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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。)

Sep 26, 2016

(No. 210) No Fish around Terashima in Tayu (手結の寺島周辺にて釣果なし)

The weatherman had said that it would rain this morning. So I did not plan to go fishing today, but somehow I woke up at 4:30 a.m. without having set an alarm. Why? Yesterday I wanted to wake up at 4:30 a.m. but overslept even with an alarm. Today I woke up without an alarm. Anyway, I found that the rain was not falling and it wouldn’t until 9 or 10 a.m. according to the weatherman. I picked up my tackle in a hurry and drove to Tayu. I didn’t have much time this morning, so my only option was Terashima, a small island that is part of Tayu Harbor.
(天気予報によると今朝は雨が降るとのことでした。従って今日は釣りに行くつもりはなかったのですが、どういうわけか、目覚ましをかけてもいないのに、午前4時30分に目が覚めました。いったい、なぜ? 午前4時30分に起きたかった昨日は、目覚ましをかけていても寝過ごしたくせに、今日は、目覚ましなしで起きてしまったのです。ともかく、目覚めた時に雨は降っておらず、天気予報によると9〜10時までは降らないとのことでした。私は慌てて釣り道具を手に取ると、手結へと向かいました。今朝はそんなに時間が取れないので、私の唯一の選択肢は、手結港の一部である寺島でした。)
First I tried Terashima-no-nishi. The sea was as calm as yesterday. No, it was even calmer. My Guppy Lure’s 2 oz. Mini, one of American pencil poppers with which I have really wanted to catch fish, splashed its way across the flat surface. Nothing happened. Then, I went to Terashima-no-kita, in which I found three lure fishermen trying to catch squids but instead catching barracudas and baby scorpion fish. They generously let me cast my lures at the west end of the spot, but nothing happened. After picking up the litter and chatting with them, I came back to Terashima-no-nishi to swim. It was about 7 a.m., still early in the morning, but the calm water was never too cold but just refreshing.

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