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         HARVEST MOON: 
    FRIENDS (& MORE FRIENDS)
        OF MINERAL TOWN
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    MEGA-MINI FISHING GUIDE
    =======================
    Version:  3.0
    Written by:  Arashinonatsu
    Email:  my username at gmail-dot-com
    Date:  December 7, 2007
    
    
    
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    I.  Introduction
         01.  Changes/Additions In MoFo
    II.  Why Do I Want A Fishing Rod?
    III.  How To Get A Rod And Use One
    IV.  Fishing Rod Upgrades
         01.  My Rod Is Cursed!!!
         02.  The Goddess Loves My Rod
         03.  There Are Fanfics About My Rod
    V.  Types Of Fish
         01.  In The River
         02.  In The Lake
         03.  In The Sea 
         04.  The Harvest Goddess's Pond
         05.  The Six Legendary Kingfish
    VI.  And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor...
    VII.  Wait A Minute... That's Not A Fish!!!
    VIII.  Fish-Essential Recipes
    IX.  It Just Tastes Better With Fish
    X.  ...And When We Party, We Party Hearty!
    XI.  Final Info That's Not Interesting...
         01.  E-mail Policy
         02.  Version History
         03.  Thanks To...
         04.  Copyright Info & Disclaimer
    XII.  Stinger
    
    
    
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    I.  Introduction
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         Hello!  I'm Arashinonatsu.  I've compiled as much information as I could
    to endeavor to make the best in-depth fishing guide for Harvest Moon: Friends 
    of Mineral Town, also known as FoMT.  My newest update now includes 
    information for Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town, the alternate "for
    girls" version of FoMT.  More Friends is commonly referred to as MFoMT, an 
    acronym I despise and find quite awkward.  Therefore, I will *always* use the 
    acronym MoFo ('Mo're 'F'riends 'o'f) and shamelessly encourage you to use it 
    as well.
     
         *NOTE!  This guide has information pertaining *only* to these two (2) 
                 versions of Harvest Moon for the Game Boy Advance.  I cannot help
                 with any other game.
    
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         01.  Changes/Additions In MoFo
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         Most of the information in the guide works for both FoMT and MoFo, 
    however there were a couple of changes/additions to MoFo that should be 
    mentioned.
    
         FARM DEGREES:  In MoFo, you can get Farm Degree points for fishing.  You 
              can gain a maximum of 1,000 points in the Fishing category.  Each 
              new species of fish or item that you catch is worth 5 points.  Each 
              new Legendary Kingfish is worth 10 points.  Catching all 51 fish 
              will net you 15 points. You get 1 point for each set of 100 of any 
              specific item. Also, when you catch a fish that's larger than the 
              largest fish you have on record, you get 1 point for every extra 
              10cm.
    
         THE WATERING HOLE: The watering hole on your farm can now be used to 
              store the fish that you've caught.  You can store up to 100 fish at 
              a time.
    
    
    
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    II.  Why Do I Want A Fishing Rod?
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         The most obvious reason to *want* a Fishing Rod is to be able to fish.  
    The most convincing reason to *get* a Fishing Rod is because they give it to 
    you for free.  Fish are an ingredient in many recipes, you can give them as 
    gifts, and they also ship for money.  Likewise, you may catch other items 
    that are essential to Harvest Moon.  You'll also need this Tool in order to 
    access the much higher level Tools of the game.  So basically, not only is 
    fishing fun, it's lucrative as well!  ^_^
    
    
    
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    III.  How To Get A Rod And Use One
    ==================================
    
         Go to Zack's house between 11am and 4pm.  Make sure that you have an 
    empty Tools slot in your rucksack and that you aren't carrying anything over 
    your head.  When you go inside, an event should trigger where Zack will give 
    you a Level 1 Fishing Rod.  Now you can catch Junk and Small Fish.
    
         To use the Fishing Rod, go to a body of water and press the 'B' button.  
    When you have a bite, an exclamation point will pop-up over your character's 
    head.  Press 'B' again to try to reel it in.  If you've caught something, you 
    can press 'B' to pocket it, or press 'A' to toss it back into the water.  Be 
    forewarned that throwing things back in the water is considered littering and 
    it will cause the inhabitants of Mineral Town to dislike you.  It also 
    decreases your chances of catching a fish.  If you really want to throw 
    something away, and can't get to the garbage can in Rose Square, just go into 
    your rucksack.  Move the pointer to the item that you want to throw away and 
    press 'Start'.  It will ask you if you want to throw the item away.  No 
    penalties!  This works for your rucksack, the refrigerator, the shelf, and 
    the Tool box!
    
