I was fishing the bay behind Avalon last Saturday around noon. Had caught alot of small bass, 1 oyster cracker and a small weakfish. All of a sudden, my line goes tight, the reel is screaming, and line is peeling off. I was using a good quality rig with all new line , hook, etc.. I tightened the drag a little, and it did not even slow the fish down. I handed the rod to my brother and said- "you're fishing ". I started the engine and followed the fish toward the big bridge. Finally, we got along side, and my brother started to make some progress. About 15 minutes later, the huge ray came along side. Not a skate- rather a 20+ pound ray. The same type that had been all over the surf a few weeks back. Brown body and wings, with white underside. Huge mouth. He had straightened the hook, so it was easy to get out with pliers. Never brought it into the boat. Was this a cow nosed ray? I read later that their tail can inflict a serious injury.