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Stingrays

neutrinou

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Jul 12, 2016
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Hi,
I know a place where I can find stingrays (30 ->50 cm wide).

For some reasons (please don't ask me), I must bring a stingray to a friend. Please, don't tell me I shouldn't.

They are easy to shoot, and I bet that the best shot will be at the junction of the wing and the vertebras (because the vertebras are hard and the wing will easily tear itself on the edge).

But once you have shot the ray, how to you kill it ? I suppose the brain is between and slightly behind the eyes. But what about the stinger ? How do I avoid it ? How do I handle this fish ?

Thank your for you help and advices.
 

aquamac01

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Why would you shoot a ray? Aren't there any fish around? I used to dive all the time with big black rays, up to 1.5m wide. I personally wouldn't eat one and therefore wouldn't shoot one.
 
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neutrinou

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I wrote before :
"For some reasons (please don't ask me), I must bring a stingray to a friend. Please, don't tell me I shouldn't."
But maybe it is fun to ignore it ? Though not sure I understand why it would be fun.

Anyways, I am not looking for reason to shoot or not to shoot. I don't like it. I don't especially dislike it. I have to. And I am looking for tips to do it correctly. For me and for the ray.
 

aquamac01

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You'll want to make sure it's dead. Work from the underneath so it can't flick or reflex it's barb up. Then the best way is to just cut off the tail, that'll get rid of the barb. After that, it's all safe.
 
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japppo

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I've never killed a ray, but I have a suggestion that could be safer. Instead of shooting, just push the spear through the ray's back near the tail, deep into the sand. This way you can keep it in control and not swimming around. Then hold the tail and cut it off.
I use this stabbing technique on flatfish, like flounder, except they don't have stingers...
I wish a safe trip for you, and good luck for the stingrays