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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。)

Nov 13, 2016

(No. 225) No Fish at Mouth of Kando River (神戸川河口にて釣果なし)

I had never been to the Kando River in Izumo City. So I wasted my time a bit finding a right place to park my car this morning, but it was still before dawn that I arrived at the parking space. As soon as I got out of my car, I found a fisherman coming back from the mouth of the river. He was carrying a plastic bag. Inside was a big flathead. “Congratulations,” I said to him. “Thank you, and good luck, ” he replied. I put on my waders and walked toward the mouth of the river. I found there were already many fishermen casting lures. It was still before dawn, but I felt I should have come a bit earlier.
One of them just caught a fluke and immediately walked back to the parking space. It is so close to the mouth of the river that some fishermen seemed to carry their catch to their cars every time they caught fish. Birds were flying over the water and fish seemed very active around dawn, but the golden time did not last long. Fishermen started leaving the spot one by one shortly after daybreak, and soon there were only a few left. I tenaciously cast my lures until around 9 a.m. but could not catch anything. The extensive sandy beach reminded me of some beaches in New York City. I felt I would catch fish next time.

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