         When your Rod has been upgraded, you will need to charge it in order to 
    use its full potential.  To charge your Tool, simply hold down the 'B' button.  
    The higher the Tool's level, the longer you have to hold the 'B' button in 
    order to charge it.  Charging uses more stamina and fatigue, but it allows 
    you to do better things with your Rod.  Keep an eye on your character changing 
    positions as you charge the Rod.  If you want to partially charge your Rod, 
    this is the way to tell at what level it is currently at.  
    
         Just like in real life, the Library is your friend.  So stop by from time 
    to time.  Not only can you learn a lot of interesting things about playing the 
    game, on the second floor, the second shelf from the left is dedicated to 
    fishing.  "About Fishing" will give you basic information on how and where to 
    fish.
    
    
    
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    IV.  Fishing Rod Upgrades
    =========================
    
         If you use your Fishing Rod enough, you will be able to upgrade it.  
    Check the tool list under ::Start > Earnings > Tool Level List:: to find out 
    if your Rod can be upgraded.  The Tool Bar will start to fill the more you 
    use the item.  The Bar will be completely filled and a small colored ore will 
    appear under the tool when it is ready.  Give it to Saibara with the relevant 
    ore and he will take care of it for you.  You can still catch junk with 
    upgraded tools!  Just because you have a better Rod, doesn't mean people have 
    stopped littering.
    
         You may want to wait before you upgrade your tools.  Skipping Copper and 
    going to Silver is more economical for the money-conscious, but you can also 
    skip completely all the way to Mystrile if you want to work that hard 
    originally.  It will take Saibara anywhere from 1 to 5 days to complete the 
    new tool, depending on whether or not you are skipping upgrades.  
    
         The Fishing Rod is often considered to be the hardest tool to upgrade.  
    It takes forever!  My trick is to go into the Spring Mine (Festivals don't 
    affect the levels at all) and continuously press the 'B' button.  You don't 
    need to charge it.  When your character turns blue, rest in the Hot Springs, 
    conveniently located next door.  Then do it all over again!  Unlike Festivals, 
    time inside the Mines is only slowed, not stopped, so it may take a couple of 
    days in game time.  It's tedious, but at least you can get your Rod to a higher 
    level much faster.
    
         The Copper Rod is considered to be a Level 2 tool.  With a Copper Ore, 
    Saibara will make one for you for 1,000 G.  Copper Ore can be found on all 
    levels of the Spring Mine and can be shipped for 15G.  You need this level 
    Rod or higher in order to catch Medium Fish.
    
         The Silver Rod is considered to be a Level 3 tool.  With a Silver Ore, 
    Saibara will make one for you for 2,000 G.  Silver Ore can be found on all 
    levels of the Spring Mine and can be shipped for 20G.  I've heard that some 
    people have been experiencing problems when they upgrade to the Silver Rod in 
    MoFo.  They can only catch junk or small fish.  I usually skip Silver when I 
    upgrade, so this is something that I'll have to look in to.  My only advice 
    for now is to hang in there and upgrade to the next level as soon as you can. 
    
         The Gold Rod is considered to be a Level 4 tool.  With a Gold Ore, 
    Saibara will make one for you for 3,000 G.  Gold Ore can be found on Level 3 
    and below of the Spring Mine and can be shipped for 25G. You need this level 
    Rod or higher in order to catch Large Fish.
    
         The Mystrile Rod is considered to be a Level 5 tool.  With a Mystrile 
    Ore, Saibara will make one for you for 5,000 G.  Mystrile Ore can be found on 
    Level 5 and below of the Spring Mine and can be shipped for 40G.  You need 
    this level Rod to hook a Power Berry or a Message Bottle/Recipe.
    
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         01.  My Rod Is Cursed!!!
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         When *all* your tools have been upgraded to Mystrile, only then can you 
    get the Cursed Tools from the Winter Mine.  Cursed Tools are considered to be 
    Level 6 tools.  The Cursed Rod is found by digging up the ground of the 29th 
    floor of the Winter Mine.  Sometimes, it's in the ground under the rocks.  
    
