After choosing the game mode for Fisherman’s Bait
, choose a lake to fish in (if you are in a game mode that lets you choose). After arriving at the lake, you choose a fishing spot, which is what part of the lake you will be fishing in. The next step is choosing your lure -- there are several to choose from, and each behaves differently (some may hop across the top of the lake, while some will sink to the bottom, etc.). Once you’ve cast your line, you can “work it” by moving it around and by slowly reeling it in. Once a fish is hooked, a window of the fish pops up on the screen and the battle begins! As you’re reeling in the fish, make sure to keep an eye on the Tension Meter -- if it’s too red, the line may snap and your fish will be lost, so just let some line out and release the tension. When you reel in a fish, you go to the weight screen, where the fish type and weight is announced. Too small, and it gets tossed back in. The bigger the fish, the more points you are awarded.
I found Fisherman’s Bait a cool diversion from my normal video game diet. Outdoorsmen will probably enjoy this game, as will gamers who enjoy fishing. For all the others out there, if you’re at the rental store looking for something new to try, pick up Fisherman’s Bait. You just might be pleasantly surprised, like I was. Hip Waders and beer not included.