Fishing

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Fishing is a survivalist skill, and an activity that allows you to use a fishing rod combined with bait to catch various types of fish. As Fishing levels improve, so does the quality of fish you are able to catch, along with actually catching something, the chance to break the line, the chance to lose the bait, and the chance to lose the fish if baited.

This ability is a great way to feed yourself if you have decided to camp near the river, as a single fish could feed you for a day. Fishing is a useful skill to choose in West Point or Riverside , as West Point and Riverside is much closer to bodies of water than Muldraugh, KY.

Usage

To begin fishing, you must have a Fishing Rod and some Bait in your main inventory (bags do not count), and right click on a river or lake to select the Fishing right click context option. Fishing takes about five seconds to complete. While fishing, the rod will occupy your main hand, and the bait will occupy your secondary, so you may want to leave any secondary bags at home, or at least make sure they are relatively unpacked. Because of that, you may want to make sure your fishing area is zombie free.

Experience is only gained when something is caught, even if its junk such as Socks. The player can overfish an area, where no more fish can be caught from said area until eventually replenished naturally. Chances of catching fish at dawn and dusk (04:00-06:00 and 18:00-20) are increased (by one half an abundance level). From November to February the chances of catching fish are reduced (by one abundance level). The Wooden Lance reduces chances of catching compared to a Fishing Rod (by one half an abundance level). When using a fishing rod it is easier to catch while using live bait (Bait Fish, Worm, Cricket, Grasshopper, Cockroach), but live bait can escape and is consumed when catching something. Fishing Tackle requires higher levels of fishing to catch anything and is rarely consumed.

Repairs

Quite often, your rod will lose its line while fishing. To reline your rod, you must have:

  1. A Nail or Paperclip
  2. Twine or Fishing Line

When used in the repair, the Nail or Paperclip is consumed, while the Twine or Fishing line loses some of its durability. The Fishing Rod doesn't lose durability when used for fishing.

Occupations & Traits

Occupations

Name Starting Points Major Skills Description
Fisherman.png
Fisherman
-2 +3 Fishing
+1 Foraging
N/A

Traits

Name Cost Description Notes
Angler
Angler
-4 +1 Fishing Can be taken with Fisherman occupation

Items

Rods

The main tool in fishing, along with Bait. If the player is in a pinch, they can also craft makeshift fishing rods or a wooden lance to spearfish.

Item Description Weight break the line Classname
Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod
0.4 Fishing Rod Without line Base.FishingRod
Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod
with Twine Line
0.4 Fishing Rod Without line Base.FishingRodTwineLine
Crafted Fishing Rod
Crafted Fishing Rod
0.4 Sturdy Stick Base.CraftedFishingRod
Crafted Fishing Rod
Crafted Fishing Rod
with Twine Line
0.4 Sturdy Stick Base.CraftedFishingRodTwineLine
Wooden Lance
Wooden Lance
Use to spearfish. 0.4 - Base.WoodenLance

Fishing Net

A net used to catch fishes, and catches bait fish instead.

Item Description Weight Classname
Fishing Net Trap
Fishing Net Trap
0.5 Base.FishingNet
Broken Fishing Net Trap
Broken Fishing Net Trap
0.4 Base.BrokenFishingNet

Materials

The various materials used to craft with fishing.

Item Description Weight Classname
Fishing Line
Fishing Line
Used to repair and used to craft a Crafted Fishing Rod. 0.1 Base.FishingLine
Fishing Rod Without line
Fishing Rod Without line
0.4 Base.FishingRodBreak
Nails
Nails
Used to repair and used to craft a Crafted Fishing Rod. 0.003 Base.Nails
Paperclip
Paperclip
Used to repair and used to craft a Crafted Fishing Rod. 0.1 Base.Paperclip
Sturdy Stick
Sturdy Stick
Used to craft a Crafted Fishing Rod. 0.1 Base.WoodenStick
Branch.png
Tree Branch
Used to craft a Wooden Lance. 0.2 Base.Treebranch
Twine
Twine
Used to repair and used to craft a fishing net trap. 0.1 Base.Twine

Bait

There are three types of bait that you can use for fishing, Insects, Fishing Tackle, and Bait Fish. Insects include worms, cockroach, cricket and grasshopper.

Worms are the most common bait to find. They can be found uncommonly while scavenging around the town, or frequently while digging with a Trowel or removing grass. So long as it's the selected bait, a worm will be consumed every time the player fishes, even if they catch trash items like socks.

Fishing Tackle is found while scavenging, and has a higher chance of catching fish instead of trash. They have a durability, unlike both insects and bait fish, therefore they can be used more than once, reducing the weight for the bait that needs to carried. It is recommended to conserve any available fishing tackle, unless the player's fishing skill level is mid range or higher.

Bait fish are fish that have a chance of being obtained while fishing or using a fishing net trap. Bait fish can only catch pike, have a 50% chance to catch more junk, and are consumed when used as bait.

