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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 23, 2016

(No. 219) Professionally Repainted Topwater Lure Joins My Team (プロが再塗装したトップウォーター・ルアーが仲間入り)

If you are familiar with freshwater bass fishing, you probably know the Fred Arbogast’s Jitterbug. It is a classic topwater plug, which is characterized by a big metal part at the mouth. The Sea Fly, a creation by Lemire’s Plugworks, is a wildly enlarged and reinforced saltwater version of the classic plug. It wiggles on the surface with a pleasant rhythmic sound. A few months ago, I removed the original paint of my Sea Fly and commissioned Tomoe, a professional illustrator in my neighborhood, to repaint it.
I recently received the repainted work from her. It features her unique cat character and I am delighted with it. After coating it with epoxy resin to protect the paint from salt water or any physical damage, I will take it out to Lake Shinji to see how it looks on the water. As a matter of fact, this is not the first time that I have mentioned Tomoe in my blog. She was the hostess of Meshiya Palico, a now-defunct small restaurant in my neighborhood. Regrettably, Meshiya Palico closed its door for good, but Tomoe declared that she would devote herself to her illustration work. If you are interested in Tomoe’s work, check her blog.

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