         Cursed Tools can be tricky.  If you're not using the two-save-slots 
    trick, you'll need to save the level before.  The chance of its appearing is 
    random, so if it's not there, you'll just have to reload that level.  Using 
    the Cursed Rod takes up an incredible amount of stamina and fatigue.  You 
    will only get a few uses out of it before you pass out.  You need this level 
    Rod or higher in order to catch Pirate Treasure, Ancient Fossils, or the six 
    Kingfish.
    
         The Cursed Rod looks like a black Fishing Rod and once equipped, will 
    NOT leave your hand.  You will have to go the Church and have Carter remove 
    it for you.  Otherwise you won't be able to use any other tools.  Removal 
    costs 1,000 G and the service is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and 
    rainy days between 1pm and 4pm, in the confessional.  There.  You have been 
    warned.
    
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         02.  The Goddess Loves My Rod
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         No one wants a Cursed Rod forever.  Luckily, there is a way to get your 
    Rod uncursed and reduce most of the penalties for using it.  Uncursed Rods 
    are called Blessed Rods and they are considered to be a Level 7 tool.  It 
    looks like a pinkish-gold Fishing Rod and can be unequipped just like a 
    regular tool.
    
         To uncurse your Fishing Rod, you have to use it 255 times.  The best way 
    to way to do this is to go to a festival.  During festivals, time is stopped.  
    Your stamina and fatigue won't decrease no matter what you do.  You don't 
    even have to charge the tool.  So, find the closest festival, go there, and 
    have fun tapping that 'B' button.  You'll have a Blessed Rod in no time.  ^_^
    
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         03.  There Are Fanfics About My Rod
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         When *all* of your Tools are Blessed, only then are you able to collect 
    Mythic Stones for the final upgrade.  Mythic Stones look like black Branches.  
    You can find them in the rocks in the Spring Mine.  They appear on the 60th 
    level and below, but their appearance is incredibly random, making them very 
    rare.  However, they become slightly more frequent the lower you go.
    
         Give the Mythic Stone to Saibara, along with your Mystrile or Blessed 
    Rod, and he will upgrade it for 50,000G.  It should take him about 2 days.  The 
    Mythic Rod has a greenish-yellow color to it.  When you're finished upgrading 
    your Tools to Mythic Tools, mine some extra Stones and ship them for 20,000G a 
    piece.  At least you can get your money back, huh?  ^_^
    
    
    
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    V.  Types Of Fish
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         There are four main categories of fish: Small Fish or Fish (S), Medium 
    Fish or Fish (M), Large Fish or Fish (L), and the Legendary Kingfish.  There 
    are many different types of fish and you can't catch them all in the same 
    areas.   
    
         It's not necessary for the game itself, but if you want to marry the 
    Harvest Goddess, you'll need to have caught one of every species of fish.  
    They are Bighead, Bitterling, Black Bass, Blowfish, Bluegill, Bonito, Brown 
    Hakeling, Cherry Salmon, Cod, Crucian Carp, Dorado, Eel, Fatminnow, Filefish, 
    Flounder, Fluke, Golden Carp, Greenling, Herring, Kelp Bass, L. Salmon, Lake 
    Smelt, Lionfish, Mackerel, Mountain Trout, Needlefish, Ocean Sunfish, Pigfish, 
    Rainbow Trout, Red Snapper, Roach, Rockfish, Rock Trout, Salmon, Sandfish, 
    Sardines, Saury Pike, Scad, Silver Carp (1), Silver Carp (2), Snakehead, Sp. 
    Mackerel (a.k.a Spanish Mackerel), Tuna, Whitefish, Yellowtail, and each of the 
    six Kingfish.  You can check your shipping progress under ::Start > Memo > 
    Number Shipped::, and your fishing progress under ::Start > Memo > Fishing::.  
    Fish can be stored in the refrigerator, or stored in the watering hole on your
    farm (MoFo only).
    
         It's important to know that there are two kinds of Silver Carp.  I've 
    labeled them in this guide with (1) and (2) for ease.  Silver Carp (1) are 
    Small and Medium Fish.  Silver Carp (2) are Large Fish.  They will show up 
    twice on ::Start > Memo > Fishing:: as Silver Carp if you have caught both.  My 
    guess is that one of the types of Silver Carp was supposed to be a named after 
    a different fish altogether.  Let's hear it for more Harvest Moon errors!
    
