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Old 05-28-2019, 06:31 PM
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Saw 2 of them cruising on the surface on Saturday about 2.5 miles off the beach. I've seen them before but usually later in the summer with the warm water. Pretty cool!
Old 05-28-2019, 08:19 PM
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We saw 2 out of Jones inlet Sunday pretty cool animals

Sunfish but no bas
Old 05-29-2019, 02:09 AM
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They say that they are good eating.
I wouldn’t kill one but apparently they are open for fishing and there is no limit on them .
go figure.
Old 05-29-2019, 04:14 AM
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It’s a tuna bro
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It's a baby fu@k'n whale!

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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
They say that they are good eating.
I wouldn’t kill one but apparently they are open for fishing and there is no limit on them .
go figure.
They also fight like demons when hooked lol. There's a video of some guy accidentally snagging one on the troll and the thing jumped so much it put marlin to shame.

They look dumb and slow but man can they move.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
They also fight like demons when hooked lol. There's a video of some guy accidentally snagging one on the troll and the thing jumped so much it put marlin to shame.

They look dumb and slow but man can they move.
No way, seriously?

It's early, coffee hasn't kicked in yet so I'm mildly gullible.
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They also have very raspy scales. Don't grab one without gloves. Don't ask how I know.................
Old 05-29-2019, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
They also fight like demons when hooked lol. There's a video of some guy accidentally snagging one on the troll and the thing jumped so much it put marlin to shame.

They look dumb and slow but man can they move.
I'm not sure about this, snagged 2 of them last year by mistake on the troll, all dead weight, popped the hooks off with a straight gaff and they just hung out next to the boat lol.
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Originally Posted by stoweaway View Post
No way, seriously?

It's early, coffee hasn't kicked in yet so I'm mildly gullible.
Yes, seriously. I've never hooked one myself but I've seen videos and heard stories. Not to mention they can be like 600 lbs.

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I'm not sure about this, snagged 2 of them last year by mistake on the troll, all dead weight, popped the hooks off with a straight gaff and they just hung out next to the boat lol.
Here is a really old video, bad quality.


And to give you an idea of how fast they can swim


To be honest, I worry more about hitting one sunning itself while running the boat.
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I saw several of them air it out on a canyon trip once. My first instinct said "That was a Mola." Then my brain over wrote it and said, "No way. That had to be a Mako." Then I saw it again and my eyes over wrote my brain. I was think what could jump that high and leave that big a hole. All I could come up with was Mako/GW... But as I watched several I am very sure they were Mola's....They obviously look nothing alike.

We hit one in the dark one night on the way to the canyons which scared the living crap out of me.... but that is another story.

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Saw one inside the Barnegat Inlet and another one at the Barnegat Reef right beside our boat. It did not seem to be bothered by screaming or attempts of netting it from our kid. Of course our net is smaller than its fin.. One of my friends had Mola Mola before and told me it has no flavor with gluey texture. However, pan fry it with a lot of spices is popular in Southeast Asia.
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Originally Posted by RickC137 View Post
It's a baby fu@k'n wheel!
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They are pretty cool. I've snorkeled around them a number of times and they'll push up against you if you start scratching them, like a dog. Rough skin, like a shark or a ray.
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I hit one last year going about 27 knots, waffled my port rudder!
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They do jump.
I was tuna fishing in Ipswich bay a few years back. Slow day, flat, quiet. My buddy was snoozing. All of a sudden the water exploded, 20 feet or so off the bow! Scared the crap out of me and as described above, I could have sworn I saw a Mola, nah.
I was talking myself out of it when the damn thing did it again, right next to the boat . No mistaking what it was this time. It cleared the water by a few feet!

Ive seen dozens of them over the years, that was the one and only time I have ever seen one jump though.
Crazy ass looking things.
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
They say that they are good eating.
I wouldn’t kill one but apparently they are open for fishing and there is no limit on them .
go figure.
On a 700lbs mola there is around 3lbs of gelatinous flesh from the head that is steamed then stewed or sauteed that is said to be better than any lobster around.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Yes, seriously. I've never hooked one myself but I've seen videos and heard stories. Not to mention they can be like 600 lbs.



Here is a really old video, bad quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y5r4xQ_eA0

And to give you an idea of how fast they can swim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weBsl5Ne9n8

To be honest, I worry more about hitting one sunning itself while running the boat.
I hit one once running to the bank in fog. Dinged my prop too.
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First great whites now Molas...

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