Three rare opah caught by fishermen in one day
Opah -- the large, round and brilliant orange fish in the gallery below -- are a tough catch as they don't often travel in schools, and are typically found only in tropical areas with warm water.
Engraving from A HISTORY OF THE FISHES OF THE BRITISH ISLANDS (Vol.II) by Jonathan Couch. This is an Opah. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
MAR 18 1962; Jim's Monster; Jim Haywood, The Denver Post's Roving Fisherman, spotted this fish several times in La Paz Bay, B.C., Mexico, before a La Paz native speared it in shallow water. 'It had a mouth like a vacuum cleaner,' Haywood said. 'Never saw anything like it before.' The fish, which weighed 160 pounds, was finally identified as rare Opah, which is known to reach 600 pounds. Haywood is back in Denver, will start his 'Roving Fisherman' column April 1. (Photo By The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Dressed as a mermaid fair hostess Simone Bujotzek poses for a photo with big fishes at the fish international fair in Bremen, northwestern Germany, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002. Exhibitors expect 15,000 visitors from 70 nations. The fair will be opened from Feb. 14 through 17, 2002. The Opah weights 63,35 kilogramm (139,37 pounds). It was catched in the Pacific. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach)
Recently, three of the rare fish were hooked and pulled in by fishermen on a single boat sailing in Southern California waters. Armando Castillo, Joe Ludlow and Travis Savala made the catches while aboard the Excel. They were quick to get a picture and post it on Facebook, and before long, the shot had racked up thousands of shares and likes.
That kind of feat is pretty much unheard of. According to one of fishermen, they were able to get five of them to bite, but only three made it onto the boat. The successful catches weighed in at 124, 151, and a whopping 180-lbs.
GrindTV.com notes that the fish are 'delectable,' but 'there isn't a direct commercial fishery for opah because the fish aren't found in large schools.'
On their excursion, the trio also caught quite a bit of the expected fare like yellowtail, Bluefin tuna, and yellowfin tuna.
This is the internet, and we've been tricked before. At first, we were a bit skeptical of this fish tale -- but it seems to be for reel. Err, real.
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