         Fish can be eaten straight out of the water, used as a cooking ingredient,
    or shipped.  Small Fish sell for 50G, Medium Fish sell for 120G, and Large Fish
    sell for 200G.  You can also give Fish as gifts.  Fish (S) are loved or liked 
    by Carter, The Doctor, Doug, Elli, Harris, Jeff, Kai, Manna, and Zack... and 
    are disliked or hated by Basil, Sasha, and Stu.  Fish (M) are loved or liked by
    Carter, The Doctor, Doug, Elli, Gotz, Jeff, Kai, Manna, Rick, Stu, Zack... and
    are disliked or hated by Basil and Sasha.  Fish (L) are loved or liked by Ann, 
    Carter, The Doctor, Doug, Duke, Ellen, Elli, Gotz, Gray, Jeff, Kai, Lillia, 
    Manna, May, Rick, Saibara, Stu, and Zack... and are disliked or hated by Anna,
    Basil, and Sasha.
    
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         01.  In The River
         -----------------
         The River, which has two parts, Upstream and Downstream, is one area 
    where you can fish.  Upstream is considered to be the part of the river that 
    is around the Lake and Mother's Hill.  Downstream is considered to be the 
    part of the river that is on your Farm, the Poultry Farm, and Yodel Farm.  In 
    the River, the kind of Fish you can catch will be:
    
         BIGHEAD - Downstream; All Seasons; Mystrile Rod or higher
         BITTERLING - Downstream; All Seasons; Level 1 Rod or higher
         BLACK BASS - Upstream, Downstream; Spring, Summer, Autumn; Gold Rod or 
              higher
         BLUEGILL - Upstream, Downstream; Spring, Summer, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or 
              higher
         BROWN HAKELING - Downstream; Spring, Summer, Winter; Level 1 Rod or 
              higher
         CHERRY SALMON - Upstream; Spring, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         EEL - Downstream; Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         FATMINNOW - Upstream; All Seasons; Level 1 Rod or higher
         GOLDEN CARP - Downstream; Spring, Summer, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         L. SALMON - Upstream; Spring, Autumn; Copper Rod or higher
         LAKE SMELT - Downstream; Winter; Level 1 Rod or higher
         MOUNTAIN TROUT - Upstream; Spring, Summer, Autumn; Gold Rod or higher
         RAINBOW TROUT - Upstream; All Seasons; Mystrile Rod or higher
         ROACH - Downstream; Spring, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         SALMON - Downstream; Summer, Autumn; Gold Rod or higher
         SILVER CARP (1)- Downstream; All Seasons; Copper Rod or higher
         SILVER CARP (2)- Downstream; All Seasons; Gold Rod or higher
         SNAKEHEAD - Downstream; Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         WHITEFISH - Downstream; All Seasons; Copper Rod or higher
    
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         02.  In The Lake
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         Another major fishing spot is the Lake, or often called Kappa's Lake.  
    Here the kind of Fish you can catch will be... 
    
         BLACK BASS - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Gold Rod or higher
         BLUEGILL - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         CHERRY SALMON - Spring, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         CRUCIAN CARP - All Seasons; Gold Rod or higher
         FATMINNOW - All Seasons; Level 1 Rod or higher
         RAINBOW TROUT - All Seasons; Mystrile Rod or higher
    	
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         03.  In The Sea
         ---------------
         The Sea, or better known as Mineral Beach, is another place where you 
    can fish.  In the Sea, the kind of Fish you can catch will be:
    
         BLOWFISH - Winter; Gold Rod or higher
         BONITO - Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         COD - Winter; Gold Rod or higher
         DORADO - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         FILEFISH - Winter; Copper Rod or higher
         FLOUNDER - All Seasons; Mystrile Rod or higher
         FLUKE - Autumn, Winter; Gold Rod or higher
         GREENLING - Spring; Silver Rod or higher
         HERRING - Spring, Summer, Winter; Level 1 Rod or higher
         KELP BASS - Autumn, Winter; Gold Rod or higher
         LIONFISH - All Seasons; Copper Rod or higher
         MACKEREL -Autumn, Winter; Gold Rod or higher
         NEEDLEFISH - Spring; Silver Rod or higher
         OCEAN SUNFISH - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         PIGFISH - Spring, Summer; Silver Rod or higher
         RED SNAPPER - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         ROCKFISH - Spring, Autumn; Copper Rod or higher
         ROCK TROUT - Spring, Winter; Silver Rod or higher
         SANDFISH - Winter; Level 1 Rod or higher
         SARDINES - All Seasons; Level 1 Rod or higher
         SAURY PIKE - Autumn; Silver Rod or higher
         SCAD - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Silver Rod or higher
         SP. MACKEREL - Spring, Winter; Mystrile Rod or higher
         TUNA - All Seasons; Mystrile Rod or higher
         YELLOWTAIL - Summer, Winter; Mystrile Rod or higher
    
