------------------------------
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike   |
for Nintendo Wii             |
------------------------------




Guide written by Black Willow

V. 1.00  11-2-10

All original and intended for pulic use and display at Gamefaqs.com







INDEX
--------------------------------------------
                                            |
I.      Controls and Game Mechanics         |
II.     The Lakes                           |
III.    The Fish                            |
IV.     The Lures                           |
V.      Career Walkthrough                  |
VI.     Invitational Walkthrough            |
VII.    Legendary Fish                      |
VIII.   Sidequests and Misc. Stuff          |
                                            |
--------------------------------------------






I.    CONTROLS AND GAME MECHANICS
=============================================================================
=============================================================================


A. Casting tips
   
   -the Wii controller motion DOES NOT mimic a real casting motion, so 
    don't be confused

   - If you're having trouble figuring out the casting motions calmly follow
     these 4 steps
     1. hold the B button to bring up the casting meter
     2. tilt the cotroller up to move the meter back
     3. when the meter gets back to green bar tilt the controller 
        forward again
     4. when the meter gets back up to the other green bar release the 
        B button

    - Sidearm and Underarm (flipping) uses the same proces but you will move 
      the controller in the appropriate direction

    - If your screwed up your cast and the lure went haywire, you can 
      immediately hit the Z button to reset
 


B. Catching tips

   -when a fish bites your lure, immediately yank the controller upwards to
    set the hook

   -stop reeling if the line tension goes into the red or your line will break

   -if the line tension is too lose and goes down to red, the fish will throw 
    the lure

   -SIMPLY BRINGING A FISH TO THE BOAT WILL NOT LAND HIM... in other fishing
    games you need to bring the fish to the boat, but here you will need to 
    wear the fish down so that it stops fighting, and then bring it to the 
    boat. Continual reeling while the fish is at a distance of 0 can break the
    line

   -If you don't want the fish that hit your lure you can hit the z button 
    reset... if you've set the hook already you'll cut the line and lose your
    lure

   -While reeling in a lure (with or without a fish) you can hit the 1 button
    to go to an over the shoulder view or back into the water view



C. Snags

   -if you snag on a tree or the lake bottom simply wiggle the controller up
    and down to free your lure



D. Boating

   -while in fishing mode you can use the trolling motor to move the boat by
    aiming your cast way out in the direction you want to move

   -if you get stuck in some trees or rocks you can try to go into fishing 
    mode and use the trolling motor to free yourself

   -while boating use the 1 button to bring up your mini map or enlarge the 
    map to full size

   -while boating use the 2 button to toggle your fish finder






II.   THE LAKES
=============================================================================
=============================================================================


A. Lake Amistad, TX

   Fish: smallmouth, largemouth, striped bass, catfish, black crappie

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 50

   Description: This lake has a medium depth with about a 70ft deep point,
     quite heavy vegetation including areas with submerged tree stumps and 
     logs, some nice coves and channels to fish in. There's also 2 bridges
     to fish around for some nice stripers. There's a 'dusk on the Texas
     prarie' feel here with nice butterflies and a few alligator to add
     to the scenery.



B. Lake Ouachita, AR
   
   Fish: smallmouth, largemouth, striped bass, black crappie, 
         white crappie, catfish, kentucky spotted bass
   
   Reputation to unlock tournament: 60

   Description: Ouachita has much lighter vegetation and a shocking 90 ft
     deep point for such a mostly shallow lake. There are plenty of coves
     and inlets to fish in and even a dam. Some nice docks, flocks of
     birds, and nice rolling hills in the backdrop make a nice experience.



C. Lake Fork, TX

   Fish: largemouth, catfish, white crappie, black crappie

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 70

   Description: Lake Fork has more vegetation including several trees for
     bass to find cover in, and is generally deeper than the previous
     lakes. There are also tons of coves and fingers to find your record
     breaking bass. This very large lake has a rainy old texas feel with 
     some very old dilapidated docks and and old run down water mill.



D. Lake Wylie, NC

   Fish: largemouth, striped bass, white crappie, black crappie, catfish

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 80

   Description: This like his huge and sports many coves and channels 
     and even a spillway to fish in. The vegetation is lighter here and
     with a max depth of around 127 ft. the shorelines are more moderate 
     depth. The mood is that of a nice early morning lake and a swimming 
     beach, several dock styles, houses, silos, and a couple of bridges
     complete the scenery.



