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 rent the cormorant's gloves and a cormorant from the fishing expert Alry the Angler at Lake Molch. 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 player can obtain one by speaking to Alry, and they must have both hands free to wield the bird. The bird swoops down and returns to the player with the catch. If the player's inventory is full, the bird swallows the catch and doesn't award any experience to the player.

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 FishingFishing icon.png Fishing HunterHunter icon.png Hunter CookingCooking icon.png 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]

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.

With an efficient strategy, the player may reach at least a rate of 1,200 fish per hour, which gives average values of 12 to 16 pearls per hour. It is expected to take 25 to 33 hours to collect enough pearls for the angler's outfit, which is considerably slower than obtaining them through the Fishing Trawler minigame.

Experience rates[edit | edit source]

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

FishingFishing icon.png level HunterHunter icon.png level FishingFishing icon.png XP HunterHunter icon.png XP CookingCooking icon.png XP
43 35 10,000 15,000 5,000
73 68 25,000 35,000 8,000
91 87 40,000 53,000 11,000
99 99 70,000 90,000 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."