Community Response Update Out Now
Hi all, Thank you for all your amazing feedback so far since the launch of Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour. Our Community Response Update is our first update since the release of Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour and aims to address some of the most commonly reported issues we have had so far including adding unlimited time back in to multiplayer, fixing the area of Lake Miller with no water and the items from the equipment pack not displaying correctly. Here's the full list of issues that we have fixed with this update: * Unlimited session length added in Multiplayer * Section of Lake Miller with no water * Owned equipment appears at the top of the list in the default sort * Named Trophy fish weight not being tracked under species best weight * Character wearing double hat during when wearing career outfit in other game modes * TP displayed does not decrease when purchasing * Bollies in equipment pack cannot be used in the Throwing Stick or Spod rod * End of Career Mode event - Player profile image not displaying on screen * Event Calendar end of season - UI prompts missing from multiple screens * DFL series leaderboards were showing global scores * Lake Dylan offline bass tournament - The offline tournaments based at Lake Dylan "Minnesota Mega Bass" all appear to take the player into a free flying camera option and do not display the opening cinematic, causing player to restart the game * Career mode event, restart round - Pressing restart button after already restarting the round appears to keep reloading the title card, can cause cut scene to break and prevent gameplay * Various crash fixes
5 months ago
Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Competition T&C's
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6 months ago
Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour FAQ
Since the release of Pro Tour on Thursday we have had great feedback from everyone that has been playing it. We wanted to put together a list of the more frequently asked questions and known issues in this article. We will be adding more to it if we notice any common questions popping up on our social channels. Q: How do I use the dead baits? A: Equip a size 2 hook and you will see them in the bait list. Q: How do I download the lakes from the Giant Carp Pack? A: Go to the individual store pages for Gillhams and Wraysbury and install them from there. Q: Which lakes are barbel in? A: Barbel can be caught in the Grand Union Canal and Waldsee. In our add-on lakes they can be found in Jezioro Bestii and Lago del mundo. Q: Where has the tackle shop gone? A: The tackle shop and the customise menus have now been combined in to one menu. You can make changes to your tackle boxes and buy new equipment all in one place. Q: Can I have a multiplayer session without a time limit? A: Not at the moment but we will be bringing that in with the next update. Known issues Here is a list of issues we are aware of and working on fixes for at the moment for our first post release update: * Hooks not showing with certain baits equipped - if this does happen, switch your bait to something different and they will show up again * Equipment Pack baits not showing up * Arapaima boss fish weights not showing in species catch list * Character wearing two hats in career mode outfit * Area of Lake Miller with no water We will be continuing to collect your feedback to help make improvements as we move forward. Development is already under way on our first post release update for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour.
6 months ago
Top 5 Tips for catching Carp & Coarse Fish in Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
The key to catching carp in Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour is connecting all the dots to ensure you are fishing effectively. Here’s how; 1. Use your eyes When you arrive at the lake, look across the water for fish shows. These can be one of two things, either the fish crashing out of the water or bubbles coming up to the surface. Either of these indicate where the fish are and where you should be casting. 2. Use the correct rig The rigs in the game are best used over one of the three bed types found on the lake bed – silt, weed or gravel. When you have chosen the rig you want to use, find that type of lake bed to fish over. It is not effective to use a silt rig and be fishing in weed. 3. Use the correct bait Similarly to the rigs, the baits tell you how they behave in the water and how big they are. Ensure that the bait you are using matches the rig in terms of presentation and size. For example, you don’t want to be fishing a large sinking bait on a small (say size 8) rig when fishing over weed as the fish won’t find it! 4. Use your spod rod You’ve seen where fish are, you have a rig and bait that match the lake bed so now you just sit back and wait for it to happen? No – equip your spod rod and cast out free offerings to the fish – this will attract the fish in the area and draw more in from further afield. 5. Work your swim he final tip – work the area of water that your swim covers. You’ve seen the fish show in the vicinity but they may not be moving a great deal and you have cast 20 yards away from where they are. Start off by casting to the left of your swim and then keep recasting slowly moving more and more right across the water until you find where they are. Good luck!
