Thursday, May 9, 2013

FLW Pro Angler Profile: JT Kenney

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Have you entered our Fish With a Pro sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to Lake Chickamauga, TN? Enter now and you could be fishing with a pro in no time!

Now, let’s introduce you to one of our favorite Straight Talk FLW pros, JT Kenney.

JT Kenney with a two big snooks from the Sebastian Inlet.

Hailing from Frostburg Maryland, JT Kenney has been a pro angler for 12 years. He is almost completely self-taught and looks back on the days when he would strap a fishing pole on his back, hop on his mini motorcycle and spend the day fishing in ponds, creeks and the head waters of the Potomac River. From ponds all the way to the national circuit, here’s a little more about million-dollar grossing JT Kenney.

Straight Talk: Hi JT, thanks for chatting with us today! We have to ask, around how many days per year do you fish?
JT Kenney: I spend about 220 days per year on the water, so a more than half of the year.

ST: What was your most memorable tournament as a fishing pro?
JT: My very first tour level event in 2002. I won the whole thing and got a small taste of victory.

ST: What is your biggest catch in competition?
JT: My biggest tournament catch was a 9.12 pounder at the Bass Master tournament. It felt like a big thing of money on the other end of the line!

ST: Nice! What is your favorite pre-event meal?
JT: Anything from what I like to call “God’s Grocery Store”—sushi, fish, deer, duck, fish, mushrooms from the woods, and oysters I knock off rocks myself!

ST: Sounds delicious. What else do you like to do when you’re not fishing?
JT: I like hunting, salt water fishing, and cooking.

ST: What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring angler?
JT: I always tell them to spend more time on the water - that’s how you learn to be successful. I can’t tell you everything there is to know, but just be out there and enjoy it.

Thanks JT. Now head over to and you could be on a boat with a pro angler like him!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I love fishing! Even better having ST Service while out in the woods!


Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano

Feb. 9 2011 - 6:03 pm - América Móvil's TracFone MVNO service netted a whopping 1.1 million new subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2010, finishing the period with a total of 17.7 million subscribers.

TracFone's net adds put it in the same league as some of the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers. For example, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ [1]), the nation's largest wireless carrier, recorded 955,000 total net customer additions in the fourth quarter, ending the period with 102.2 million "total wireless connections."

Such a comparison isn't completely fair, however. TracFone doesn't operate its own wireless network--instead, as an MVNO, the company essentially piggybacks on the networks of Verizon , AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T [2]) and T-Mobile USA, reselling their services under TracFone's brands, which include Straight Talk, Net10 and others. Thus, TracFone's net customer additions are also counted by its host carriers under their "wholesale" column.

Nonetheless, TracFone's stellar growth is notable. The company has grown its U.S. subscriber base from 14.4 million in December of 2009 to 16.7 million in September 2010 to 17.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of last year.

As for TracFone's subscriber metrics, the company's minutes of use skyrocketed 219 percent year over year, from 94 in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 300 in the fourth quarter of 2010. TracFone attributed the growth to its Straight Talk unlimited service. TracFone's average revenue per user grew from $10 to $14 during the same period while its churn remained relatively unchanged at around 4 percent.

Read the full story here.

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CTIA-The Wireless Association's statement on usage and cost for mobile phone calls

WASHINGTON, DC CTIA-The Wireless Association® issued the following statement today in response to the OECD Communications Outlook report on usage and cost for mobile phone calls:

The headline from the recently released OECD Communications Outlook report reads that Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, while the highest prices were found in Canada, Spain, and the United States. But since U.S. consumers enjoy the lowest per minute rates of all of the OECD countries, what today’s OECD report really shows is that some international comparisons just don’t make sense – especially when built on flawed assumptions.

The real story is buried on page 275 of the OECD report which states:

“It is important to note again that the OECD calling pattern in the basket can be significantly different than common calling profiles in a specific country. For example, the high-usage OECD basket includes 1,680 outgoing voice calls per year while users in the United States average 9,600 minutes of voice calls (combined incoming and outgoing) per year. In this case the basket provides the cost of buying exactly the calls and messages in the OECD basket rather than what may be considered a ‘typical’ bundle in the market.”

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