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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, as it is an efficient money maker, allowing players to quickly expand their bank slots and begin to explore more game features.
Additionally, Fishing, by random chance, can result in the drop of beneficial rings. Specifically, the Ancient Ring of Skills and Ancient Ring of Mastery.
When worn, these rings boost the skill experience for non-combat skills and all skill masteries by 7% respectfully. 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 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 Fishermans Potion provides an additional 3% chance to catch double items in fishing . The chance increases based on the level of Fishermans Potion. A level of 40 Herblore is required to synthesize.
The Pudding Duckie pet provides an additional 5% chance to double items in fishing.
In general, it is recommended to always fish the highest level fish that your level currently allow. Selling the fish should result in enough gold to upgrade to the best available Fishing Rod in the Shop.
It should be noted that the fishes that can not be cooked through Cooking are usually worse in terms of xp/hr or gp/hr or both.
There are notable fishes that are usually efficient for xp/h while taking the Fishing Rod cost into consideration, although you may not quite have enough so extra fishes wouldn't hurt.
- Fish Raw Shrimp until lv 20.
- Then Raw Trout until lv 35.
- Followed with Raw Salmon until lv 50/55.
- Leading to either Raw Swordfish or Raw Fanfish respectively, fish until lv 70/80.
- Then again leading to either Raw Shark and Raw Manta Ray respectively. The former can be used for farming gp early, the latter is better for farming gp but it's 15 levels above. One may farm these until lv 95 and finish the remaining levels with Raw Whale.
Changing fishing targets too often has one downside, and that is Junk. Junk provides 1 xp when received, greatly reducing both xp/hr and gp/hr received while fishing. Players will receive Junk at a fairly high rate (10-29%, depending on location) while fishing until their total mastery progression is at 25% (2,875,000 Mastery Experience) or when the mastery level for an individual fish reaches 65.
For fish a player may want to fish for long periods of time, like Sharks, Manta Rays or Whales, it is valuable for the player to spend experience from their mastery pool to level the fish to 65, in order to remove the chance of receiving Junk.
The single most efficient item to obtain for training fishing is the Amulet of Fishing. Action time reduction vastly outweighs experience bonuses when training for long periods of time.
Followed by Message in a Bottle, look below for more information.
As provided in the Fishing Special table, there is a 0.15% chance when receiving a special item to receive the Message in a Bottle. This will unlock the Secret Area.
In this area, there are three fish: The Raw Seahorse, at 15 fishing, Raw Skeleton Fish at 45 fishing, and Raw Magic Fish at 80 fishing.
But most importantly, each fish has a higher (+5%) of receiving special items while fishing along with 0% junk rates. Additionally, an increase in gp/h and xp/h with respect to their level requirement.
It is recommended that the player fish Raw Skeleton Fish in this area. Raw Skeleton Fish is one of the best source of prayer points in the game. Spending time fishing for Raw Skeleton Fish is the most likely method of obtaining rare special items, like the rings or amulet mentioned above.
It is valuable for the player to spend experience from their mastery pool to level the fish to 50, in order to further increase the likelihood of catching special items. While also trying to maintain their mastery pool checkpoint.