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.

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

Lucky catch: Armando Castillo, Joe Ludlow and Travis Savala post with the three opah fish they caught in a single day last week. Opah, also known as Moonfish, are a rare catch  and three at once is even more of a surprise since they don't often travel in packs

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.

“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