When fishing in the ocean, you might hook a stingray. Stingrays pose a problem to anglers not only because of their large, awkward shape but because of their dangerous--and lethal--barbs. Naturalist Steve Irwin, in a famous example, received a stingray injury that led to death. Stingray barbs hit quickly and do tremendous damage. To remove a stingray from your line, you must take necessary safety precautions.
Things You'll Need
- Heavy protective gloves
- Fish hook disgorger
Reel in the ray until it is alongside your boat. Do not pull it out of the water or you risk being injured by its barb.
Put on heavy gloves before moving your hands anywhere near the stingray. Pull the ray tightly against the boat.
Loop the fish hook disgorger onto your line. Slide the disgorger down the line until it reaches the bend in the hook.
Push hard into the bend of the hook until the hook is released from the stingray. Let the stingray swim free from your boat.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are fishing from a pier or other area where you cannot reach the fish without bringing it on land, simply cut your line rather than pulling it in.
- Stingrays' barbs are lethally sharp and are used in self-defense when the ray is threatened.
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