Pay-to-play Fishing training

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This article is about the pay-to-play guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play Fishing training.

This guide outlines the best methods for training the Fishing skill.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Fishing uses two types of items, divided into consumables and equipment. Consumables are used up at the rate of one item for each fish caught and are stackable, while the equipment is non-stackable and reusable.

You can also do Fishing Trawler minigame to get a set of Angler's outfit for an additional 2.5% more fishing experience gained per fish caught. But be warned that you may take many hours before getting the outfit.

Furthermore, for those players that are willing to earn some money while fishing, you may want to acquire the Rada's blessing from the Kourend & Kebos diary. The easy, medium, hard, and elite diaries all give a 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8% (respectively) of catching two fish at once. However, the player will NOT receive any experience from the extra fish that is caught. Lastly, the blessing must be equipped while fishing for this to take effect.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–33: Questing[edit | edit source]

Early levels can be skipped by completing quests that give Fishing experience. Completing Sea Slug, Fishing Contest, and the Pirate Pete subquest of Recipe for Disaster will grant a total of 10,612 experience, which will get the player up to level 27. All of these quests have few requirements and can be done at a low level, and completing them is a much better route for early Fishing levels than catching fish. Completing Tai Bwo Wannai Trio and The Fremennik Trials will grant an additional 7,812 experience, which will get the player up to level 33, but they have higher requirements.

Levels 20–47/58: Fly fishing[edit | edit source]

Fly fishing trout and salmon offers the fastest experience up to level 58 if using tick manipulation. If not using tick manipulation, drift net fishing becomes better at level 47.

Players will need a fly fishing rod and feathers to catch the fish. 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.

The 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.

Banking the fish is not recommended, as this slows down experience rates and the fish is not worth very much. Low-level Ironmen who wish to gain early Cooking experience are advised to use the fishing spot in Shilo Village which is nearby a bank, or use the spot in Barbarian Village which has a permanent fire nearby.

With partial completion of Regicide, players can opt to use fly fishing spots south-east of the gates to Prifddinas. These fishing spots will never move or disappear, allowing the player to fish continuously until their inventory is full.

With tick manipulation, players can gain up to around 30,000 experience per hour at level 20 and 40,000 experience per hour at level 30, increasing to around 55,000–65,000 experience per hour at level 58. Without tick manipulation, players can gain around 30,000 experience per hour at level 40 and 34,500 experience per hour at level 50, increasing to around 42,000 experience per hour at level 58.

Levels 47–99: Drift net fishing[edit | edit source]

Main article: Drift net fishing
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Drift net fishing is one of the most efficient ways to train both Fishing and Hunter. This method is not the fastest way to train Fishing alone due to the split rates, but if the player needs to train both Fishing and Hunter, drift net fishing becomes efficient. The method gives more Hunter experience than Fishing experience, so once players do not need to train Hunter anymore they may want to switch to methods that offer faster Fishing experience.

For this method, players must have completed Bone Voyage to access Fossil Island. A merfolk trident or (uncharged) trident of the seas and stamina potions are necessary to achieve these experience rates. Only chase each fish shoal once and prioritize fish shoals that are near the opening by the drift net. Drift nets themselves are not cheap and its the only downside to this method. Drift Nets also have a buy limit of 600 nets per 4 hours.

Banking the fish will lower experience rates slightly, but it helps decrease the loss of money while training this method. Banking fish requires 5 numulites per full net. The fish obtained depend on the Fishing level, with raw lobsters beginning to be obtained at level 50.

Experience rates are shown in the table below. Experience gained for each fish caught scales up to level 70 Fishing and Hunter. Experience rates will continue scaling slightly up to level 99. At level 99 and with good practice, it is possible to fill up to 113 nets per hour, which equates to 87,000 Fishing and 115,000 Hunter experience per hour.

Fishing level Hunter level Fishing XP/h Hunter XP/h
47 44 40,000 80,000
65 76 60,000 100,000
70 70 75,000 100,000
99 99 87,000 115,000

Levels 58–99: Barbarian Fishing[edit | edit source]

3-tick Barbarian Fishing using the cut-eat method.

3-tick Barbarian Fishing becomes one of the fastest training methods at level 58. This method offers small amounts of passive Agility and Strength experience, which makes it one the most efficient ways to train Fishing, especially for players with low Agility and Strength levels.

