This guide is intended to help a novice get fishing.
Fish ahoy, mateys!
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope does a wonderful job at explaining most things, but I was horribly confused when it came to fishing. Probably has something do with will my dislike of Cyril and not wanting to listen to him talk. Anyho, I spent way too long trying (and failing) to catch a fish. This game isn’t supposed to be frustrating, so I’m sharing all my hard won knowledge.
Where is my fishing pole?
Where is my bait?
Where to fish?
Once you cast, look for fish swimming around your bobber. You must see fish swimming around to catch fish, so if you see NO fish, you need to cast again. You do not have to move; just cast again and you will get more fish. But if you want to move, have at it.
Two fishes for me to catch!
No fishes here! Time to recast.
Also, I find it much easier to fish when my bobber isn’t against the land. The fish can swim under the ground and there are hard to spot. So I recommend aiming your bobber at a tile with water all the way around it.
How to catch a fish.
Do not do anything until you see an “!” and the bobber is completely submerge.
You will see fish swimming around your bobber, and even under your bobber. They will nibble on the bait causing the bobber to bounce up and down. Once a fish starts nibbling on the bait, pay attention. A smart fish might change it’s mind and swim away, but most fish are getting ready to chomp.
Once you see the “!”, it means the fish is hooked and you need to hit the action button repeatedly (and quickly) to reel the fish in. And voila, you’ve caught a fish!!
Thank you for reading my guide and happy fishing!!