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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。)

Feb 4, 2017

(No. 248) Chase by Fluke in Etomo Harbor (恵曇港にてヒラメのチェイスあり)

Today I started fishing about 7:30 a.m. at Maruiwa in Owashi. A bit surprisingly, there was no fisherman around the spot. Two days ago I saw many small sardines in Etomo Harbor, but today I did not see any of them around Maruiwa. Now predatory fish such as Japanese sea bass and Japanese Spanish mackerels are chasing them along the shore of the Shimane Peninsula. In other words, when you cannot see this baitfish, you are unlikely to catch any predatory fish. No fish hit my lures around Maruiwa, so I drove to Etomo Harbor. 
From Edabo, one of breakwaters in Etomo Harbor, I saw some birds hovering above the water outside the harbor. Unfortunately it was way beyond our casting distance. Still, some lure fishermen kept casting their small metal jigs in the direction. After I did the same for a while, I soon gave it up and changed my lure. I turned around and cast my Northbar Montauk Darter toward the inside of the harbor. I did not expect much because it was almost noon. Just when I pulled out the lure from the water, a big fluke appeared from the bottom and tried to bite it. The fish missed the lure, and I felt as if my heart had stopped.

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