Which rays are legal to keep?(Albany to Esperance area). Thinking shark bait. Also what's the most humane way to dispatch? 

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Tue, 2012-02-28 13:29

mate unless u'v got the right gear(heavy duty) and are planning to use one as a swim bait i would not bother using rays as bait .

U want big oily baits,tuna heads,body,makeral,mullet ect any thing that has alot of oil in it will attract sharks.(keep them whole if u can and just open up the gill plate)

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Yeh going to buy some frozen

Tue, 2012-02-28 13:49

Yeh going to buy some frozen tuna heads n mullet in Esperance. Just want to experiment as I saw they used ray on that Texas shark fishing site. Plus the mullet or tuna heads aren't very big. 


Ive got some heavy gear that I want to test so should be fun anyway

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Tue, 2012-02-28 14:01

what u running and what sharks are trying to target ?

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Tue, 2012-02-28 14:33

that sounds like a rig for a white. probably not a good idea. up north you may hook a tiger but south your asking for trouble. stick to salmon baits down there off the beach:)

what setup/rig you running?

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 Yeh deffo don't want a

Tue, 2012-02-28 15:09

 Yeh deffo don't want a white!! 

Got a penn senator special 114h2, 15-24kg 8ft rod, 50lb braid, 130lb leader, wire trace think 200lb, 8or9/0 hooks. Ballooning if the wind is right, need to buy a kayak!


Need to catch a salmon this weekend. I have no idea what to target, caught a 5ft bronzie from Hopetoun jetty on a herring a few weeks ago. It's abit shallow here though.

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Tue, 2012-02-28 15:31

Catch a salmon and swim it , if there are bronzies about they will smash it ..... use one of those 4-5kg jobs they will swim for ages if rigged correctly. Just be ready as a 80kg plus bronzie will have a great first run , if u get one of the 100 mark it could easly take of a few hundred meters. hopefully u will have enough string on your reel and a smooth drag or it be all over in seconds.


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wats wrong with hooking a

Tue, 2012-02-28 18:40

wats wrong with hooking a white cant help if one eats your bait now can we

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Tue, 2012-02-28 19:42



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if you use a kayak in those waters you could be a gw dinner

Wed, 2012-02-29 08:31

 if you use a kayak in those waters,you could be a gw dinner,best bait would be salmon or mullet,tailor etc  on a strong wire trace,i wouldnt be game paddling out in those waters down south,they dont call it shark alley for nothing

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 Is it really that bad?!!!! 

Wed, 2012-02-29 08:48

 Is it really that bad?!!!! 

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and here i was all excited to

Wed, 2012-02-29 11:48

and here i was all excited to kayak out baits at cheynes beach over easter time for sharks lol


Im no vegetarian, but i am off chops!

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Fri, 2012-03-02 11:46

you will be fine just get baits out by 6. live tailor or salmon.

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Sat, 2012-03-03 12:32

you would have to be a bit of a big girls blouse not to, the chances of you falling off the kayak and getting bitten before you get back on are so ar out its not funny, just dont think about it. i use a surfboard when i got nothing else.

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Tue, 2012-03-13 14:55

i take it youve never had a close call with a sizey shark dreamtime. i would pay money to see you paddle a salmon out 300 at night on your board in esperance. i surf and fish the area often and know what lives there. very high chances of being hit, whether you want to think about it or not. and as far as the kayak being safe, a big white will happilly go the kayak.