Drift net fishing

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The Drift Net Fishing activity is a skilling method that provides the player with Fishing and Hunter experience. The activity consists of catching fish shoals in Fossil Island's Underwater area. With level 70+ Hunter and Fishing, players can gain up to 110k Hunter and 82k Fishing xp/hr. It is not possible to obtain the Heron pet from this skilling method. It is possible to obtain clue bottles (medium) from drift net fishing.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

With at least 44 Hunter and 47 Fishing, and a drift net in the inventory, players can set up a net trap by clicking on the drift net anchors . When a fish shoal swims towards the net, it may get caught in the net. The player can choose to actively chase the fish shoals to speed up the process. Merfolk trident and Trident of the seas[1] give an increased chance to scare off fish shoals into the net.

If ten fish shoals get stuck in the trap, the net will be full, and the player will have the option to "check" the drift net. This will reward the player with ten raw fish. The drift net will be destroyed in the process.

To be allowed access to the activity, players must first speak with Ceto, located just north of the anchor rope. 200 numulites are required as payment to enter the instanced area and allowance lasts for a full day. Players can also pay a fee of 20,000 numulites to gain permanent access.

To partake in this activity players must use drift nets, which can be crafted by using two jute fibre on a loom at level 26 Crafting. Annette, located in the area, will store up to 2,000 drift nets for the player.

Hunter and Fishing experience gained scales up to level 70 in both of these skills. Hunter experience per shoal caught scales from 72xp at level 50 to 101.5xp at level 70. Fishing experience per shoal caught scales from 56.5xp at level 50 to 77xp at level 70.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

  • Completion of Bone Voyage is required to access Fossil Island.
  • 44 Hunter and 47 Fishing
  • At least 1 net (the player will use between 80 -110 nets an hour, depending on efficiency)

Recommended[edit | edit source]

Getting there[edit | edit source]

  1. While on Fossil Island, go to the northeastern part of the Mushroom Forest.
  2. Use the small boat to row out to the sea.
  3. While on the small island, right-click the small boat and select the dive option.
  4. Now swim north to arrive at the entrance to this activity.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

There are two ways of filling up the drift nets: passively or actively.

Passive training[edit | edit source]

Go to the Hunter area to set the drift nets in place. The drift nets will slowly get filled with fish while logged in to the game. The player doesn't have to be in the area for this to happen. Every once in a while some Fishing experience will be rewarded, indicating some fish being caught. When the drift net gets full, a game message will appear in the chat box. No Hunter experience is rewarded for this method.

Active training[edit | edit source]

It is also possible to actively fill up the drift nets. This will result in the drift nets getting filled much quicker. This training method will reward both Fishing and Hunter experience.

Set up the drift nets and click on any fish shoal to chase them. Once a fish shoal has successfully been chased, it will eventually get caught once it gets near an empty drift net. Without a trident, it is possible that a fish shoal has to be clicked on multiple times before it has successfully been chased.

When a fish shoal that has been successfully chased attempts to enter a full drift net, the fish shoal will return to its idling state.

Fish shoals can get stuck on each other, the player, or the rocks around the edges of the area. As such, it is recommended to focus on the fish shoals closer to the nets, and ignore the ones near the entrance where there are many obstacles. Standing right between a fish shoal and the net can also stop it from entering.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Upon harvesting a drift net, the drift net will be destroyed and the player will be given the option to discard, bank, or take all rewards. Your fishing level determines what type of fish you can catch. Boosts do not allow you to catch higher level fish. The loot will contain 10 rolls on the following loot table, and the catch rate for all types of fish is equal. Players can use the bank option when the harvest interface is open to bank all the fish caught for a fee of 5 Numulite, apart from pufferfish which can not be banked.

Possible Catches
Catch Fishing Fishing
Oyster.png Oyster 47
Clue bottle (medium).png Clue bottle (medium) 47
Numulite.png Numulite 47
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish 47[f 1]
Raw anchovies.png Raw anchovies 47
Raw sardine.png Raw sardine 47
Raw tuna.png Raw tuna 47
Raw lobster.png Raw lobster 50
Raw swordfish.png Raw swordfish 60
Raw shark.png Raw shark 70
Raw sea turtle.png Raw sea turtle 80
Raw manta ray.png Raw manta ray 90
  1. Pufferfish can not be sent to the bank.

Possible Set up[edit | edit source]

Fishbowl helmet.png
Diving apparatus.png
Digsite pendant.png
Merfolk trident.png
Graceful top.png
Graceful legs.png
Graceful gloves.png
Ring of endurance.png
  • Once inside the Hunter area, equip the merfolk trident. It is not possible to swim through the seaweed door with a weapon equipped.
  • The fishbowl helmet and diving apparatus are must-haves.
  • Flippers allow players to 'run' while underwater and increase XP rates. Note that if you log in underwater wearing other equipment, you may need to relog after equipping flippers in order to enable run.
  • Bring plenty of drift nets. It is possible to bring them noted, store them at Annette, and withdraw them unnoted.
  • Active fishing uses approximately 100 drift nets per hour with flippers and a merfolk trident equipped.
  • Stamina potions provide some convenience but are not necessary. It's possible to fish for 20-30 minutes before depleting your run energy if you're careful with positioning and avoid constantly running from one net to another. This saves a lot of money with similar xp rates and makes the activity easily accessible for ironmen.
  • The Angler's outfit does NOT affect fishing experience gained in this activity.

Creatures[edit | edit source]

The following Hunter creature may be caught using the drift net fishing technique.

Creature Fishing Fishing Hunter Hunter
Level Exp Level Exp
Fish shoal.png Fish shoal 47 Varies[d 1] 44 Varies[d 1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Experience varies with the player's Hunter and Fishing levels. Hunter experience is only rewarded when the player actively chases the fish shoal into the drift net.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 July 2019. (Archived from the original on 26 August 2019.) Mod Ash: "[Does the trident of the seas have the same effect in driftnet fishing as the merfolk trident?] Yes."