Netting a bumper haul of coins is the name of the game in Big Catch, a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Novomatic. This underwater offering comes with a Fishing Feature where the goal is to try and land the prize catch and with it a top notch payout. Dip your rod in the water from between 40p and £40 per spin.

Set against an underwater backdrop, complete with a bubble filled soundtrack, the reels include sponge style playing card symbols alongside rusty anchors and the Big Catch logo. The starfish is the game’s wild. It only lands on reels 3, 4 and 5 but substitutes for every other symbol. All of the symbols can appear as stacked and fill up entire reels. If you manage to fill all of the reels with the Big Catch logo, you can look forward to a payout of 500 times your total stake.

The only bonus feature on offer in Big Catch is the Fishing feature which can be triggered at random following any successful spin. Water will seep into the reels and the original symbols from the base game will be replaced by a selection of brightly coloured fish. Look out too for the rod and net – pick 1 of the fishing lines which will drop into the water and hopefully land you a cash prize.

The prizes on offer are dependent on what you catch. If it’s a fish, you’ll win a cash prize which ranges from 1 time your total stake if you reel in a tiddler right up to 500 times your total stake if you’re lucky enough to land the prize catch. You get to keep on angling until you pick the boot which brings the bonus feature to an end.

Big Catch is a typical Novomatic release – it has the look and sound of a classic brick and mortar slot. Not overly elaborate in look or sound, it offers a limited range of features but those features can offer some pretty spectacular results.

The variance here seems to be on the high side of medium. For much of the time it was a case of the one that got away. Get lucky in the Fishing Feature though and it’s certainly possible to land a whopper of a catch. If you like fishing themed slots, IGT’s Lucky Larry’s Lobster Mania 2 is highly recommended.