As fishing games go, this one is unrealistic. As a "Novice" you start your tournament using only 6 lb test line, with no option to upgrade. I found fish, hooked them, but could not land them. As you fight the fish and are working the drag to keep from breaking the line a "timer" is counting down. When it reaches "0" you loose the fish. If you try to put more pressure on the fish, you break off and loose your bait.
There are no electronics available, so the only way to tell what is beneath you is to throw a bait and "look".
You can only reel the bait using a circular motion on the joystick. As you try to land a fish you will find yourself very busy spinning the joystick while working the drag while raising and lowering the rod.
Steering the boat is cumbersome. I spent as much time going backwards as forwards, as I tried to position the boat.
If you have played other fishing games, you will find this one very frustrating.