Fishing Trawler

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This is a safe activity in an instanced area.
If you die here, you will not lose any of your items; however, any items you drop manually on the ground will be lost.

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 300 swamp paste, some rope, and at least one bailing bucket. Perfect runs can be completed with a minimum of 26 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 extra players to fix the net. There is benefit to not bailing once the ship has been flooded, as the activity bar decreases at a significantly slower rate. 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.

When in large numbers, one strategy is to fill up the activity bar, then let the water flood the boat. This allows the activity bar to drop at a much slower rate than when the boat is dry. That way the players can effectively afk or finish bolts over the 10 minutes of play, and allows for players to conserve supplies.

If your ping is too high to patch holes in time! Do not fret!

You can spam click between two tiles (going left to right) and then on the leak, you increase the chance of patching the hole, even though the leak may have already been fixed before you get to it. As long as the animation takes place you fill your activity bar.

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:

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Raw shrimps.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw shrimps with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw shrimpsVariesVaries583
Raw sardine.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw sardine with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw sardineVariesVaries526
Raw anchovies.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw anchovies with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw anchoviesVariesVaries799
Raw tuna.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw tuna with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw tunaVariesVaries4824
Raw lobster.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw lobster with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw lobsterVariesVaries21242
Raw swordfish.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw swordfish with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw swordfishVariesVaries37548
Raw shark.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw shark with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw sharkVariesVaries610102
Raw sea turtle.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw sea turtle with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw sea turtleVariesVaries796120
Raw manta ray.png: Fishing Trawler drops Raw manta ray with rarity Varies in quantity variesRaw manta rayVariesVaries1,027120

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

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Broken arrow.png: Fishing Trawler drops Broken arrow with rarity Varies in quantity variesBroken arrowVariesVariesNot sold0
Broken glass.png: Fishing Trawler drops Broken glass with rarity Varies in quantity variesBroken glassVariesVariesNot sold0
Broken staff.png: Fishing Trawler drops Broken staff with rarity Varies in quantity variesBroken staffVariesVariesNot sold0
Buttons.png: Fishing Trawler drops Buttons with rarity Varies in quantity variesButtonsVariesVariesNot sold0
Damaged armour.png: Fishing Trawler drops Damaged armour with rarity Varies in quantity variesDamaged armourVariesVariesNot sold0
Old boot.png: Fishing Trawler drops Old boot with rarity Varies in quantity variesOld bootVariesVariesNot sold0
Oyster.png: Fishing Trawler drops Oyster with rarity Varies in quantity variesOysterVariesVaries71120
Pot.png: Fishing Trawler drops Pot with rarity Varies in quantity variesPotVariesVaries40
Rusty sword.png: Fishing Trawler drops Rusty sword with rarity Varies in quantity variesRusty swordVariesVariesNot sold0

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.

It is possible to find a net without any catch upon return. It is said to happen if the trawler net is ripped for the majority of the time during the last minute but confirmation is needed on the actual mechanics.

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.
  • Camera sway can be disabled using the button in the top-right corner of your screen.
  • Timing is as follows: 2x15 seconds arriving and departing, 10 minutes trawling and 30-90 second pause for banking the catch.
  • On populated worlds players who miss the start of the minigame can wait on the boat and will be automatically added to the next fishing trip

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
15 August 2019
  • Leaky holes in the Fishing Trawler now allow more people to attempt to patch them simultaneously without giving dead clicks.
  • The minigame's timer has been corrected as it previously claimed the trip lasted 12 minutes, even though it was actually 10 minutes long.
  • The activity bar in Fishing Trawler will no longer decrease if there's nothing to do.
11 August 2016
  • An activity bar has been added to ensure everyone aboard is taking part in the minigame.
  • Ironmen can now access the minigame.
6 August 2015
Ironmen can now unlock the Fishing Trawler music tracks in order to attain the Music Cape.
26 November 2015
(update | poll)
A button has been added to the HUD of the Fishing Trawler minigame which allows the swaying camera movement to be disabled.
24 September 2015
You can no longer perform skillcape emotes aboard the Fishing Trawler.
5 March 2015
(update | poll)
You now get 50% more fish from the Fishing Trawler minigame if you have completed the Ardougne Elite Diary.
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[which?], the Fishing Trawler was updated to stop people from using High Level Alchemy during the activity.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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?"
  • If you put on an Easter Ring before the trawler sets sail, the game will show the player in egg form during the sailing animation, with the egg floating in the middle of a black screen.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 30 March 2016. (Archived from the original on 25 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "1/8 per game is the chance of receiving a piece. Will pick a piece you do not own."