I realize that in different parts of the country, people eat barracuda, but in the States I've yet to meet an angler that has a taste for these slimy toothies. Ever wonder why a dead butterflied barracuda is a choice attractant for shark anglers on tropical flats? Because they have an oily, pungent stank like no other fish I've smelled. More importantly, however, barracudas—big ones especially—are known to carry ciguatera. This toxin essentially makes the flesh poisonous. For all I know, Pacific 'cudas don't carry it, but I'm sure the West Coast fish don't smell any more appetizing than the ones I catch on the East Coast. Mr. Tilden, congrats regardless. That's a serious fish. Had I caught it, I'd have passed on the ceviche and insisted I keep the head for a skin mount. I've always wanted a big 'cuda head for the man cave.