A new state record for opah caught off the Washington coast was set recently, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The record-setting fish weighed 35.67 pounds and measured 37-7/8 inches.
Watson caught the large-eyed, orange-red colored opah in September while fishing 45 miles offshore of Westport.
Watson shared the fish with the charter crew, family and friends. "It was not like any fish I’ve tasted, but it was really good," said Watson. "Every bit of it went to good use."
Opah are the only fish found to be warm blooded throughout their bodies, a discovery first reported in the journal Science in May.
source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife