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There was a time when blonde rays were rarely caught locally but since everyone has been dragging baits over the sand banks for turbot more and more blondes have been boated.
They live on shallow sandy banks where there are strong tides and a good supply of sand eels.
Blonde Rays have small dark spots all over the upper side with a few ringing round pale spots. They can be identified from the spotted ray by the spots that go right to the edge of the wings, while the spotted rays don’t go right to the edge.
Latin Name: Raja (Raja) brachyura
Distribution: Atlantic coasts from Madeira, and Morocco north to the Shetlands, English Channel and western part of North Sea (less common); also western Mediterranean (relatively rare; one doubtful record from northern Aegean).
Habitat: Soft sand and muddy seabeds in depths all of the way down to almost one thousand metre
Size: Up to 2m across
Season: Mainly a summer fish. In summer months they can be caught around the Kingmere reef and Shelley rocks
Staple food: Opportunitst feeders, crabs, lobsters, shellfish and molluscs, and also take small fish and sandeels at times
Angling tactics: Fish at anchor with a running ledger and a large fiish or squid bait
Bait Fish or Squid
Shore 32lb 10oz
Boat record 39 10 oz
Average Size: 18lb
Caught on: Due to their preference for fairly deep water the blonde ray are a very rare catch from the shore. Mostly caught on boats and deep water shore marks where there is a sandy bottom