Cownose Ray

The Cownose Ray is found in coastal waters from Brazil to Massachusetts. The best methods for catching Cownose Ray are sight fishing and bottom fishing in shallow coastal waters. The preferred bait for fishing Cownose Ray is shellfish, clams and Peeler crab.

Cownose Ray

Region: Northeast, South
Habitat: Ocean, Bay, Estuary

How to identify Cownose Ray

The Cownose Ray is brown with a dark greenish-brown upper side and white abdomen. It is kite-shaped like a stealth bomber airplane with backward angled wing-like pectoral fins. The head is wide with eyes set far apart. The lobe located on the front of its head (subrostral fin) is composed for two visible lobes. Inside its mouth are teeth-like plates used to crush shellfish. At the base of its tail is a serrated barb that contains venom. This barb is used to sting when the Cownose Ray feels threatened. It has a wingspan up to 3 feet across and weighs as much as 50 lbs. Its snout resembles the nose of a cow.

Where to catch Cownose Ray

The Cownose Ray is found in coastal waters throughout the Caribbean and west Atlantic, from Brazil to Massachusetts. It lives near the surface in shallow waters and travels in schools that may be very large.

Range: Northeast, South
Cownose Ray Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Cownose Ray:

How to catch Cownose Ray

An effective method for catching Cownose Ray is sight fishing. This involves casting a baited lines in front of a school of Cownose Rays feeding along the shoreline. While using a jerking motion, work a treble-hooked (large size weighted with 1 oz.) work through the school, making it possible for the Cownos Ray to encounter the bait.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Cownose Ray:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Cownose Ray

The most effective bait for catching Cownose Ray include shellfish and Peeler Crabs.

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