How to Remove a Stingray From a Hook


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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