E. Lake Guntersville, AL

   Fish: whilte crappie, black crappie, smallmouth, striped bass,
         catfish, spotted bass, largemouth

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 90

   Description: This lake is more shallow with about a 56 ft. deep point,
     light vegetation, and a large dam and spillway to fish. There are 
     fewer coves and inlets to fish in so you'll have to make good use
     of your fishfinder. A couple of bridges, lighthouses, and an 
     occasional eagle add to the ambience.



F. Lake Champlain, NY

   Fish: smallmouth, largemouth, northern pike, muskie, trout, walleye
         (a note here- this is the only lake without catfish)

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 100

   Description: Champlain has a moderate depth with medium to heavy cover
     and few coves to fish. There are some bridges and several channels 
     however and a few contain the game's first walleye. With a rocky 
     shorline and several lighthouses this lake is quite distinct.



G. Oneida Lake, NY

   Fish: smallmouth, largemouth, muskie, northern pike, catfish,
         walleye, trout

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 110

   Description: Oneida is a medium to shallow lake with light vegetation
     and virtually no coves channels or inlets to fish. The shape is just
     a big square basically. There are a couple of bridges, brick walls,
     and rock outcroppings to fish however. Try not to hook any bikini
     tops on the swimming beach and keep your eyes on the water.



H. Pickwick Lake, TN

   Fish: largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, catfish, black crappie

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 120

   Description: Pickwick is a HUGE lake with many coves and fingers to 
     fish. It has a pretty medium depth and vegetation for the game. The 
     scenery here is very green and plush and includes and array of houses
     and docks and even a sunken shipwreck to find. Catch yourself a nice
     striper at the damn or around the barge there.



I. Lake Toho, FL

   Fish: largemouth, black crappie, white crappie, catfish

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 130

   Description: With a 50 ft. center toho is generally more shallow around
     the shoreline and has fewer coves and channels to fish. Enjoy the 
     beautiful floridian skies and palm trees as you take in the tropical
     surroundings.



J. Table Rock Lake, MO

   Fish:  spotted bass, largemouth, black crappie, catfish, smallmouth

   Reputation points to unlock tournament: 140

   Description: Table rock has very murky water and heavy vegetation so 
     watch outh for snags. The two main branches of coves are rather 
     shallow with the main channel more moderate depth at about a 53 ft.
     deep point. The scenery is a quite authentic fall look for southern 
     missouri with a few cabins hidden amongst the colorful trees.




III.  THE FISH
==============================================================================
==============================================================================




A. Largemouth Bass
   Size: 12-24 inches, 0.5 - 20 lbs
   Description: bassically a green fish (easy to identify)
   Lakes: ALL LAKES
   Tips on catching: Many lures work but the easiest is the plastic worm.
     I also use jerkbaits, drop shot worms, topwater poppers and frogs, 
     but for tournament purposes, the most efficient technique is to 
     pop one of the unlimited supplied worms along the floor.




B. Smallmouth Bass
   Size: 12-21.5 inches, 0.5 - 5 lbs.
   Description: shorter and darker in color than the largmouth, can also
     be identified by vertical stiping
   Lakes: Amistad, Ouachita, Guntersville, Champlain, Onieda, Pickwick
          table rock 
   Tips on catching: Basically excactly the same as the largemouth. For 
     tournaments I recommend the unlimited plastic worm or a jerkbait.




C. Spotted Bass (a.k.a. Kentucky Spotted Bass)
   Size: 6-24 inches, 0.5 - 8 lbs
   Description: This fish is the hardest one to recognize. It looks 
     basically like a largemouth. The easiest way to tell the difference
     is the spotted bass has an extra row of spines in the middle of its'
     back, wheareas the laregemouth has only the fin towards the tail. 
     The coloring along the sides is different too, but is harder to see
     in the water, and they are generally shorter and 'stocky' looking.
   Lakes: Ouachita, Guntersville, Talbe Rock 
   Tips on catching: Again the same as the largemouth, but maybe topwaters
     are a little more usefull




D. Striped Bass
   Size: 12-48 inches, 1 - 55 lbs.
   Description: Large silver fish with horizontal stripes
   Lakes: Amistad, Ouachita, Wylie, Guntersvile, pickwick
   Tips on catching: The plastic worm is again your friend here. My 2nd 
     choice is a jerkbait. Other than that I've used topwater poppers, 
     shad, and frogs, also spoons will work. Again for tournaments the 
     worm works the fastest and easiest. Be careful and set your drag
     accordingly as these are quite large. Take your time and wear them
     down when you have a big boy.




