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Old 03-14-2006, 03:51 PM
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Here's a funny story about my first experience with the sun fish.

It was on my first boat. I was fishing about 4 miles off shore. I had a friend on my boat who likes to occasionally take a swim when it gets to hot. Well, wouldn't you know it. He jumps in the water and about 25 feet away I see that large shadow and a fin . I had never seen a sunfish before. I go into absolute panic. I was literally so scared (thought is was a shark) that I was yelling to my friend and not a single sound came out. I was literally speechless. It was surreal. I was literally trying to yell and nothing was coming out. I start waving my hands at him. He's only a couple of feet away from the boat. He comes over and asks WTF is my problem. Finally the words came out shh shh shharrkk as I point in the direction of the sunfish. He looks in the direction that I am pointing then starts laughing uncontrollably. Then when he regains his composure he advises me that it is just a sunfish.

I laugh about it now, but man I had never been so scared in my life. I thought it was a figure of speech when someone says that they are / were scared speechless. Scared speechless is a real thing. This is one of the stories that are staples when talking about funny fishing situations.

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Old 03-14-2006, 04:42 PM
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Tunadevil - 3/14/2006 9:31 AM

They can jump at least 5 feet, most of the time when guys think they see tuna jump the Sunfish is the culprit. The bodies are rock hard that is why I think the sharks don't mess with them

You should see one dump a 130 International.
Ive never hooked up with a Sunfish, but I have seen a manta ray dump a 130 International, out at the canyons. Now THATS a site to see
Old 03-14-2006, 05:42 PM
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Rumor has it that the flesh may be slightly toxic.

That said, the sea lions here in Monterey, CA seem to enjoy playing frisbee with them in the spring and summer when the youngish molas come in. The sea lions will rip off the top and bottom fins, and literally toss them around on the surface, sometimes for an hour or more. When we dive, we see molas on teh bottom, unable to swim, still alive, but being consumed by sea stars. Noone has explained this behavior yet, but I would assume it's simply entertainment.


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Rumor has it that the flesh may be slightly toxic.

That said, the sea lions here in Monterey, CA seem to enjoy playing frisbee with them in the spring and summer when the youngish molas come in. The sea lions will rip off the top and bottom fins, and literally toss them around on the surface, sometimes for an hour or more. When we dive, we see molas on teh bottom, unable to swim, still alive, but being consumed by sea stars. Noone has explained this behavior yet, but I would assume it's simply entertainment.


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Last year with the admiral out in butterfish hole we had one get tangled in a leader and started jumping like crazy till it came unbuttoned from the leader. We were laughing are arses off It was at least 3' out've the water more than once
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They can jump at least 5 feet, most of the time when guys think they see tuna jump the Sunfish is the culprit. The bodies are rock hard that is why I think the sharks don't mess with them

You should see one dump a 130 International.
Ive never hooked up with a Sunfish, but I have seen a manta ray dump a 130 International, out at the canyons. Now THATS a site to see
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Over an hour out of the rod holder, then I was in the chair for over two hours. The guy I was fishing with grabbed the leader and started laughing. It was big and just stayed down forever. He must have caught the line in between his tusks (or whatever there called) and kept on swimming till he took the jig in the chin. I thought it was the biggest Swordfish ever. If I knew it was a Manta I would never have gotten involved. Toughest thing I ever caught.
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we were trolling for tuna and had a planer set for a wahoo. planer went off and line was screaming off the reel at an exciting rate. Then it just stopped. Seconds later a huge sunfish turned over on the surface behind the boat. one of its fins was several feet tall. Planer must of hit and the way it rolled on the surface i think it just got tangled and spun over a couple times.
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They're fairly common in Mass. Bay during the summer.

I had one hang out with me last year while drift fishing.
Came right up to the side of the boat for 20 - 30 mins.
Seemed to enjoy having its back scratched.
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Had a friend of my father's try to jump in an ride one day while going offshore off long island , he went about ten feet with the thing and then it started to dive, when he got back in the boat his arm was cut from all the barnacles built up on the fish, they apparently are not fast movers but on ocassion I have seen them jump also while shark fishing, fin can be mistaken for a shark fin off in a distance but it has a liitle floppiness to it, great photos !!
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Don't know, chum;

I do know that the few times I've spooked them while diving, they disappear in a heartbeat. Lot faster than they look, at least, when they want to be.


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