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Old 11-12-2017, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default First Ever Opah caught from an Ocean City, MD boat



The boys on the Primary Search have been hot lately. They just did something that hasn't been done before in Ocean City, MD.
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Got any more details?

Were they fishing deep at night and got it as bycatch from swordfishing?

Bait or artificial?
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The deep dropping stuff is really taking off down the beach. Wonder what's next.
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That's awewome. I definitely recognize the OP name from the beach.
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Got any more details?

Were they fishing deep at night and got it as bycatch from swordfishing?

Bait or artificial?
Deep dropping for Swords with squids. It is cold up here and these guys have been catching swords night and day. The Opah was a nice surprise.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:30 PM   #7
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Daytime sword fishing in Poormans.

If I pulled up an opah here I would be very confused. Water temps are cold as are air right now. This just doesn't make sense.
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Sweet!. Great eating fish! Congrats.

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Old 11-12-2017, 05:04 PM   #9
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Great place.
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I've seen pics of those things in magazines and on the net. Are they good to eat? Looks like it would be a hell of a fillet!
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East coast!? Was unaware they were over here, was stationed in San diego from 11-14,everytime we were off the coast saw these things all over place! Food value?
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I've seen pics of those things in magazines and on the net. Are they good to eat? Looks like it would be a hell of a fillet!
They are excellent to eat. Many of the restaurants in the San Diego area serve it.
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If I pulled up an opah here I would be very confused. Water temps are cold as are air right now. This just doesn't make sense.
If your deep dropping below 1000 feet in FL or MD won’t the water be around the same temp? The water is not that cold up North yet.
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The currents down that deep are not the same currents we fish during the summer time. That deep the water temp stay more constant, I bet there are other species that will turn up as this deepdropping below 1500' continues to become more popular in the mid Atlantic.
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Them boys have been on fire lately!
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East coast!? Was unaware they were over here, was stationed in San diego from 11-14,everytime we were off the coast saw these things all over place! Food value?
What you saw were Sunfish aka Mola Mola not Opah sometime called Moonfish.

FWIW even a huge Sunfish has little edible meat while Opa have a couple different types of meat all delicious/something like a cross between Tuna & Salmon.
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Daytime sword fishing in Poormans.

If I pulled up an opah here I would be very confused. Water temps are cold as are air right now. This just doesn't make sense.
Your thinking surface temps.
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What you saw were Sunfish aka Mola Mola not Opah sometime called Moonfish.

FWIW even a huge Sunfish has little edible meat while Opa have a couple different types of meat all delicious/something like a cross between Tuna & Salmon.








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Very cool catch! Congrats, I'd like to catch one of those.....
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Wow, thats a one in a million on the east coast.
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