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Hooked up on something monstrous last weekend and am more bugged that I didn't get to see what it was than that I lost it.  

Let's say it was somewhere in the North SF Bay fishing from a rocky shore. It pulled drag hard for about 40 yards and then just sat on the bottom and didn't move much over the next ~40 minutes. I know I wasn't snagged because it would move a little occasionally.  Eventually my 30lb braid broke because I got impatient and was yanking on it too much to try to get it to move.  

To me this sounds like a big bat ray but the weird thing was I was using a 5" Keitech and I've never heard of people catching bat rays on jigs. Is it possible that it hit the jig or maybe I foul hooked it? Or could it have been something else (maybe enormous halibut?)?

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I have seen them swimming mid water and think it would be total possible to foul hook one. Were you in a spot where the current was flowing? Think maybe something  submerged (log, shopping cart, stolen bike, etc) was floating by and you snag that? What was the run like? Fast? The few bat rays I have hook ran faster then any fish I have ever seen, Literately Making the line scream and through the water with a bubble trail..

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On 6/7/2019 at 9:12 PM, Tbird650 said:

I have seen them swimming mid water and think it would be total possible to foul hook one. Were you in a spot where the current was flowing? Think maybe something  submerged (log, shopping cart, stolen bike, etc) was floating by and you snag that? What was the run like? Fast? The few bat rays I have hook ran faster then any fish I have ever seen, Literately Making the line scream and through the water with a bubble trail..

Very little current and my line was screaming, was worried I was going to get spooled.  Thanks everyone for putting my mind to rest that I didn't screw up landing a trophy halibut.

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I went to T bay,there were so many and so big,what a blast,what a fight,broke my best rod,still got the sob,was 6ft.across, over 150lbs,scolded him and sent him on his way....

 Hooked another by a prison,was gone, spooling me...now that was not fun.

   You can feel the difference when you hook a big ray ....and say a sturgeon or shark....now big sharks in the deep parts of the bay feel heavy and swim around at their own pace....

  Ever ray I have hooked has fought...and was caught on live bait,usually fishing for Halibut....

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Perhaps it was that GWShark that was recently released in the bay?  jk jk

 

I've had many a bat ray turn on swimbaits and hair, chase them down and eat the plugs.  Very possible you caught the (a?) bat ray.  But of course, just as possible you snagged it.  Not a lot of other fish in the bay capable of snapping 30#

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Caught tons of them and everyone is exactly right Cow Nose Bat Ray. They will hover over the bottom and what you should do is give them immediate slack in the line. You have them hooked well enough at that point and they will start to swim off and you can continue the fight! They normally won't hover the bottom again. I was use to them hovering over mud in shallow water :)

 

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