E. White Crappie
   Size: 3-11 inches, 0.25 - 4 lbs.
   Description: a small fish with tall fins along the top and bottom
     with a more silvery color than the black crappie
   Lakes: Ouachita, Fork, Wylie, Guntersville, Toho
   Tips on catching: The best lure is a single tail grub under the soft
     plastics menu. I reel it in a little quicker than the plastic worm 
     as these fish strike with a lot of vigor. Other lures will work but
     take much more effort and patience. I've caught one on a jerkbait
     for instance. Spoons also work, but I mostly keep a stock of grubs.




F. Black Crappie
   Size: 3-11 inches, 0.25 - 4 lbs.
   Description: a small fish with tall fins along the top and bottom
     and a darker color than the white crappie. Thhey can be easily 
     confused in the water as when they school together.
   Lakes: Amistad, Ouachita, Fork, Wylie, Guntersville, Pickwick, 
     Toho, Table Rock
   Tips on catching: Exactly the same as the white crappie




G. Catfish
   Size: 12-45 inches, 2 - 20 lbs.
   Description: A large silvery fish with a wide open mouth and whiskers
     -very easy to identify in the water, even from an overhead view as 
     they moves disctinctly slowly
   Lakes: Every lake but Champlain
   Tips on catching: The unlimited worm works perfectly. I also use a 
     drop-shot worm. They also like grubs, and will occaisionally bite 
     on another bait like jerkbaits or spoons. Cats are heavy and slow 
     and often feel like you're draggin in a log, so take your time and 
     set your drag accordingly and wear them down.




H. Muskie
   Size: 12-42 inches, 5 - 30 lbs.
   Description: Long and slender with a yellow/orangish color sometimes hard 
   to find, but easy to identify once you do
   Lakes: Champlain, Onieda
   Tips on catching: Worms are your best friend again, but I also use 
     jerkbaits a lot. Crankbaits and spoons also work well.




I. Northern Pike
   Size: 18-48 inches, 5 - 40 lbs.
   Description: Long and slender like the muskie, but a brown color and
     light brown spots
   Lakes: Champlain, Onieda
   Tips on catching: Worms and jerkbaits are my choice, but spinners,
     swim baits, spoons, and topwaters also work well. Both northern and 
     muskies are heavy and fight quite hard so be mindful of your line
     tension and drag.




J. Walleye
   Size: 12-21.5 inches, 1 - 17 lbs.
   Description: A white bottom blending into a dark green top, in this 
     game they also have a spot of red around the gills and side fins. 
     They also feature a prominent display of spines on their back.
   Lakes: Champlain, Oneida (A note, the game instructions and in game 
     lake descriptions claim that they can be found in Ouachita and 
     Guntersville, but I've yet to see one there and have heard other 
     players make the same claim.)
   Tips on catching: My choice is jerkbaits. Spoons and swim baits also 
     work well.




K. Lake trout
   Size: 12-36 inches, 0.5 - 20 lbs.
   Description: Very similair coloring as the Norther Pike, but slightly
     different fin structure and a mouth shaped more like a salmon's (as 
     opposed to the pike's longer alligator like mouth). They can be 
     easily confused with pike while viewing underwater.
   Lakes: Champlain, Onieda
   Tips on catching: I like jerkbaits, but my 2nd choice is a spoon. Other
     baits like crankbaits and the plastic worm will work.







IV.   THE LURES
==============================================================================
==============================================================================


Here I won't give a description of every one of the lures, I'll just 
point out a few that I make notes on. You can experiment with them any
way you like.



Squirmin worm- Very very versatile. Will catch most any fish and the best
thing is that it has an unlimited supply in your tackle box. Just slowly 
bounce it on the bottom... it's an easy action to master. (soft plastics menu)


Jerkbaits- These are my favourite lure. They catch about any fish and 
have the added benefit that they "hover" at about 6 ft. depth. Here you
can get a good view of the fish in the area. The action is easy to master-
Just slowly "jerk" the bait in increments- tap the trigger and pull to the
side.


Drop shot worms- Basically a worm that floats about a foot or so above the
weight. Many fish love it and it gives a little extra room to view. Fish seem
to hit this lure faster than the Squirmin worm so it adds a small advantage
in tournaments. (soft plastics menu)
 

Spinnerbaits- I don't really like these. In real life you reel these in 
rather slowly, but in this game the lure just sinks too quickly. You can 
catch fish by dragging it on the bottom, but it's wonky.


Crankbaits- I don't recommend these either. The deeper you go, the harder
it is to view the fish around you. They will catch bass and you have an 
unlimited supply, but in my opinion you're better off using the jerkbait if
have them, but for unlimited free use the crankbait isn't too bad.


