Mark Davis' The Fishing Master

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Mark Davis' The Fishing Master
Mark Davis' The Fishing Master
North American cover art
Developer(s) Natsume
Composer(s) Iku Mizutani
Kinuyo Yamashita
Platform(s) Super NES
  • JP: June 30, 1995
  • NA: April 1996
Genre(s) Sports (Fishing)
Mode(s) Single-player

Mark Davis' The Fishing Master (大物ブラックバスフィッシング 人造湖編?, "Oomono Black Bass Fishing: Jinzouko-Hen")[1] is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System fishing video game in which the player fishes in rural lakes.

The game features Mark Davis' voice. It became a cult video game due to its difficulty level and attention to detail about lures and weather effects.[2] A sequel, Mark Davis Pro Bass Challenge, was released in 2003 for PlayStation 2 and 2005 for Nintendo GameCube.


The player character catching a fish.

Only catching black bass is allowed. All other kinds of fish are prohibited and do not count towards the total score.[citation needed] Each lake has different criteria for passing the challenge and moving on to the next level. Players can assemble their own fishing gear. Realistic fish AI allows players to practice real-life fishing techniques on the virtual fish.[3]

In the practice mode, the weather and the season can be chosen in order to practice fishing under certain conditions. Spots where fish are guaranteed to show up during the practice session appear as boat icons on the map.[4]


On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the game an 18 out of 40.[5] A reviewer for Next Generation commented that "For all purposes fun and entertaining, Mark Davis' The Fishing Master fails entirely to capture the true challenge of fishing. And while the initial set-up is impressively thorough, offering your choice of seasons, gear, the time of day and location, the actual gameplay mechanics lack realism and make the game less than exciting to play." He gave it 2 out of 5 stars.[6]

Allgame gave this game a score of 2.5 out of 5.[7]


  1. ^ English-Japanese title translation at
  2. ^ Top 10 Best Fishing Games Of All Time at World Fishing Network
  3. ^ Game information about Mark Davis' The Fishing Master at MobyGames
  4. ^ Advanced information about Mark Davis' The Fishing Master at
  5. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 大物ブラックバス フィッシング人造湖編. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.342. Pg.30. 7 July 1995.
  6. ^ "Mark Davis' The Fishing Master". Next Generation. No. 14. Imagine Media. February 1996. p. 175. 
  7. ^ Rating for Mark Davis' The Fishing Master at allgame