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This article is about the fishing skill. For information on training fishing, see fishing training (F2P) (P2P).
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Fishing
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Release date 11 June 2001 (Update)
Members only No
Minimum level
for Hiscores
15
as of 30 Oct 2014
Players with
99
89,954
as of 30 Oct 2014
Players with 120 435
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Fishing
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Fishing is a gathering skill which involves catching fish. Higher Fishing levels allow for the utilisation of different mechanisms of Fishing as well as the ability to catch a larger selection of fish. Caught fish may be cooked through the Cooking skill to create food which may be used to regain health during combat. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,173,275) on the hiscores for Fishing is level 15. As of 30 October 2014, there are 89,954 current members that have achieved level 99 in Fishing.

HistoryEdit

The fishing skill was released on 11 June 2001, along with Karamja and the Pirate's Treasure quest. It was part of a large update that complemented the Cooking skill. This update added many of the fish that are currently found in free-to-play, including shrimp, salmon, and lobster. In addition to the fishing spots on Karamja, spots in Draynor Village and Port Sarim were added.

On 27 February 2002, a members subscription service was created. Along with many new quests and fishing areas, big net fishing was released, which allowed players to catch bass, mackerel, and cod. In addition, players would sometimes fish up a casket. On 17 June 2002, the Fishing Guild was released. The Fishing Trawler minigame was released on 28 July 2003. It allowed players to fish for manta rays and sea turtles.

On 3 July 2007, Barbarian Fishing was added to the game. This included heavy rod fishing and barbarian hand fishing. Heavy rod fishing allows players to catch leaping trout, leaping salmon and leaping sturgeon. Barbarian hand fishing gives the ability to fish using bare hands, as opposed to using a harpoon. Barbarian hand fishing also gives Strength experience.

On 17 September 2009, the fishing skill was updated drastically by the release of the Living Rock Caverns. Players could fish for cavefish and rocktail, two of the highest-healing fish in the game. Fish Flingers, the first fishing distraction and diversion, was released on 23 March 2010. Less than a month later, Dungeoneering was introduced, which released ten more different kinds of fish only caught in Daemonheim.

Fishing SuppliesEdit

Locations of fishing shops where players can buy supplies are:

Free-to-playEdit

MembersEdit

Fishing with Net

A player fishing with a small net.

Fishing with Rod

A player fishing with a rod.

Fishing with Harpoon

A player fishing with a harpoon.

Fishing lobster

A player fishing with a lobster cage.

EquipmentEdit

Players need certain types of equipment depending on what fish they want to catch.

Net Fishing/Crayfish cageEdit

The first few fish players can catch require nets, except for crayfish, which require a crayfish cage. Fishing nets can only be used in the seas. Free players can only use small fishing nets while members can also use big fishing nets. The big nets allow players to catch different, higher-level fish and sometimes items such as boots, seaweed, or caskets. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their net if the option 'net fishing spot' is available.

Fishing rods and bait fishingEdit

Fishing rods are required to fish for many mid-level fish. Fishing rods can be used in both rivers and seas. Along with a fishing rod, players also need fishing bait (or living minerals if they fish rocktail) to attract fish. Bait can be bought in stores (3gp each at Port Sarim fishing shop), but they can also be obtained by some monsters. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their fishing rod if the option 'bait fishing spot' is available. For every fish you catch, you lose one piece of bait. They are used to catch lots of different fish, including sardines, herring, pike and more. There is also another type of rod, the oily fishing rod. However, only members can use this rod. It is required to fish lava eels and is needed in the Heroes' Quest.

Another rod is the barbarian rod, which is used to catch leaping trout, leaping salmon, and leaping sturgeon, during and after Barbarian training.

Fly fishing rods and feathers - Lure fishingEdit

Fly fishing is also required to fish for certain mid-level fish, which are caught in rivers. Along with a fly fishing rod, players also need feathers to attract fish. Feathers can be bought on the Grand Exchange for 27 coins each. If a player wishes to get the feathers cheap they are sold in fishing stores at a price of 6gp each. However, each fishing store only has 1000 feathers at a time. Feathers are also often dropped by chickens and occasionally chompy birds. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their fly fishing rod if the option 'lure fishing spot' is available. Each fish caught uses one feather. Coloured feathers from hunting cannot be used with fly fishing, with the exception of the stripy feather, which can be used to yield rainbow fish at level 38, rather than the usual trout and salmon. If you have both types of feathers in your inventory, you will be asked which feathers you would like to use.