6 months ago
Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Purchase Options
IF you are new to Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour, there are a number of options for you to purchase if you are looking to get in to the game. Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Standard Edition You can buy Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour standard edition which will give you the base game that will feature the Career Mode, 10 lakes and 29 species of fish for you to catch. Xbox [] PlayStation 4 Europe [] PlayStation 4 US [] Steam [] Dovetail Store [] Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour Deluxe Edition Fishing Sim World with a set of deluxe edition equipment. With the deluxe edition you will receive a bonus 20,000 Tackle Points, a deluxe edition boat, a set of 5 deluxe edition lures, 2 deluxe edition hoodies, 2 deluxe edition t-shirts and 2 deluxe edition caps. Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour + Giant Carp Pack Get everything that is in the base game of Pro Tour plus the Giant Carp Pack containing Gillhams Fishing Resort in Thailand and Wraysbury 1 South Lake in the UK. Gillhams is a fishing paradise located in Krabi, Thailand. This holiday resort is on the bucket list of many anglers due to the exotic species from South America and Asia that swim in its rich waters. This lake adds 5 new species with arapaima, redtail and mekong catfish, siamese carp and black pacu. Wraysbury is one of the most historic carp fishing venues of all time and was occupied by arguably the most famous carp, Mary who has been recreated as well as other famous residents such as Mary’s Mate and Cluster. Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour + Quad Lake Pass Get the Pro Tour base game and the Quad Lake Pass featuring four lakes across the US and Europe, Lake Williams, Jezioro Bestii, Lake Arnold and Gigantica Road Lake.
6 months ago
What is Career Mode?
In Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour’s Career mode you will play as an angler looking to work your way up through the ranks and become an elite angler. Standing in your way will be over 100 real world anglers including Scott Martin, Ali Hamidi, John Crews, Dave Levy, Jacob Wheeler, Ian Russell and many more. Starting as an amateur angler you will decide which career path you want to follow. With bass, carp and predator tournaments to compete in you can choose to focus on one tour or to take on the challenge of all three. You can change which tours you are competing in at any point throughout your career. Your finishing position in each tournament will award points towards your season standings. If you consistently place high up in tournaments, you will earn a promotion to the next league. As you become more successful in tournaments your career earnings and your social media following will grow. Over time you will attract interest from potential sponsors and start to receive sponsorship offers from over 50 licensed partners such as Korda, Booyah, Mainline, 13Fishing, RidgeMonkey and Evinrude. When a contract offer is received you can accept the deal or opt to try and negotiate for better terms. Be careful though as this may lead to the company withdrawing their offer! As you improve your relationship with a sponsor company they will offer a higher payout if you sign with them again later on. Over time you will also be invited to exclusive tournaments hosted by your sponsors. Become the ultimate angling champion and prove that luck has nothing to do with it!
6 months ago
Who are our partners?
Licensed products are a key feature of Fishing Sim World and we are bringing you equipment from some of the biggest names across the fishing industry. 13 Fishing About 13 Fishing: 13 Fishing is a brand founded on the most important principle of fishing, the angler. Baitworks About Baitworks: Baitworks was set up in 2005 by Mark Bryant. In this time the company has grown to be one of the most respected and reputable bait firms in the country. Bass Cat Boats About Bass Cat Boats: Manufacturer of fiberglass bass boats and trailers. Began in 1971 by Ron & Jan Pierce. Today it is still the longest existing tournament bass boat company in the USA. Bill Lewis (Rat-L-Trap) About Bill Lewis: Started in 1964, Bill Lewis' passion lead to the creation of his brilliant invention which went from something he created while tinkering in a garage to a product used all around the world. Booyah About Booyah: Founded in 2004 and based in Fort Smith, Ark., Booyah Bait Company has become a leader in the bass fishing lure industry. Canal and River Trust About Canal and River Trust: Canal & River Trust was launched on 12 July 2012, taking over the guardianship of British Waterways (the previous government-owned operator) canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks in England and Wales. Delkim About Delkim: Delkim has been at the forefront of bite indication technology for over 30 years. Duckett Fishing About Duckett Fishing: “Pro-Driven”, the company motto for Duckett