If you tire of fishing, there are little missions that can be taken on. These are mostly innocuous, such as alerting a shop owner that his employee is locked out of the store. Others are a little more substantial, such as helping locate a lost child.
At the end of the day, you must return to the hotel to sleep for the night. This seemed at first like a major inconvenience. But then I realized it puts a time limit on in-progress mini-missions. In other words, if you haven’t gotten the lowdown on a shark sighting by the time the sun goes down, you’re going back to the hotel (this happens automatically) without payment.
Speaking of the hotels, there are more than one located throughout the island. Each hotel has a bulletin board with advertisements for a number of different expeditions, all of which keep the game from stagnating as well as build up your spendable credits. The more you can spend, the better the gear will be. For a nominal fee your travel around the island can be greatly aided by the rental of a bike or raft.
Fishing Resort is actually perfect for a very casual gamer who doesn’t want to invest a significant amount of time playing through a complicated storyline. It is a good starting point for older folks, such as senior citizens, who have never tried modern video games but are curious. The game can be easily enjoyed even when played for short periods of time. The gameplay is pretty straightforward and intuitive. You can even doze off while waiting for a bite, just like when fishing for real. Fishing Resort is also available as a package with a special fishing controller included, but I haven't used it.
Fishing Resort is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.