Harpoon options

Options to fish tuna/swordfish or lobsters.

Fly Fishing in places like Shilo Village or Gunnarsgrunn is thought of as the quickest possible fishing experience. However, if you want to bank your fish, you can fish in Lumbridge, on the east bank of River Lum and chop down the canoe station with 42 woodcutting. Make a stable dugout canoe, sail to Edgeville, bank your fish and return to Lumbridge via another stable dugout canoe. You can continue to repeat the process to get some cash along with experience. You can also use the Ring of Kinship to teleport to Daemonheim, bank with the banker, then home teleport back to Lumbridge.

It might be quicker to bank with the Culinaromancer's chest than make a dugout and canoe down to Edgeville and back again, due to the fact that the canoe station has been moved to the opposite side of the river from the fishing spot.

Some players, P2P or F2P, believe that fly fishing/lure fishing is the most effective way to level up, allowing players to catch constant trout (50xp) or Salmon (70xp).Once at a full inventory many players choose to bank their inventories either for selling purposes or even for levelling other skills such as cooking. Others may choose to drop their inventories, shortening the levelling time. With the introduction of the action bar it allowed players to drop their inventories much quicker than previous methods. 1,000xp - 1,750xp can be made per inventory of fish. Fly fishing takes less focus, meaning players can go AFK (away from keyboard) whilst their inventory fills. Players must also be aware that fishing spots can run out and may have to move on to the next.

Players who prefer to drop their inventories may choose quieter fishing locations such as North of West Ardougne (north west of combat training camp) on this small quite river 4 small fishing spots are available. Note: for lower combat players, Moss Giants are nearby and will attack when passed. (should not attack when fishing). Or between the Observatory and Tree Gnome Village. Note: Ogres may be passed if teleporting to Yannille Lodestone, and may attack. Other spots include East of Barbarian Village or the River Lum.

HarpoonsEdit

Harpoons are required for catching some larger medium to high level fish: Mainly tuna, swordfish and sharks. They can only be used in the sea. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their harpoon if the option Harpoon Fishing spot is available.

The ratio of tuna:swordfish when catching these with a harpoon is approximately 5:4. This means catching 5,000 tuna will get you about 4,000 swordfish.

There are three types of harpoons - the (regular) harpoon, the barb-tail harpoon, and the sacred clay harpoon. The barb-tail harpoon and sacred clay harpoon can be wielded; the (regular) harpoon cannot. The barb-tail harpoon differs in the fact it can be equipped, while the sacred clay harpoon gives double the experience per fish in addition to being wieldable. However due to the introduction of the toolbelt you no longer have to worry about most fishing equipment like that of the harpoon taking up an inventory slot.

After being taught by Otto Godblessed, a player can catch fish that are harpoon-able with their bare hands. Levels required are 20 levels higher and they also require a Strength level; but doing so grants very little Strength experience and saves an inventory slot compared to having a non-wieldable harpoon. It is exactly the same rate of fish as just normal harpooning.

Swordfish and shark gloves will increase the Experience gained by 100 per catch. They can be bought at Fist of Guthix for 200 tokens. Tuna catches will not affect the gloves' charges.

CagesEdit

Lobsters are caught in the sea, using lobster pots. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their lobster cage if the option 'cage fishing spot' is available. Lobster is highly recommended for fishing levels 60 to 99 for non-members. (Note: Keep in mind, lobsters take a bit longer to fish than other fish!) A popular cage spot is in Karamja. This is due to Stiles, who changes tuna, swordfish or lobster into notes (both raw and cooked), being just south of the Karamja volcano. An alternative mode of banking would be to use the Port Sarim lodestone, Entrana deposit box, then return via ship to Musa Point; the entire trip takes fewer clicks, and less time, than a trip to see Stiles.

