Thursday, March 26, 2009

How to obtain the Fishfinder in COTD

How to obtain the secret fishfinder in the game Hooked On:Creatures of the Deep

What is a fishfinder ?

A fishfinder is a type of fathometer, both being specialized types of echo sounding systems, a type of Active SONAR. ('Sounding' is the measurement of water depth, a historical nautical term of very long usage.) The fishfinder uses active sonar to detect fish and 'the bottom' and displays them on a graphical display device, generally a LCD or CRT screen. In contrast, the modern fathometer (from fathom plus meter, as in 'to measure') is designed specifically to show depth, so may use only a digital display (useless for fish finding) instead of a graphical display, and frequently will have some means of making a permanent recording of soundings (which are merely shown and subsequently electronically discarded in common sporting fishfinder technology) and are always principally instruments of navigation and safety. The distinction is in their main purpose and hence in the features given the system. Both work the same way, and use similar frequencies, and, display type permitting, both can show fish and the bottom. Thus today, both have merged, especially with the advent of computer interfaced multipurpose fishfinders combining GPS technology, digital chart-plotting, perhaps radar and electronic compass displays in the same affordable sporting unit.


In the game Hooked On:Creatures of the Deep, the fish finder can be used to know where each type of fish occur in the map, which gives a head start for quests and fishing tournaments. Since it is a hidden item, this detailed guide explains how to obtain the fish finder for players who are still looking for it.

The "How to" Guide

First, you need to gain XP enough to unlock all four fishing locations, (Thailand will be unlocked at level 11 - 30,000 XP) as clues for the fish finders location is scattered in all four locations. A map which shows the coordinates for the fish finder is divided into four parts, and the four parts, hidden in floating bottles are put on the four fishing locations in the game ( Costarica, Alaska, Scotland and Thailand). So in order to find them, you need to do some fishing in all four locations. To get bottles which contain the parts of map, you need to scratch the surface using a floating minnow or popping plug. After you find all four parts of the map, from all four cities, it will look like below when joined together.

Notice the Numbers in each maps corner ? thats the coordinates you need. when lined together , the coordinates are 70,0.

Though you find the coordinates, you still need two more items. Someone has to tell you that these are the coordinates for the special prize, isnt it? yes. That message is hidden inside a bottle, which you will find in Thailand when you do some fishing and quests. There is no exact location for the bottle in the map, as players have reported getting it from most parts of Thailand. The bottle contains a secret message which is shown below.

So now you got the coordinates, and instruction. Still you need a GPS device to find the exact coordinates. Some players have said that they have obtained the fishfinder without coordinates, as they have found the exact spot. Yet, to make this more interesting and to play the game properly do the quests.

When you complete the objective in 10th quest , finding the golden necklace, you will obtain the GPS device as the price.

Now, everything you need to unlock the secret is found, whats left is to find the location 70,0.

Once you are on top of the exact coordinates, press the game button (The fire button, or the button you use to cast, hook and reel in.. by default the "5" key) and a message will appear as shown below.

Everything is done, now you have obtained the fishfinder. A new blank bulb will appear under the GPS coordinates which will flash in red or green. The item will appear under "Pocket" in options menu.

Once you hit the option "fishfinder", the bestiary or the fish and items list for the location will appear. you can select anything you want to find from the list. Once you select a specific item and start moving out in the boat, the bulb under the coordinates panel will keep blinking in red. When you reach the location for the item you selected, the bulb will start flashing in green. Move your boat to the spot where the bulb stays brightly lit, and that will be the place you need to fish for the item.

Lets give this a try.

I need to catch a tiger catfish, so i browse the fish finder and selected the tiger catfish as the active item.

A small magnifying glass will appear next to the name once you select it. Now lets move around the country looking for a place to catch the item. Not so far, i found the place and the bulb started to blink in green.

Selected the spot, and casted for the first time. Surprise !

So this item works, and no wonder it was a hidden secret as this item makes the quests and tournaments so easy. You can use this to finish the bestiary and win tournaments quickly to complete the game.

Have fun!