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Sting Ray Protection
Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:53 AM
Posted 22 May 2007 - 02:14 PM
A decent size ray develops quite a "whip", so I would be hesitant to believe that anything that is comfortable enough to wear without chafing would provide much protection. How deep are you wading? Most solutions don't go much above knee high...
Posted 22 May 2007 - 07:13 PM
I'm from florida originally and spent many years wade fishing there without ever being hit. They will move before you even get close if you just shuffle.
Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:13 PM
If you've heard about Ray Guards from Texans, you don't need any other recommendations. They are made in Halletsville and used heavily all along the Texas Gulf Coast: RayGuard Flats Boots.
My RayGuards are comfortable. They can be a little bulky, but they are also heavily protective. I do not believe at ray's spine will penetrate them. It is far better to be safe than sorry.
On the Texas coast, there are quite a few people who shuffle their feet who wish they had been wearing RayGuards while they shuffled along! All it takes is once.
A stingray's spine is vicious, a thick, hard cartilage or bone (not sure if rays build bone; don't think they do) several inches long, 6, 8, or 10 inches, with reverse barbs to insure you know you've been hit. If they nail you with this dude, you don't have to worry much about a toxin, but you do have to worry about vibrio in the water along with all of the other bacteria (Vibrio is the biggest problem and risk though and the bacteria associated with oysters and the stories you hear and read of people dying after eating bad oysters or infections after getting a cut while in the flats.)
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