Fisherman makes rare catch in Ocean City

Postado Novembro 15, 2017

A Maryland fishing party may have made a rare catch- a 105-pound (47-kilogram) opah, or moonfish.

At first, they thought they had another swordfish that was putting up a tough fight in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City, Ensor said.

According to Ensor, it took over an hour to reel in the 105-pound-fish which was a collective effort between Ensor and crew members Tommy Clark, Brian Stewart and James Dozerbach.

"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, and then I saw him come up and I said it's an opah", said Ensor. It could be the first time anyone has caught this kind of fish in Ocean City.

"It was about the surprise of a lifetime", Ensor said.

Ensor lays the opah next to their swordfish catch.

Opahs, also known as moonfish or sunfish, are the only known warm-blooded fish and tend to be found in tropical waters. Ensor says he finally realized he had seen the fish before.

"It's pretty cool, definitely a sense of accomplishment.we have a pretty young crew, so it was great that they were able to experience this", said Ensor of catching the fish.

The Department of Natural Resources can not confirm at this time how many of these fish have been caught in Maryland.