Topwater poppers- Fish like em and the action is easy to master. The baits
have a shape that is resistant to the direction you reel in so you "pop"
it in the water is short bursts.


Topwater Walkers- These look like little minnows. Slowly zigzag these on
the surface and fish will go crazy. The advantage of topwaters is that 
you can use the above water view to see the fish in the area and easily
distinguish where the larger fish are as this view really differentiates
their size better than the water views.


Grubs- The single tail grubs are the specialty for crappie. They eat em up
big time. Be sure to keep 3 or 4 of these if you plan on catching any crappie.
Just reel them in at a moderate speed- no need for excessive action. (soft 
plastics menu)






V.    CAREER MODE WALKTHROUGH
==============================================================================
==============================================================================



Each lake has 2 phases- the exploration/reputation phase and the tournament.
Each time you go to a new lake you must do the same things, so I'll describe 
both phases up front.

1. Exploration
   -Each lake has 5 areas that are bouyed off. These signify good fishing 
    spots, but aren't always good spots for the actual tournaments. Find and 
    enter each of the 5 areas and you will receive store credit i.e. $$$
   -On each lake you must practice and get ready for the tournament. You can 
    explore what kinds of fish the lake has and where they are located at your
    own pace.
   -To unlock the tournament you must obtain reputation points by catching 
    fish. Larger fish earn more points than smaller ones.

2. Tournament
   -Each tournament is 20 minutes long. You must bring your catch back to the
    dock before the time runs out. If you're late you'll get a 1 lb per minute
    penalty, up to 10 minutes late, when you'll be disqualified. You can keep
    fishing past the time limit, but any fish you catch will not be counted.
   -You are allowed 5 fish per catch. So after you've caught your first five
    fish, you will automatically throw out the smallest one.
   -Only the exact species of fish will count... you can't bring a spotted 
    bass, or smallmouth bass, to the weigh in for a largemouth bass tourny
   -Place in the top 3 (out of 4) to unlock the next lake
   -Placing 1st can unlock new bass boats or win BPS $$$




*before starting the 1st tournament I recommend buying 17 lb line and
 equipping it.

*secondly I recommend buying 2 jerkbaits, although this much less important



A. Lake Amistad, TX

Goal: 5 largest largemouth, smallmouth, or striped bass

Tips: Right off the bat the game throws you for a loop. Most fishing games 
      want a total of largemouth bass, but here you can count 3 different 
      species. Obviously you'll want 5 striped bass, as they are the biggest
      of the 3. My favorite spot is to head straight west from the starting 
      dock and park facing the bridge. This spot is close and full of striped
      bass. I recommend using the unlimited crankbait or a jerkbait if you 
      have one. If you use the plastic worm here you'll have to conted with
      the catfish. Catch 5 and you'll probably come in first... catch 1 or
      2 40+ pounders and you'll win first for sure. Getting back to the dock 
      in time isn't all that important as a 1 or 2 lb. penalty won't hurt as 
      badly as with a smallmouth tournament. As an example I've won first
      with 75 lbs. of fish, but I have seen the competition go above 140 lbs.




B. Lake Ouachita, AR

Goal: 5 largest smallmouth bass

Tips: Now you have to catch the smallest tournament fish right after you just
      caught the largest :-P If you exit the cove where the dock is, and head
      left (west) you'll come to a "corner" on your left. On the map you'll be
      just south of an island. Here you'll find a school of smallmouth. Use 
      any bait you like to cath them ... I use the unlimited plastic worm and
      jerkbaits. Here you can set your drag up to 3 or 4 notches as these 
      small guys won't break your 17 lb. line. Catch as many as you can as 
      quickly as you can and hopefully you'll get enough weight. Don't worry
      if you hook a largemouth, just hit the Z button before you set the hook
      and recast the line. Don't be late to the weigh in this time as you 
      won't have much wiggle room (the max weight of a smallmouth is 5 lbs 
      as ooposed to the 55 lbs. striped bass.) Get an average of 3 lbs. a 
      fish and you'll probably come in 1st.




C. Lake Fork, TX

Goal: 5 largest largemouth bass

Tips: Finding a spot here is really easy seeing as there are only 3 kinds of 
      fish in Lake Fork. For example There's one NW from the starting dock - 
      along the bank where there are a few trees sticking out. The trick here 
      is to find some good sized fish. I don't have much advice, just 
      experiment however and wherever you think is best. The simple plastic 
      worm will work just fine. This is one of the harder tournaments. You 
      really need to land a big boy or two in order to win. Just getting 5 
      fish won't do it. There are plenty of trees here that might just have a
      trophy bass hiding around them. Good luck.




