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Huge butterfly ray

Discussion in 'Bay Fishing' started by Carterantebi, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Carterantebi

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    Just hanging out on the boat tonight, soaking some macks while I fish for spotties. About 10 minutes in, line starts screaming off my penn. another 10 minutes later, I had the biggest butterfly ray I’ve ever seen up along the dock. I was too lazy to do a heavy leader and ended up just cutting the line at the hook as I had no idea how to get this thing on the dock. I’m no good at guessing weights but wingspan was massive, probably a conservative 5’. Wish I had a picture but I was solo so I had no intentions of pulling out my phone. Just dropped in a new mackerel chunk and did some more chumming. Will keep posted. 4D3D9ACE-887C-415D-A42F-B6BE0E0A31F5.jpeg
     
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    damn, would have liked to see a picture of that! I've seen some pictures of massive butterfly rays caught in South Africa.
     
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  3. Carterantebi

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    I really wish I could have gotten some but it was way too big to get up on the dock without a couple gaffs. I had one but really wanted to avoid using it.
     
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    Fake News.....

    Butterfly rays do not get that big here...

    Probably just looked that big because you were excited.

    Lies...

    :emoji_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
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    Did you use cheese sticks for smoothhounds LOL
     
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    "Cool story bro"
     
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    I still don’t believe it. No way this happened!

    What you say Cystar?

    Oh wait, you don’t believe it. You already told me once.
     
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    I have seen three in person that had 4ft or more wingspan. I know stealth bombing alien aircrafts are real. Who knows if it happened or not. That's what makes a fish story it's part of the sport. Sometimes your fellow fisherman need to check the story though.
     
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    Sure :emoji_ok_hand:
     
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    Seeing it for myself was good enough for me, I could care less if anyone else believes me or not. I’d love to see any of you guys pull something that big onto the dock for a pic without harming the ray. My only way of measuring was to use my armspan which was only slightly wider.
     
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    There was a picture posted on here awhile back of one with a wingspan that was about 5ft+
     
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    I haven’t personally seen one that big but we do have some hefty ones roaming around. A buddy of mine caught one well over 4’ across. I caught one just over 3’ wing tip to wing tip from my tube. They’re out there.
     
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    5' wingspan is much larger than any i've seen in the San Diego area.....good job
     
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    You actually brought up the smallest submersible UFO around...
     
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    Sounds like your fish would have shattered the current all tackle world record !

    IGFA World Record Detail | Ray, California butterfly
     
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    Someone could break that, no problem.
     
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    IGFA records are broken all the time. Killing something that big that I don’t plan on eating and going through the whole process isn’t worth a piece of paper to me. If it was a tuna or something, that might be a different story.
     
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    Sounds cool. I would have liked to have seen that. Maybe those guys giving you a hard time are joking? I hope so. I think all those stories about fishmen lying are just that - jokes.
     
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    Lol- Bobber all of my comments on this thread directed to Carterantebi are sarcasm. I pretty sure Carterantebi knows where I’m coming from. ;)

    (It’s a joke from another thread.)
     
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    That's okay.. apparently I have never caught a fish on topwater.. lol
     
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