We KEEP Stingrays for shark bait, thats the main reason for removing the barb. It is also extra insurance for us so that when theres a tourist swimming next to the .We were on a mission to catch the King Kong stingray that hangs around in one of our fishing spots. This stingray swallows entire fish carcasses, sucks the meat . This was a huge school of stingrays spotted off of the Yaupon Beach pier at Oak Island, NC on 8-19-13.Giant Stingray Fishing From Oak Island.