Fishing is most often trained through "powerfishing", where the caught fish are dropped rather than banked. While the skill is classically a good source of food for combat training, the required time investment to catch and cook fish makes it less useful for Ironman players when compared to buyable food (such as cooked karambwans, jugs of wine, and potatoes with cheese) or Saradomin brews. At high Fishing levels, it is possible to get large amounts of raw sharks from fishing minnows, which can be a solid food choice once cooked.
Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]
A number of early quests reward significant amounts of Fishing experience, making it possible to skip slow, low-level training methods and get straight to fly fishing. The most notable of these quests is Sea Slug, which has minimal requirements and gives enough experience to get to level 24 Fishing alone. Completing all of the following four quests gives enough experience to get level 31 Fishing.
- Recipe for Disaster (Pirate Pete subquest) - requires Cook's Assistant, 31 , rewards 1,000xp
- Fishing Contest - requires 10 , rewards 2,437xp
- Tai Bwo Wannai Trio - requires Jungle Potion, 5 , 15 , 30 , rewards 5,000xp
- Sea Slug - requires 30 , rewards 7,175xp
Fastest experience[edit | edit source]
Levels 20–58: Fly fishing[edit | edit source]
From level 20 to level 58 Fishing, fly fishing is the fastest way to train the skill. This requires a fly fishing rod and feathers, which can be bought in bulk from various fishing shops. Experience rates have a notable increase at level 30 Fishing, after which the player will start to catch raw salmon. Experience rates increase as the player's fishing level does, ranging from 20k to 35k experience per hour.
The fishing spots just east of the Barbarian Village have a perpetual fire near them, where the raw trout and salmon can be cooked before dropping them. This is a good way to combine early Fishing training with early Cooking training as well.
For more information, see Ironman Guide/Cooking.
Levels 58–99: Barbarian Fishing[edit | edit source]
Barbarian Fishing is one of the fastest training methods in the game, and offers the fastest Fishing experience for most Ironman players. Even though Barbarian Fishing becomes available at level 48, fly fishing offers faster experience up to level 58. Using tick manipulation is strongly recommended, as this increases experience rates a lot.
Players must complete a portion of Barbarian Training to be able to catch leaping fish. Having level 30 Agility and Strength is required for catching leaping salmon, and level 45 in both for leaping sturgeon. Players will also need suitable bait such as feathers and a barbarian rod obtained from Otto's Grotto. For tick manipulation players will also need certain items to create a 3-tick action, such as herb and tar or knife and teak/mahogany logs, and a knife should the player cut the fish.
The most basic method for 3-tick fishing is to drop the fish between catches. This can be done by starting the 3-tick cycle, dropping the fish using shift drop and clicking on the fishing spot. This requires accurate clicking and some practice to perform consistently, but it is more efficient than dropping a full inventory.
"Cut-eat" or "eat-cut" fishing (depending on the order) is a more advanced and slightly more click-intensive method. This is done by starting a 3-tick cycle with herb and tar, cutting the fish with a knife and eating the roe/caviar to tick manipulate. When you run out of roe/caviar to be eaten and fish to be cut, use herb and tar to continue the 3-tick cycle. The benefits of this method is that it provides some passive Cooking experience, it does not require players to drop fish (therefore Shift is unused), and it is slightly cheaper due to fish offcuts also being produced which are used as bait over feathers. However, it is less predictable due to randomness being involved, which may take time getting used to. It is also stricter with timing; if the cutting and eating is done too late, the cycle becomes offset. Having at least level 80 Cooking is recommended for 100% chance of successfully cutting leaping salmon and sturgeon if using this method.
Experience rates scale depending on the player's Fishing level and performance. When using tick manipulation, players can gain up to 65,000 Fishing experience per hour at level 58, 87,000 experience per hour at level 70, 95,000 experience per hour at level 80 and 102,000 experience per hour at level 90. At level 99, players can gain up to 110,000 experience per hour when wearing the angler's outfit.
Without tick manipulation the experience rates are a lot lower, but this method still offers the fastest AFK Fishing experience. Players can expect to gain around 25,000 experience per hour at level 48, increasing 35,000–42,000 experience per hour at levels 58–70, and 50,000–60,000 experience per hour from level 70 onwards, reaching up to 66,000 experience per hour at level 99.
For every 100,000 experience gained in Fishing, the player should expect about 9,000 experience gained in Agility and Strength.
Other methods[edit | edit source]
Level 35+: Tempoross[edit | edit source]
At level 35, players can challenge the fishing boss, Tempoross. This method offers decent Fishing experience, Cooking experience, Construction experience, and rewards. When not cooking, Tempoross offers Fishing experience rates competitive with non-tick-manipulated Barbarian Fishing.
Levels 71–99: 2-tick harpooning swordfish/tuna[edit | edit source]
2-tick harpooning swordfish and tuna offers the fastest Fishing experience in the game. Tick manipulation must be used for this method, as without it the experience will be a lot slower and this method would not be worth doing over other methods. When using the crystal harpoon, it becomes slightly more efficient than 3-tick Barbarian Fishing. However, obtaining the crystal harpoon and training through 2-tick harpooning ends up being slower overall than training through Barbarian Fishing, which has much lower requirements.
For harpooning tuna and swordfish, a convenient method of doing this is fishing in Piscarilius with two rats attacking two ticks apart. After setting up the rats, the only clicking that must be done is clicking the fishing spot on the ticks that a hitsplat appears on the player character.
Players can gain up to 140,000 experience per hour at level 99 when using the crystal harpoon, or 125,000 experience per hour when using the dragon harpoon.
2-tick harpooning is also the fastest method on average of obtaining the heron pet.
Levels 82–99: Minnows[edit | edit source]
At level 82 Fishing, Kylie Minnow allows access to her fishing platform at the Fishing Guild, where the player can catch minnows with a small fishing net. This method also requires the player to have completed the Fishing Contest quest and have shown Kylie the full angler's outfit. The stackable nature of minnows, as well as the noted raw sharks that Kylie gives in exchange, makes this a good way of training Fishing as well as a good source of food.
Experience rates and sharks per hour are shown in the table below. It should also be noted that equipping the Rada's blessing can increase the amount of minnows (and thus the amount of sharks) by up to 8%, depending on the level of completion of the Kourend & Kebos Diary.
|Fishing level||Minnow (sharks) per hour||XP per hour|
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