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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:00:03AM

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No matter what holiday you celebrate — Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Yule, Saturnalia, Pancha Ganapati — this is the time of year when families and friends get together. I’m very lucky and thankful for more than words can ever say. Thank you so much to Frank and Terry, Josh Olive, all the pirates at Fishin’ Frank’s, all of our fantastic customers, my blood family, my mom and my wife. Without all of you, I’d be nothing and nowhere. Let your family know you care. Help out a stranger. Be kind to someone just because. Some people are not as fortunate as you, and you never know who needs a smile or a hand. And remember, the holidays should not be the only time to act this way.

OK, enough of the sappy stuff — let’s talk fish handling. A lot of people have a hard time with handling fish the right way. Part of that is not understanding how important a fish’s slime coat is to its health. You might regard it as just yucky stuff, but for the fish it’s a protective barrier that keeps bacteria and fungus from getting to its skin. The slime also helps the fish move through the water more easily, meaning it has to expend less energy to swim. Every time you get fish slime on your hands or clothes, you’re taking something away that the fish actually needs.

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