Neither. While standing on the tip of the tail, I slide the fillet knife under the barb and cut toward the body but staying just under the skin. When done correctly, it does minimum damage to the ray and he can be released back into the water.
Do not kill a stingray just to get a barb!!!
WARNING: THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GET HURT !!!!! Make sure you are ready to face the consequences of your action.
Whatever you do, DO NOT leave it lying on a pier at a public park!
My son will find it and stick it in his cheek! Thank you to the d!ck who left there's on the pier at Bayshore Park in May, the subsequent hospital visit will not soon be forgotten.