Snuck out for this mornings tide change before my doctors appointment. Had a pretty productive morning, but it was not all good. I started fishing just at daybreak, and got a solid take right away. I was really not really too focused at the time, and it was one of those strip, strip, strip "oh there is a solid weight" type of hits, so I never really got a good set on him. He immediately started jumping all over the place, and would have possibly been the fish of the year for me had it not spit the hook after the 4th jump. Dang! Ok.... now I'm focused! At this point the skys opened up and started pouring! I zipped up my wading jacket and threw my hood on, and kept casting. About 15 minutes later, I felt a light tug and gave a SOLID strip set. BAM- fish on. This fish went crazy all up and down the beach. I was laughing like a school girl the whole time. (I often wonder what I must look like when I'm on the beach in these situations all by myself. Must be quite a sight). After a way longer battle than the size of the fish would usually demand, I slid it to beach. Bonk! Took a few minutes to get my hook sharpened, and to go over my leader, then started casting again. At this point the wind picked up and was blowing right in my face, so I moved down around a point to where I could semi have the wind at my back. The current was moving nicely from my left to right, and there was baitfish swimming in large schools all around my feet, and dimpling at the surface just about every direction. I was booming out some LONG casts with the hero wind at my back, when about half way through my retrieve I felt another light tug... Again, my focus on strip setting paid off and I reared back and was quickly into another fish. Few minutes later, I slid the second to the beach. This fish was almost identical in size to the first, but was missing a big chunk of gill plate. It looked fresh, but was pretty well healed over when I looked closer. I was still wanting that big guy, so I let this fish go. Got back out and started casting again, and a short time later a repeat tug and ANOTHER solid strip set. Man, I'm on a roll! This fish turned out to be sub 20". After releasing that fish it started POURING. I mean it was hard to see it was raining so hard. I started to regret letting the second fish go when I felt a SOLID weight in the line during the middle of my strip. My finely tuned instincts took over and I gave a mighty strip set that would have ripped the jaw off an alligator, and SNAP my running line broke. It took me a minute to figure out what happened.... During my retrieve a loop of line somehow got wrapped between my stripping hand and the reel, which caused me to feel a solid resistance in my strip while retrieving. Well I have been so focused on strip sets that I set hard, and snapped the line. I damn sure didn't want to quit fishing, but I wasn't real sure what to do with the line. I decided to tie it back together, and keep fishing. A short time later I was BOMBING out some casts with a great hero wind at my back, so I had a ton of line out. I was about half way through my retrieve when I felt a curiou tug/weight. I gave another strip set and came up into another solid fish. This fish ran right at me, and I backed way up the beach to make up ground. I was trying to get it on the reel when I noticed a big knotted chunk of running line go screaming out my guides. It barely made it through the guides without totally hanging up, and the fish proceeded to take me into my backing. I ended up fighting that fish with that giant knot the whole time, as well as a spliced together running line. It wasn't the biggest fish I've ever caught, but it was one of the hotter ones and I was pretty nervous given the condition of my line. After sliding that fish up to the beach I figured I'd better not tempt the fish gods anymore, so I bonked it and called it a morning. (Anyone know at what point the 2+2 salmon retention no longer applies? I mean, could one keep fishing at this point in the year after 2 silvers? Just curious). Is there anything better than catching silvers on a beach in October, and being the only one around? I'm not sure there is. Oh, any tips for my running line?