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         04.  The Harvest Goddess's Pond
         -------------------------------
         Just next to the Hot Springs, there is a waterfall which flows into a 
    small pool.  This area is known as the Harvest Goddess's Pond/Pool.  And 
    while you can throw items into the pool to make an offering to the Goddess, 
    you can fish here as well.  In the Goddess's Pond, the kind of Fish you can 
    catch will be:
    
         BLACK BASS - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter; Gold Rod or higher
         BLUEGILL - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         CRUCIAN CARP - All Seasons; Gold Rod or higher
         GOLDEN CARP - Spring, Summer, Autumn; Level 1 Rod or higher
         LAKE SMELT - Winter; Level 1 Rod or higher
         SILVER CARP (1)- Downstream; All Seasons; Copper Rod or higher
         SNAKEHEAD - Summer, Autumn; Mystrile Rod or higher
         WHITEFISH - All Seasons; Copper Rod or higher
    
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         05.  The Six Legendary Kingfish
         -------------------------------
         The six Legendary Kingfish (also known as The River Kings) are special 
    Fish that you must catch if you wish to marry the Harvest Goddess.  They are 
    very difficult to find and can only be caught with a Cursed or higher Fishing 
    Rod.  You cannot ship Kingfish.  After you catch one, it will jump back into 
    the water.
    
         CATFISH -  Fish in the Hot Springs (the actual spring that you bathe in),
                    but only during the Winter.
         CARP -  Fish in the Lake during any season, except Winter.  You must 
                 have shipped over 200 Fish first.
         COELACANTH -  Fish in the pool on the 9th level of the Winter Mine.  You 
                       can only do this after you have caught the other 5 
                       Kingfish.
         JP. HUCHEN (a.k.a. Japanese Huchen)-  Fish in the River Downstream.  You 
                       can only do this after you have learned how to make Sushi, 
                       Sashimi, and Grilled Fish, and those recipes have been 
                       recorded in your recipe book.
         MONKFISH -  Fish in the Sea between 10pm and 8am.  You can only do this 
                     in the Spring and Winter.
         SQUID -  Fish in the Sea during any season, except Winter.  You must 
                  toss a Small Fish into the water first (once for the day is 
                  enough).
    
    
    
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    VI.  And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor...
    ========================================
    
         Are the mosquitoes biting more than the fish?  Tired of making Boot Soup 
    for dinner?  Does your Rod sit in the corner?  Dusty?  Lifeless?  Then tune in 
    to "Fishing Hour"!  From the simple, sleek Silver Carp of Spring to the well-
    known, wet Whitefish of Winter, our renowned fishing expert Angler Jake covers 
    it all!  "Fishing Hour"!  Your one-stop-shop of fishing knowledge!  Mondays on 
    TV Channel LEFT (button on the Directional Pad).  And now, back to the guide...
    ^_^
    
    
    
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    VII.  Wait A Minute... That's Not A Fish!!!
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         You can catch more than just Fish in Harvest Moon, and I'm not referring 
    to the girls.  ^_~  Take a look at these hookable items.
    
    BRANCHES
    --------
         Branches look like junk at first glance, but they are really very useful.  
    You can place them on your field as a make-shift fence.  Chop them up and 
    they add to the count in your Lumber bin.  During the winter, and ONLY the 
    winter, throw them into your fireplace for a stamina boost.
    
         Loved or Liked By:  Carter, Gray, Saibara
         Disliked or Hated By:  Everyone Else
    
    EMPTY CANS
    ----------
         Empty Cans are just that-- beat-up old cans that a litterbug tossed into 
    the water.  They are pretty useless, but May seems to like them...
    
