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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。)

Apr 26, 2017

(No. 268) Flamingo-style Fishing Stance Inspired by Great Sadaharu Oh and Practice in Using American Pencil Poppers at Lake Shinji (宍道湖にて偉大なる王貞治に影響を受けた一本足釣法と、アメリカのペンシル・ポッパーを使う練習)

I managed to finish all of the assignments that were unexpectedly concentrated in the last month. Now I feel pleasantly tired and relaxed. Realizing that the best fishing season in Lake Shinji will begin in a month, I walked to the lake with some of my American pencil poppers yesterday. As I have previously mentioned in my older posts, I love using a pencil popper the way American fishermen do. I hold my rod at far above the reel seat while pinching the line with my thumb and forefinger, and shake the rod tip vigorously like a whip (see this video). The lure does not move forward much but keeps swinging crazily from side to side (see this video). 
This method entices fish into the most violent strike, and the practice in this method itself is fun. In addition, because of the conspicuous nature of this method, I can be a good attraction for tourists walking along the shore of the lake. However, there is one problem. I cannot use this method when I use other kind of lures. I cannot be a tourist attraction unless I use a pencil popper. So I am developing another trick to get attention from tourists when I am not using a pencil popper. It is the flamingo-style fishing stance inspired by Sadaharu Oh, a great Japanese baseball legend. If you see a fisherman that keeps standing on one foot while retrieving a big lure with a double handle reel in this summer, talk to him. Almost certainly I am the fisherman. You may have a chance to get a small gift.

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