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    I was exploring the fish and game web site and found what they labeled a "strange" fish that is sometimes caught in the Gulf of Alaska, Opah or moonfish. The info I have found is they spend their entire life in the open ocean. They feed in mid level water column, 50-400 yards deep. "Typical" catch is 40-70 pounds with reports of 200 pound fish caught. Has anyone ever caught one of these? They look like they would be fun to catch and they are reported to be tastey.
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    http://www.alaskatrekker.com/seacreatures.htm
    http://www.pices.int/publications/pices_press/Volume14/v14_n2/pp_26_28_2006%20Wing_f.pdf
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    used to get them come through sagaya all the time. 4 different colors of meat involved in those fish. never got to taste any though. it did look like tasty meat but im not too sure how much of a fight they would put up, kinda an unusual shaped fish.

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    They are usualy found individualy but some have reported catching them schooled with tuna. I would think that if they can keep up with tuna then they should fight hard too.
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    We ate opah in Hawaii one year. The meat was firm like a thick chunk of halibut with a pink sheen to it ~ mild & very tasty stuff on the BBQ. They are funky looking though.

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    It's really good, almost like burbot. Served as a delicacy in Hawaii, given it's fresh.

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    So they taste good but noone here fishes for them? I might have to figure out a way to try. Who knows it could be fun.
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    Opah are warm water fish found in Mexico and Hawaiian waters. Occasionally they are caught during Tuna season in Ca and Oregon, and it looks like Alaska too. However, they appear to be incidental catches that travel in warm water currents especially during El Nino years.

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