         Loved or Liked By:  May
         Disliked or Hated By:  Everyone Else
    
    FISH SCALES/BONES
    -----------------
         These are the remains of a fish that's been gone for a long time.  It's 
    pretty much useless and no one likes them at all.
    
         Loved or Liked By:  None
         Disliked or Hated By:  Everyone in Mineral Town
    
    FOSSILS OF ANCIENT FISH
    -----------------------
         These are the remains of a fish that's been gone for an *extremely* long 
    time.  Ancient Fossils are very hard to find.  Fish for them in the Sea.  
    They are only available in Autumn and you need a Cursed or higher Fishing 
    Rod in order to find one.  You can get one by guessing correctly in the 
    Harvest Goddess's New Year's Game 60 to 69 times.  Also, you may come across 
    one while playing Frisbee with your dog on the Beach.  They ship for 5,000G 
    and it is also an ingredient in the Summer Sun recipe.
    
         Loved or Liked By:  Won
         Disliked or Hated By:  Everyone Else
    
    KAPPA
    -----
         Sometimes, if you fish in the Lake, you might just hook Kappa!  You 
    can't keep him, though.  He just looks at you blankly and spins away.
    
    MESSAGE BOTTLE/RECIPE
    ---------------------
         In the Spring, fish off the Docks of Mineral Beach with your Mystrile Rod.
    You can catch a Message Bottle in the Sea.  It contains a recipe for Ketchup.  
    Make the meal to permanently add it to your cookbook.
    
         Loved or Liked By:  Ann, Carter, Elli, Mary, May
         Disliked or Hated By:  Anna, Basil, Cliff, Gotz, Gray, Harris, The Harvest 
              Goddess, Jeff, Kai, Lillia, Popuri, Rick, Saibara, Sasha, Stu, 
              Thomas, Won, Zack
    
    NOTHING
    -------
         Sometimes when you fish, you'll get a bite, but come up with nothing.  
    That sucks.
    
    OLD BOOTS
    ---------
         The Litterbug strikes again, this time with a pair of dirty Old Boots.  
    What are we paying Harris for?!  The Boots are useless, but May seems to like 
    them...  The poor girl...
    
         Loved or Liked By: May
         Disliked or Hated By: Everyone Else
    
    PIRATE TREASURE/FORTUNE
    -----------------------
         With a Cursed Rod or higher, you can catch Ancient Pirate Treasure in 
    the Sea.  It's not easy at all, and it's only during the Summer.  You can get 
    one by guessing correctly in the Harvest Goddess's New Year's Game 70 to 79 
    times.  Also, you may come across one while playing Frisbee with your dog on 
    the Beach.  Pirate Treasure ships for a whopping 10,000G.  It is also an 
    ingredient in the Summer Sun recipe.
    
         Loved or Liked By:  Won
         Disliked or Hated By:  Everyone Else
    
    POWER BERRY
    -----------
         In the Winter, fish off the Docks of Mineral Beach with your Mystrile Rod
    and you might catch a Power Berry.  This can only be done once.
    
    
    
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    VIII.  Fish-Essential Recipes
    =============================
    
         You can eat a fish straight out of the water, or you can try your hand at
    cooking.  There are certain recipes that can only be made using fish.  Also, 
    the Sushi, Sashimi, and Grilled Fish recipes are needed in order to catch one 
    of the six Kingfish.  These are:
    
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         SUSHI
              Utensils:  Vinegar
              Ingredients:  Rice Balls, Sashimi
              Loved or Liked By:  Ann, Barley, Cliff, Doug, Duke, Gotz, The 
    	       Gourmet, Harris, Kai, Manna, Zack 
              Disliked or Hated By:  Basil, The Harvest Goddess, Sasha, Thomas 
    
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         SASHIMI
              Utensils:  Knife
              Ingredients:   Fish (M or L) 
              Loved or Liked By: Ann, Anna, Barley, Cliff, Doug, Duke, Elli, The 
    	       Gourmet, Kai, Karen 
              Disliked or Hated By:  Basil, Harris, The Harvest Goddess, May, 
                   Sasha, Stu, Thomas 
    
         GRILLED FISH 
              Utensils:  Frying Pan, Salt, Soy Sauce
              Ingredients:  Fish (M), Oil
              Loved or Liked By:  Anna, Barley, Cliff, Doug, Duke, Elli, The 
    	       Gourmet, Jeff, Kai, Karen, Saibara, Zack 
              Disliked or Hated By: Basil, The Harvest Goddess, May, Sasha, Stu 
    