D. Lake Wylie, NC 

Goal: 5 largest largemouth bass

Tips: The closest spot to find a largemouth here is straight out from the 
      starting dock and to the right. There's a corner on the north bank that
      has a school of them. Again, this is a tricky tourney. You really need
      to get 3-4 fish over 10 lbs. There's not much else to say here, just do
      your best and hopefully you'll have a little luck.

1st place unlocks a new boat!! - Tracker Pro Crappie 175




E. Lake Guntersville, AL

Goal: 5 largest striped bass

Tips: Near the starting dock there are 2 bridges. Under the northern bridge is
      a school of striped bass. There are also some catfish here to contend 
      with, but that's not too difficult. You may need 130 or 140 lbs of fish 
      depending on the competetion, so reel in 5 as quickly as you can and try
      to get at least 2 big boys. Fish right up to the timer if need be, as
      a 1 or 2 lbs. late penatly probably won't affect you much.




F. Lake Champlain, NY

Goal: 5 largest smallmouth bass

Tips: Ah, once again a smallmouth tournament. Just north of the starting point
      is a short brige under which is a nice gob of smallmouth. They're easy 
      and quick to catch so bring in a bunch of 'em. These smallmouth tourneys
      can be a lot of fun since it really depends on the quality of your 
      catches. Placing 1st here shouldn't be too tough. 
 
      p.s. --- Be sure to set your drag up to 3 or 4 to bring these guys in 
               faster. You won't have to worry about your line breaking if you
               have a 17 lb. test equipped. 




G. Oneida Lake, NY

Goal: 5 largest largemouth and smallmouth bass

Tips: OK, this tournament can be tough. The largemouth here can be a little 
      slow to catch. South from the starting point is a dock and house. Fish 
      along the rock wall to the right of the dock (west). The school here is 
      quite thin- maybe 1 or 2 bass in an area- so I use the jerk bait in 
      in order to get a good view (the worm sinks too quickly and all you
      can see is weeds).  Be patient and try different spots along the wall
      to find the big ones. There may be other spots that have a thicker 
      school of bass so feel free to explore, but this is a large lake with
      very little distinguishing features so it'll take a lot of time to find
      a good spot and you'll likely have to retry the tournament, so it's up
      to you.




H. Pickwick Lake, TN

Goal: 5 laregest smallmouth bass

Tips: Easy as pie. Head straight into the cove (with large rocks along the 
      right bank) and fish out as many smallmouth as you can. Set your drag
      accordingly and use whatever techniques you've learned up to now.

      -actually not always easy... I did lose one tournament to a player that 
       got 22.5 lbs (out of 25) but if you quickly drop anchor and don't
       dilly-dally, you'll usually keep them from going that high.




I. Lake Toho, FL

Goal: 5 largest largemouth bass

Tips: Toho is stocked full of largemouth so finding some won't be a problem.
      The fastest is the northern tip of the map- there's a little cove full
      of em. As with the other largemouth tourneys it requires every second
      and a little luck to win. The bass seem to strike the plastic worm 
      the fastest so I use that, although topwater poppers is a fun alternative
      in crystal clear waters like this- but strikes take a little longer so
      I recommend the worm.




J. Table Rock Lake, MO

Goal: 5 largest Kentucky Spotted Bass

Tips: Head west along the southern bank and stop at the last cove before the
      the main river. The simplest way is to use the plastic worm and bob it
      on the bottom. Another tip is to set the drag up to 3 since these fish
      won't get up above 8 lbs. Fish fast and hard and you'll place 1st, but 
      2nd place will also unlock the invitational mode.







VI.   INVITATIONAL WALKTHROUGH
==============================================================================
==============================================================================

The invitation is a series of 5 tournaments. You don't need to place high to
get to the next tournament as each one gives you points depending on your 
finish. Here's the breakdown:


Place:       Points:       Reward:
1st          10            $50 
2nd          7             $25
3rd          5             $10
4th          0             $0

Unfortunately the invitational is always the same 5 lakes, insteading of 
picking random lakes. They also use the same fish. You will probably need to  
use different fishing spots as the starting docks is now in a different 
place then it was for the tournament.



