Rookie Angler Catches Likely World-Record Moonfish

Rookie Angler Catches Likely World-Record Moonfish
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Beau Leaman’s opah weighed 188 pounds, which would smash the standing world record

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The strange-looking fish outweighed the standing world record by more than seven pounds. Horizon Charters, via Instagram

In an impressive display of beginner’s luck, a novice angler caught a pending world-record (and exceedingly rare) fish during his first-ever trip out. On August 8, Beau Leaman was with friends on an overnight charter trip off the coast of San Diego when he caught a giant moonfish that weighed 188.6 pounds. Leaman’s fish stands to beat out the current all-tackle world record by more than 7 pounds. He’s already submitted the official paperwork to the International Game Fish Association, according to USA Today.

Leaman and his friends booked a trip with Horizon Charters and fished aboard the MV Horizon. Using rented rods, they were throwing jigs for tuna in 300 feet of water when…

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