Fishermen claim to have made rare catch off Ocean City coast

Fishermen claim to have made rare catch off Ocean City coast

Fishermen claim to have made rare catch off Ocean City coast

Local news outlets report Capt. Austin Ensor and three crew members set sail Sunday and are believed to have caught the moonfish off Ocean City.

Opahs, also known as moonfish or sunfish, are the only known warm-blooded fish and tend to be found in tropical waters. They could tell by the fight the fish put up that it was going to be bigger than the swordfish.

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

After an hour and 30 minutes, they pulled the fish, which is the size of a large truck tire, onto the boat.

Ensor is confident he knows what he caught, and he and his crew plan to enjoy the fish, which is known for a rich and creamy taste, best described as a cross between a swordfish and a tuna. Ensor said in a video produced by Sunset Marina that he originally thought the fish was a tuna before realizing it was the rare opah.

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

The opah Ensor and his friends caught might be one of the only ones ever caught in Ocean City by a non-commercial fishing boat.

"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.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says it couldn't immediately confirm the catch, which would be rare off the East Coast.

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