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After living in the United States for 15 years, I came back to my hometown Matsue, a small city in the western part of Japan, in November 2014. I imposed a simple rule on myself. Use only American saltwater lures for at least one year and report what they catch...... When a year had passed since then, I decided not to lift this ridiculous restriction. I am still using only American lures.(2014年11月、15年間のアメリカ生活を終え、島根県松江市に帰郷した私は、自分自身に一つのルールを課しました。少なくとも1年間、アメリカのソルトルアーだけを使い、釣果を報告すること......。そして1年が経過した時、私は、この馬鹿馬鹿しい制約を解除しないことに決めました。今もまだ、アメリカのルアーだけを使っているのです。)

12 Apr 2015

(No. 38) No Fish at Sakitaka-hana in Sanami (佐波の先高鼻にて釣果なし)

Lake Shinji is connected to the Sea of Japan through the Ohashi River and Lake Nakaumi. As the spring comes and the water temperature starts rising, a school of Japanese sea bass slowly migrates from the sea to Lake Nakaumi, then the Ohashi River, and finally Lake Shinji. After staying at Lake Shinji in the summer, they go back all the way and survive the winter in the sea. According to some fishing reports, now the fish is caught in the Ohashi River.
The fish tempted me a little, but I went to a completely different place, Sanami, again. I was in the mood for the blue sea not for the shallow river. When I arrived, two fishermen were trying to catch squids at the breakwater of Sanami Harbor, but they said they caught none. Walking through the path in the woods, I went to Sakitaka-hana, but I didn’t catch any fish either. So I gazed at Japanese goose barnacle, a clamlike crustacean which is tasty and called “hand of a turtle” in Japanese. I wondered what this strange creature eats. I also went up a steep rocky hill behind me so high that I got a bit scared.

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