It's weird that rumble in bass fishing doesn't work but in sonic it works fine. Also, Why in the almighty Thors name I have to throw the line in almost through some cabin window? I didn't find a way to turn the boat around.. I mean, I wanted to be in the middle of the ocean, not in a shore.
I can't remember if it had the rumble or not.(that was years ago and I drink from time to time). I want to say it did though. I didn't see it in the options menu, but you might check again. Alright, now when I bass fish in RL, yes I throw my lure as close I can sometimes to logs, submerged brush, under docks, etc. So, that aspect never bothered me. And you're not in the ocean. You're on a fresh water lake. I used to pond fish quite a bit for bass. Never sitting foot in a boat. You walk the shore looking for spots where there might be brush, logs, and such underwater. You throw out a spinner bait, popper, whatever and start reeling it in and working the lure waiting for the strike. The game play could seem kinda limiting I guess, but to me it's just fun. And it's relaxing. Like real fishing.
One of my favorite techniques is going out at night and using glow in the dark spinner baits(Midnight Specials). Very fun to watch and fish with.