Spotted rays have are light brown in colour. They are covered in small dark spots, that run within 3cm of the ing edges. They are sometimes confused with Blonde rays who have spots all the way to the wing edges. Often the spotted ray has a large pale spot on each wing, that has one small dark spot within and surrounded by larger dark spots.Small closely packed spines run down it;s back to the tail.
Spotted rays can be found over roughish ground in depths up to 140m. Many are taken around the Holyhead bay area especially when fishing on the hard ground of the mussel beds. The Spotted ray is one of the smaller ray species in the UK. The Welsh boat caught record currently standing at just over 6lb in weight. Our average size is in the 2 to 4lb bracket
Owing to the size of the ray, they are often caught whilst fishing for the likes of dogfish, huss, whiting and gurnards etc, with no special tactics required.