Huge ‘unicorn’ captured by Morro Bay anglers

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HAROLD DAVIS sent in this Morro Bay photo of a buddy’s big “unicorn,” a monster opah of unknown weight. Looks like two bills in the photo
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BY MERIT MCCREA

MORRO BAY/AVILA — Harold Davis reported, “Buddy got the unicorn today,” alongside a photo of the largest opah this writer has ever seen, looks like a couple hundred pounds.

Downrigger slow-trolling live baits, whatever they could catch – sardine, mackerel or jack smelt Davis’ hooked two bluefin, getting both to color and landing one.

He’d said it worked, and he proved it.

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Private boaters out of Port San Luis Sportlaunch reported rockfish limits for launchers there all week long.

As of Sunday the Phenix fished a full-day down at Purisima with 16 anglers all getting a limit. There were 68 bolina in the mix.

The half-day on the Flying Fish found 200 fish for 20 anglers fishing off Pt. Sal, also limits.

At Morro Bay Landing, the party boats scored 6 to 7 fish per angler on their half-day runs and the Endeavor on a 12-hour run north had limits for 24 anglers with 7 lings to 16 pounds. The big fish went to Young Choe.

Saturday Virg’s fleet had the Fiesta fishing half-day in local waters with 24 anglers getting 168 rockfish, topped by Robert Leyva’s 2.5-pound red.

Both the Rita G and Black Pearl got out of Dodge for a full-day and 12-hour trips, respectively. The Rita was a handful shy of full rockfish limits but added 5 lings. The Pearl pulled 19 limits plus 8 lings.

Surprisingly it was Levi Stack’s bocaccio taking big fish honors over the lings – a 13-pound super grouper.

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