The Thornback ray is another short snouted ray with sharp disc wing tips forming approximately right angles. The ray takes it’s name from the numerous large spines over it’s back and often also on its underside. The spines run down the length of the tail, thus they should be handled with extra care. The Thornback is generally a very dark brown colour with a small covering of large cream coloured blotches.
The underside of this ray is again white. The Thornback can be found on all manner of sea beds from hard rock covered ground to soft sand and mud. They feed on a variety of marine life, from crab and shrimp to fish, sandeel and squid. Anglers tend to target the Thornbacks with sandeel and mackerel baits.
Heavier line than normal, i.e. 60lb twin hook scratch rigs, similar to that used for huss with a couple large oval luminous bead attractors work well, ledgered on the bottom with a 5/0 hook.