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This article is about training the Fishing skill. For the skill itself, see Fishing
This page goes through the general method and tips of training the Fishing skill. Fishing is a common skill that players choose to level early because it's an efficient money maker, allowing players to quickly expand their bank slots and begin to explore more game features.
Fishing also can drop rings that are very beneficial in the long run: the Ancient Ring of Skills and Ancient Ring of Mastery. Their drop rate is provided in the Fishing Special section.
There is no requirement to start Fishing. One should always use the best Fishing Rod available for purchase in the Shop.
The Firemaking Skillcape provides an additional 5% experience to all skills.
The Pyro provides an additional 1% experience to all skills.
The Pirates Lost Ring provides 15% bonus fishing experience when equipped (This can be found while fishing).
The Amulet of Fishing provides 15% decreased Fishing interval (This can be found from opening Treasure Chests).
The Fishing Skillcape doubles the amount of fish caught.
The Book of Scholars provides a +3% boost to XP gained in any skill when worn.
The Fishermans Potion provides a chance to double the amount of caught fish. The chance increases with the tier ( Mastery level) of the potion.
The Pudding Duckie pet provides an additional 5% chance to double items in fishing.
1-5 Raw Shrimp
5-10 Raw Sardine
10-20 Raw Herring
20-35 Raw Trout
35-40 Raw Salmon
40-50 Raw Lobster
50-55 Raw Swordfish, or Raw Anglerfish if you care only about Fishing XP.
55-75 Raw Fanfish
75-85 Raw Cave Fish
85-95 Raw Manta Ray
95-99 Raw Whale
Selling the fish should result in enough gold to upgrade to the best available Fishing Rod in the Shop.
Changing fishing targets too often has one downside - Junk. It provides 1 XP when received, greatly reducing your overall XP and GP rates.
Players will receive Junk at a fairly high rate (10-29%, depending on location) while fishing until their total mastery progression is at 25% or when the mastery level for an individual fish reaches 65.
Therefore, it is reasonable to spend your mastery pool on getting Fanfish, Manta Rays, and Whales, to level 65 in order to remove the chance of Junk, which will boost your speed of progress.
The single most efficient item to obtain for training fishing is the Amulet of Fishing, then Fishing Rod upgrades in the Shop, then Pirates Lost Ring.
There is a small chance to acquire the Message in a Bottle. It will unlock the Secret Area that gives no Junk and has a higher chance of special items.
It has Raw Seahorse, Raw Skeleton Fish, and Raw Magic Fish.
Fishing for Raw Seahorse is used to get special items and a pet faster. Raw Skeleton Fish is a decent way to get prayer points. Raw Magic Fish is used to farm GP.
If you fish for special items, you might want to level the fish to 50 with your Mastery Pool for the increased chance of special items.