Teens catch one huge fish off Newport coast
The Newport Beach fishing world is talking about three teens who caught a huge opah fish off Crystal Cove.
Randall Hause, 17, Daniel Segerblom, 15, and Sean Segerblom, 12, have just about eaten all of the edible meat from the 143-pound catch, dishing it out to friends and neighbors and indulging in it themselves.
The opah is a deepwater fish more typically caught in Hawaii. It's also a delicacy. The bad news, however, is that only 30% of its body is edible, what with the bones and tough skin.
And so, the catch, about 40 pounds of meat in all, is slowly being devoured and will soon be relegated to mere photographic history for the boys, who fell 20 pounds shy of a record for hooking such a species at the Balboa Angling Club, said the father of one of the boys.
Only three opah a year of this size are caught in Southern California.
The catch, which occurred at 10 a.m. last Friday, was a doozy indeed for the boys, all of whom managed to rope the fish's tail and haul it in after it momentarily broke free.
-- Tom Regan
Photo: Newport Beach residents Randall Hause, 17, Daniel Segerblom, 15, and Sean Segerblom, 12, stand with the 143-pound opah they caught offshore from Crystal Cove. Credit: Daily Pilot