Opah Surprise

By: FishRap Staff

Cousins Chas (pictured at right), Jeff and Skeeter (left) Leeper, with friends Ryan and Todd Swanson, were trolling for thresher sharks just before dark 3 miles off the Newport Beach coastline, when they hooked a 140-pound Opah. The fish hit a purple Bait-O-Matic with a mackerel pinned under the skirt, and ran. Chas fought the fish for 30 minutes before bringing it close to the boat, where Skeeter placed a perfect gaff shot.

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