Link using the Sinking Lure to catch the Hylian Loach in Ocarina of Time
|First appearance||Ocarina of Time (1998)|
|Appearances||Ocarina of Time|
|Found||(Ocarina of Time)|
|Use||Irresistible to all fish, including the Hylian Loach|
- "Wow! Is this what I think it is? Astonishing! You snagged a sinking lure! What do you want to do with it?"
- — In-game description
The Sinking Lure is a recurring item in the Legend of Zelda series. This lure is illegal to use when fishing since it sinks straight to the bottom of the water, and attracts fish easily with its shiny surface. The Sinking Lure can be used to catch the biggest fish; however, due to its illegality, Link will generally not receive any prize for fish caught with this lure.
The Sinking Lure can be found by simply walking in a number of places after Young Link catches a 10-pounder or Adult Link catches a 15-pounder. These areas include: the sunken log toward the middle of the pond, right where the branch sticks out of the water; the stream that flows into the pond, as well as the wall and rocks around it; the various lily pads and rocks at the water's edge; and the grass along the walls of the pond. Link can render the lure legal for use within the Fishing Pond by saying "Let's talk about something else" to the Pond Owner with the Sinking Lure equipped.
In order for the Sinking Lure to appear, Link must first have caught a Hyrule Bass, a Hylian Pike, and an Ordon Catfish inside the Fishing Hole. With all of these accomplished, the Sinking Lure can be found at the northernmost edge of either the east or the west bank inside the Fishing Hole. Link must bobber fish, casting along the wall, until he reels in the Sinking Lure instead of a fish. If Link selects this lure with Hena in the boat, she will say it is illegal and confiscate it. However, it can be reacquired in the same manner it was attained before.
Hena's brother Coro once used a Sinking Lure to catch an Ordon Catfish. Hena also explains the reason they are illegal is because they change the fish's feeding habits, disrupting the balance of the ecosystem. She cites the ban on Sinking Lures, which has been in place for generations, as the reason the area can still be used for fishing after many years.