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Fish anywhere, anytime with invention By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — What do you get when you cross a spool of fishing line and a reusable water bottle? Many people would end up with a knotted, tangled mess, but Matt Grimes of Union took the idea to create a new product that lets folks fish anytime and anywhere. Grimes has created Reel Cool Fishing Bottles, a hybrid water bottle and fishing gear. Grimes, who also owns

Colonial Cottage in Erlanger, said when he went on a family trip to Mexico a few years ago, he saw locals fishing with lines wrapped around drink bottles. He later led a Boy Scout sea-based expedition in the Bahamas. They would get off the boat and swim ashore, carrying with them water bottles and, for those who liked to fish, a Cuban hand line, or a spool of fishing line. “I started thinking, ‘Why do we need to carry both of these things?’”


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Grimes said. When he got home, Grimes worked to create a prototype and took his idea to a few people. He then had a model made in Cincinnati and found a mold maker in Louisville. “It’s not intended to replace a rod and reel,” Grimes explained. The use, instead, is for “when it’s not convenient to carry a rod,” for example if someone is backpacking, rafting, kayaking or bicycling. The fishing bottle looks like a typical water bottle, with fishing line wrapped around a groove at the bottom.

“If you’re going on an adventure, you always have a water bottle, but you can’t always carry a fishing rod,” he said. “This allows you to have both a means to fish and refreshment.” Grimes says it also provides fishermen a chance to “battle fish, mano y mano.” “Until you’ve battled a fish and drug it in with just your hands, you don’t know what it’s like to battle,” he laughs. Grimes said Union Boy Scout troops will be outfitted with the bottle – one group will be doing a seabased trip and the other,


A: The theme for Rotary International in the coming year is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” My goals mirror this theme in that I want to engage our community and our members to be even more involved with our projects in this coming year. When we give of our time, talent and treasure, we as the giver gain as much if not more satisfaction as the recipient. By getting involved, we can change others’ lives as well as our own. Another primary goal I have is to get more young professionals involved in Rotary. Q: What’s one upcoming Rotary project you’re really excited about? A: I’m looking forward to kicking off our shoe drive for Shoes for Orphan Souls in July. Thirty percent of the shoes collected will go to U.S. children, the rest will be dis-

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club with such a rich history as ours has. Previously, I served as treasurer several years and I’ve gotten to understand the nuts and bolts of the operations of the club, I’m looking forward to the new responsibilities and the challenge of serving as the club’s president. Q: What are your goals for the organization?

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persed internationally. It will be my first order of business as president. Q: What do you do when you’re not taking care of Rotary or bank business? A: I have three kids who keep me very active and I enjoy their activities very much. I also like to read whenever I can. Q: What is your greatest accomplishment? A: Oh man. I’d have to say that what I want to be the best at is being a good father. And just as I take that very seriously as well as my duties at The Bank of Kentucky as regional manager, I take my position as president for Rotary very seriously and am proud and honored to serve in that role. Q: What do you do for fun? A: Although half of my family roots are here in Kentucky, I was born and raised in the Dominican

product of Grimes’ Big Bone Outdoors company. According to Grimes, it’s taken two years to get to this point. The first public demonstration will be at the Kids’ Fishing Derby, from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 1, at Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington. “It’s important to have passions in life,” Grimes said, “and I have three – family, food and adventures.” For more information, visit or check out this video.

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Republic and music is a big part of that culture. My wife and I like to dance to the traditional music of the DR such as Merengue and Bachata. Q: Are you a good dancer? A: (Laughs) I grew up doing it, so I guess so. I showed my wife how to dance and we like teaching it to the kids. Q: What do you enjoy most about living in Northern Kentucky? A: It’s an ideal place to raise a family. This is more about America, but growing up in the Dominican Republic so much of your success is dictated by who you know and what connections you have. Here, I appreciate that you can work hard and do the right thing and you can be successful.

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