At first, Austin Ensor thought it was just a big fish. It couldn’t be an opah. Not in Ocean City, Maryland.
Opah — also known as moonfish — are found in tropical waters.
But when Austin saw the massive fish thrashing under the water, there was no doubt in his mind that he and his fishing buddies were about to make the catch of a lifetime:
“The only reason I knew it was an opah is because I follow some friends out on the West Coast and some friends in Hawaii — on the big island over there — that catch them periodically, and I have seen them in Instagram posts and things like that.
“Then, I saw him come up, and I said, ‘It’s an opah!'” Austin said.
That day, he his fishing buddies had simply been trying to make their fishing season last a bit longer into the fall. Perhaps catching an opah is a sign that they should keep going!
In fact, they’d already caught an 80-pound swordfish beforehand. After that, it wasn’t long before they felt their bait had been snagged once again. It was the opah.
It took the crew nearly an hour and half to finally reel in the massive moonfish, which they discovered weighed a whopping 105 pounds!
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