Atlantic Torpedo Rays can stun their prey with 220 volts of electrical current. Among all of the electric ray species, the Atlantic Torpedo Ray is one of the largest. Although their electrical current may not cause fatality in humans, it does deliver a painful shock. The best method for catching Atlantic Torpedo Ray is bottom fishing using live fish as bait.
How to identify Atlantic Torpedo Ray
The top side of the Atlantic Torpedo Ray is a brownish-black-gray, and the abdomen is white. The thick, disc-like pectoral fins are almost the same length as they are wide. In comparison to other ray species, the Atlantic Torpedo Ray has body shape that is much more circular. The Atlantic Torpedo Ray has large spiracles behind its small eyes. Its arched/wide mouth sits between a pair of nostrils and has a flap of skin that separates the mouth from the nostril. On each side of its mouth the Atlantic Torpedo Ray has furrowed corners, and its teeth are pointy, arranged in rows (adults have 66, young have 38.) The Atlantic Torpedo ray has small gill slits are all the same length except the first and fifth gill slits which are shorter than the rest. The Atlantic Torpedo Ray weighs as much as 200 pounds and can reach a length of 6 feet.
Where to catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray
The Atlantic Torpedo rays are found in the Atlantic ocean from the south/west Africa to Scotland and Brazil up to Nova Scotia. They are found in waters from 10 to 2,600 feet. Adults prefer the open ocean, whereas juveniles tend to stay in shallow, silty water. The Atlantic Torpedo Ray is a nocturnal feeder that shelters along the bottom of the ocean during the daytime only coming out at night to feed.
The following are habitats where you can catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray:
How to catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray
Anglers usually catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray incidentally while pursuing other game species of fish. The best method for catching Atlantic Torpedo Ray is bottom fishing and drift fishing using live medium/large baits (like herring, mackerel or squid). Most anglers don’t care much for the Atlantic Torpedo Ray because it offers no value commercial value and it not good table fare.
The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Atlantic Torpedo Ray:
Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray
The best bait to catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray is live medium sized fish and cut bait including whole squid and fish.
The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Atlantic Torpedo Ray: