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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。)

Jan 8, 2017

(No. 242) Japanese Spanish Mackerel but Horrible Mistake at Nanbo in Etomo Harbor (恵曇港の南防にてサゴシを釣るもヒドい失敗)

Because I could not make much progress on my job yesterday and it rained this morning, I did not go to Izumo City to catch amberjacks but just worked hard today. However, as Jack Nicholson reminded us notoriously in the movie “Shining”, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. So I fished at Nanbo In Etomo Harbor for just one hour before sunset. There were a few lure fishermen around the tip of the breakwater. One of them was the friendly fisherman whom I had met at the same spot two days ago. He said to me that he had been there yesterday too but he had not caught any fish. This evening the fish was not as active as two days ago, but after 5 p.m. he caught the first fish this evening. It was a nice fluke. I helped him to drain the blood from the fish. Then, he caught a young Japanese Spanish mackerel and hooked a small shark again.
I caught a young Japanese Spanish mackerel with my Acme Kastmaster. Two days ago I had caught two of the fish, and I had given them to two of my friends. My father, who is a glutton, had looked at me reproachfully when he had known no fish had been left for him. So I intended to bring the fish to him today, but I made a horrible mistake. After treating the fish properly, I tried to wash the blood away with the water and the fish slipped out of my hand. The fisherman who caught the fluke tried to recover it with his net, but the fish was carried away with the current. I did not feel sorry for my father very much, but I felt terrible for the fish. Of course, I had already killed the fish before the accident happened. So some readers of this blog, especially those who are outside Japan, may feel a bit strange, but I feel very bad for the fish even now. I think most of my readers can understand it.

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