Step 7: The wrap up

While bat rays are the target species, they are not the only things to be had. Five foot leopard sharks are common and striped bass up to 30 inches have been caught. While these can be muscled in on 30lb test, they present a great challenge on 6 pound test and are another type of extreme surf fishing that can be done by rigging the same way on a lighter line setup. Landing a shark can be done with a tail grab and a striped bass can slide in with a wave and a carefully placed thumb grab in its mouth will secure it. Alternatively THE gaff can be used.

Care should always be taken when dealing with these situations. Under ideal conditions handling bat rays and sharks can be very dangerous. A rogue wave while landing a fish can drop you and put you next to the wrong end of the animal. A full-sized, mature leopard shark will (considering its situation) attempt to bite whatever is preventing it from being free. Doing all of this in miserable weather conditions increases the danger exponentially and care should be taken. Inform someone where you will be fishing and give them a time to expect you. 
firstly great tutorial. Just as a note Rays should not be turned on their backs as it crushes their organs. a wet cloth on the stinger and barbles hooks make it easier to remove hook once fish is landed. <br>
This is absolutely awesome. How successful are you at catching the bat ray?
If the bat ray doesn't snap the line on the first run, 7 times out of 10 it can be caught. If there is a lot of structure around the area you are fishing it will lower that number drastically.

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