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Old 07-17-2013, 05:18 PM
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"Does anyone know if rays are aggressive?"
No they aren't aggressive, but the ones in the Keys can be disconcerting in August and September when they are mating - especially if you are wearing those cheap foam wading booties. During that time of year they will follow your mud trail and hone in on you.

Then they will swim up to about 2 feet away, stop and settle in. They will just stare are your feet, and some will flap their wings and virtually settle in where you can hardly see them. I collected 4 of them once all around me and all staring at those wading booties. They look about the same color and shape of a ray's head. It's pretty comical - but I never turn around and take a step without looking down, and never do anything but the flats shuffle when wading.

A buddy of mine got hit up near Melbourne last year, and wound up with a very dangerous flesh eating bacteria which took weeks of IV antibiotics (3 differnet ones) until the last one finally killed the infection. It was likely from polution beng driven into the wound by the stinger.

I went back to sneakers for wading that have stripes up the sides.
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No one has mentioned rip tides.
I can recall being on the beach during a summer storm rip in south Jersey. I weighed about 120. I could sit down in 18 inches of surf and the rip would push me the distance (one block) between the jetties in less than a minute. Sit down in any deeper water and you might not get back out.
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And speaking of warm water.....be careful releasing fish. We all know we're supposed to resuscitate our fish, gently swimming them back and forth. But, if you have bleeder in Fl. in the summer time, particularly at night? Survey says no. Bull sharks can swim in about three feet of water and gently swimming that snook back and forth is a good way to lose hand. You use the downward toss method which will force air into the lungs and seems to be darned effective. I didn't believe it till I saw it done, but it works and its a whole lot safer than waving a fish around in dark waters when the sharks are in the shallows.
PS, don't wear a shiny silver wrist watch during the bait runs. Its a good way to get bitten by any thing from a blue fish to a barracuda.
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