The Black Bass USA


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A FAQ
 By: FlounderPounder
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Version 1.0, November 16th, 2004


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The Black Bass, Hot-B USA, 1987
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I wrote this FAQ in the hopes that it will help you in your quest to become the
Top ranked angler in the world.  If you have any questions or comments, e-mail
them to me a flounderpounderc@yahoo.com



GAME PLAY/CONTROLS
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Lake Overview
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  -In this screen you move you boat around the lake to different points.
  -To select the point you wish to fish press the A button.

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Casting/Fighting Screen
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  -When you select a point on the Lake overview screen you will go to
   the casting screen.
  -Move the + with the D-pad to aim your cast.  (Don't go to far right or left
   with you cast or you will lose your lure.)
  -Press the A button once to start the Power Meter, located at the bottom
   of the screen.  When the power meter is full press A again for the longest
   cast possible.
  -When in the casting screen, A reels in line, A+B reels the line in all the
   way.
  -Once the lure hits the water you will be able to present your bait. To do
   so press the A button to reel line in and <-- and --> on the D-pad to move
   the lure/rod left and right. If the a fish likes the way you present the
   bait, it will come into the screen and hit the lure.
  -When a fish hits the lure the fight begins. Use the A button to reel in line
   and the <-- and --> on the D-pad to move the fish/rod and avoid obsticles
   like rocks and weeds that will get you stuck.
  -When fighting a fish, pay close attention to the "Depth Meter" at the bottom
   of the screen, Try not to let the fish take the line very deep.  When
   you hear "tink tink tink" noise quit reeling or you will end up breaking the
   line.
  -There is also an "Endurance" meter for the fish at the bottom left of the
   screen. As the fish tires the picture of the fish in the bottom left will
   turn from a whole fish into just bones.  <'(((((>{  --  <'-I-I-I-{
   Once you wear the fish out you can bring him to the boat easily.
  -To land the fish you will need to bring it to the very center of the bottom
   of the screen, you will automatically get the fish in your net.
 
 TIP: When your presenting your lure at the casting screen and you get alot of
      "The fish goes away", make sure you use a very consistent retrieve for
      the lure.  If you change the retrieve as the fish approaches, it will
      almost always go away.  The retrieve I have foud to work the best is a:
      A, left, right, A, left, right, A, left, right, slow steady retrieve.
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Menu Screen
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  -After you cast and reel in your line you will be taken to the Menu Screen.
  -If you catch a fish you will go to a screen that shows you the type of fish
   you caught and how much it weighs, remember, only Black Bass count toward
   your total weight for the day.
  -At the Menu Screen the options are:  
       SELECT LURE:  In this screen you can change you lure or lure color.
       DATA FOR THIS POINT:  Gives you a tip about the spot you are fishing and
                             also gives you the weather conditions.
       YOUR RESULTS SO FAR TODAY:  Basically its your livewell, see how many
                                   fish you've caught and the average weight.
       MOVE: Select this option to return to the Lake Overview screen and pick
             a new spot.
       END:  Select this option if you want to quit the game or go straight to
             the ceremony to get your code.  You can also look at your overall
             career ranking, see what you class is and see your record bass.
         (Note: You want to catch several bass, but do not catch to many small
          bass (1-2lb) as this will lower your average weight.  It is important
          that you have a good number of large bass if you want to advance your
          rank in the tournement.)

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Fish Types
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  -Black Bass: 
       The #1 sought after freshwater game fish, this includes largemouth
       and smallmouth bass.  These are the only fish that count towards 
       your record.  You'll know its a Bass when you hook it by the green head.
  -Brown Trout:
       You'll know these by the dark brown head when they strike, I'd suggest
       you just try and avoid them. These fish get big, so watch out, they can
       easily snag your lure.
  -Rainbow Trout:
       These look just like the brown trout when they bite.  There are some
       monsterous trout in the lakes, kiss you lure good by if you hook into
       one.
  -Pike:
       There are also ton's of pike in the lakes.  You'll know them when they
       bite by their orangish heads.  As with any other non-bass, they will not
       help your record so just avoid them.
    
