Clearnose Skate

Some refer to Clearnose Skates, also known as Brier Skates or Summer Skates, get their name for the translucent area on each side of the snout. Clearnose Skate can be caught year round bottom fishing and drift fishing using strips of squid, cut up fish, or pieces of peeler crab for bait.

Clearnose Skate

Region: Northeast, South
Habitat: Ocean, Bay

How to identify Clearnose Skate

The upper side of the Clearnose Skate is typically a grayish-brown, and the bottom white. The areas directly to the side of each snout are translucent, and their upper side has mottling. Dark markings are present on the top pectoral fins of the Clearnose Skate.

Where to catch Clearnose Skate

Clearnosk Skate are found in the Atlantic along the east coast of the U.S. from southern Florida up to Massachusetts and the U.S. coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico. They tend to stay in shallow, partially salinated waters with soft and hard bottoms (sand, mud, gravel, rock.) During spring and winter, they are more often found in inland waters. During summer and fall they can be found ffshore as deep as 1,000 feet.

Range: Northeast, South
Clearnose Skate Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Clearnose Skate:

How to catch Clearnose Skate

The most effective techniques for catching Clearnose Skate include bottom fishing, drift fishing and still fishing over soft ocean floors using live or cut bait.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Clearnose Skate:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Clearnose Skate

Clearnose skates feed on Fiddler crabs, small fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. They will respond to a number of baits including cut squid, pieces of cut up fish and peeler crab.

The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Clearnose Skate: