Which Fishing Bait should I use?
First off, bait is optional. You do not need to use it to catch fish. It does however provide some nice benefits. There are two kinds of bait for each water type, one increases your chance of catching bigger fish, the other increases your chance of catching rare fish. A side bonus of using bait is that it seems to decrease the time it takes to get a bite significantly.
Both Woodlouse & Nightcrawler baits are requested as a turn-in for the Town Projects. I recommend selling them in the trading post at a price higher than the better versions as people who are doing these town projects will often buy what they need straight from the trading posts. The coin you will make can then be used to buy the more efficient, yet cheaper, Firefly or Glowworm baits.
How do you equip fishing baits?
Fishing bait is equipped using the Bait Window. You can access the Bait Window by hitting R after you enter Fishing Mode. Here is what the bait window looks like:
As you can see you have a category for both freshwater and saltwater. You need to have the bait in your bag for it to appear inside the bait window. To equip the bait you just need to select it then click 'Equip Bait'. The window will close and you will see your equipped bait on the Fishing Mode overlay. The hook at the top of the fishing window is selected when no bait is chosen.
Types of Fishing Poles
There are 3 types of fishing poles in the game. Crafted, Dropped, and Quest Rewards.
Crafted Fishing Poles
The main difference between each of the crafted poles is the increase in Max Cast Distance.
Tier 1 Wooden Fishing Pole0 Engineering to Craft 12 meter max cast distance
Tier 2 Treated Wood Fishing Pole0 Engineering to Craft 14 meter max cast distance
Tier 3 Aged Wood Fishing Pole50 Engineering to Craft 16 meter max cast distance
Tier 4 Wyrdwood Fishing Pole100 Engineering to Craft 18 meter max cast distance
Tier 5 Ironwood Fishing Pole150 Engineering to Craft 20 meter max cast distance
Ironwood Fishing Pole and Wooden Fishing Pole can also be obtained from the fishing quest chain.
Legendary Fishing Poles
You will randomly get one of these legendary poles as a reward from the last part of the Fishing Quest Chain.
Dropped Fishing Poles
Dropped fishing poles are rewards from slaying certain enemies. They are not the best, but they do have some unique looks.
Tier 5 Ancient Fishing PoleDropped by: Kisare the Taskmaster (Level 32) 20 meter max cast distance
Tier 5 Angry Earth Fishing PoleDropped by: Parthenocissus (Level 46) 20 meter max cast distance
Tier 5 Corrupted Fishing PoleDropped by: Foreman Robertson (Level 42) 20 meter max cast distance
Tier 5 Lost Fishing PoleDropped by: Smoothbore Samuel (Level 60) 20 meter max cast distance
How do I get the fishing gear?
Tier 2 through Tier 5 rare quality fishing gear is given as rewards for doing the various parts in the Fishing Quest Line.
Tier 5 epic quality is obtained through Elite Ancient Chests, Elite Supply Chests and Supply Stockpiles which can be found in high level elite zones. These chests are on a 1 day respawn (realtime), making them extremely rare to find. The tier 5 fishing set is bind on equip, which means it is possible to find pieces of it in the trading post. Expect the prices of this gear to be astronomical at the start of the game, especially when people realize the earning potential behind the fishing skill.
What does the fishing gear look like? Currently all tiers of gear shares the same cosmetic look, here is what that looks like:
What perks does the fishing gear and poles have?
Each perk has 3 tiers. The higher the tier the higher the amount or chance.
Fishing ColossusBoost the chance of catching bigger fish.
Daytime ColossusBoost the chance of catching bigger fish during the daytime.
Nighttime ColossusBoost the chance of catching bigger fish during the nighttime.
Saltwater ColossusBoost the chance of catching bigger fish in saltwater.
Freshwater ColossusBoost the chance of catching bigger fish in freshwater.
Lucky WatersBoost the chance of catching rare fish.
Lucky DayBoost the chance of catching rare fish during the daytime.
Lucky NightBoost the chance of catching rare fish during the nighttime.
Fishing ReachBoost maximum casting distance by +X%.
Sun's ReachBoost maximum casting distance during the daytime by +X%.
Moon's ReachBoost maximum casting distance during the nighttime by +X%.
SturdyIncrease item durability by +X%.
Saltwaters BrawnIncrease line strength in saltwater by +X%.
Freshwaters BrawnIncrease line strength in freshwater by +X%.
Geared up and ready to fish!
I know that was a lot to take in. You won't use all the baits, or every pole, but you do have various options along the way. In the next chapter we are going to explore the best way to Level Fishing Skill.