The line had obviously been there a long time as it was covered with algae growth and had cut deeply into the fish. We got the fish on the boga grip, cut the line off him, and figuring he deserved another chance...we released him. He'd put up a good fight.
The line on him was not fishing line...too thick...maybe from a bait trap or part of a net.
The stripers were schoolies, maybe to 24 inches...
The combination of the boonie hat and the sun shade over the nose remind me of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.