Barbarian FishingEdit

Members with a high level in fishing can speak with Otto Godblessed in his home near Baxtorian Falls to learn special barbarian methods of fishing. First, he instructs the player on heavy rod fishing. Heavy rod fishing requires a barbarian rod (found under Otto's bed) and any type of bait, as well as a knife to gut the fish. In order to catch the special fish in Otto's lake, a Strength and Agility level is needed in addition to the fishing requirement. The leaping fish obtained can be used with a knife to obtain roe and caviar for use in Herblore skill, and catching them gives small amounts of experience in strength and agility. The fish you catch this way are as follows:

Fish Fishing Level Required Strength/Agility Level Required Fishing experience gained Strength/Agility experience gained Cooking Experience from successful cutting/gutting
Leaping trout 48 15 50 5 10
Leaping salmon 58 30 70 6 10
Leaping sturgeon 70 45 80 7 15

After this, the player can learn how to fish tuna, swordfish, and sharks without a harpoon. Using this method requires a higher Fishing level as well as a Strength level equivalent to the Fishing level needed to catch the fish normally. However, it provides small amounts of Strength experience.

Note: When you are catching swordfish via barbarian methods, you will still receive tuna along with swordfish if you have the required levels for both. Also after the toolbelt update, if you have the required strength level you will by default catch via the barbarian method.
Barbarian fishing

A player catching a tuna with bare hands.

Fish Fishing Level Required Strength Level Required Fishing experience gained Strength experience gained
Tuna 55 35 80 8
Swordfish 70 50 100 10
Shark 96 76 110 11
Baron shark ^ 96 76 110 11

^ Juju fishing potion required.

TipsEdit

When heavy rod fishing, you should bring your rod, your knife, and 25 fishing bait or feathers, go to the fishing spots and catch a full inventory of fish and cut them into fish offcuts and caviar/roe. If your inventory gets full of offcuts and roe/caviar, drop the fish offcuts and continue fishing/cutting using the caviar/roe. You can pick up the offcuts after you have used up the caviar/roe as they are also bait. Dropping the caviar/roe takes more time to drop than the stackable offcuts. This gets you around 50 to 60k an hour at 70 fishing. Note that it is possible to run out of bait just from cutting open the fish so bring some back up bait/feathers to be on the safe side. When fishing with Bait, feathers, offcuts and caviar/roe in your inventory you will use the bait first, then the feathers, then the offcuts, then the caviar/roe. If you are banking the caviar/roe for barbarian potions it is a good idea to take plenty of bait/feathers to start with and bank the fish offcuts with the caviar/roe. This way you can save the offcuts for later barbarian fishing trips so that you won't have to bother using other bait or feathers.

If you do not intend to use the offcuts or caviar/roe the best experience method for heavy rod fishing is to just take bait and place the three types of fish onto the ability bar, and keybind them. Holding down the respective key will drop all of that type of fish from your inventory, without interrupting the fishing action. A more intensive version takes bait and 25 fishing urns, dropping the fish as they appear in your inventory, and sending off the urns when they fill up.

Fishing spotsEdit

Main article: Fishing spot

There are 5 main types of fishing spots in RuneScape: Net/Bait, Lure/Bait, Cage/Harpoon, and Net/Harpoon (members-only) and Harpoon/Net (after Swan Song, members-only). Net/Bait spots require a small fishing net to net fish whilst Net/Harpoon spots require a big fishing net to net fish. Harpoon/Net requires a small Fishing net.

Fishing TrawlerEdit

Main article: Fishing Trawler

Fishing Trawler is a fishing minigame run by Murphy that players can play at Port Khazard. Players need at least a minimum of level 15 fishing to participate. Players board a trawler boat and work as a team to prevent the boat from sinking as they are sailed for 12 minutes around the sea. It can be overwhelming for a single player, so it is recommended to bring friends, a clan, or other experienced fishers. Fishing Trawler was released 28 July 2003. Currently, world 116 is the RuneScape designated Trawler world. At the end of every trip, you get a load of fish and other assorted items (i.e. rusty swords) the Fishing Trawler is the only event to give raw sea turtles, manta rays, and tiger sharks.

