The St Osyth beaches are once again the place to be, with some incredible catches of thornback rays being caught. Local angler Matt Clark chose the long hike to the Nature Reserve boundary and landed a staggering haul of eight
John Popplewell explains why Essex thornback ray are on his target list throughout the year as he heads to Holland on Sea for a day on the beach.
John Popplewell takes us on an outing to St Osyth in Essex where he and a couple of fishing friends target the ever popular, early season thornback ray on this favourite venue.
The body of the thornback ray has the kite shape that is typical of the skates and rays. As its name suggests it has thorns on its upper surface particularly from the root of the tail down to the dorsal fins at its tip.
Backed by mountain and dense forest, the untamed shores of Loch Sunart could be described as fiordic in appearance. Remote but reliable for thornback rays, venues don’t come much wilder, or much better than this says Steve Souter. There aren’t