Even though Barbarian Fishing becomes available at level 48, it is faster to do drift net fishing or 3-tick fly fishing until level 58, which allows the player to catch leaping salmon. Players who do not care about gaining Agility or Strength experience are advised to switch to 2-tick harpooning tuna and swordfish, as this offers faster Fishing experience. If the player is not going to use any sort of tick manipulation, it is better to continue doing drift net fishing. However, even without tick manipulation this method still offers relatively fast experience at low effort, which can be useful for some players.

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 best spot for Barbarian Fishing is at the pond next to the Otto's Grotto. Players can quickly get there by using a games necklace or Grouping teleport to Barbarian Assault and running south-west.

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. Having at least level 80 Cooking is recommended for 100% chance of successfully cutting leaping salmon and sturgeon if using this method. Cut-eat fishing 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.

Experience rates are shown in the table below. The experience rates assume the player is not wearing the angler's outfit. The AFK rates include the time spent dropping the fish, and the actual rates vary depending on how fast the fish are dropped. The Cooking rates from using the cut-eat method assumes level 99 Cooking; having level 80 Cooking would lower the rate by roughly 1,000 Cooking experience per hour. Using this method from level 58 to 99 would net the player approximately 1.2 million experience in both Agility and Strength.

Fishing Level XP/h (AFK) XP/h (3-tick)
Fishing Strength /Agility Fishing Strength /Agility Cooking
48 23,000 2,300 41,000 4,100 5,400
58 37,000 3,400 68,000 6,300 9,300
70 48,000 4,400 90,000 8,200 13,800
80 52,000 4,700 97,000 8,800 14,800
90 54,000 4,900 103,000 9,300 15,800
99 57,000 5,200 108,000 9,800 16,800

Levels 71–99: 2-tick harpooning swordfish/tuna[edit | edit source]

2-tick harpooning on the shores of Piscarilius

2-tick harpooning swordfish and tuna in Piscarilius 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. This method is comparable to 3-tick Barbarian Fishing in terms of overall efficiency when using the crystal harpoon, assuming the player has high Agility and Strength levels. Players who have a low Agility or Strength level benefit more from the passive Agility and Strength experience gained from Barbarian Fishing, so it may be better to train with Barbarian Fishing. However, 2-tick harpooning is the fastest method on average of obtaining the heron pet, which can be desirable for some players.

The fishing spots for 2-tick harpooning are located in the north-western part of Piscarilius, just west of the bank. Players can quickly get there by using the The fisher's flute teleport on the Kharedst's memoirs (requires completion of The Queen of Thieves) and running north-west. To do this method, the player must be attacked by 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. Using the crystal harpoon is strongly recommended, as it has a higher catch rate compared to the dragon or infernal harpoon.

Experience rates scale depending on the level. Players can gain up to around 87,000 experience at level 71, increasing to 115,000 experience per hour at level 85, and 125,000 experience per hour at higher levels. At level 99, it is possible to gain up to 135,000 experience per hour when using the crystal harpoon, or 120,000 experience per hour when using the dragon harpoon.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 35–99: Tempoross[edit | edit source]

Main article: Tempoross

Fighting the Tempoross offers relatively fast experience and it requires fairly low amount of effort compared to the tick manipulation methods.

Harpoon[t 1] Dragon Infernal Crystal
35 30,000 N/A N/A N/A
70 62,000 66,000 N/A 72,000
80 65,000 69,000 71,000 77,000
90 68,000 72,000 74,000 80,000
99 70,000 74,000 76,000 92,000[t 2]
  1. The standard harpoon, the barb-tail harpoon, and barbarian fishing all have the same experience rates.
  2. Using another account to shorten the waiting time between games, up to 102,000 experience per hour is possible.

Levels 43–99: Aerial fishing[edit | edit source]

Main article: Aerial fishing

Aerial fishing is a viable alternative method to train both Fishing and Hunter. However, drift net fishing offers faster experience in both skills, so this method is only recommended for players who wish to obtain the angler's outfit or the unique rewards from Alry the Angler.

Aerial fishing requires level 43 Fishing and level 35 Hunter. The fastest way to reach the island in the centre of Lake Molch is to use the fairy ring DJR, run south-west, and take the boat to the island.

Experience rates are shown in the table below. The rates assume 1600 fish are caught per hour. If cutting the fish, players will also get some passive Cooking experience.

