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Persona 4 Golden Guide

Fishing

Fishing is a mini-game that requires a Side Quest to do. Unfortunately, you can’t go out and buy a fishing rod, you’ll have to find parts to assemble one yourself.

Fishing will make time pass by, like many other events. To fish, use bread crumbs from Shiroku Pub or Bugs from the Shrine.

Getting a Fishing Rod

Early in the game, you will be able to obtain bugs by trading sodas with the Bug-catching Boy at Tatsuhime Shrine. Later in the year, you will get a Bug Catching Net from the lady in the white yukata at the Shrine at night. When it starts snowing, you will be able to find bugs in your garden. The Bug Catching Net will be used most often to obtain bugs.

Bait Description
Bread Crumbs When used as bait at the river, can attract Red Goldfish or Genji Ayu. Obtained from the Shiroku Pub in the Central Shopping District at night. Give the woman a which ever bug she asks for. Once a day only.
Tatsuhime Ladybug When used as bait at the river, can attract Genji Ayu or Amber Seema.
Yaso Locust When used as bait at the river, can attract Amber Seema or Inaba Trout.
Meiou Cricket When used as bait at the river, can attract Inaba Trout or Huge Fish.
Inaba Jewel Beetle When used as bait at the river, can attract Huge Fish or Samegawa River Guardian.
Daimyo Grasshopper When used as bait at the sea, can attract Hachiro Octopus.
Heike Stag Beetle When used as bait at the sea, can attract Hachiro Octopus or Meguro Tuna.
Genji Beetle When used as bait at the sea, can attract Meguro Tuna or Sea Guardian.

Take these bugs (Tatsuhime Ladybugs) to Shiroku Pub at night (along with a jewel/gem) and feed the woman’s fish the bug from your inventory. You will get a fish hook.

Take this fish hook to the man at the Riverbank at Samegawa Flood Plain and he will give you a rod.

How To Fish

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With the right bait, head to the Samegawa Flood Plain to fish. Choose one piece of bait and wait for your bobble to go under water. When it’s under water, a short mini-game will play out. Use the left analog stick to keep in the blue section (middle) of a meter. When in the blue section, press the Circle Button to start reeling in.

Reading ‘Beginning Fishing’ will allow you to fish more times before heading home. Reading ‘Expert Fishing’ will allow you to perform a quick reel after reeling a fish in a certain distance.’

Fish can be used as items, fed to cats around town, used as parts of quests, or traded with a woman at the Shrine at night for a Gem.

Fish Description Gem
Red Goldfish Restores 10 SP to an ally Kingyou Stone
Genji Ayu Restores 25 HP to an ally Gyosen Stone
Amber Seema Restores 50 HP to an ally Yazu Stone
Inaba Trout Restores 100 HP to an ally Masuda Stone
Huge Fish Restores all of one ally's HP Taisui Stone
Hachiro Octopus Restores 10 SP to an ally Takou Stone
Meguro Tuna Restores all of one ally's HP Merguro Stone
Guardian Restores all of one ally's SP Mondo Stone
Sea Guardian Restores all of one ally's SP Kaiou Stone

Finding Shichiri Beach

You must also be able to reach Shichiri Beach on your scooter. In order to reach the beach, you’ll need to have unlocked Okina City already. Then, choose to “take a long ride” 3 times and on your third ride, you’ll wind up at the beach. Your courage must be high enough to take long rides.

River Guardian and the Deep Sea Rod

Once you’ve unlocked the beach, choose the “Fish” option at the beach. You will find that your rod will not work in the sea. Go back to the Old Man at the Riverbank and he’ll challenge you to catch the Samegawa Guardian.

To catch this fish, you’ll need the Inaba Jewel Beetle as bait, which you can catch at the Tatsuhime Shrine or in your garden during winter. You can only catch the fish when it’s raining or snowing! You’ll know it’s the Guardian the second you throw it in the water by the ripples. If there is a large, resonating splash upwards from the surface, you’ve got him hooked. If there is no splash, press Circle to reel it in without forfeiting your bait and re-cast with the Inaba Jewel Beetle again.

Once you’ve caught the River Guardian, go to the Old Man at the Riverbank and show him the Samegawa Guardian to receive your Deep Sea Rod.

Catching the Sea Guardian

To catch the Sea Guardian itself, you’ll need to have the bait Genji Beetle’. You can purchase 2 of these beetles from Tanaka’s Amazing Commodities on August 22nd (8/22), or just catch them like the other bugs.

It doesn’t have to be raining or snowing in order to catch the Sea Guardian at Shichiri Beach, but it will allow you to get it on the hook a lot more easily. Use the Genji Beetle (although the game will only tell you that you will attract Maguro Tuna). You’ll know it’s the Guardian the second you throw it in the water by the ripples. If there is a large, resonating splash upwards from the surface, you’ve got him hooked. If there is no splash, press Circle to reel it in without forfeiting your bait and re-cast with the Genji Beetle again.

You might want to save the fish rather than sell it or something so you can easily complete the Hermit Social Link.