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Fishing Hole Man
The Fishing Hole Man from Ocarina of Time 3D
Race Hylian
Gender Male
Era Era of the Hero of Time
Family Swamp Fishing Hole Man[1] (MM3D)
Counterpart(s) Man from Trading PostTriforce piece.png (MM)
Man from Curiosity ShopTriforce piece.png (MM)

The Fishing Hole Man is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[2]


Ocarina of Time


In Ocarina of Time, the Fishing Hole Man owns a Fishing Pond in Lake Hylia. The Fishing Hole Man allows Link to lure fish for an unlimited time at a cost of 20 Rupees.[3] He considers himself an expert at catching fish, going as far as referring to himself as an old pro.[4] However, he refuses to reveal any fishing secrets to Link, since he considers them to be company secrets. He has a tendency to continuously end his sentences with "I'm serious!,"[5][6][7] and has a neverending itch in his armpit.

When Link goes back to the Fishing Pond as an adult, the Fishing Hole Man will now be wearing a hat to try and cover his bald spot.[8] Moreover, he mentions that he is almost out of business since Link, his only customer, was gone for seven years.[9] If Link breaks the rules and casts the Fishing Rod at the Fishing Hole Man, he can grab his hat to confirm the fact that he has started to go bald.[10] Link can then choose to give him back his hat or throw it into the pond. If Link chooses the latter, the hat can be lost forever, so Link will have to pay a 50 Rupee fine.[11]

The Fishing Hole Man makes a small cameo in Hena's Fishing Hole in Twilight Princess, where a picture of him holding a Hyrule Loach appears.[12] Hena also believes that she is his descendant, sharing both his passion for fishing and his awkward itch.[13][14]

Majora's Mask 3D

The Fishing Hole Man in Majora's Mask 3D

In Majora's Mask 3D, there are two Fishing Holes, each run by a Fishing Hole Man. Link can fish at either hole for a 50 Rupee fee,[15] or for free by using a Fishing Hole Pass.[16]

The Swamp Fishing Hole is located next to the Swamp Shooting Gallery. The Ocean Fishing Hole is located in the Zora Cape.

The Fishing Hole Men will share secrets about fishing with Link if they are talked to.[17][18] They will also mention that certain fish can be caught on that day.[19]

Just as in Ocarina of Time, the Fishing Hole Men's headgear can be hooked with the Fishing Rod. If this is done to the Swamp Fishing Hole Man, it is revealed he is wearing a toupee, and Link must give him every Rupee currently in his wallet.[20][21] If he has no Rupees, the Swamp Fishing Hole Man will grudgingly forgive the offense.[22] The Fishing Hole Man's hat can also be caught, though he does not demand payment for the loss. This may be because, unlike his swamp counterpart, he is not bald.[23]

The Swamp Fishing Hole Man will sometimes mention his younger brother, the Fishing Hole Man, and vise versa.[24][25]

The Fishing Hole Men also bear a great resemblance to the Man from Trading Post and the Man from Curiosity Shop. When Link mentions this, however, the Fishing Hole Men will deny it, saying they have no idea who Link is talking about.[26]



  1. "Fishing Hole Man—Brothers—Swamp Fishing Hole Man" (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 244)
  2. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 239 (OoT) & 244 (MM)
  3. "Well, do you want to go fishing for 20 Rupees? [...] I'm so generous, I'll let you fish for as long as you want." — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "What? You want to know if I'm a good fisherman? Of course I am! I'm an old pro!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "I'll go out of business if you go somewhere else! I'm serious!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "What? You want to know why I'm scratching all the time? What are you talking about? Actually, I have no idea. I'm serious!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "You can hook a fish out of the blue, when you least expect it. Now that's exciting! I'm serious. Really, I am!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "On top of that, my hair... Uh, I mean, never mind..." — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "How many years has it been? Seven years?! What have you been doing all this time?! You're my only customer. I'm almost out of business! Seriously!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  10. "Hey, what are you doing? I told you not to do that! You're terrible!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  11. "WHAAAAAT?!? Why are you doing this to me? What are you thinking? I'm not going to let you get off that easy! You have to pay me a 50-Rupee fine! Seriously!" — Fishing Hole Man (Ocarina of Time)
  12. "That's one of Hyrule's legendary master fisherman! Look, he's got a Hylian loach, doesn't he?" — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  13. "He just may be one of my ancestors! Of course, I can't exactly PROVE that... It's kinda just wishful thinking on my part." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  14. "Dearie me! I'm sorry! I don't know why, but sometimes I just get itchy..." — Hena (Twilight Princess)
  15. "Hey. So. Feel like goin' fishin'? No time limit. 50 Rupees. Free if you've got a Fishing Hole Pass." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  16. "Hey. Cool. Just fork over one Fishing Hole Pass, then." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  17. "If ya make the ground shake, them fishies will swim away. They're nervous fellas, all of 'em. Go on. Give it a try." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  18. "If ya flick the water's surface all gentle-like, them fishies will get all curious and swim closer. Go on. Give it a try." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  19. "Right on. Ya know, on a day like this, ya might even land yourself a nice (random fish)." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  20. "Bwaaahh?! Ya scared the livin' daylights outta me! How dare you!" — Swamp Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  21. "That tears it. I ain't lettin' ya off the hook that easy. I demand...what's the word...oh yeah! Reparation! Gimme all the Rupees in your wallet!" — Swamp Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  22. "...Oh. Awkward. Didn't know ya were hard up. Penniless. Broke. Figures. I'll let it go, but just this once. Mind yer manners from now on!" — Swamp Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  23. "What in the blazes?! What do you think yer doin'! Stop messin' around, punk! The nerve... Just don't do it again, OK? OK?! Just STOP it!" — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  24. "Huh? Oh. Yeah. My li'l bro mans the Ocean Fishing Hole. Haven't seen 'im in years, though. Hey. If ya see 'im, tell 'im I said...hey." — Swamp Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  25. "Huh? Oh. Yeah. My big bro mans the Swamp Fishing Hole. Haven't seen 'im in years, though. Hey. If ya see 'im, tell 'im I said...hey." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  26. "Huh? Ya say ya saw someone with my face in town? ...Nonsense. It's nonsense! I have no idea who yer talking about!! Nonsense, it is. We're not talkin' about this anymore. Got it? Just drop it." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)