Will you look at this? Lots of places I've been fishin' for years, all gone. Terrible.
- —Master Fisherman
The Master Fisherman (マスターの漁師, Masutaano Ryoushi?) is a minor character within the world of Final Fantasy VIII. He is entirely optional, meaning the player may never come into contact with him, but doing so can provide some additional plot and rewards.
The Master Fisherman is also known as "The Engineer" because he was "one hell of a skilled hand in Esthar". He was the engineer who led the train of people out of Esthar, resulting in the creation of Fishermans Horizon. The people of Fishermans Horizon refer to him as simply "boss".
The Master Fisherman is fishing down at the pier when Balamb Garden crashes into Fishermans Horizon. The crash disrupts his peaceful day sending up a huge wave, but survives. After Headmaster Cid instructs Squall to apologize to the residents of Fishermans Horizon, he can go and talk to the Master Fisherman by climbing down a couple of ladders before taking the lift down to the town. For the effort, the Master Fisherman will reward him with the Occult Fan III. If talked to a second time, he will ask Squall to go talk to his pupil at the docks, the Fisherkid.
After the Fisherkid has learned to fish properly, the Master Fisherman will pay a visit to the docks and the locals express their surprise at seeing him, as he normally sticks to his fishing spot. He invites Squall to the hotel and reveals some of the town's backstory: that it was founded by a group of pacifists who originally lived in Esthar, and rewards Squall with a Megalixir.
During the town's backstory, it is revealed he is credited with coming up with the name "Fishermans Horizon", though he admits he does not know how he came up with it. Once the statue in Shumi Village has been completed Master Fisherman will appear in the village. Explaining his presence to Squall, he says he is not really into either statues or "this Laguna person", but he had an urge to come, and one has to act on one's urges at his age. When Squall asks again on where the name "FH" comes from the Master Fisherman responds with "Some other time".
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If the player completes both of the sidequests in Shumi Village they can witness a scene where the Master Fisherman pays the village a visit. He reveals a couple more things about himself, such being an honorary Shumi and creating the 3D image seen in the elevator that transports visitors to the village proper.
The Master Fisherman is a player of Triple Triad, though he does not carry any rare cards.