         CHIRASHI SUSHI 
              Utensils:  Knife, Vinegar
              Ingredients:  Rice Balls, Scrambled Eggs, Sashimi 
              Loved or Liked By:  Barley, Carter, Cliff, The Doctor, Doug, Duke, 
                   The Gourmet
              Disliked or Hated By: Basil, The Harvest Goddess, Kai, Sasha, Stu, 
                   Thomas 
    
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         FISH STICKS
              Utensils:  Mixer, Salt
              Ingredients:  Fish (M)
              Loved or Liked By:  Carter, The Doctor, Doug, Elli, Gotz, The 
                   Gourmet, Jeff, Kai, Manna, Rick, Stu, Zack
              Disliked or Hated By: Basil, The Harvest Goddess, Sasha 
    
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         SUMMER SUN 
              Utensils:  None
              Ingredients:  Fish (S), Fish (M), Fish (L), Ancient Fossil, Pirate 
                   Treasure
              Loved or Liked By:  None
              Disliked or Hated By:  None
    
    
    
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    IX.  It Just Tastes Better With Fish
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         Many recipes don't require Fish, but will taste better and garnish a 
    higher rating if Fish is added as an optional ingredient.  Here is a list:
    
         PAGE 2:  Curry Rice, Stew, Miso Soup, Stir Fry
         PAGE 3:  Fried Rice, Savory Pancakes, Sandwich
         PAGE 6:  Omelet, Omelet Rice
         PAGE 7:  Cheese Fondue
         PAGE 9:  Pizza, Noodles, Curry Noodles, Tempura Noodles
         PAGE 10:  Fried Noodles, Buckwheat Noodles, Noodles w/ Tempura, Fried 
                   (Buckwheat) Noodles, Tempura, Mountain Stew
    
    
    
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    X.  ...And When We Party, We Party Hearty!
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         Festivals are a lot of fun.  They are also very helpful when you need to 
    uncurse your Cursed Rod or fish for special items and certain Kingfish.  Time 
    is paused and your stamina and fatigue levels will not decrease.  Here is a 
    list of the festivals and events that will help you do just that.
    
         SPRING 01:  The New Year's Festival, Rose Square, Uncurse
         SPRING 18:  The Spring Horse Races, Rose Square, Uncurse
         SPRING 22:  The Cooking Festival, Rose Square, Uncurse
    
         SUMMER 01:  Beach Day, Mineral Beach, Uncurse or Fish
         SUMMER 07:  The Chicken Festival, Rose Square, Uncurse
         SUMMER 20:  The Cow Festival, Rose Square, Uncurse
         SUMMER 24:  The Fireworks Festival, Mineral Beach, Uncurse or Fish
    
         AUTUMN 09:  The Harvest Festival, Rose Square, Uncurse
         AUTUMN 13:  The Full Moon Festival, Mother's Hill, Uncurse
         AUTUMN 18:  The Fall Horse Races, Rose Square, Uncurse
         AUTUMN 21:  The Sheep Festival, Rose Square, Uncurse
    
         WINTER 30:  The New Year's Eve Festival (Noodles), Rose Square, Uncurse
                     The New Year's Eve Festival (Sunrise),Mother's Hill, Uncurse
    
         ***And here's a special little bonus for you.  Time is also paused during 
    the Black, Blue, and Green heart events for Popuri and Kai, and during the 
    Orange heart event for Elli and the Doctor.  If you know that you're going to 
    trigger one, bring your Rod with you for a chance to both uncurse your Rod and 
    fish in the sea.  Remember, in most cases you can't trigger heart events if you 
    are carrying something (i.e. your basket) over your head.  Leave the basket on 
    the beach beforehand and then come back to trigger the event.
    
