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I ATE THE WINNING JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH
I ATE THE WINNING JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Thursday night, I ate "a winning Kingfish" from the 32nd Annual jJacksonville Florida Kingfish Tournament.  Okay, it wasn't actually the winner, but this fish shared cooler space with "a winning fish."  It wasn't the biggest fish of this tournament, but it was still a winner to me.  I'd have to say that it didn't taste any different to me.  I dipped it in egg yolk, covered it with breadcrumbs, and then pan fried it.  YUM!

My neighbor Frank Caroccio is a scratch golfer and a diehard fisherman.  He worked tirelessly for a couple years to raise the funds to buy his special boat.   He doesn't like credit and pays cash for what he wants to buy.  Frank's boat has a foam interior that will not allow it to sink, which is a good thing since he likes to fish in the deep sea.  It is a nice boat, but in terms of the Kingfish Tournament, its value would not equal the cost of one motor on some of the giant trawlers with crews of six that fish the tournament. Heck, his boat doesn't even have a name (this will be something I will bug him about).  But, nevertheless, Frank wins money at the tournament every year.

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There is actually a Cobia division in the Kingfish Tournament.  The other fish in the cooler (other than the Kingfish I ate) was a large 27.85 pound Cobia that Frank caught on Thursday morning.   That was also the day of an extreme downpour that crossed North Florida.  Frank was 5 miles out and had to power through heavy waves and high winds in order to get back in time for the weigh in that afternoon.  The rain was nearly blinding and each drop felt like pelting ice chips.  He said his all foam boat actually acted as a kite and at one time nearly flew over backwards on him.  When that happened he looked down at his indicators and realized they still had four miles to go. For a tough guy that is never rattled, he admitted he was "scared there for five or ten minutes."

Luckily, he made it back safely in time for the weigh in.  That evening, Frank won $500 for the #1 Cobia catch in the tournament and also received a ticket (for Saturday's raffle), which was given to anyone who had caught a fish on Thursday.

This evening (Sunday night), I saw Frank as he drove his truck into the cul-de-sac (with his 12-year-old greying chihuahua in his lap) and inquired as to whether he had received his $500.  He replied that he had received not only the $500, but also an additional $400 cash and a prize valued at $2200.  It turns out that Frank's total aggregate (the total weight of all the fish caught in his boat) was the lowest of the entire Kingfish Tournament.  That's right, he won for the lowest weight.  The prize:  $400.

So, how did he win a prize worth $2200?  In Saturday's raffle drawing, they called Frank's number.  The prize is three days and two nights at Amelia Island's Summer Beach resort, including a round of golf for four people.  The catch (no pun intended) to claim the prize was that you must be present to win the raffle and present the raffle ticket.  Just before the awards banquet, Frank realized that he left his ticket at home.  He pleasantly asked his wife if she would drive home to get the ticket just in case their number was drawn.   Luckily for Frank, she drove home, found the ticket, and brought it back to the banquet.  Otherwise, they would have lost the raffle on a technicality, and Frank surely would be in the dog house.

Total winnings, $3100 dollars.  Congratulations Frank!

Now name your boat - "LAST PLACE", "BIGGEST CATCH" or "SANDY'S TICKET."

THIS INFORMATION WAS COMPILED BY RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST AND JACKSONVILLE GIANTS TELEVISION PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER RICHARD MILLER.  AT 26, RICHARD MILLER IS THE YOUNGEST RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST IN THE NATION.  HIS SHOW, MILLER ON SPORTS, AIRS WEEKDAYS FROM 4:00 TO 6:00 P.M. ON AM 1600 – THE BEACH.  LISTEN TO MILLER ON SPORTS.   “EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST TALK.”  All photographs and images are the property of Miller On Sports.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

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THIS INFORMATION WAS COMPILED BY RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST AND JACKSONVILLE GIANTS TELEVISION PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER RICHARD MILLER.  AT 26, RICHARD MILLER IS THE YOUNGEST RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST IN THE NATION.  HIS SHOW, MILLER ON SPORTS, AIRS WEEKDAYS FROM 4:00 TO 6:00 P.M. ON AM 1600 – THE BEACH.  LISTEN TO MILLER ON SPORTS.   “EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST TALK.”  All photographs and images are the property of Miller On Sports.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

 

Photos by:  B.L. Miller

 

 Listen LIVE on the Internet at:  http://www.1600thebeach.com.

  

You can find his videos at the YOUTUBE CHANNEL : http://www.youtube.com/user/milleronsports

       

Be sure to LIKE :  http://www.facebook.com/milleronsports

 

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