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The Catch makes fishing look like a Hitman mission

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Dovetail Fishing's latest fishing sim, The Catch (opens in new tab), wants to make it very clear that fishing is a Herculean task that involves wrestling with the beefiest monsters ever to sport gills. Naturally, a trailer evocative of Hitman or Ghost Recon is necessary to convey just how intense and serious it is. 

I'm a big fan of fish being introduced in the same way that Agent 47 might be briefed on an international terrorist or criminal financier. It all seems a bit silly until you see how large carp and pike can get—easily big enough to swallow a baby or small dog. 

Just look at these ravenous things. Terrifying. 

In your quest to conquer the world's toughest fish, you'll have to hunt down 35 species of aquatic monsters, building up your skill and bravery until you take on each venue's boss. Yep, there are bosses.  

"It’ll take both patience and adrenaline to succeed as you choose your angling spot carefully based on time of day, weather conditions and perfect equipment setup, before casting out into the water to battle and catch these elusive creatures," according to Dovetail. 

I get outsmarted by fish in Sea of Thieves, so I should probably stay away. If you fancy hunting some scaly bastards, you'll be able to start your bloodthirsty campaign this summer. 

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.