Sting Ray

Sting Ray

Sting rays are a great fighting fish that reach sizes in excess of 70lb and are a member of the ray family they are a dark green/brown in colour with pale underside of off white/ cream sometimes with a greyish tinge to them, they are a powerful fish and you must be careful when handling Sting ray due to a hefty barb they possess in their tail that can strike up and over its head and swish from side to side it also carries venom it can be fatal in cases with anaphylactic shock, so best to wrap the spike in a thick cloth first before any type of handing occurs

Rigs:
Pulley rig: 80lb Rig body leading to 80lb hook length with a 3/0 – 5/0 hook.
Running ledger: 80lb Rig body leading to a 80lb hook length with a 3/0 – 5/0 hook.
Pulley dropper: 80lb Rig body leading to a 80lb hook length with a 3/0 – 5/0 hook.

Baits:
Crab: de-shell the crab and whip up the bait and whip to your hook shank.
Rag worm: A few rags in line leaving your hook point clear.
Mussels: Whole mussels hooked over your hook and then whipped up to ooze bait juice.
Squid: smaller squid like party pack or half a bigger squid hooked on and secured with whipping with elastic to the hook shank.
Fish baits: long thin strips of oily fish whipped up and then hook once and whip hook shank to the bait.
A combo of ragworm with crab or mussels is probably the best and can be killer!

Grounds:
Sting rays are happy to come into shallow waters sometimes feeding just behind the surf line of a beach running up and down the surf line, but they also love nothing more than a warm sandy bank and moving along channels running with the banks, you can find rays on clean gravel as well.