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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。)

Dec 9, 2016

(No. 234) Japanese Sea Bass in front of Ice Plant of Etomo Harbor (恵曇港の製氷所前にてスズキ)

This late afternoon I drove to Kurauchi Bay. I was with my heaviest tackle, a 13-foot fiberglass rod (Okuma Tundra) and a PENN Torque 9 spinning reel with two handles. The weatherman had said that the height of the waves would remain 3 meters. I knew I had a greater chance to catch a Japanese sea bass at such rough water. I also knew that I would need a very strong tackle because I would have to lift a fish directly from the sea at the bay, instead of dragging it to the shore with a help of the waves. When I arrived at the bay, I found there were nice patches of sarashi (churning white water) along the shore, but the crosswind was too strong to cast my lures comfortably. I soon gave up the spot and drove to Etomo Harbor.
Usually there are many fishermen at Etomo Harbor, but this evening there was just one bait fisherman as far as I could see. “Be careful. Don’t fall, ” he said to me, obviously referring to the strong wind. “Thank you. I thought I might catch the Japanese sea bass,” I said. “Yeah,” he said. “In this kind of weather, you may.” First I fished around Edabo, one of the breakwaters in the harbor, but the wind was too strong there. I soon had to turn back. When I came back to my car, the bait fisherman was already gone. I put my tackle against my car, old Mitsubishi Colt, and took a picture of it in order to show you how big my tackle was. Being alone at the spot in front of the ice plant, I kept casting my lures. Just after the sunset a Japanese sea bass hit my Super Strike Zig Zag. Because I was using very heavy tackle, I got the wrong impression that the fish was very small. Actually it was a Japanese sea bass of 65 cm (26 in.) long.

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