was out last week in the surf, landing some mullet, trout and croaker. Couple days in and found hundreds of stingray in (schools?). No fish around. How long are stingrays around schooling? do they affect other fish in the area? Thank for any info!
Lots of sharks feed on stingrays and that could affect other fish in the area. A little early still for sharks but they should be getting in thick Soon especially with other food in the area. They love blue fish as well.
I have seen schools of stingrays at Topsail so thick they turn the water black. Occasionally one would take a shrimp and run the line right off your spool before you knew it was a stingray. Seemed like bad times to be fishing. Caught a few puffers in that mess but overall I think they are bad for the fishing forecast.
appreciate it, after a quick google image search, they appear to be cowhead stingray and indeed are shark food. Appears with shark fishing pressures, the ray population swells, so the marine science theory goes.
Saw and fished in some huge schools of rays last year on CALO, didn't catch much other than large rays and sharks while they were inshore. Rough on your gear and exhausting. I'll move spots if I run into them again.