Fishing that proves that their rods and reels were developed by and for pros. Enterprise Tackle About Enterprise Tackle: One of the U.K’s leading manufacturers of imitation baits and pioneers of the now fabous “Popup sweetcorn”. Evinrude About Evinrude: Our licensed engine partner and a leading manufacturer of outboard engines. Fitzgerald Fishing About Fitzgerald Fishing: Founded in 2010 by Trevor & Sonia Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Rods quickly became the preferred rod for guys frogging and flipping. Fitzgerald Rods became the brand that you used if you needed a rod that could with stand heavy duty use and abuse. Jenko About Jenko: Jenko Fishing is the brainchild of teenage entrepreneur and angler, Coleton Jennings. Coleton started fishing with his grandfather at a young age, fishing for crappie and other pan fish from a john boat on Kentucky Lake and other small ponds in the area. Korda About Korda: One of the biggest names in the carp scene and a company that we have worked with since day one. Linear Fisheries About Linear Fisheries: The Linear Fisheries Complex in Oxfordshire is one of the best day-ticket venues in the country. Mainline Baits About Mainline Baits: Since Mainline Baits was founded it has been synonymous with the highest quality carp baits possible, and the capture of carp from all over the world. Missile Baits About Missile Baits: Missile Baits have become well known for their soft plastic baits. Nichols Lures About Nichols Lures: A small bass fishing lure manufacturing company that produces only the finest hand-painted, hand-assembled baits. RidgeMonkey About RidgeMonkey: Formed in early 2014, RidgeMonkey® is a think tank of like-minded anglers, striving to bring to market a range of thoughtful products that make a difference. Sonik About Sonik: Founded in 2008 by Ian McCormack, Sonik was created as a company of anglers with a passion for developing great tackle that makes the whole experience of going fishing more productive and enjoyable. Sunline About Sunline: Sunline is a Japanese fishing line manufacturer established in 1977 that produces every conceivable type of fishing line. Wofte Clothing About Wofte Clothing: Wofte Clothing was born from the depths of the murky underground carp fishing scene in the South East of England. One of the pioneering company's dedicated exclusively to outdoor and fishing clothing formed in early 2011. Yum About Yum: YUM use the latest technology in coordination with extensive research and constant quality control to ensure the production of the most effective and reliable baits in the industry.
7 months ago
What Is Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour?
Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour is available now! Xbox [] PlayStation 4 Europe [] PS4 US [] Steam [] Dovetail Store [] Take on 100 of the world’s best anglers as you chase the dream of becoming the ultimate fishing champion. Standing in your way are “real world anglers" such as Scott Martin, Ali Hamidi, John Crews, Dave Levy, Jacob Wheeler, Ian Russell and many more as you compete in a multiple tournament career path, going from amateur to elite status, gaining social media following and earning sponsorship deals from over 50 licensed tackle companies such as Korda, Booyah, Mainline, 13Fishing and RidgeMonkey, all linked to your ongoing career earnings. Fishing Sim World Pro Tour has 10 lakes to choose from, including the famous tournament venues, Lake Guntersville and Lake Travis as two of our five vast US lakes. European venues include Gigantica Main Lake in France, Manor Farm Lake from the UK’s top day-ticket water complex Linear Fisheries and a section of the Grand Union Canal in London. With plenty of variety in the environments, different styles of fishing and hundreds of trophy fish to catch, there are always new challenges to face, that will test your skills to the limit. Take your fishing online and challenge your friends in multiplayer sessions where you set the rules. Choose how the session will be scored, what species will be counted, time limits and weather conditions. Customise even further, so you are targeting a variety of species with different rulesets for each additional competitive round you add. You can also test your skills against anglers from all over the world in our Dovetail Fishing League. Different tournaments are set each week for you to take part in that contribute to your global rankings as you aim for the coveted Angler of the Month title. With 29 different species of fish to catch including Bass, Carp, Walleye, Muskie, Pike, Barbel, Zander, Tench, Bream, Brown and Rainbow trout, each with its own unique AI and behavioral system, making sure you have the right tackle setup is of the utmost importance. Every item of equipment you require for each style of fishing or species of fish targeted is available from our licensed partners. From end tackle by Korda through to lures from Booyah and boats from Bass Cat, Fishing Sim World Pro Tour features some of the biggest names in the fishing industry.
