Find the Fishing Pond in the north part of Mabe Village, just past the rooster weather vane.
At the pond, a man will tell you how to fish. It’s pretty simple:
- Hold A to cast the line. The longer you hold it, the farther it will go.
- Once the lure is in the water, move the L-stick to wiggle it to attract fish.
- Tap A quickly once the fish is on the line to reel it in!
- Start by casting the lure to the left of the fish – you’ll have more tries with it this way.
- If you don’t like where you’ve cast the line, reel it in and try again: your round will only end once you’ve actually hooked something!
- Wiggle only slightly, and when the lure is directly in front of the fish’s face at a reasonable distance.
- Watch out for feint bites! It has to be a solid chomp for you to be able to reel it in.
- Avoid tapping A when the fish is struggling hard. If your line is wobbling, the fish will break the line if you try to reel too much! Patience is the key; wait until the fish has stopped struggling.
- Any lure will sink to the bottom of the pond if you wait long enough, however a Middleweight Lure will quickly sink to the middle, and a Heavyweight Lure will go straight to the bottom!
- Press B while fishing to change lures or quit the minigame.
There are four rewards you can get by fishing here.
1. The first is a Piece of Heart, for catching any fish of any size.
2. You’ll get another Piece of Heart for catching a “lunker”, aka a medium fish! These are the fat green fish.
3. By catching your first medium fish of a certain size, you’ll get a middleweight lure, which will sink to the middle of the pond!
4. You can snag an Empty Bottle at the bottom of the pond to the left, hidden slightly by grass.
For the Empty Bottle, you can use any lure, as even a Lightweight Lure will sink to the bottom eventually, but a Medium Lure will of course get there faster. If any other fish are in the grass, capture them, or reel them in and let them get away, so that they’re not next to the bottle. Then, hook the bottle and quickly reel it in while avoiding the fish in the pond.
The Cheep Cheep and Blooper are special catches that appear once you’ve completed Catfish’s Maw. If the Fishing Pond has a glowing spot in it in the overworld, one of these two will be available to catch!
Both of these catches are more difficult than the regular fish. Bloopers thrust diagonally up and away from Link, so wait for them to stop at the top before reeling in again. Cheep Cheeps meanwhile like to jump out of the water, but wait until they start actually swimming again after landing in the water, or else you’ll have a high risk of breaking your line!
You’ll be given a Secret Seashell for catching each at a certain size, but catching a Blooper of any size will unlock the Heavyweight Lure, which sinks straight to the bottom of the pond!
6. The Final Challenge: Ol’ Baron
Ol’ Baron is the final fish that’ll appear in the pond, and is unlocked after finishing Catfish’s Maw just like Cheep Cheeps. Similar to them, the pond will have a glowing spot in the overworld if Ol’ Baron is in the pond, but he appears more commonly than the Mario-based catches. A Heavyweight Lure (rewarded for catching a Blooper) is reccommended simply because it sinks straight to the bottom, where Ol’ Baron resides. Once you have him hooked be prepared for a fight!
Once you catch Ol’ Baron, you’ll be rewarded with 120 rupees and a Chamber Stone for Dampé’s Shack. If you haven’t yet landed a fish over 60 lbs, he’ll fulfill that requirement as well and land you another Chamber Stone.
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