A 105.4 pound Opah was caught in Ocean City with a rod and reel over the weekend by a group of fishermen, according to one of the men who helped bring in the fish that some call a rare catch for the area.
Austin Ensor tells ABC7 they caught the Opah at the bottom of the ocean in water that was 1,700 feet deep by using a strip bait that was intended for a swordfish.
“Yes we caught it while trying to catch our second swordfish of the day by dropping a bait all the way to the bottom in 1700 ft of water,” Ensor stated in a message to ABC7.
According to a local blog called Fish in OC, it was the first ever caught off Ocean City. The blog goes on to state that Opahs are typically found in tropical waters in places like Hawaii.
Ensor says it took the group an hour and a half to reel in the warm-blooded fish.