A. Lake Amistad, TX

Goal: 5 largest striped bass

Tips: Ok, since in invitational mode the starting dock has moved, the bridge  
      is no longer the quickest spot. So head out of the cove and turn left 
      (south) and stop next to a couple of trees on your right. There should 
      be a school of stripers here. If you've gotten this far you shouldn't 
      have any problem winning this tourney. Place 1st and you'll get a $50 
      gift card. 




B. Lake Fork, TX

Goal: 5 largest largemouth bass

Tips: Again, lake fork is loaded with largemouth. Head southwest and fish in 
      the corner of the cove here (there are 2 trees sticking out). This is 
      one of the harder tourneys. You'll need a couple good size bass to place
      1st so good luck.




C. Oneida Lake, NY

Goal: 5 largest smallmouth bass

Tips: Turn the boat around and head east. There's a school by the bouys on at 
      the east end of the lake. There's a few catfish here too so you may want
      to use a jerkbait instead of the squirmin worm... by now you know how
      to do this either way :-D




D. Lake Champlain, NY

Goal: 5 biggest largemouth and smallmouth bass

Tips: Obviously you want 5 laregemouth here. Just south of the starting dock 
      along the east bank is the closest place to find them, but there's also
      smallmouth mixed in here. So if you'd rather have just a school of 
      largemouth, head west under the bridge and stop and fish NW into the cove
      here on the west bank. If you've upgraded to a faster boat it shouldn't
      take more than 30-45 seconds to get here. I would recommend a jerkbait
      since the water is so deep here and the area is so large, you'll want a 
      good view. You'll need a couple big ones, but this should be easier than
      the largemouth only tournaments, like at lake fork and lake toho.




E. Table Rock Lake, MO

Goal: 5 largest kentucky spotted bass

Tips: Well for the final tournament of the game this one is suprisingly easy.
      Just head west along the southern bank and pull into the last cove 
      before reaching the main channel. There's nothin but spotted bass here.
      Catch em any way you want (I recommend the worm) and catch em quick, and
      you'll have no problem finishing first. And if you win the whole 
      invitational, you'll win a new boat!







VII.  LENGENDARY FISH
==============================================================================
==============================================================================


I imagine this is the section most of you are looking for. I've personally 
caught each legendary fish and can verify that these locations are correct.
When you hook the legendary fish a "sparkly" effect will show (similiar to 
catching a reward fish) and you will be congratulated accordingly when you 
land him. Sometimes when fishing in the area, a gold sparkle will appear over 
the water in the spot where the fish is located. It won't happen as soon as 
you drop anchor however, so be patient and keep fishing... also it will 
re-appear again later if you don't immediately catch the fish, but it may take
some time. 

* note Oneida Lake has 2 legendary fish 

* note there is no legendary trout

* note Lake Amistad has no (0, zero) legendary fish... I guess in Texas "the 
  one that got away" never gets away ;-)

* note I've listed the in-game description of each fish's weight (where one
  is given) and the weight of the fish I personally caught so feel free to 
  compare yours to mine :-D

* I recommend buying and equipping a baitcasting reel and a 7 foot rod (this 
  lets you cast up to 150+ feet and is better when fighting The Monster).




A. Name: "The Monster"
   Lake Ouachita
   striped bass 
   estimated at 65 lbs, 4 feet long
   My catch: 62.0 lbs.

   Located: The far west end of the map where a creek empties into the lake.
            This is inside one of the bouyed exploration locations. The monster
            is towards the back and to the right (by the north bank) in some 
            weeds and about 5-8 foot depth.

   Tips: Here's how I caught this guy - it took me quite a long time though,
         so maybe you guys have better suggestions - I used a topwater lure
         to fish out some good stripers by luring them in close to the boat.
         1. this makes nabbing the legendary fish easier when the gold 
         sparkles come and 2. you can nab a 55 pounder in the meantime using 
         the topwater view to see where the big ones are. When you see the 
         gold sparkle immediately switch to a drop-shot worm and cast in the
         exact spot where the sparkle was. Now just barely bounce the worm 
         along the bottom so that you don't attract the other fish or any 
         catfish. If the monster is still there he should strike and you'll
         see the sparkle effect when you hook him. If not, then go back to the
         topwater and keep catching big ones until the spot appears again and 
         retry. Be sure to use 17 lb test line and your best lure and rod as 
         this is the largest fish in the game. Keep your drag down to 1 notch,
         take your time luring him in, and slowly wear him down- believe me
         as long as it takes to hook this bad boy YOU DO NOT WANT TO LOSE HIM
         This fish took the longest time to lure out and the longest time to
         land. Have fun :-D




B. Name: "Caspar" 
   Lake Fork
   white crappie
   My catch: 5.8 Lbs
    
   Located: From the starting dock head south and around the bend until you 
            go into the west half of the lake. Head north into the long 
            channel (the end of which is the northernmost point on the lake)
            and find the buoyed off eploration challenge area. There's a 
            school of bass here, south of this is a school of catfish, and 
            finally the 3rd school south of the bouyed area is the crappie. 
            He's about in the middle of the channel.

