The Fishing Rod from Twilight Princess
|First appearance||Link's Awakening (1993)|
Ocarina of Time
|Effective against||(Twilight Princess)|
- "You got a fishing rod! A simple fishing rod with a bobber."
- — In-game description
The Fishing Rod, though not actually obtainable, can be rented for 10 Rupees at the fishing hole in northern Mabe Village. If Link catches a large enough fish, he will be rewarded with a Piece of Heart. Otherwise, the reward will be Rupees.
As in Link's Awakening, the Fishing Rod cannot be obtained outside of a mini-game. If Link enters the Fishing Pond at Lake Hylia, the Pond Owner will allow Link to go fishing for 20 Rupees. If Link attempts to leave with the Fishing Rod, he will be forced to give it back first. As an adult, Link can catch the Pond Owner's hat. If Link refuses to return it, he will be fined 50 Rupees. If Link has obtained the Stone of Agony, the controller will vibrate when a fish bites the rod.
If Link catches an 11 pound fish as a child, he will be rewarded with a Piece of Heart. As an adult, if Link catches around a 15 pound fish, the Pond Owner will give him the Golden Scale. The largest fish can usually be found in the middle of the pond or under the curved log. To reduce the distance from fish, Link can slowly walk into the water until it is about up to his shoulders. This allows him to reel in fish faster.
The Fishing Rod, which for the first time is made available as an inventory item, may be used to fish in any location where water is found. Link can use two different kinds of bait -- Bee Larvae and Worms -- which will improve his chances of getting a bite. Different kinds of fish caught, as well as records for their sizes, are recorded in Link's Fish Journal. Link obtains the Fishing Rod, crafted by Colin, from Colin's mother Uli, after he retrieves her cradle. Eventually, Link obtains the Coral Earring, a replacement hook that is the only fishing supplement that can net him a Reekfish.
Another kind of Fishing Rod, which makes use of lures, is used within the confines of Hena's Fishing Hole. Whereas the normal Fishing Rod relies purely on mechanical action (pulling) to land a fish, the one used in the Fishing Hole possesses a reel; in the Wii version of the game, the Nunchuk is used as a controller in much the same way as one would a real-life fishing reel.
A different lure, the Sinking Lure, may be found by fishing with the standard Fishing Rod in the Fishing Pond; however, the lure will not appear until Link has caught a Hyrule Bass, a Hylian Pike, and an Ordon Catfish while fishing with the regular lure. If Link attempts to use this lure when accompanied by Hena, she will forcibly take it from him. The other lure, the Frog Lure is awarded to Link after he completes the first eight levels of Rollgoal. Using either of these alternative lures is the only way to catch an adult Hylian Loach.
The Fishing Rod can also be used in the final battle against Ganondorf as a distraction.
The Fishing Rod is given to Link by the Old Wayfarer after he unites him with Joanne. It allows Link to fish from the S.S. Linebeck while at sea. Once the rod is obtained, shadows of fish appear around the sea. When the ship is touching a shadow on the map, Link can start fishing. After catching a Skippyjack, Toona, and a Loovar, Link will receive the Big Catch Lure from the Old Wayfarer, allowing him to catch Rusty Swordfish in the new fish shadows. After catching a Rusty Swordfish, the Old Wayfarer tells Link of the legendary Neptoona, which he will then be able to catch in the larger fish shadows. Link will also occasionally find Stowfish attached to some of the larger fish.
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