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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。)

3 Apr 2020

(No. 575) Casting Practice or No Fish at Lake Shinji (宍道湖にてキャスティング練習あるいは釣果なし)

Although it is reported that the world economy is slowing down due to the coronavirus crisis, somehow I am getting busier. More translation jobs as well as some obligations of my neighborhood association came to me these days, and I am getting swamped little by little. Because I am not sure when I can do serious fishing next, I walked to Lake Shinji during a break this late afternoon with the simplest and most favorite set of my fishing tackle; one rod (Gamakatsu Pop Shaft 83), one reel (PENN Jigmaster 500), and one lure (Roberts Whistler).
(コロナウイルスによる危機のせいで世界経済は減速しつつあると報道されていますが、なぜか私は忙しくなっています。最近、翻訳の仕事が増え、そして町内会の仕事も舞い込んでおり、私は徐々に仕事に追われ始めているのです。本格的な釣りには次いつ出かけられるか分からないので、今日の午後遅く、休憩を取り、いちばんシンプルかつ最愛のタックルを携えて、宍道湖まで歩きました。持っていったのは、ロッドが1本(ガマカツのPop Shaft 83)、リールが1つ(PENNジグマスター500)、そしてルアーが1つ(ロバーツ・ホイッスラー)でした。)
I went out of my place and started walking toward the lake counterclockwise. Several minutes later I arrived at the shore of the lake. While casting the topwater lure, I kept walking along the shore counterclockwise. A freshman that recently arrived at Matsue to start a student life at a local university talked to me. He said he was also a fisherman from Hyogo Prefecture. I gave him some information about fishing in Shimane Prefecture. Then, I left the lake at an appropriate point during the course and kept walking counterclockwise. Several minutes later I got back to my place. I think I will enjoy this round trip more often at least until the beginning of May. I hope someday I may catch a big Japanese sea bass.

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