LAKES
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Lake Amanda
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  -Lake Amanda is the first lake you will fish.
  -Info:         Lake Amanda
              Date: 6/5
              Time: 6:00-16:00
              Depth: 9 ft 
  
  -Lures Available: Lure            Red Blue Silver
                    Pencil Bait      2    2    2      
                    Frog             2    2    -
                    Shallow Runner   2    -    -

  -MAP:  
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   *=Good Spots (1: Muddy water/weeds, 2: Near a sandy beach, 3: Rocks)

  -My tip:  The bass beside the little island are usually small but abundant
            if you fish the other two spots maked with *, you will probably
            hook into a few bass that go 4lb+.  Red Pencil works best, use a
            smooth motion of A, left, right, A, left, right when presenting
            the lure.

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Japan Lake
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  -Once you win the class C tournament you will go to Japan Lake for the class
   B tournament.
  -Info:         Japan Lake
              Date:  6/15
              Time: 6:00-16:30
              Depth: 12ft
  -Lures Available: Lure            Red Blue Silver
                    Pencil Bait      2    2    2      
                    Frog             2    2    2
                    Shallow Runner   2    2    2 
                    Spoon            2    2    2        
                    Spinner          2    -    -     
                    Plastic worm     -    -    -
  
  -Map:
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           .         JAPAN LAKE             .
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    *=Good Spots
    (1, Dock with reeds in water: 2, Tree, weeds: 3, Reeds, rocks, pilings)

  -My Tip:  If you can catch about 5-10 bass with an average of 6lbs you should
            win the tournement for this lake.  Spot #2 produced the most 7+lb
            bass for me. The red pencil bait produce most of my fish, using the
            A, left, right, A, left, right, retrieve.

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More Lake
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  -Win the class B tournement on Japan Lake and you will advance to the A 
   tournement on More Lake.  Also, this is the first time you will have
   access to all lure types.
  -Info:          More Lake
              Date: 6/25
              Time: 6:00-17:00
              Depth: 16ft
  -Lures Available: Lure            Red Blue Silver
                    Pencil Bait      2    2    2      
                    Frog             2    2    2
                    Shallow Runner   2    2    2 
                    Spoon            2    2    2        
                    Spinner          2    2    2      
                    Plastic worm     2    2    2 

  -Map:
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    *=Good Spots
   (1, Rocks: 2, Rocks: 3, Clear blue water: 4, Wood pillings: 5, Dead trees)
     

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San Lake
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  -San Lake is where the final showdown takes place.  Be prepared to reel in
   some real lunkers at this lake.
  -Info:          San Lake
              Date: --/--
              Time:
              Depth: 16ft
  -Lures Available: Lure            Red Blue Silver
                    Pencil Bait      2    2    2      
                    Frog             2    2    2
                    Shallow Runner   2    2    2 
                    Spoon            2    2    2        
                    Spinner          2    2    2      
                    Plastic worm     2    2    2
  -Map:
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     *=Good Spots
     (1: Rocks, 2: Creek inlet)
  
  -My Tip: There are lots of big bass in this lake, all you've got to do is
           catch them!  There are usually big bass in the creek inlet at the 
           North end of the lake.  The rocky areas also produce nice bass. As
           Usual, the pencil bait produces fish, the plastic worm is also a 
           very good bait to catch bass.  The bass in here are big, so your 
           going to have to wear them out as best you can.  Try to get them 
           hooked as near to the boat as possible, it can be very hard to bring
           a big one in from the end of a long cast. If you made it this far, 
           you can do rest. GOOD LUCK! 


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 *Passwords*
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(QMK1UPHDTZRI0ZDF)-Japan Lake, (Provided by Toad22484)
(FDZOYHOQERVDWOSR)-More Lake


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