Sunday, June 22, 2014
The fish du jour was the stingray; more specifically, the Cownose Ray (Rhinoptera bonasus), who are cavorting (and having sex) in large numbers in the waters of Chesapeake Bay this time of year. I hooked three of them while jigging for Striped Bass or Croaker.
They're incredibly strong, and possess the fighting style of a run away freight train, using their "wings" to swim away in a straight line with awesome power. Bringing one, let alone 2 to the boat on light tackle, is enough to put a burn in your arm.
Once aboard, a small, striped fish detached itself and began flopping around on the deck. A Remora, also known as a shark sucker (although this one was clearly a ray sucker). It even tried to suck on me before I threw it back over, followed by its host. I wonder if they met back up?
I also managed a 19 inch Striped Bass and 3 medium sized Atlantic Croaker, which we just had for dinner.