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Lake Toho might star in new video fishing game

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 3:08 pm

 

 

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Thousands of people have spent a memorable day bass fishing on Lake Tohopekilga, but did you ever think you might land a 20-pound bass from the lake right in your own living room?

Living room fishing from Lake Toho, and other area lakes could soon become a reality thanks to some United Kingdom game designers.

Darrin Nokes and Mark Greenway spent several days in Kissimmee recently, with the help of long-time area fishing guide Chuck Pippin, scouting locations around the lake, which just might star in a future video game. Pippin has acted as consultant during the research trip.

Nokes and Greenway have already produced a popular fishing game simulator called Euro Fishing, for the British-based Dovetail Games.

The new game, would continue along the same lines, brand manager Nokes said, but with a distinct Florida flavor.

Both men are avid carp fishermen, and the UK game is all about carp fishing in several European lakes.

“We know all about carp fishing,” said Greenway, who is the business director, but the emphasis of late is on bass fishing.  The men have spent the last few days talking to other fishing experts, like Pippin, as well as spent some time on the water bass fishing.

This is only the beginning of what promises to be a entertaining venture, both for Nokes and Greenway, but anyone who likes to fish.

“A big part of what we do is authenticity,” he
said. So future visits will mean lots of videography and photog
raphy around the lake.

“We want it to be as authentic as possible,” Nokes said. “We want it to be real to life.”

The current Euro Fishing game, which also is available in the U.S. via Xbox One, Playstation 4 and in a PC version, offers that same kind of experience, the men said.

Video anglers not only get to choose between lakes, but also have hundreds of combinations of fishing tackle available including lures, rodes, lines and more. Video fishermen compete live against each other, via a leaderboard with fishermen from all over the world.

It is a great way to learn about fishing, for those who never have been, or a great alternative for avid fishermen who just can’t get out to the lake.

“It’s been overwhelming,” Nokes said of the stop in Kissimmee. “The experience has been amazing.”

The men have learned a lot and gotten a good base on what they will need to do to proceed in a new fishing game based on the bass fishing experience.

There is still a lot of work to be done before a bass fishing game will become a reality, but the men already have plans on returning on coming back for more research.

We want to become a part of the bass industry,” Nokes said. One of the best way to meet bass enthusiasts and various support companies for the industry is at the ICast convention held in Central Florida in July. They plan on attending and participating in the bass tournament held on Lake Toho as part of the convention.

If all goes well, gamers might just find a new bass fishing game launching by December or early next year.

While the main objective, of course, is to sell games (the Euro Fishing game costs about $20), Nokes and Greenway also are excited about the game being a launch pad to encourage more people to actually go out and fish since it does teach all of the basics for  fishing.

You can keep track on any updates for the new fishing game on Facebook at Dovetail Fishing.

You can purchase the original game and find general fishing information as well at www.dovetailgames.com.

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