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Three rare opah caught by fishermen in one day

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.

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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tcbsr4620 August 05 2014 at 5:19 PM

1 of those fish would have been enough to keep,take ur picture and release the rest, what a shame just for a picture, I understand fishing is a sport, BUT really who needs 400 lbs or more fish to eat, ??? Really ???

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brewmurgy August 05 2014 at 4:13 PM

I saw an oprah on t.v. once,weighed about 250. I wouldn't eat it though even if it did smell like fish.

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debnaert August 05 2014 at 4:57 PM

I fish a LOT.... I catch and release all my fish! So someone else can enjoy the sport!

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coopdabomb August 05 2014 at 5:00 PM

I caught the crabs once but didn't take a picture.

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David August 05 2014 at 6:09 PM

In last sentence of the caption to the last photo in the gallery, do you "proffessional jounalists" not know that the past form of catch is caught, not "catched". How much does AOL pay these morons? A first grader could do better.

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schlauger1 August 05 2014 at 6:38 PM

They are "rare." Leave them alone or catch and release. As far as Bluefin tuna go, they are becoming extinct because of an insatiable worldwide need for sushi.

Raw fish cravings are more important than the survival of a species? Gutting a "rare" fish and showing the world is telling us you are manly men?

I truly don't care if this is your livelihood. Be selective about it due to what you help to bring about if you aren't.

It's similar to poachers of depleting land-based wildlife because certain people think their organs, or fingernail tusk properties are medicinal.

Fools and selfish, all of them and the people that bask in the trade and their own personal rewards.

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buddwhyzr August 05 2014 at 6:01 PM

They look like gold fish that were feeding on plutonium.

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katkelly57 buddwhyzr August 05 2014 at 6:32 PM

Fukushima fish.

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benson2796 buddwhyzr August 05 2014 at 8:19 PM

THAT was funny! Could you spare a few brain cells for coopdabomb??

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buddwhyzr benson2796 August 05 2014 at 8:45 PM

Believe it or not he's getting better. He used to mention Obama or the government in EVERY post regardless of content like a blithering idiot. I think today he is off his meds. Or good weed.

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Mike August 05 2014 at 4:27 PM

The poor family of fish were on their way to a school event when they were caught.

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crotalus August 05 2014 at 4:33 PM

Poorly written article. Opah may be rarely caught, but they are not considered to be a rare fish or in danger of being overfished.

HOWEVER: that assessment is based on little data and the "belief" they are not being overfished.

Because they don't travel in large schools and are rarely caught, the belief is probably an accurate one.

I have seen them once or twice while out on the ocean in a sportfishing boat. Nobody fished for them and they simply went swimming by, very near the surface. They were large fish.

My wife ordered Opah in a fancy restaurant some years ago. The fish was seriously undercooked and she sent it back. The restaurant tried again, but something was off. The flesh was strangely textured and my wife did not like it, and she normally likes just about any fish.

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Judith crotalus August 05 2014 at 6:03 PM

The restaurant must have had a really lousy cook (chef?). I've bought fresh opah, both filets and steaks, and prepared it in numerous ways. It's a really meaty fish and doesn't taste fishy, which is a real plus as I hate "fishy" fish. You might want to try preparing some at home instead of just giving up on it.

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benson2796 crotalus August 05 2014 at 8:21 PM


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kellie_kimery@yahoo.com August 05 2014 at 4:08 PM

Well thank we killed rare fish vs. letting them live.

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