   Tips: I caught this one without seeing the gold sparkle above the water.
         I simply kept catching crappie until one of them lighted up with a 
         sparkle when I hooked him, but the sparkle will appear above him 
         eventually. I recommend the single tail grub, of course. 




C. Name "Leviathan" or "Levi" for short
   Lake Wylie 
   catfish 
   estimated at 40 lbs and 4 feet long
   My catch: 40.0 lbs

   Located: In the southeast corner of the lake is a spillway (an area with
            large cement walls and sluice gates). Levi is by the south wall,
            around the middle gate.

   Tips: Once you see the sparkle stick a drop shot worm in the spot (catfish
         really really love the drop shot- even more than the squirmin worm)
         and snag him. The squirmin worm will work too. Take your time and 
         slowly wear him down.




D. Name: "hubs"
   Lake Guntersville
   black crappie
   estimate at 7 lbs and feet long
   My catch 6.2 lbs

   Located: Go down the long channel south of the briges (the south end has
            2 long fingers- we want the eastern, narrower one). Before you 
            get to the bouyed of area, the southeastern bank juts out a litte. 
            Off this point is a school of crappie... and also... Hubs!!

   Tips: Not to hard to land really as he's pretty light... as with any 
         crappie I recommend a single tail grub.





E. Name: "Wally"
   Lake Champlain
   walleye
   estimated at 25 lbs
   My catch 22.0 lbs.
 
   Located: Head towards the Northeastern cove. At the southern end of that
            channel is a large school of walleye (it's directly north of the
            island east of the bridge).

   Tips: I had a hard time singling out wally from the large number of walleye
         here. I used the jerkbait to both find him and catch him. In the
         underwater view you can pick him out of the bunch as his coloring 
         is unique - he's much darker- and has bigger fins. You might try
         catching several walleye away from the sparkle or lure them in close
         to the boat to help split them up, and then cast to the spot. With  
         17 lbs test, landing him won't be too hard.




F. Name: "Goliath"
   Onieda Lake
   muskie
   estimated at 4 feet long
   My catch: 35.0 lbs.

   Located: In the southeast corner of the lake, where the cement wall borders
            the lake (in one of the buoyed exploration areas). If memory 
            serves me, the actual sparkle appears near the rocks up against
            the wall.

   Tips: Ah, the famous muskie- notoriously difficult to catch. I didn't find
         this guy too hard to catch... certainly easier than "the monster."
         Catch a couple muskie until the sparkle appears and then cast there.
         I recommend the jerkbait, the squirmin worm, or the dropshot worm. 
         A jigging spoon sometimes works well too, but the previous ones
         are the prime choices.




G. Name: "Striker"
   Onieda Lake
   Northern Pike
   Estimated at 50 lbs
   My catch: 50.0 lbs.

   Located: West of where Goliath was... next to the rock wall. The sparkle
            appears west of the middle small dock that stick out of the wall.

   Tips: Cast a worm, or drop-shot worm on the sparkle when it appears. You 
         can also use any other bait you use to catch pike, but the worm you
         can bounce in the exact spot. He's a big boy now, so take your time
         and wear him down. Keep the drag down to one notch and real him
         carefully. It will take a while, but with patience he's no problem.




H. Name: "The Captain"
   Pickwick Lake
   smallmouth bass
   estimated at 8 lbs and 2 feet long
   My catch: 8 lbs.

   Located: Go to the damn in the northwest of the lake. Now travel along
            the north bank to the east. You'll see a series of coves, the 
            first of which has a buoyed area. Pass it and the next one and 
            pull into the 3rd cove. Immediately to the right is a mini cove
            within the cove. There's a school of smallmouth here and "The
            Captain" is in with them.

   Tips: The squirmin worm works just fine. I can't think of much else to 
         say. Just reel him in and enjoy some fish 'n chips captain style!




I. Name: "The Mouth"
   Lake Taho
   largemouth bass
   estimated at 20 lbs.
   My catch: 22.0 lbs.

   Located: Head south then east. The area we want is the buoyed area that
            is located on the eastern most point of the map. The sparkle 
            should appear on the north east corner.

