Massive stingray gets shore anglers out in force on the Sussex coastline RECORD-SHAKER
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Anight session at a beach in West Sussex produced a huge stingray for Sam Wadman, and soon other anglers were on the case.
He fished the Pagham area twice over the early May bank holiday. On the second day, he caught a dogfish on his first cast, but it all went quiet until 3am.
“I was on the verge of packing up, because I had used up all my bait, when there was a pull on my right-hand rod, followed by lots of slack line,” said Sam, who lives in Brighton.
“Winding down fast, I came up against some serious resistance as a powerful fish kited downtide, taking line as it ran.”
Eventually, the big fish tired and he was able to slide it up the shingle. Sam did not have any scales with him, and other anglers had left, so the ray was returned without being weighed. The British shore-caught record is 78lb 8oz caught in 2015 at Chesil Beach.
“There’s no doubt that it was huge – some have speculated that it was getting on for record size,” said Sam.
He caught the stinger on a big bunch of ragworms fished on a pulley rig made with 80lb mono and a size 6/0 Tsunami Black Mako X-Strong hook. He used a 14ft Rovex Rangemaster rod and Rovex Revenge 8000 reel loaded with 24lb Rovex 10X line.
The grapevine was soon alive with news of Sam’s fish and a week later Rob Tudor, of Porstmouth, used a Pennell pulley rig with size 3/0 hooks baited with ragworms to catch a stingray of 55lb, his best fish from the shore.
At the same time Dean Scott-Denness, from Southampton, used the same bait on an up-and-over rig with size 4/0 hooks to take a 47lb stinger. He’d fished for six hours without a bite before he hooked the fish.
Two anglers from Wales caught four stingers. Ben Eastman, of Cardiff, caught fish of 48lb and 70lb, while Lee Byrne, of Barry, had fish of 40lb and 65lb.
After three years and spending hundreds of pounds on ragworms, Brenden Moon, of Southsea, finally caught his first stingray, at 64lb 13oz from a noted mark in West Sussex.
A few weeks earlier, Sarah Croft beached a stingray which bottomed out her scales at 55lb. The angler from Worthing says other anglers estimated the fish to weigh 65-75lb.
She caught it at low tide at Pagham, on a size 5/0 hook baited with king rag.
On the Isle of Wight, Gareth Turner, of Newport, visited a local beach on May 14 in search of stingrays. At first he caught school bass and smoothhounds, but persisted with worm and crab cocktails and was rewardedwith a stinger which bottomed out his club’s scales at 55lb. It was estimated to weigh 60-70lb.