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Stingrays & Rays
Saltwater Fish Species of The Gambia

Angler Ivan Wellington 'Top Cat' Skipper and 120lb Stingray

Identification
Ray Types:
Many varieties in The Gambia incl. Roughtail, Tangura, Common
Gambian Names:
Tom-bu-lan
Scientific Names:
Numerous
General Catch Size:
2lb to 200lb +
African Angler Best:
319lbs
 


Best Baits:
Live baits, Cut fish baits, Bonga, Mullet, Cuttlefish.

Top Tips: Stingrays are real garbage collectors. They will Bat Rayreadily take any smelly dead bait as well as small live bait. Stingrays also respond to rubby-dubby. This is best used at the beginning and end of a tide, through slack water. When targeting the big Stingrays a 50lb & 80lb class outfit should be used with no less than 50lb main line and 100lb mono trace and a strong 5/0 hook. It often pays to fish a selection of baits set at different distances down tide from the boat & pinned hard on the bottom in the rubby-dubby trail.

Stingrays will settle on the bait and munch it in. This results in a 'tap,tap' effect on the end of the rod which develops into a slow peeling run as the Stingray swims off. At this stage give it a couple of hard strikes to set the hook & hold tight. Hooking a really big Ray is often compared to hooking a submarine!! The boat must be buoyed off on the drift & full pressure applied to keep with fish from settling on the bottom. If a large Ray goes to-ground you can pull the line taught and twang it like a guitar string. Often the vibration down the line will make the fish lift. In persistent cases a large led can be attached by snap swivel and slid down the line. You will only get one chance at this so get ready to lift into the fish. Large Rays should be gaffed in or around the mouth especially if the fish is to be released. Wild stabs in the fish's wings often result in the gaff ripping through the flesh & the fish heading back for the bottom.

When - All year-round

Recommended TACKLE

Rod: 50lb to 80lb / 7ft to 9ft boat rod
Reel: Multiplier two speed
Main Line: 50lb 80lb mono or braid
Swivel: 80lb to 100lb sampo
Hooks: 5/0 Mustard

   
  A huge 319lb Stingray caught by Kali and Ian off Mantel Reef 

   
 African Pompano
    Barracuda
    Guinean Barracuda
    Butterfish
    Captain Fish (Threadfin)
    Cassava  
    Jacks
    Ladyfish
    Shark
   
Snappers
    Spanish Mackerel
   
                               Rays
   
                               Tarpon


Kali & Ian with the 319lb 'Stinger' caught onboard The African Angler


Mark Lonsgter

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 Fish Species
 of The Gambia

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