I just joined while searching for information on skate. I love to cook, but have very little information on this fish. We caught a small one today (he barbed my husband when we were trying to pull the hook out, but he feels OK, other than the swelling and the discomfort). We live in North Carolina and were just trolling along when we caught this beautiful animal. Looking online it seems "skate" don't have barbs, but any rays I can find are sharp nosed, this one was exceedingly blunt nosed.
Anyhow, I probably should go to a more "fish" sight, but, loving cooking, thought I'd join you for awhile!