Fish FlingersEdit

Main article: Fish Flingers

Fish Flingers is a Distraction and Diversion released 23 March 2010. Games are scheduled every 20 minutes and last for 10 minutes. Fishermen stands in the most popular fishing spots all the time and can teleport players to the game location. For three minutes before the game starts, they will shout out periodically. Games are a solo, non-competitive minigame, although players frequently cooperate. Rewards are experience, fish, and tackle boxes.

Fishing and SummoningEdit

The members-only Summoning skill provides some very useful benefits to fishing, in particular when fishing sharks or monkfish. Familiars are indispensable because they can forage fish for you on their own while you fish. Not only does this give you additional fish to sell or cook, but you will gain a portion of the experience for each catch! Plus, they'll give your fishing an invisible boost that improves your catch rate slightly. There are three familiars that help with fishing.

Pouch Familiar Summoning
level
Fishing
boost
Forages
Granite crab pouch Granite Crab 16 +1 Oysters, cod, seaweed, and pike
Ibis pouch Ibis 56 +3 Swordfish and tuna
Granite lobster pouch Granite lobster 74 +4 Sharks and swordfish

Note: While fishing for salmon and trout in Shilo Village, monkfish at the Piscatoris Fishing Colony, sharks at Burgh de Rott, or rocktail at the Living Rock Caverns, an ibis produces only swordfish. A granite lobster can produce swordfish or sharks at those same four locations.

Fishing and AgilityEdit

As of the 19 January 2010 update, there is a chance of receiving bonus tuna, swordfish, and shark when players have a high enough Agility level. The chance of getting a bonus fish increases as Agility increases, up to a limit where the chances do not continue to increase (shown in the table below). For example, at 70 Agility, players have achieved the maximum chance of catching two tuna at one time. At 71, there is no increased chance than at 70. The bonus applies to barehanded fishing, as well. Players do not receive additional experience for gaining bonus fish.

Fish Fishing Level Agility Level Agility Level
(Upper Limit)
Tuna 35 35 70
Swordfish 50 50 80
Shark 76 76 99

Types of fishEdit

Main article: Fish

There is a large variety of fish that can be caught. When a player catches a fish, it will be raw and cannot be eaten but can be fed to certain pets, such as cats or kittens until it is cooked. The name and colour indicates this. For example, when shrimps are first caught they are called "raw shrimp", but once cooked the name changes to "shrimp".

TrainingEdit

See Free-to-play Fishing training and Pay-to-play Fishing training for details.

Making MoneyEdit

  • Every player needs food to heal, thus making food (particularly fish) a market with massive demand. It is recommended that players do not sell their fish to general stores or fish stores, but instead sell them to other players. The Grand Exchange or the RuneScape Forums are the best places to sell fish
  • Raw fish tend to fetch higher prices than cooked fish, due to the high demand of players who want to train Cooking. Therefore, it is recommended that you should leave your fish raw if you want to gain maximum profit.
  • The fish most commonly caught for profit are lobsters (less commonly now as the prices have crashed due to massive amounts of lobsters being sold at minimum price) and swordfish for free players. Sharks and monkfish are better choices for members. Due to an update, fishing rocktail and cavefish is also very profitable and also offers better experience than the commonly fished Sharks.
  • A list of prices for raw and cooked fish can be found at the Grand Exchange Market Watch.
  • For some advice on making money through fishing, see the fishing section of the Money making guide.

Random events (discontinued)Edit

Random events are events that used to happen at random times. They were introduced to stop macros - people who use a program to play automatically. On 24 October 2012, as part of the Hallowe'en update, all random events still live in-game were removed. Some random events included non-player characters wanting players to do a task for them and rewarding them if they are successful or a monster that will attack the player. While fishing, players would encounter random events which are specific to Fishing, listed below.