         Fishing at festivals and events can be a little troublesome.  Your 
    rucksack can't carry more than a max of nine items (with the final rucksack 
    upgrade), your basket can only hold 30 automatically-to-ship-only items, and 
    you may catch a lot of junk instead of fish.  Since you can't get into your bag 
    through the start menu during the event, you may be forced to take drastic 
    measures to ensure your full haul of fish.  Don't.  Littering at a festival has 
    an even higher penalty than during a non-festival day.  But have no fear!  
    Simply press the 'A' and 'B' buttons at the same time.  This feature allows you 
    to access your rucksack at any time... without going through the start menu!  
    Then you'll be able to throw away unwanted items using the trick in Section 
    III.  You have been paying attention, right?  ^_^
    
    
    
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    XI.  Final Info That's Not Interesting...
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         01.  Email Policy
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         Harvest Moon-related mail only, please.  Use this subject:  HM Fishing 
    Guide.  E-mails with no subjects WILL be deleted.  Also, please don't e-mail me 
    before using the spell-checker.  It's very painful.  :-(
    
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         02.  Special Thanks To...
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         ALLIE C. for bringing FoMT home and spreading the addiction around.
         ANDREW P. for noting that the different sizes of the Silver Carp could be
              the distinguishing factor.  I tested out your theory and you were 
              right!  Thanks again!  ^_^
         EVERYONE else out there for being just as obsessed as I am with this 
              game, and most especially for reading my guide.
         GAMEFAQS.COM for being what it is and having what it has.  You can't 
              describe it better than that.
         GARY L. for telling me to post this walkthrough, finished or not.
         GOOGLE for helping me find a lot of the information I was missing and 
              confirming my theories.
         FANFICTION.NET for renewing my interest in the game each time I start to 
              get bored with it.
         JONATHAN G. for starting the chain reaction of the FoMT obsession.
         MARVELOUS, NATSUME, NINTENDO, and VICTOR INTERACTIVE for all of Harvest 
              Moon!
         SARAH P. for reminding me about the rucksack tip, the information on the 
              Message Bottle/Recipe, and for being my partner in crime.  We'll 
              never get sent to Thomas's house, but maybe that's a good thing...
         SPAM-BOTS for ruining my previously spam-free account.  I hate you.
         USHI NO TANE for the farm degree information.
    
    
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         03.  Version History
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         Version  1.0
              Posted on 08/02/05.  Satisfied with walkthrough enough to put it up 
              on GameFAQs.com.  
    
         Version  2.0
              Posted on 10/03/05.  Changed e-mail address.  Added info about the 
              Library's fishing shelf.  Reading is FUNdamental!  Fixed some small 
              stuff here and there.  Added info on the Silver Carp.  Added likes 
              and dislikes info to different sized Fish, Ancient Treasure, Message 
              Bottle, Pirate Treasure, and recipes.  Added new section, Sect. VI.  
              Added basket tip and rucksack tip to Sect. X.  Added thanks to Sect. 
              XI, Part B.  Made a 'D' lowercase.  Yes, I know!  I'm obsessive like 
              that.  Added Neoseeker to list of authorized hosters.  Made the 
              Stinger its own section.
    
         Version 3.0
              Posted on 12/07/07.  Changed e-mail address.  Changed title and 
              content of Sect. I.  Changed sub-sections to numbers.  Fixed more 
              small stuff here and there.  Added info to include MoFo.  Added the 
              Gourmet's likes.  Added last initials and thanks to Sect. XI.02.  
              Now they're not just "thanks", they're "special thanks".  Edited 
              copyright info.
    
    
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         04.  Copyright Info & Disclaimer
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         This Document is Copyright 2005-2007, Ashanti Freeman.  Harvest Moon: 
    Friends Of Mineral Town is Copyright 2003 Victor Interactive Software Inc. & 
    Natsume Inc., and licensed by Nintendo of America.  Harvest Moon: More Friends 
    Of Mineral Town is Copyright 2005 Marvelous Interactive Inc. & Natsume Inc., 
    and licensed by Nintendo of America.
    
         And just in case I forgot something, all trademarks and copyrights 
    contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and 
    copyright holders.
    
         This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for 
    personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise 
    distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on 
    any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, 
    and a violation of copyright.  If you really like it that much, please just 
    link back to one of the sites below.  Thanks!  ^_^  
    
                   http://www.gamefaqs.com
                   http://www.neoseeker.com
    
         I am not affiliated with Marvelous, Natsume, Nintendo, Victor Interactive, 
    or anyone else you can think of.  This guide was brought to you by the letter 
    'A'.
    
    
    
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    XII.  Stinger
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         "Be sure to wash your hands after touching these things!  Oh... you 
    mean... It's... for me...?"
    
                                  -- The Doctor, after being given Fish Scales.