Maryland fishermen claim to have made rare moonfish catch

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Area news outlets report Capt. Austin Ensor and his three crew members set sail Sunday and are believed to have caught the opah off Ocean City. The first bite resulted in a almost 80 pound swordfish on the boat, but it was what bit after they cast their next line that caught the crew by surprise.

The fish was caught by the four men after an hour and thirty minute fight. It can best be described a sa cross between a swordfish and a tuna.

"In that greenish water, fish kind of look boring, not much to them, but that orange fish was just glowing coming up; it's very cool", the 24-year-old said. And not only did they catch the big orange fish, they also caught an 80-100 pound sword fish.

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

Opahs, also known as moonfish or sunfish, are the only known warm-blooded fish and tend to be found in tropical waters.

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

Ensor lays the opah next to their swordfish catch. The only slowdown in doing that, Ensor said, has been that none of the seasoned fisherman in Ocean City have seen the fish, much less know how to cut it up and prepare it.

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