well guys I know ive told you for awhile now that the monster has come out with a new triple play rod holders, that is a fact! However i have had a small wrench thrown in the time line, as to when they will be available! And i thought this matter would be resolved before now, and thats why ive also tried to keep it on the down low so far, but this matter keeps dragging on and on, so im not going to try to keep it a secret any longer and let you guys in on whats happening with monster rod holders! As most of you know, i am very active in the catfishing community, and support the sport to my best ability. I sponsor many guys and events thoughout the year in hopes of helping the sport grow. Also moster rod holders is, as far as i know the only manufacture that offers bonus money to cabelas tournament anglers for using our products. But I think thats where my problem started! For the most part everyone is cool with what im doing for the sport, but a few others see what i do, and apparently think im gettin rich, which has caused all the dilemma im dealing with now! Any rumors you my have heard are fictional, spread by a few, that think they know whats going on! I dont know if its jealousy, envy, or what, or even why! But heres the real deal guys! i want you to hear it directly from me [steve douglas] so here it is, as its happened and were im at know! DRIFTMASTER ROD HOLDERS contacts by me phone, back in early october, and says one of his cabelas anglers had brought it to his attention, right after the cabelas classic, which was won by the way by a monster rod holder team. He then says that i am infringing on a portion of one of there patents on a particular rod holder! i disagreed with him and told him i had had this stuff checked before i even started making my products! He asked for my address and told me that i would receive a letter! I said cool, he conducted himself properly as did I. He seems like a good fella! I got the letter, and it pretty much just had some patent info in it and and stated some other legal wording, and gave me 20 days to respond! I immeditly contacted my attorney and got the process started the same day and there attorney had docs from my legal counsel in less than 10 days! I waited and waited and called my attorney and waited some more, after about a month they finally responded, saying the same thing again, nothing new. not even addressing the issues at hand that my counsel had provided them, as to why we are not infringing. So my dude contacts them again, in a letter asking them to pay attention and re address the issues that was presented to them as to why we are not infringing. After about two weeks i get a letter back from them, simply stating that they would reveiw again and respond. So here we are today, Jan.5th and I get a letter and what i think is going to be resolution. But again all the letter stated was, (pardon the delay, the holidays were hectic.) thats it,the end nothing else! They continue to drag there feet, in the mean time puttin an extra financial strain on me, as i can just maintain my products at this point and not grow! And that is why im draggin my feet on the triple plays. The tooling is expensive and i would really rather have this matter resolved before i launch our new product. OK, so far guys this has been over a 3 month strectch, and in the mean time, im hearing rumors that are being spread by a few that driftmaster is suing me! Hell, i was wanting this to be on the down low! But the fact of the matter is, at this point, driftmaster [[[ IS NOT SUING ME! ]]] One thing is for certain though, they don't seem to be in any hurry to get this resolved like i am. However i do think I have gottin there attention by all my promotions and involvement in the catfishing community, but they had the same opprotuniies that i had to be involved in this industry, but they chose not to play, and I chose to play! so thats the deal guys in a nutshell! they have stated there case, I have promply responded with my case and they drag there feet and continue to drag there feet over a 3 month period. And for that guys I do apoligize! So again guys driftmaster has not sued me and its business as usual except fot the triple plays! I would like to thank everyone for your support to me and my products . I will tell you, you realize who your friends are in the Catfishing world when the chips are down. Some hound you for $$, others come to aid! I hope this has cleared some things up, for everyone and again I do apologize for any inconvenience to anyone! One thing is for certain is that monster rod holders will be around for a long time! thats what i do and I am not going to let anyone mess with that. I would like to thank everyone that supports monster rod holders and myself, and I look forward to this new year! Things are sure perkin up in 2010!