Aerial fishing

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A player with a cormorant's glove equipped

Aerial fishing is a Hunter technique requiring 35 Hunter and 43 Fishing. The aerial fishing technique is used to catch several fish species at Lake Molch. With the required Hunter and Fishing level and a cormorant's glove equipped, clicking on a fishing spot will send the cormorant towards the spot to catch a fish. The cormorant will always return to the player with a fish.

Hunters can get the cormorant's glove and a cormorant from the fishing expert Alry the Angler at Lake Molch. There is no charge to use the bird. Both hands must be free for aerial fishing, which means no items may be carried in the weapon, shield and gloves slot.

Catching fish[edit | edit source]

Players must use a cormorant to catch creatures from a fishing pool. The bird swoops down and returns to the player with the catch. Going for a catch while the player's inventory is full will result in a "You don't have enough inventory space to do that" message in the chat, however if the player's inventory becomes full mid-flight the cormorant throws its catch back into the water upon returning.

King worms are used as bait, which can be gathered on the island. When the player starts to catch fish, they can choose to cut the fish up into stackable fish chunks, granting Cooking experience; these can be used in place of king worms, where the cormorant will take 1 chunk every 3-6 catches as their reward for gathering the fish.

Unlike Falconry, a catch is guaranteed each time the bird is sent. Multiple players can catch from the same pool and will see people fishing from all sides of the circular island. If the bird is sent while the pool is moving to a new location, it will still count as successful.

The time between catches varies with the distance between the player and the fishing spot. The shortest wait occurs after targeting a fishing spot within the player's 3x3 reach (i.e. directly adjacent to the player) whereby the Cormorant will be available again on the next tick. It is therefore possible to catch one fish per tick while there are fishing spots close enough to the player.

Creatures[edit | edit source]

The following Hunter creatures may be caught using the aerial fishing technique.

Creature Fishing Fishing Hunter Hunter Cooking Cooking
Level Exp Level Exp Level Exp
Bluegill.png Bluegill 43 11.5 35 16.5 1 3.5
Common tench.png Common tench 56 40 51 45 1 10
Mottled eel.png Mottled eel 73 65 68 90 1 20
Greater siren.png Greater siren 91 100 87 130 1 25

The formula for what type of fish is caught is as follows.

Pick a random number 0 to (X-1) inclusive, where

  • If the number is 82+, the player will receive a greater siren if the player meets the level requirements.
  • If it's 67+, the player will receive a mottled eel if the player meets the level requirements.
  • If it's 52+, the player will receive a common tench if the player meets the level requirements.
  • Any other number and the player will receive a bluegill.[1]
  • However it should be remembered that just because you have a required level, it does not mean you will only catch that kind of fish. Just meeting the requirements to catch a fish may not give you a high enough roll to actually catch the given fish, and small values above the requirements give a very small chance. You can use the Aerial fishing calculator to estimate the catch rate at a given Hunter and Fishing level.

The following items may also be rarely obtained:

Molch pearls[edit | edit source]

When fishing within Lake Molch, each catch has a 1/100 to 1/75 chance of giving Molch pearls in addition to the player's catch, which scales based on the player's Fishing and Hunter levels. These can be used to purchase various rewards in Alry the Angler's Angling Accessories including the Angler outfit.

The chance of receiving a pearl is , where . [2]

With an efficient strategy, a player can reach upwards of 1600-1800 fish per hour, and an average pearl yield of 16-24 per hour. It is expected to take 16 to 25 hours to collect enough pearls for the angler's outfit, which is considerably slower and remarkably more attentive than obtaining them through the Fishing Trawler minigame.

Item # of Molch pearls
Angler's outfit.png Angler's outfit piece 100
Pearl fishing rod.png Pearl fishing rod 100
Pearl fly fishing rod.png Pearl fly fishing rod 120
Pearl barbarian rod.png Pearl barbarian rod[s 1] 150
Fish sack.png Fish sack 1,000
  1. Pearl barbarian rod can only be purchased if the player has the relevant progress in Barbarian Training.

Experience rates[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of approximate experience gained per hour, based on levels.

Fishing Fishing Hunter Hunter Cooking Cooking
Level Exp Level Exp Level Exp
43 10,000 35 15,000 1 5,000
56 19,000 51 22,000 1 8,000
73 40,000 68 53,000 1 11,000
91 75,000 87 95,000 1 15,000

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
7 February 2019
(update | poll)
The golden tench can now be exchanged for 100 Molch pearls by speaking to Alry the Angler.
31 January 2019
The rate of Molch pearls now scale based on Fishing and Hunter level. Previously they were obtained at a flat rate of 1/100. The angler's outfit was also added to the store.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 13 June 2019. (Archived from the original on 13 June 2019.) Mod Ash: "Define X = (((Fishing level x 2) + Hunter level) / 3). Pick a random number 0 to (X-1) inclusive. If it's 82+ it'll give a siren if you have the stats. If it's 67+ it'll give an eel if you have the stats. If it's 52+ it'll give a tench if you have the stats. Else bluegill."
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 30 September 2019. (Archived from the original on 25 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "For pearls, take the X from above ( and: Subtract 40. Divide by 59 and multiply by 25 in *one step*, NOT rounding between them. Subtract the result from 100; that's your pearl chance. If X were 80, (100 - (((80-40) / 59) * 25)) = 84, i.e. 1/84 chance."