The story of an era that we will probably never see again, this is an exciting narrative on rod and reel commercial fishing from the beach for striped bass set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the 60s and 70s. The author has woven the rise and fall of striper populations with adventures and how-to information. "Twenty Years was first published in 1989, went out of print, then became a collectable before recently being republished by the author. Reviewing for the New Jersey Beacon,, Rick Heinze said, "You'll be spitting sand in your living room." this title was written by the author of Striper Surf, Striper Hot-Spots, and The Trophy Striper." Readers usually complete the set.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"Reading this book for the first time or the twentieth time, is like being on the beach with a vibrant bass in the suds. You can almost feel the brine burning the line cuts in your hands. An extremly well written book by one of the absolute masters of surf casting. A must read for anyone who wants to know what it was like in the original glory days of striped bass fishing"
"Once they passed into the cooler water east of Monomoy, the rythmn of their pace seemed to accelerate. There were a few thousand of them, their flanks glistening slightly among the ones nearer the surface. Still, from most anglers they were ghostlike because their lateral lines caused them to blend with the ever changing strat lines of the water and its bars."
"They moved oblivious to the currents of the Monomoy Cut, unconscious to the rise in tide from the north, determined by a course set by a millennium of previous generations."
So begins Frank Daignault's classic book. A family biography on rod and reel commercial fishing from the beach for striped bass set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the 60's and 70's. The late Frank Woolner, reviewing for SaltWater Sportsman in 1990 said that ..... " Daignault's is a love story of wonderful fireside reading for all who adore Cape Cod and its storied mix of striped bass and bluefish. While the author has worked in many anecdotes, he does not neglect the occasionally different and productive techniques from years on the beaches. Daignault is a skilled writer who can combine how-to and romance to ensure pleasant reading. It is the story of an era that we will probably never see again."
Daignault has woven the rise and fall of striper populations with the growing up of his four children who ply the "Striper Surf" during their formative years. The book drips with the kind of adventure that it would take a lifetime to experience. Reviewing for the New Jersey Beacon, Rick Heinze said,