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A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank #7932687 08/12/20 03:10 PM
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Yeah, I know there's no fishing topic on our website.

This morning I was driving around my stock tank and I swear I saw an 8" stingray glide off the pond weeds by the bank into the depths of the pond. It wasn't a bass or catfish. As I said it was 8" wide and looked like the ones I see diving only much smaller. I'm going back down this evening again to walk around and see what I see. I do have fresh water clams in the stock tank. My local game biologist was blown away when he saw them. He said they must have come in on one of the cranes that frequent the stock tank in the fall.

Any thoughts? I have no idea what to think. My stock tank has zero access to any water ways, it's fed by a 1/2 mile long fill line that gets water runoff from the bar ditch during heavy rains.

I'm going back down this evening and walk around and see if I can find it again and get a picture.


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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932710 08/12/20 03:31 PM
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Maybe a softshell turtle?





Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932711 08/12/20 03:31 PM
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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932713 08/12/20 03:34 PM
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Any thoughts?

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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932757 08/12/20 04:19 PM
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Soft shell turtle

Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932778 08/12/20 04:53 PM
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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: fishdfly] #7932788 08/12/20 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by fishdfly
Any thoughts?

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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932832 08/12/20 05:40 PM
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Probably a softshell turtle, but I did used to see freshwater stingrays in aquarium pet shops. They are illegal to own in Texas now. TPWD does not want them to end up released and reproducing as has already happened with the Plecostomus catfish.

Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7932905 08/12/20 06:48 PM
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Definitely a soft shell turtle. How would a fresh water stingray "glide" off the reeds, out of water, back into the stock tank? A softshell turtle is gonna be grey or tan in color, round and be in reeds to feed.

Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Hunter Daddy] #7933009 08/12/20 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Hunter Daddy
Definitely a soft shell turtle. How would a fresh water stingray "glide" off the reeds, out of water, back into the stock tank? A softshell turtle is gonna be grey or tan in color, round and be in reeds to feed.

It was actually underwater on top of the submerged pond weeds. I'm thinking it's probably a turtle. However, it looked just like a ray moving off, though I didn't see the head. Hopefully have a pic this evening.


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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7933208 08/12/20 10:30 PM
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Well the mystery is solved. I snuck down to the corner of the pond and sure enough it was a pointy mouth turtle with a large roundish flat shell. It saw me and eased down through the submersed pond weeds out of sight. I can see why I thought it might have been a ray not seeing the head and watching it slowly disappear.

Thanks guys I can tell my wife I'm sane, though she won't believe me!


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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7933274 08/12/20 11:26 PM
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Freshwater stingrays tend to be quite large...
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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: stxranchman] #7933359 08/13/20 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by stxranchman
Freshwater stingrays tend to be quite large

They gotta start off small though

Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7941054 08/18/20 08:47 PM
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I was fishing in my kayak next to the concrete ship in galveston bay once when I hooked a fish that drug me all over that half of the bay. I was using a whole mullet for bait. I think the reel was a 7000c so I had lots of heavy braid on it. After the initial runs it was just a slow chug like hooking onto the back of a slow moving truck. It was fight sometimes having tie my pole down so I could frantically paddle to catch up to get around channel markers so not to get my line cut on them. Eventually it tried to take me into the shipping lane. I had to cut my line. I so wish I could have just seen it, but I never could turn it or get it to come to the top. I fully believe it was a giant stingray.

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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: garyrapp55] #7941576 08/19/20 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by garyrapp55
Originally Posted by fishdfly
Any thoughts?

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Not exactly Irish coffee but not objectionable. Iā€™m with the other guys, most likely a soft shell turtle.


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Re: A bit off topic, I saw a freshwater stingray in my stock tank [Re: Jeff in TX] #7941607 08/19/20 03:30 AM
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Me and Earl was fishin at the river one day an ol earl hung a goodun he reeled it right up close and heaved it up over the steep bank,time we made up the bank that dang thing had took off across the horse pasture headed for a gum tree,we took off after it and the durn thing went up the tree,well ol earl wasn't about to lose it so he climbed up after it and right fore he got to it...yep it flew off šŸ˜


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