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California Fishermen Land Three Dream Fish In One Day (Photo)

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A few lucky fishermen off the coast of California had the fishing trip of a lifetime last week.

The anglers, on a Yellowtail tuna trip with San Deigo-based Excel Long Range Sportfishing, landed three extremely rare opah fish in one day.

Anglers Armando Castillo, Joe Ludlow, and Travis Savala all caught opah fish – and huge ones at that. Their catches ranged from 124-180 pounds, MailOnline reports.

Catching even one opah is a rare feat that few get to say they’ve accomplished. Catching three in one day is unheard of.

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Check out this picture of the proud anglers and their catches, courtesy of Excel Long Range Sportfishing:

The opah, also called a moonfish, is typically found in warmer, tropical waters.

Owyn Snodgrass of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compared catching just one opah to winning the lottery.

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“It’s the fish of a lifetime,” Snodgrass said. “It’s like winning the lottery. Nobody is expecting one of these. They are just doing something different to try to get a bite and they hook an opah.”

Sources: MailOnline, Facebook - Excel Long Range Spotfishing