Just looked back over some logs. Hooked into five cow-nosed rays bankfishing with squid in less than 5' of creek water near Coles Point last season. Earliest was May 24, three others also last week of May, final one on June 20.
The 5/24 fish was the largest ray I've ever landed, not that I target them in any way. But neither do I despise them, because I always love good pullage.