Let me start by saying I own this game on the 360 and enjoy it. I also used just the wii mote without the fishing pole attachment. Playing this one, I got the feeling the development meeting went as follows- "Hey, there's this wii console, and we can actually develop the game to incorporate the feeling of real fishing!" "Nah. I have better things to do. let's just throw something together, and put it on the shelves."
I was surprised on how much this game was lacking. I played the free fishing mode. It starts off with driving the boat to where you want to fish. So you speed around until you find the spot with your trusty fish finder.... wait, there isn't one! Then go to fire up the trolling motor to get yourself in the right position... no trolling motor either! You basically have a co-pilot that tells you "this looks like a good spot" or "you're going to scare the fish with all your driving around". fine. Time to fish. The casting motion should pretty pretty simple, since it would be the same as if you were actually hold a rod and reel. You try to finesse a shot in, the co-pliot makes snide comments. You finally hook the fish, and you're reeling it in, and a power-up screen pops up. no directions, nada. I ended up losing 75 percent of the fish I hooked, that's when I turned it off.
I am really hoping someone makes a serious fishing game, cuz this one ain't it.