   Tips: As with any bass, most every lure works fine. I just dropped a worm
         on the sparkle and got him. He's pretty big and fights well so take 
         your time and carefully wear him down and you'll be fine.




J. Name: "Tucky Blue"
   Table Rock Lake
   kentucky spotted bass
   My catch: 9.0 lbs.
   
   Located: Travel down the east wing all the way to the end, past the bouys
            on your left. There's a school of spotted bass here and the 
            Tucky's sparkle will appear way back to the end and a little on 
            the left.

   Tips: There's not much to say, he's not too tough. Use any lure you use to 
         catch bass... the worm works just fine.









VIII. SIDEQUESTS AND MISCELLANEOUS STUFF
==============================================================================
==============================================================================


A. Trophy Room

The trophy room shows the largest fish you have caught of each of the fish 
species. If you catch a larger one it will replace the current one. It also
displays the legendary fish you've collected.



B. Challenges

The challenges menu gives you two possible mini-games; the bass boat challenge
and the casting contest. Both will pay reward money for the BPS. The boat 
challenge is a race around the lake against an NPC boat. Navigate through the 
bouys around the course and beat the opponent. The casting challenges consist
of a set of rings set in the water which you must cast your lure into. Cast 
into each ring before the clock runs out to collect the reward money.


     Bass boat challenges:

      Lake Amistad
      Lake Fork 
      Lake Guntersville
      Lake Ouachita
      Lake Wylie
      Lake Champlain

     Casting contests:

      Lake Oneida
      Lake Pickwick
      Table Rock Lake
      Lake Toho




C. Reward fish
   
   Every lake has random fish that will give rewards when caught. You can tell
   when a reward fish is hooked by the gold sparkle effect around its' mouth
   when you set the hook and the white sparkles that emit while reeling it in.
   There are 3 possibilities of a reward for landing the fish:
   
   1. Reputation points
   2. Bass pro shops gift card money $$$
   3. A randomly selected lure (you get 2 of them I think)

*size has nothing to do with the reward fish- it's completely random as I've 
 actually caught a 0.5 lb largemouth as a reward fish



D. Angler challenges

In every lake there are NPC fisherman on boats. When you approach them they 
will say "Hey, how's it going." or "Hey, watch it!" if you try to ram them.
30% of the time they will challenge you to a contest. If you accept you can 
win BPS reward money. There are a few different challenges...

-be the first to make a perfect cast

-catch the largest (selected fish species) - only the first one counts

-be the first to catch a (selected fish species)

-be the first to catch a (selected fish species) and a (selected fish species)




E. Boat garage

Boats are not bought but unlocked by winning tournaments. After the 3rd lake
is when you can start unlocking them. Obviously you'll want to start using the
faster boats once you get them in order to save time in your tournaments.

Tracker ProTeam 170
Top Speed 34.0
Acceleration 9.7

Tracker Pro Crappie 175
Top Speed 38.0
Acceleration 8.9

Tracker ProTeam 175 TXW
Top Speed 41.0
Acceleration 8.1

Tracker ProTeam190 TX
Top Speed 51.0
Acceleration 9.7

Tracker Tournament V-18
Top Speed 57.0
Acceleration 7.3

Nitro 640
Top Speed 47.0
Acceleration 9.4

Nitro 898 
Top Speed 70.0
Acceleration 5.7

Nitro Z6
Top Speed 52.0
Acceleration 8.1

Nitro Z9
Top Speed 79.0
Acceleration 6.0
Unlocked by winning the invitational




F. MAKING MONEY!

Need money for lures, rods, and reels? Here are the ways you can make money
to buy more awesome BPS gear!

1. Completing casting challenges or boat challenges
   -casting challenges are the quickest way to make a small amount of money
    if you need to get a few lures.
   -the boat races are longer and they actually pay less than the casting 
    contest even though they are harder.

2. Angler challenges
   -completing these challenges from random NPC's can net you $10

3. Reward fish
   -catching a random reward fish has a chance to net $10
   -obviously this isn't a good way to make money quickly!!!

4. Winning tournaments
   -placing first in a tournament wins reward money

5. Winning invitational tournaments
   -placing 1st in an invitational tourney can win up to $50

6. Completing Exploration challenges on each lake
   -this is a one time event in each lake. Once all 5 areas have been entered
    you will recieve the reward.




==============================================================================
==============================================================================
==============================================================================
The end

-If you have any corrections, questions, or additions, contact me-
  black_willow00@yahoo.com   or post your comments in the forums.