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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 17, 2016

(No. 235) Missed Japanese Sea Bass at Sinsinbo in Etomo Harbor (恵曇港の新々防にてスズキを逃がす)

My busy work schedule and the nasty weather had not allowed me to go fishing for a week, but this afternoon finally I became free. The weather was still a bit nasty. It was gusty although there was no rain. The waves were high. Which means, it was good for Japanese sea bass fishing. As I did last time, I drove first to Kurauchi Bay. When I was preparing my tackle at a parking space overlooking the bay, another lure fisherman arrived at the space. He was a friendly fisherman, and we enjoyed a nice chat. Then I made several casts at the bay, but no fish hit my lures. So I drove to Etomo Harbor. I usually do not fish from the tip of Sinsinbo, the biggest breakwater in the harbor, but today somehow I felt like trying the tricky spot. Sinsinbo is very high, 15 feet above the water. It is almost scary for me. Just before sunset, when my Northbar Bottledarter came back to under my feet, I saw a big Japanese sea bass snatched the lure. It was hooked, but the fish, which was just under my feet, shook its head and the hook easily came out. What a tricky place to fish!

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