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I remember one being caught off the Pt. Defiance Boathouse dock sometime back in the '70s or '80s.

Actually "caught" may be a misnomer. IIRC, the kid saw it swimming by and snagged it!
 

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I've seen several of them off the WA coast while tuna fishing. Apparently they are native to both temperate and tropical oceans worldwide. My friend saw one in the north Sound two summers ago. I would guess this one got lost while off the WA coast and somehow made its way to south Puget Sound. That's quite the journey but personally I wouldn't point to it as evidence of ocean warming.
 

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I'm pretty sure there was a big one caught like in Elliott or something 1-2 years ago. I also think that @Nick Clayton has mentioned seeing many juvenile sunfish while out tuna fishing. Correct me if I'm wrong Nick. Doesn't seem to be that rare of an occurrence (respectively).
 

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Ya we saw tons of adult and juvenile sun fish this summer. They don't seem to show any interest in bait or any artificial stuff..... Apprently they are big jellyfish eaters. An eight weight and some jelly fish flies could be fun for the juveniles!

Very cool fish. Very odd little buggers. They seemed very curious. Would often swim right up to the boat and check us out. I scratched several of their backs with the gaff handle. They seemed to like that.

 

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Nick,
That is very odd.
Mola Mola can jump and searun cutthroat don't. ;)
It is a very strange world out there.
SF
They jump to shake off their loose scales. Mortality rate is around 39% so I recommend not targeting them.
 
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