Matt Hayes' Fishing is a fishing simulation game that can be played as a single player game off-line or as an on-line multiplayer game with up to eight players.
There are four modes of play;
Matt's Challenge : There are three levels in each challenge and to progress to the next challenge the player must achieve a top three ranking in each. Each challenge level has specific objectives and bonuses such as a Super Distance Cast of flags that show where the really big fish are. these are awarded if the player catches the level's 'bonus fish'.
Fishing Trip : This is fishing without competition or objectives. The player decides where to fish, sets the lake conditions and difficulty level and then plays the game.
Tournament : This mode replicates a fishing tournament where the highest weight of fish landed wins. The player decides the location, difficulty level and duration and the game sets up the game with lake conditions, qualifying species etc.
Multiplayer : The multiplayer game is hosted on one computer and is initiated by a 'Create Game' option from the main menu. Only Fishing Trip and Tournament games are available in multiplayer mode.
In all its modes the game offers tips and advice and the appendices in the game's manual explain the fishing terms and techniques.
The game can be played with the keyboard, mouse, joystick, or the Madcatz Fishing rod for which the game supports the vibrate function.