Fishing Fishing Hunter Hunter Total
Level Exp Level Exp Exp
43 18,400 35 26,400 44,800
56 20,100 51 28,100 49,000
73 32,900 68 42,700 75,500
91 51,600 87 68,200 119,800
99 62,600 99 82,300 144,900

Levels 62–99: Monkfish[edit | edit source]

Catching monkfish at the Piscatoris Fishing Colony offers relatively slow experience, but it requires low amount of effort. To catch monkfish, players must have completed Swan Song and have a small fishing net in their inventory.

Fishing level XP/h GP/h
62 35,800 106,982
70 37,000 110,572
80 38,500 115,239
90 40,000 119,906
99 42,000 125,650
  • Starting experience - 333,804
  • Experience needed - 12,700,627
  • Monkfish needed - 105,839
  • Profit made (62–99): 24,448,809

Levels 65–99: Karambwan[edit | edit source]

At level 65 Fishing and after completion of Tai Bwo Wannai Trio, you can start catching karambwan. For karambwan fishing you will need a karambwan vessel and raw karambwanji for bait. Raw karambwanji can be caught north-east of the fairy ring ckr. As the karambwan fishing spots do not move, an entire inventory of fish can be caught without needing any attention from the player.

The best spot to catch karambwan is just north of the fairy ring dkp. Having a quick access to a fairy ring (such as the quest point cape, Slayer rings or a fairy ring in your house) is strongly recommended for this method. Players can bank the fish at Castle Wars using a ring of dueling, Edgeville using an amulet of glory, Shilo Village Underground Mine using Karamja gloves 3 or 4, or the Theatre of Blood using Drakan's medallion. Alternatively, without any teleportation items, the dkp fairy ring can be used to quickly bank the fish in Zanaris, requiring only a short run from the fishing spot to the bank chest.

Having completed the elite tier of Lumbridge diary provides a slight advantage, as you can equip a Dragon harpoon instead of the Dramen staff without using any additional inventory space. Additionally, obtaining the Fish barrel from Tempoross allows for double the amount of karambwans to be caught in a single trip, increasing the time one can AFK to 3-4 minutes depending on fishing level.

  • Approximately 30,000 xp/hr; 44,000/hr at level 99
  • Starting experience - 449,428
  • Experience needed - 12,585,003
  • Karambwan needed - 251,701
  • Profit made (65-99): 92,374,267
  • If cooked: 142,714,467

Levels 75–99: Swordfish/Tuna[edit | edit source]

At level 75 Fishing (together with 85 Cooking), you can start using an infernal harpoon to fish swordfish and tuna in the Fishing Guild. The close proximity to a bank and the invisible +7 Fishing boost make this spot the best place for this method.

This method is noticeably more AFK than monkfish fishing, since the spots move less often and are closer to each other. Moreover, with the infernal harpoon, your inventory will fill up more slowly than with other harpoons. However, the profit is lower than monkfish fishing, since you must recharge the harpoon every 5,000 uses.

Players can expect roughly 35,000 experience per hour at 75 Fishing, and 42,000 experience per hour at 99.

Levels 80–99: Infernal eel[edit | edit source]

At level 80 Fishing, you can start catching infernal eels within the city of Mor Ul Rek. A fire cape must be shown to a TzHaar-Ket guard to gain access to Mor Ul Rek. This does not consume the cape. Infernal eels can be smashed open using a hammer to extract ten to twenty Tokkul, one onyx bolt tip, or one to five lava scale shards. Per eel, the estimated profit is 578.7 coins (not counting the estimated value of Tokkul at 75.59). It is recommended to fish infernal eels in the south-easternmost area of the city, as the other two areas may have their fishing spots disappear more often.

Players can gain around 28,000 experience per hour at level 80, and 35,000 experience per hour at level 99.

  • Starting experience - 1,986,068
  • Experience needed - 11,048,363
  • Infernal eel needed - 116,299
  • Estimated profit made (without Tokkul): 67,302,231.3
  • Estimated profit made (with Tokkul): 76,093,126.89

Levels 82–99: Minnows[edit | edit source]

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Catching minnows offers relatively slow experience, but it provides decent profit. This can be done at Kylie Minnow's fishing platform in the Fishing Guild, which requires level 82 Fishing and having full angler's outfit to access. Minnows can be exchanged for noted raw sharks, which can be sold for profit.

Minnow fishing spots move clockwise every 15 seconds. In addition, a fishing spot will occasionally spawn flying fish instead of providing minnows; flying fish will eat 20 minnow directly from the player's inventory as long as they keep fishing there, forcing them to move to another spot. A flying fish will only appear after a fishing spot has changed and will continue to eat the player's minnows until the fishing spot changes position once again.

