The Black Bass

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Genre: Sports
Platforms: NESNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Bass Games

You guide your boat silently to a tempting spot on your favorite lake. Somewhere underwater you know a hungry lunker is waiting to be caught. You cast your favorite rubber froggy out there, twitching the line seductively to make your lure as mouthwatering as possible-at least to a fish. Suddenly, a murky shape stalks your lure and-WHAM! The line screams off the reel as a huge bass thrashes across the water!

It's that ancient struggle: Man versus Fish. The Black Bass is a game that features the rockin' and reelin' action of black bass fishing.

Calling All Anglers

Hook-up with vicious pike, rowdy rainbow trout, and brawny brown trout, but your quarry is that elusive monster of the marshlands-the largemouth bass.

You'll enter a fishing tournament where the object is simple: He who catches the most bass wins. But this game is no picnic.

Just as in real fishing you don't catch a fish with every cast. Work your way up through three classes and 200 individual rankings. Just as in real bass derbys, tournaments take place on 12 days spread through summer and fall. You only have a set amount of time each day, so fish wisely. At the end of each fishing session, you get a password. But if you have a bad day you might drop a rank or an entire classification!

Gone Fishing

Visit four tournament quality lakes. Lake Amada is where you'll catch bass most frequently, but they're on the small side. Japan Lake is full of mid-sized and small bass. Lake More and San Lake are where the super large lunkers live. You can move your boat all around a lake to search for the best points to fish. You'll find submerged tree stumps, tall marshgrass, old pier pilings, and deepwater points-all prime bass habitats. Weather conditions, time of day, and even the color of your lure determine whether you end up with the catch of the day or the one that got away.

Choose Your Lure

You get your choice of five lures. The Pencil Bait is a surface lure that any fish will hit. The Frog is another top-floater that's a deadly bass-catcher. The Shallow Runner works the surface and middle depths. The versatile Spinner hits all levels from top to bottom. And the classic Plastic Worm is a delicious bottom-bumper.


  • The action of the lone is what attracts the fish. Press Left then Right on the directional controller to make your lure wiggle, but when the fish starts to follow it, press Up to make it move away from the fish. He'll think his lunch is trying to run away and almost always goes for it!
  • The spinner is the best all- around bass lure, but when all else tails, use the worm! Let it sink to the bottom then press the directional pad Right or Left. Occasionally, hit the A button to make the worm dance along the lake bottom.

You start each day with two of each. But cast carefully! You might lose your hottest lures and you can't replenish your tackle box until the day is done.

Sometimes lure color is the key to increasing your chances of getting a bite. Red is the best color for evening fishing. Silver is excellent for clear days.

Fish On!

Sight-in your cast by aiming an onscreen cross hair with the directional pad. When the lure hits on! Reel in the line, but don't go too fast or you'll lose it. Ringing bells mean danger, you're straining the line. Apply Thumb Pressure to wear out the fish. At the end of each cast you have the option of switching lures, moving to another spot, or checking your results for the day.

  • You can get pretty good at casting your lure into specific spots, but cast too tar ten or right and you'll lose your lucky lure on screen. In general, cast straight down the middle of the screen and use the direction key to maneuver the lure into the right spot.
  • If you don't want to mess with the little guys, just press Select to unhook them without reeling them all the way into your net.

Go Fish

The Black Bass isn't your typical fishing game. In addition to strategy and timing, it takes patience and a little bit of luck. All that's missing is the fish fry at the end. If you'd rather be fishing than zapping mutants or punching-out bad guys, try The Black Bass.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Realistic?!.. .only seeing is believing!

As the shadow of the fish appears from the depths, the competition begins. He Will hide and he will jump. He weighs over 20 lbs., and won't be easy to land. The editorial staff of Fishing Magazine, Bass Fishing Fishing enthusiasts and computer engineers spent many years on this project.

This EXCITING NEW fishing game is now available to you.

Are you ready for the BLACK BASS?

Grab your tackle box, your favorite reel, and put on the answering machine, because it's time for a day of tournament fishing! At the start of the competition, everyone will be fishing in Clear Lake. In order to progress to the higher classes, you have to build a substantial Black Bass weight average, (easier said than done) because all of the other fish don't count towards your standing. As you proceed in the tournament, you'll be allowed to fish in Storm Lake and use a larger variety of lures, so try out some new fishing techniques. Go ahead and be creative, it can't hurt!

This cart packs a lot of realism for fishing fans. As you learn the lake, your chances of winning the tournament will totally increase. Do not be afraid to try the different lures in the many hot fishing spots around the lake in order to find out what works best for you. If you are ready for a kinder and gentler video sport this summer, then grab your portable and get your bass out of here!

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