version of their Mission Statement. A Mission Statement is a short sentence that describes the goals, purpose, and work of an organization and TOF's is pretty short and sweet. Not only does TOF host a very informative and educational website for the general public, they also support the less fortunate through charity work like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and abused children charity networks. If a need is brought to their attention, Capt. David and the staff at T.O.F.will make sure it gets addressed and followed up on. It's just the right thing to do when you have the resources at your disposal to help. Fishing just happens to be one of those activities that draws in and excites children of all ages. Play a mental video in your head of a child catching their very first fish. Imagining the look on their little faces and you'll find yourself smiling, too. You know it's something that a child will chatter about for days, even weeks afterwards. That memory may last a lifetime. It can the the catalyst that changes a child's life for the better, giving them hope for the future, even if it's just short term. However, it's as much of a benefit for the 'teacher' as it is for the 'student'....maybe even more so. Nothing makes for a better nights sleep than knowing that you helped a child that day.
Now let's address the topic of resources mentioned earlier. T.O.F. does all of these wonderful things mentioned above but it also has a network of for-profit companies that sponsor the site by giving away items in a free weekly raffle. Every week there is a new item posted to the site and some simple instructions on how to enter to win. This past week, for instance, they were giving a way a micro power pole for a skiff, canoe, or kayak. This little extra marketing campaign is another great way to encourage folks to become an active member on the site.
But, they don't stop there. In fact, Capt. David was generous enough to bring a brand new Snook rod that he personally designed himself to give away at the end of our NCLA meeting. That kind of generosity and good-will is what the world needs more of. He held up that long hunter-green colored rod and described it as a Gold Series IM-7 Graphite rod with silicone guides designed specifically for braided line and it even had a small Snook emblem varnished on for that little extra touch. We are a big fan of TOF - without a doubt!
He closed his introduction to the TOF site and jumped right into the topic of Snook...