8 months ago
Player Profile - Gary Spiers
* Gary Spiers * Carp & Coarse Angler * Location: New Forest UK * Current Gaming Platforms: – XBOX One – PC/Gaming Laptop * Gamer Tag: – SCUBA GAZ * Age: 44 (old school) * Current games: – Fishing Sim World - Euro Fishing * Hours spent on line: Too Many * Hobbies: Gaming, Coarse Fishing, Sea Fishing, Golf, Football (Reading FC for my sins) * First console: – SPECTRUM ZX81 * Current Job Role: – Technical Building Assessor * Children: Jack: Aged 5.5 * Married: Yes, to Samantha for 11 years (partnership 22 years) * Fishing Locations: UK, Norwegian fjords, Turkey, Spain, France Coarse fishing has been a part of my life since the age of 10, spending most of my weekends and summer holidays as a child beside the banks with friends, fishing various lakes and rivers around Hampshire and Berkshire counties. Currently reside in The New Forest, which offers many coarse fishing venues, I’m very fortunate to have two venues with multiple lakes within 5 mins drive from my property, offering a wide range of fish. With a busy working career, which meant I spent many months working away from home, and the arrival of my son Jack, unfortunately fishing has had to take a back seat for the last 5 years with only hitting the banks a handful of times. The introduction of a realistic fishing game on the PC and XBOX came as a pleasant surprise, allowing me to enjoy the fishing with friends in between writing reports for work in hotels rooms across the UK. I was introduced to Euro Fishing by a close friend (Strongbow) this was followed by Fishing Sim World, and I have never looked back, and the great outdoors of fishing became reality in the console, allowing me to fish with gamers from around the world from the comfort of my home on the XBOX or PC. In my opinion, Dovetail have developed an incredible fishing platform for likewise gamers to be connected across the world, offering many types of fishing and venues and species. Fishing Sim World has allowed me to make new friends, some with disabilities, which does not allow them to leave their homes or who are unable to get to venues to fish in real life. I feel Fishing sim world offers an incredible fishing experience for all, allowing the community to connect. I am currently running a social fan group [] on a well-known social media site, with the help of admins from around the world, which has reached 1000 members during the month of April and is growing daily. It is always a pleasure to see new post from members with constructive feedback about the games, which I’m sure the team at Dovetail appreciate and have taken positive actions to make the games even more realistic from the feedback posted. The game goes from strength to strength, I am looking forward to 2019 and am excited to see how the game will progress! Tight Lines all SCUBA GAZ
9 months ago
Clint Walker - Pike fishing with Deeper Sonar
I went pike fishing again this week, and blanked. I missed a run within the first half an hour, but otherwise, my indicators stubbornly refused to move all day. All was not lost though, as I met two anglers, one of whom was also fishless in his pursuit of predators, and his son, an exceptionally polite and well mannered fourteen year old. After a quick chat with dad, I spent a few minutes with the younger angler, and watched as he flicked a lure up the side of some pontoons in search of perch. We discussed the merits of dropshot and jig fishing, and I was pleased to see him pick off a solitary perch, indicating that it may be an area worth further investigation, so with that in mind, I said my farewells, and resolved to return later in the week… I have only ever fished with bait at this venue but wanted to find out if perch were worth targeting on lures. Determined to kill two birds with one stone, a few days later I was back at the water with the brand new Deeper Sonar™ Christmas package to do some product photography for one of my sponsors, and put the kit to the test. I’ve been using Deeper for a while now, and the new Deeper Pro+ is a real upgrade on the previous incarnation, with connection issues resolved, more features, and a greater casting range achievable. I tend to use it solely to confirm or locate underwater features, rarely utilising the fish finder option, but I wanted to try both for the required images. Whilst deadbaiting the water for pike, I’ve suspected an area of weed amongst a relatively clear lake bed, and this was an ideal opportunity to prove that fish were indeed holed up in cover. The Deeper is so easy to use; simply install the app, drop the sonar into the water (water activated battery) and wait for it to connect. At this point, I should point out that turning off mobile data gives far better connectivity, and within a few seconds, an image will appear on your phone or tablet which clearly depicts the environment below. Once stabilised, the picture will scroll across the screen, so you can pick out features, fish, temperature, depth, and plenty of other variables; it certainly makes mapping a water a far less laborious evolution than constantly casting a marker float. You can also store the information in the form of a GPS accurate map, add your own notes, and even add a photograph of the exact spot where you stand! Brilliant! Camera tripod locked in place, remote control in hand, I set about getting the requisite amount of shots for social media and marketing, including screen shots of actual use, and