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Capt. Josh:

I want to thank you for the awesome job y’all did in running the Fishin’ Frank’s Fire Fund Catfish Tournament. I am the person that won the rifle. I picked it up and hope to learn how to use it. My husband was very excited. As I had mentioned to you that day, we were burglarized the Monday after Fishin’ Frank’s fire. When I read about the fire in the paper, I was so glad that I had a pole and reel from him. Then that was gone the next day. Tami Tower read my post and met me with one of his reels. The gal that was going to give me one of her poles reneged, so I was hoping to win one at the Chinese auction. When I didn’t, you were gracious enough to give me one that no one had claimed. It is kind acts like this that we need in our world today. Again, thank you for a good tournament and my Fishin’ Frank’s pole. Prayers to Frank and his pirate crew to be up and running again soon. Stay safe and happy fishing.

— Jayne Herbert

Capt. Josh:

I enjoyed your column about barracuda very much (https://bit.ly/2DHLNFH). As an inexperienced angler (and a very stubborn one), I tend to not follow the mainstream ways of thinking and have to try things for myself . Living in the “Show Me State” may also have an effect. I have been wanting to try barracuda for a few years. But after catching several, I got talked out of it and ended up giving them all away to the local Bahamaians. But on a recent fishing trip in the Gulf, we decided to keep one and fry it up, and I am very glad we did. It was very tasty. Just as good as many other species that people target. I just wanted to share this short story with you and send pics as you requested in your column. Tight lines.

— Jon Benson

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