Item Description Weight Classname
Bait Fish
Bait Fish
- 0.1 Base.BaitFish
Fishing TackleFishing Tackle
Fishing Tackle
- 0.1 Base.FishingTackle
Worm
Worm
- 0.1 Base.Worm
Cricket
Cricket
- 0.1 Base.Cricket
Grasshopper.png
Grasshopper
- 0.1 Base.Grasshopper
Cockroach.png
Cockroach
- 0.1 Base.Cockroach

Fish

There are 3 types of size per fish: little, medium and big. Each type of fish has a minimum size and a maximum size. A number is chosen at random between the minimum size and the maximum size to get the fish size. Each fish has a weight modifier, for example trout has 60, meaning a trout of 30cm / weight modifier (60) = 0.5 kg. Then the hunger reduction is based on the weight of the fish: weight * 10 (ex: 2kg * 10 = 20 hunger reduction).

The various types of fish that can be caught from common Bass, to large Pike.
NOTE: Numbers in green are weight modifiers.

Item Description Little Medium Big Base Weight Bait Classname
Bass
Bass
- 25cm - 35cm
30
35cm - 55cm
40
55cm - 75cm
30
1.1 WormGrasshopperGrasshopper
CockraochFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Bass
Catfish
Catfish
- 15cm - 25cm
50
25cm - 35cm
40
35cm - 55cm
30
0.4 WormGrasshopperGrasshopper
CockraochFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Catfish
Crappie
Crappie
- 15cm - 20cm
50
20cm - 25cm
40
25cm - 35cm
30
0.4 WormGrasshopperGrasshopper
CockraochFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Crappie
Perch
Perch
- 20cm - 30cm
20
30cm - 40cm
16
40cm - 60cm
12
0.4 WormGrasshopperGrasshopper
CockraochFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Perch
Pike
Pike
- 50cm - 65cm
23
65cm - 90cm
18
90cm - 120cm
8
0.4 WormBait Fish Base.Pike
Sunfish
Sunfish
- 15cm - 20cm
40
20cm - 25cm
35
25cm - 35cm
30
0.4 WormGrasshopperGrasshopper
CockraochFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Panfish
Trout
Trout
- 30cm - 40cm
60
40cm - 50cm
45
50cm - 70cm
30
0.4 WormGrasshopperGrasshopper
CockraochFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Trout

Trash

Occasionally, the player can catch trash items.

Item Description Weight Bait Classname
Socks
Socks
- 0.01 Worm
GrasshopperGrasshopperCockraoch
Bait FishFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Socks
Shoes
Shoes
- 1 Worm
GrasshopperGrasshopperCockraoch
Bait FishFishing TackleFishing Tackle
Base.Shoes

Recipes

Product Recipe Description Skill Level
FISHFishingRod.png
Fishing Rod x1
Fishing Rod Without line.png + Fishing Line.png + Nailclip.png
Fishing Rod Without line x1 Fishing Line x2 Nails
or
Paperclip x1
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
Fix Fishing Rod MagazineFish.png
Angler USA Magazine Vol.1


FISHFishingRod.png
Fishing Rod
with Twine Line
x1
Fishing Rod Without line.png + Twine.png + Nailclip.png
Fishing Rod Without line x1 Twine (2 units) Nails
or
Paperclip x1
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
Fix Fishing Rod MagazineFish.png
Angler USA Magazine Vol.1


FISHFishingRodCrafted.png
Crafted Fishing Rod x1
Knives.png + TZ WoodenStick.png + Fishing Line.png + Nailclip.png
Kitchen Knife
or
Hunting Knife x1
Sturdy stick x1 Fishing Line x2 Nails
or
Paperclip x1
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
Make Fishing Rod MagazineFish.png
Angler USA Magazine Vol.1


FISHFishingRodCrafted.png
Crafted Fishing Rod
with Twine Line
x1
Knives.png + TZ WoodenStick.png + Twine.png + Nailclip.png
Kitchen Knife
or
Hunting Knife x1
Sturdy stick x1 Twine (2 units) Nails
or
Paperclip x1
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
Make Fishing Rod MagazineFish.png
Angler USA Magazine Vol.1


FishTrap.png
Fishing Net Trap x1
Wire.png + Twine.png
Wire (5 units) Twine (10 units)
(consumed) (consumed)
MagazineFish2.png
Angler USA Magazine Vol.2


StickSharpened.png
Wooden Lance x1
Branch.png + Knives2.png
Tree Branch x1 Kitchen Knife
or
Hunting Knife
or
Chipped Stone x1
(consumed)
Can be used like Lance. Level 0


MEATFishFillet.png
Fish Fillet x1
Fish.png + Knives.png
Fish x1 Kitchen Knife
or
Hunting Knife x1
(consumed)
Cooking Level 0