9/14 8 SE of 425 - we were hoping for an Opah, but instead...

HookEmDanO

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we got this http://youtu.be/V2d6CoBuqqE

the fish hold measures 43" for reference as to the size of the fish, it wasn't that big, BUT, we had never caught one..We got it about 11:30, water temp was 70, water blue and calm. Hit a black & purple lure.

what ya think...is it a shortbilled spearfish? you ever catch one?
 

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Just when I thought I had seen it allski..........................
 

Mo Betta

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Very cool, I think you have the ID right.
 

StuBro

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Congrats! Nice fish. It looks like a juvenile. I know most of the billfish guys out here release all the fish. No judging here though. I will probably keep the next decent sized marlin I catch but I still release most.
 

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Don't look like its packing much meat.

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MAJOR: "WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DAN'S SHORTBILLED SPEARFISH CATCH GUNNY??"
GUNNY HIGHWAY: "HE'LL BE OFF OSIDE GOIN FOR SPOONOSED MUDSHARK NEXT"

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ya thats a shortbill spearfish. Talk about a rare catch especially off point loma. We call them chuckers or hebi here in hawaii. Probably the most rare billfish overall in the ocean. Guys come specifically here to complete their catch off all the billfish species.
 

akunui

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28 Henriques "KEALOHA"
ya thats a shortbill spearfish. Talk about a rare catch especially off point loma. We call them chuckers or hebi here in hawaii. Probably the most rare billfish overall in the ocean. Guys come specifically here to complete their catch of all the billfish species.
 

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How do you even cool that?
What's not cool about it? They dont grow very big as it is... it's a cool fish and a rarity around here.... not to be mistaken (as so many do) with it truly being rare.

Just like an Opah.... they are out there.... just not caught often!

Nice catch, and yes, very cool!!

The unknown fisherman:p:
 

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Seen ya at the bait barge this morning.Looks like that would taste like barracuda,ie tasty.
 

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Interesting. It looks awfully small and young but then again I've never seen one.
 

HookEmDanO

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1) its very rare and our first one ever
2) I got on the radio and was told they taste GREAT...what the hell, lets find out, and there is more meat on it than it looks in the pic
3) because we could
4) those gunny highway remarks may have been cute once...maybe
thanks for positive replies...