River trollEdit

River Troll

While fishing, a river troll used to appear and will start attacking a player. They can deal a large amount of damage and their combat level depends on the player, though it will always be higher. The level ranges from level 14 to level 159. Players can either run away from them or fight them. River trolls have meager drops consisting of items related to Fishing, such as 1 raw fish of any kind or 1-5 bait. An update on 25 February 2009 removed all random events that either attacked the player or took the player's item and dropped it nearby. The river troll currently resides in the Enchanted valley(Fairy code B-K-Q).

WhirlpoolEdit

Whirlpool

While fishing, a whirlpool could have appeared at a fishing spot. If a player continued to fish in the whirlpool, their fishing equipment might have been taken by it and was not returned. Players were strongly advised to stop fishing when one appears and wait until it disappeared, which usually took about 30 seconds. The whirlpool was shown in the mini-map with a yellow dot, like an NPC.

Big fishEdit

Big fish

While fishing, a big fish would sometimes appear in a fishing spot and steal a player's fishing equipment and spit it somewhere nearby, usually 3 to 10 squares away. The player has the usual amount of time as if they had dropped it to find their equipment before anyone else sees it and grabs it. When the player has found the equipment, they can go back to fishing. The big fish causes fishing spots to move as well. This event did not occur when a player is using their hands to fish.

Evil BobEdit

Evil Bob chathead

While fishing, players would be transported to ScapeRune, the dominion of Evil Bob, where everything is the opposite of RuneScape. To escape, players must catch a cooked fish using a small fishing net (several spawn on the beach - but vanish from the inventory after the event) - a toolbelt one works, uncook the caught fish on a fire, and give it to Evil Bob. After eating the fish (if players feed Evil Bob a cooked fish, they must feed him another uncooked fish for every cooked fish they fed him to get him to fall asleep), Evil Bob falls asleep and the player can enter portal next to Evil Bob to return. The player receives a random event gift. After an update, players could get this random event even when not fishing.

Temporary boostsEdit

Fishing Emote

A player wearing a Fishing Cape (t) and performing the Skillcape emote

The following temporary boosts are visible on the stats tab. They will affect what a player can catch, provided there is something new to catch at or before that level.

The following temporary boosts are invisible, meaning they do not appear on the stats tab. They will not affect what a player can catch, only the rate at which they would catch fish.

  • Granite crab, a summoning familiar, invisibly increases Fishing by 1, requires level 16 Summoning.
  • Ibis, a summoning familiar, invisibly increases Fishing by 3, requires level 56 Summoning.
  • Granite lobster, a summoning familiar, invisibly increases Fishing by 4, requires level 74 Summoning.

Quests that give fishing experienceEdit

Quest Name Fishing XP Reward Other XP Reward Quest Points
Recipe for Disaster 1,000 - 1
Fishing Contest 2,437 - 1
The Fremennik Trials 2,812.4

2,812.4 Agility Experience
2,812.4 Attack Experience
2,812.4 Crafting Experience
2,812.4 Defence Experience
2,812.4 Fletching Experience
2,812.4 Constitution Experience
2,812.4 Strength Experience
2,812.4 Thieving Experience
2,812.4 Woodcutting Experience

3
Land of the Goblins 3,000

3,000 Agility Experience
3,000 Herblore Experience
3,000 Thieving Experience
3,000 Strength Experience
2,000 Prayer Experience

1
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 5,000 - 2
Rum Deal 7,000

7,000 Farming Experience
7,000 Prayer Experience

2
Sea Slug Quest 7,175 - 1
Swan Song 10,000

15,000 Magic Experience
10,000 Prayer Experience

2
Deadliest Catch 70,000 26,000 Hunter experience
9,000 Thieving experience
1
Total 108424.4 14

Solomon's General StoreEdit

Upon the release of Solomon's General Store on 17 July 2012, players can purchase an alternative animation for fishing that uses any rod in the form of deep-sea fishing animation. This animation replaces the current animation for rod fishing and costs 220 runecoins.

TriviaEdit

  • Fishing spots of any type are considered NPCs instead of objects in the game engine.
  • In Runescape Classic, you had to click on each fishing spot every time you caught a fish.
  • Throughout one 2012 Winter Weekend, from Saturday 22nd December 00:00 GMT until Sunday 23rd December 23:59 GMT, there was double experience given to fishing and slayer.

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