Snagged one about 2 years ago out of Oregon Inlet. Fish went deep and thought I had a MONSTER Tuna....had to put the harness on. was like pulling up a 150 pound piece of plywood sideways....that is one ugly fish close up to the boat....got the h ook out of his back and sent him on his way......
Hooked up on one just east of Ches. Light by accident in Spring '05 while spade fishing.
Pulled like a freight train as it glided along. Worked it for about 5 mins, but the 100# braid was no match for it's skin; similar to a shark I believe.
No real food value according to the fishing literature I've read as well.
As stated above, they grow to enormous sizes, and have been known to get caught in the intakes of large ocean-going vessels.
About two years ago out of Chinco we heard a charter Captain talking on the radio, he said they snagged one while trolling. He said it was a big one and the fish went nuts dumping an offshore real and clearing the water, then the snag pulled loose. He ended up going on and on about how the fish went crazy and was dumping an offshore real like nothing.
I snag a big one last year, just west of the fingures....i was on a boat that had a 12ft beam and this thing was wider then the beam... had three guys trying to pull it on to the boat... it was just too big... ended up just cutting it loose..
snagged a big mola in cape cod bay trolling for bluefin tuna
snagged a 800lb mola mola with giant yozuri trolling for bluefin. Had to back boat down on it to cut lure from top of mola's back
I have seen mola over 2000lbs in the fingers and dump south of nomans many times/dont hit one at speed since its sure to wreck your prop and rudder