Fishing Trawler

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This is a safe minigame.
If you die here, you will not lose any of your items.
The official world for Fishing Trawler is world 370 (P2P).
Fishing Trawler logo.jpg

Fishing Trawler is a Fishing minigame run by Murphy that players can play at Port Khazard. Players need a minimum of level 15 Fishing to catch fish, but can board the ship otherwise at any level. Players board a trawler boat and work as a team to prevent the boat from sinking as they are sailed for 10 minutes around the sea. It can be overwhelming for a single player, so it is recommended to bring friends, a clan, or other experienced fishers.

The minigame is required to complete a task in the easy and elite versions of the Ardougne Diary.

Travel[edit | edit source]

Playing the game[edit | edit source]

To begin, board the large ship directly north of Murphy and you'll be given a countdown.

Players will need to repair leaks in the sides of the boat with swamp paste and the fishing nets with rope when they get torn. It is recommended that each player brings about 150 swamp paste, 10 ropes, and one or more bailing bucket depending on the size of the team. Perfect runs can be completed with a minimum of 30 swamp paste. Larger teams will experience far more leaks and torn nets than smaller teams, although it can be very advantageous to have a player stationed at each leak spot and several extra players to bail or fix the net. All the needed items are available in the Port Khazard general store.

An activity bar will determine players who are actively contributing to the minigame, which increases as the player performs actions that contribute to the group's progress. It takes 4 minutes of inactivity for the bar to drop from full to empty. Those who have their activity bar depleted will be removed from the trawler.

An alternative strategy is to mostly rely on bailing for maintaining activity. It is usually possible to fill 5-6 Bailing buckets in one period of flooding. This is a cheaper and easier method than patching the holes with swamp paste. On the other hand, it does require a team which also favours this strategy. This is often the case in world 370, but not always. The suggested inventory for this strategy would hold 6 Bailing buckets, ropes if you decide to fix the net and around 100 swamp paste. An average run would cost about 5-10 swamp paste, mostly used to secure a yellow activity bar at the start of the game.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Successful teams return to the Port Khazard dock where they can inspect the trawler net for a reward of any saltwater fish they are able to catch up to their Fishing level. This is the only way for high level fishers to obtain raw sea turtles and raw manta rays, other than Drift Net fishing. Players who have completed the Elite Ardougne Diary receive 50% more fish. Players cannot use boosts to obtain fish above their base levels. There is a bank chest just south of the net.

Players receive a number of fish equal to the "total catch" (displayed during gameplay) divided by the number of players who were in the minigame. The type of fish caught from the minigame is dependent on the player's personal fishing level. These fish include:

In addition, players may also receive some "junk" items in their catches:

There is a 1/8 chance[1] that players will receive a piece of the angler's outfit that they do not already own, which grants a small bonus to Fishing experience while equipped. When a player receives a piece a message in the chat box will state in red, The luck of the sea is in today. You spot a piece of fishing gear caught up in the netting! If a player's inventory is full and they attempt to pick up an outfit piece the outfit piece will fall on the ground.

There is also a flat 1/5,000 chance of receiving a heron pet upon a successful trip.

Unsuccessful teams will find themselves swimming above a sinking ship after the ship fills with water. They must climb onto a barrel in order to be returned to the shore north of Port Khazard.

Other information[edit | edit source]

  • Swamp paste is often lost when it is used to fill a hole while the screen is loading between "empty" and "water filled" ship types and when another player is filling the same hole. In both cases it will use a swamp paste but won't have any effect.
  • If the game finishes while the net is ripped, the player will receive a message that states "The smelly net is empty" instead of the usual fish or angler outfit rewards. No angler outfit pieces will be awarded if the game ends with a ripped net.
  • Camera sway can be disabled using the button in the top-right corner of your screen.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
11 August 2016
An activity bar has been added to Fishing Trawler which ensures everyone aboard is doing their fair share.

Players who are not contributing to the trawler trip will find themselves removed from the minigame once their activity bar becomes empty. This can, of course, be avoided by actively taking part in the minigame.

As we can now be sure that players taking part in Fishing Trawler are contributing, we have now allowed ironmen access to the minigame.

24 September 2015
You can no longer perform skillcape emotes aboard the Fishing Trawler.
5 March 2013
A bug has been fixed that was making the Fishing Trawler fail to fill with water properly when sinking.
Date unknown
After an unknown update, the Fishing Trawler was updated to stop people from using High Level Alchemy during the activity.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Even though the in-game overlay says you are sailed for 12 minutes around the sea, this time is actually 10 minutes.
  • If you try to go out on the trawler with a cat following you or in your inventory, you will get a message in the chatbox: "You cannot take a cat out on the trawler. What if it were to fall in the sea?"

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 30 March 2016. Mod Kieren: "1/8 per game is the chance of receiving a piece. Will pick a piece you do not own."