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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。)

Oct 20, 2016

(No. 218) No Fish at Saruwatari in Nonami (野波の猿渡にて釣果なし)

I left the distinguished Super Strike Zig Zag at home this morning. I had taken out the lure last time and caught my first yellowtail amberjack after I came back to Japan in 2014. If I had taken out the lure today, I would have relied on it too much. I would have used it too often. I thought that would be boring, so I said goodbye to my Zig Zag reluctantly and took out other lures that had not yet proven to be effective in Japan. One of those lures was a Guppy Lure’s 2 oz. Mini.
Although this pencil popper drew vicious strikes at Lake Shinji, I had not landed any Japanese fish with it. I know American pencil poppers are effective in catching the Japanese sea bass, but what I would like to prove now is how effective they are in catching amberjacks. Unfortunately, today was another day on which I could not prove it. After I gave up fishing, I shot the lure splashing around on the surface, wondering if this unique splashy movement could attract attention of the fish. I also swam in order to take underwater pictures. The water was still swimmable.

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