Experience and profit rates are shown in the table below. Wearing a Rada's blessing is recommended for extra profit per hour.

Fishing level XP/h Minnows/h Minnows/h
W/ Rada's blessing
Sharks/h Sharks/h
W/ Rada's blessing
GP/h GP/h
W/ Rada's blessing
82 40,000 15,000 16,200 375 405 282,375 304,965
85 43,000 17,000 18,360 425 459 320,025 345,627
90 45,000 19,500 21,040 487 526 367,087.5 396,078
95 48,000 22,000 23,760 550 594 414,150 447,282
99 56,000 25,000 27,000 625 675 470,625 508,275

Levels 82–99: Anglerfish[edit | edit source]

At level 82 Fishing and 100% Port Piscarilius favour, you can start catching anglerfish in Port Piscarilius. In order to catch anglerfish, Sandworms are required. Sandworms can be purchased from Tynan's Fishing Supplies nearby or the Grand Exchange.

Players can expect roughly 15,000 experience per hour at 82 Fishing, and 23,000 experience per hour at 99.

  • Starting experience - 2,421,087
  • Experience needed - 10,613,344
  • Anglerfish needed - 88,445
  • Profit made (82-99): 148,233,820
  • If cooked: 164,773,035

Levels 85–99: Dark crabs[edit | edit source]

At level 85 Fishing and after completing elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary, catching dark crabs inside the Resource Area in the Wilderness becomes a viable option. The diary reward allows you catch the fish significantly faster and provides you free access to the Resource Area. Players should wear cheap defensive gear while 3- or 4-iteming expensive armour pieces, and bring high-healing food (along with super restores) to defend themselves against player killers. Optionally, equip an imbued ring of wealth for a better chance to obtain clue bottles. Piles will note the fish for 50 coins each, but it is advised to bank the fish in Edgeville every so often to reduce the risk.

Players can expect to gain roughly 40,000 experience per hour with this method.

  • Starting experience - 3,258,594
  • Experience needed - 9,775,837
  • Dark crabs needed - 75,199
  • Profit made (85-99): 92,795,566

Levels 87–99: Sacred eel[edit | edit source]

At level 87 Fishing and partial completion of the Regicide quest, players can catch sacred eels at Zul-Andra giving 105 Fishing xp per Sacred eel. With a Cooking level of 72, the fish can be dissected with a knife to extract Zulrah's scales. Dissecting the fish can give 3-9 scales and 109-127 Cooking experience. A player's Cooking level affects how many scales are received when they are dissected. With a Cooking level in the mid 80's, one can expect to average around 5 scales per fish and at a Cooking level of 96 gives around 7 scales per fish.

At level 90 Fishing, you can expect to gain about 21,300 Fishing experience per hour, with 97 Fishing it gets up to 23,500 Fishing experience per hour.

  • Starting experience - 3,972,294
  • Experience needed - 9,062,137
  • Sacred eel needed - 86,307
  • Zulrah's scales obtained (5 scales per fish): 431,535
  • Expected profit made (5 scales per fish): 47,468,850
  • Zulrah's scales obtained (7 scales per fish): 604,149
  • Expected profit made (7 scales per fish): 66,456,390

Fish[edit | edit source]

