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Whenever I fished, It's always "Oh! A bite!" But when I reeled the rod, it always got away...

Why is it so hard to reel in Pokemon? Am I just unlucky? Is there a certain way to always get the Pokemon on your rod?


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Starting with Generation III, the fishing mechanic became more complex, as the player would have to pay attention and confirm as soon as the rod hooked a Pokémon, or else it would get away. A series of ellipses appear prior to the text "Oh! A bite!", which is when the player should press the A button exactly once. In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, this required a series of confirmations when using better rods, and the Pokémon will also get away if the player presses A or B at the wrong time.

So you're just pressing A button too late. The proper time is when you see those ellipses, which in most basic terms is (...). Additionally, as you use better rods, you have a larger margin of error where you can press A and still feel successfully.

Source: https://m.bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Fishing

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Can you give a picture example of the ellipses? I don't think I've seen them :(
I mean...I DO know how do they look like, but I'm asking an example of how they look during fishing in-game...
Oh....my bad.  I'm trying to find a picture, but I can't right now.  I'll edit once I find it.

PS: you can also post in on my wall
Ellipses and ellipsis are different, the former referring to the plural form of an oval shape and the ladder referring to "..."