after an hour of repositioning, deleting, retaking, and viewing of images, was happy I’d got enough to work with; it was time to map some spots. My Deeper is attached to 50lb braid and it was quickly hurled out as far as I could cast it. I’d be lying if I said I could it to the maximum stated range of one hundred metres, (although I have used it to map river swims as it trots downstream) but then I don’t tend to fish deadbaits at that range either, so knew I’d have my spots covered. I waited for the picture to clear, and slowly wound in, pausing every few seconds to let the Deeper hover over areas of interest. I picked out a known snag with ease (pesky thing) and marked it on the GPS, then continued to retrieve over the potential weed patch. It was vegetation, but I was surprised just how far off the lake bed it rose. What I thought was perhaps a thin sheen of silkweed turned out to be substantial growth and a good depth of silt beneath. My baits had perhaps been landing in the silt which spread some distance from the focus of the weed, but at least I could confirm that the obstruction was there; noted for future sessions! I did have the fish finder turned on too and wasn’t surprised to find a good number of fish within cover. Vast areas of the reservoir were completely devoid of fish, a change in the weather had certainly stirred them up and at the base of the shelf, where I’ve caught a good number of pike, there were none! The majority were either in the weed or patrolling in mid-water near a shoal of bait fish, identified as a scatter pattern which was studded with ‘proper’ fish reflections. I spent another hour mapping the whole bank, finding depths to almost thirty feet, the remains of an old dam, another snag, and more fish, before packing away and having a quick fling with the dropshot rod under the floating pontoons. It proved to be slow going, with only a handful of perch caught, but the chill wind put paid to any further fishing, it was just too cold! I moved off to a tiny local river, determined to bank something worthy of a photograph. I’d changed the dropshot set up for a 3g jighead, loaded it with a pink Spro lure, and slid into the cramped swim beneath the trees. I’d seen a fish rise whilst approaching, so was confident of a hit on the lure. The river contains chub, trout, pike and perch, so it’s a real ‘lucky dip’ which is part of the reason I enjoy it so much. I prepared my first cast, carefully checking that my braid wasn’t looped around the end of the rod, my bale arm was open, that the backcast was clear of obstructions, and that the spot I wanted to cast to was accessible. All clear, I fired the lure out and it went straight into a tree which had a single branch hanging down! With 6lb braid and 5lb fluorocarbon, snatching it back in isn’t an option, so by the time I’d gently pulled the branch towards me, I’d made far too much noise to have any chance of a fish from the tiny swim, so scrabbled back up the bank to try the next glide. A classic small river swim, with fast water running into a widening, deep pool, it’s one of two spots here that are ‘guaranteed’. I know every nook and cranny and can tell you at any time of the year where fish are to be found, I’m that confident! The pink shad was twitched across the bottom, repeated several times, but without success. A change to a similar pattern lure in a different colour bought an instant bite, a handsome perch of around half a pound the culprit, and this continued with a number of fish banked. As I watched the rod tip, I noted a splash against the far bank, just a few yards distant, and watched a long dark shape slip by beneath the water. The clear water gave me a good view of the intruder, and I quickly realised that it was a mink, which I watched surface and swim to its home within the roots of a tree. We watched each other for a while, the mink’s pale snout clearly visible in the dark confines beneath the tree, and I have to admit that I was enthralled to see an apex predator up close. I know they are killers, but what an impressive animal, and a real treat to witness! I didn’t want to risk conflict, hooking a fish to be snatched and fought over, so moved upstream to a steady, shallow glide. I could see the river bed clearly, patched with coloured autumn leaves and flicked the lure under the roots of a tree on the near side. I watched it skip across the debris, and then it disappeared. I couldn’t spot it, and then all went solid; snagged! A small amount of pressure was applied to free the hook and suddenly a huge bow wave erupted as a pike leapt clear of the water in a shower of spray! I hadn’t seen it, perfectly camouflaged as it shot out and whacked the lure, and although it was only a jack of about 4lb, it gave a superb account on ultralight tackle as it sped around the confines of the river, desperately trying to dislodge the hook. Safely netted, it was quickly returned sulkily to the river, and that ended my session. An hour on the river had resulted in a number of handsome perch, a close up encounter with a mink, and a finely conditioned pike to finish; it doesn’t get better than that does it? The new Deeper Sonar Christmas package is available from 1st November (rrp £209), and contains the Deeper sonar, spare night fishing cover, smartphone mount, neoprene carry pouch, charging lead, and a bonus Gerber™ multi-tool with twelve handy functions! Check it out!
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