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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 18, 2016

(No. 227) No Fish at Mouth of Kando River (神戸川河口にて釣果なし)

Five days ago, when I tried the mouth of the Kando River in Izumo City for the first time, I did not catch any fish. However, I saw some lure fishermen catch a big flathead and flukes around dawn. Today I arrived at the spot about 5:30 a.m. It was one hour earlier than the last time. I planned to fish around dawn intensively. Because the extensive sandy beach had reminded me of some beaches in New York City, I took out Tsunami Ball Jigs, which were very effective in catching flukes and sea robins in New York City. I was confident that they were also effective at the mouth of the Kando River, but they did not work as well as I had expected.
Because the water around the mouth is shallower than in New York City, I could not bounce around the jigs effectively at the bottom. I soon gave up using them and started relying on my normal weapons such as a pencil popper and a darter. Neither was effective today. Actually, not only my American lures but also Japanese lures seemed ineffective too. There were two other lure fishermen around the mouth of the river, and they did not catch any fish either. Both of them were very friendly, and they gave me some useful information about the area. We did not catch any fish this morning, but we cheerfully shared our misery together.

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