Fish Fishing Fishing Cooking Cooking Caught with Heals GE Price Members
Level Exp Level Exp Raw Cooked
Raw shrimps.png Shrimps.png Shrimp (cooked) 1 10 1 30 Net 3 40 19 0
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Raw sardine.png Sardine.png Sardine (cooked) 5 20 1 40 Bait, Drift net 4 45 8 0
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Raw karambwanji.png Karambwanji.png Karambwanji (cooked) 5 5 N/A N/A Net N/A N/A N/A 1
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Raw herring.png Herring.png Herring (cooked) 10 30 5 50 Bait 5 137 10 0
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Raw anchovies.png Anchovies.png Anchovies (cooked) 15 40 1 30 Net, Drift net 1 77 115 0
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Raw mackerel.png Mackerel.png Mackerel (cooked) 16 20 10 60 Big Net 6 38 13 1
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Raw trout.png Trout.png Trout (cooked) 20 50 15 70 Fly 7 79 34 0
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Raw cod.png Cod.png Cod (cooked) 23 45 18 75 Big Net 7 57 16 1
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Raw pike.png Pike.png Pike (cooked) 25 60 20 80 Bait 8 40 24 0
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Slimy eel.png Cooked slimy eel.png Slimy eel (cooked) 28 65 28 95 Bait 6-10 300 179 1
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Raw salmon.png Salmon.png Salmon (cooked) 30 70 25 90 Fly 9 45 73 0
Free-to-play icon.png
Frog spawn.png N/A Frog spawn 33 75 N/A N/A Net 3-6 N/A N/A 1
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Raw tuna.png Tuna.png Tuna (cooked) 35 80 30 100 Harpoon, Drift net 10 43 82 0
Free-to-play icon.png
Raw rainbow fish.png Rainbow fish.png Rainbow fish (cooked) 38 80 35 110 Stripy fly fishing 11 286 67 1
Member icon.png
Raw cave eel.png Cave eel.png Cave eel (cooked) 38 80 38 115 Bait 7-11 373 160 1
Member icon.png
Raw lobster.png Lobster.png Lobster (cooked) 40 90 40 120 Cage, Drift net 12 131 170 0
Free-to-play icon.png
Bluegill.png Fish chunks.png Bluegill (cut) 43 11.5 1 3 Cormorant N/A 32 11 1
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Raw bass.png Bass.png Bass[1] (cooked) 46 100 43 130 Big Net 13 14 95 1
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Leaping trout.png Roe.png Leaping trout (cut) 48 50 1 10 Heavy rod N/A 7 98 1
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Raw swordfish.png Swordfish.png Swordfish[1] (cooked) 50 100 45 140 Harpoon, Drift net 14 210 310 0
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Raw lava eel.png Lava eel.png Lava eel (cooked) 53 60 53 30 Oily rod with bait 11 N/A N/A 1
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Common tench.png Fish chunks.png Common tench (cut) 56 40 1 10 Cormorant N/A 304 11 1
Member icon.png
Leaping salmon.png Roe.png Leaping salmon (cut) 58 70 1 10 Heavy rod N/A 14 98 1
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Raw monkfish.png Monkfish.png Monkfish (cooked) 62 120 62 150 Net 16 231 359 1
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Raw karambwan.png Cooked karambwan.png Karambwan (cooked) 65 50 30 190 Vessel 18 367 567 1
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Leaping sturgeon.png Caviar.png Leaping sturgeon (cut) 70 80 1 15 Heavy rod N/A 150 233 1
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Mottled eel.png Fish chunks.png Mottled eel (cut) 73 65 1 20 Cormorant N/A 93 11 1
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Raw shark.png Shark.png Shark[1] (cooked) 76 110 80 210 Harpoon, Drift net 20 753 985 1
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Raw sea turtle.png Sea turtle.png Sea turtle (cooked) 79 38 82 212 Fishing Trawler, Drift net 21 794 1,064 1
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Infernal eel.png Tokkul.png Infernal eel (smashed) 80 95 N/A N/A Oily rod with bait N/A N/A N/A 1
Member icon.png
Raw manta ray.png Manta ray.png Manta ray (cooked) 81 46 91 216 Fishing Trawler, Drift net 22 1,293 1,528 1
Member icon.png
Minnow.png N/A Minnow 82 26.1 N/A N/A Net N/A N/A N/A 1
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Raw anglerfish.png Anglerfish.png Anglerfish (cooked) 82 120 84 230 Sandworms 3-22 1,676 1,863 1
Member icon.png
Raw dark crab.png Dark crab.png Dark crab (cooked) 85 130 90 215 Cage with dark bait 22 1,234 1,484 1
Member icon.png
Sacred eel.png Zulrah's scales.png Sacred eel (cut) 87 105 72 108-124 Bait N/A N/A N/A 1
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Greater siren.png Fish chunks.png Greater siren (cut) 91 100 1 25 Cormorant N/A 91 11 1
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Players fishing for these fish will sometimes get a bigger version of this fish that they can stuff and mount in their Player-owned house.

Quests for Fishing experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
Fishing Contest 2,437 Fishing 10 -
Heroes' Quest 2,725 Fishing 53 Quest points 55 , Cooking 53 , Herblore 25
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 - -
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 5,000 Fishing 5 Agility 15 , Cooking 30
Rum Deal 7,000 Fishing 50 Crafting 42 , Farming 40 , Prayer 47 , Slayer 42
Sea Slug 7,175 - Firemaking 30
Swan Song 10,000 Fishing 62 Quest points 100 , Magic 66 , Cooking 62 , Smithing 45 , Firemaking 42 , Crafting 40
Recipe for Disaster - Freeing Pirate Pete 1,000 - Cooking 31
Total 38,149