I've been meaning to ask about these strange ray like thigns that completely invaded the surf along Long Beach Island two summers ago and again this past summer but not in the force that they were they year before. I've heard people call them everythign from sting rays to Eagle Rays to Manta rays, and I've heard reports of them being in excess of 60 70 even one report of 100lbs.
Most fishermen in my area gave up but those who remained loyal went to clam or squid becasue the rays just wanted to chase something and would go afetr anything that moved and either take the lure or bend the hooks straight.
These thigns were weird. Any information on these thigns would be appreciated. Thanks
HAD ONE SNAP THE TIP OFF MY TICA CASTING ROD WHE I HOOKED HIM. CLEARLY 50LB SUCKER. JUST DEAD WEIGHT. USING BRAID HAS IT'S DISADVANTAGES WHEN YOU HOOK INTO SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND TRY TO SET THE HOOK TOO HARD. IT'S LIKE GETTING SNAGGED ON THE BOTTOM. DID NOT HAVE A MONO SHOCK LEADER( AS I NORMALLY DO) ON THIS SET-UP WHAT A MESS. PULLED IT IN AND JUST CUT IT LOOSE. WOULD'VE THREW THE ROD AT IT BUT HOPING TICA WILL REPLACE THE ROD ON WARRANTY.
Hey Zim a buddy of mine caught a 200 pound skate. He has a picture of it holding it up out in front of him.
Big Rays are reported all the time at Reheboth. 100 pounders on the regular. Steady pull out to sea until they just break you off.
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
Arthur C. Clarke
IF SOMEONE TOLD ME IN JANUARY THAT I WOULD GET ONE I WOULD GET MY 80# MONO ON MY MULTIPLIER AND DRAG HIS ASS IN JUST TO CATCH A DAMN FISH. FUNNY WHEN BASS AND EVERYTHING ELSE ARE ON THE BITE THIS KIND OF BEAST WOULD JUST PISS ME OFF!
These things were somehow different then skates becasue they were high in the water column. Consistantly breaking the surface sending some people into a panic because their fins had the apearance of shark dorsal fins. I had been meaning to ask my sister who's looking into schools that offer marine biology as a major, and I called her right after I made that post and she suggested Eagle rays but wasn't sure. My area is Bass blues and fluke so I dont know if that makes any senseor not.