THE BLUE STINGRAY
The Stingray Species are often caught when fishing for other species.
Many other stingray species are caught along the South African Coast, we are featuring the Stingray as this species is most commonly caught and the methods of catching rays are pretty much the same. Other ray species that can be caught are Eagle Rays, Diamond Rays, Bull Rays and Brown Rays.
Identification of the Stingray
The Blue Ray has a light brown body with a myriad of blue coloured stripes and spots which serves as a great camouflage for the fish. The body is flat and disc shaped, and as with other rays the tail is long and armed with a poisonous spike near the base. The average weight caught ranges between 2 and 15 kilograms with larger specimens reaching a weight of over 20 kilograms.
Distribution through South Africa
The Blue Stingray is spread all along the South African coastline along sandy beaches and bays, in relatively shallow water, seldom deeper than 50 metres.
How to locate these fish
The Blue Stingray is usually caught when fishing for other species and can be found on sandy bottoms of rocky bays.
Baits to use for the Stingray
The Ray will readily take fillets or cutlets of pilchard as well as other fish fillets, squid, white mussels, prawns and bloodworms.
Tackle to use when fishing for the Blue Stingray
The tackle would be the same that is usually used for rock and surf angling with the hook sizes ranging from a 2/0 to 5/0, which this fish will pick up despite it’s smallish mouth.