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Fishing 1-100 While Questing For Lu Shang's by Diabolos-Brian

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Fishing 1-100 While Questing For Lu Shang's
By Brian of Diabolos


[edit] Great-Blue This website is in my opinion the only one worth mentioning and the only one I use anymore. Is it perfect? No. As a matter of fact I'm disappointed at the flaws in their 'what fish breaks what line and rod'. Although it's the only site I've seen that shows which bodies of water hold which fish, it isn't always correct but it's close enough to be commended.

[edit] Cooking

Is Cooking needed to level Fishing? No, but having it at level 29 or higher helps immensely.
Is Cooking needed to make Gil with Fishing? Absolutely not! Although having Cooking at 100 can improve your profits, it is by no means necessary.

[edit] Lu Shang's Fishing Rod

Do I need a Lu Shang's Fishing Rod? No, but you're going to have a hell of a time without it.
My advice is spend the first 40-50 levels of fishing for both carp and skill.

[edit] Ebisu Fishing Rod

Did you go after the Ebisu Fishing Rod? Yes, and I think I would again if I had to.
If you want to see what it takes to get an Ebisu Fishing Rod start to finish here is where to look.

[edit] Guild Items

Do I need the Guild Items? Not unless you are going after the Ebisu Fishing Rod, no. The Fisherman's Apron and Waders are nice to have though.

[edit] Pelican Ring

Do I need a Pelican Ring? Of course not, but it is a HUGE help! If you manage to get one I recommend you start using it at the 40-52 section of this guide because this is where you'll be isolating the fish that will yield skill-ups.

[edit] How Do I Begin?

Cheaply! If you're reading this part that means you're new to Fishing and it's a good idea to learn without much of an investment. I will have recommended tackle and location for each section I list.

[edit] Things You'll Need To Know

Okay, first things first. There are two types of messages you'll get when you hook something on your line.
"Something caught the hook!" This means that either a smaller, (usually) stackable fish is on your line or you have hooked an item of some kind.
"Something caught the hook!!!" This means that either a large, un-stackable fish is on your line or you have hooked an Arrowwood Log or a Monster.

[edit] Stamina Fishing

Stamina Fishing is a very simple and effective concept used to avoid the hassle of reeling in monsters and breaking your rod on certain items. When you catch a fish, it has a Stamina Bar just like a monster or player would. By fighting the fish (details on how to fish can be found on the Fishing main page) you reduce it's stamina at a rate determined by the following factors of; fishing skill, the fishing rod being used, gear or enchantments that effect stamina drain, Moglification: Fishing and also what has been hooked. Items and Monsters have a very easily drained stamina that is usually similar to a Cobalt Jellyfish's stamina. Some monsters present more of a challenge but it is not the usual case. By learning to recognize the easily drained stamina you therefore can bypass fishing up monsters and items which is beneficial in both saving your own fishing stamina (in reference to fishing fatigue) and possibly saving your rod from a break. In every area of this guide items and monsters should be avoided. In most areas, monsters are avoided by simply releasing any "!!!" catches. Items on the other hand present the opportunity to learn and utilize Stamina Fishing.

[edit] Levels 1-7

Rod: Halcyon Rod
Bait: Little Worm
Location: West Ronfaure (G-11)
Fish: Crayfish (7), Moat Carp (11)
Test Fish: N/A
Instructions: Release all !!!'s.
Advice: You're new to this so take it slow and don't get frustrated. Consider these your practice levels. Remember to hand in all your Moat Carp to one of the brothers fishing at Port San d'Oria (H-8). You're going to need 10,000 of them before you can claim your prize.

[edit] Levels 7-11

Rod: Halcyon Rod
Bait: Insect Ball
Location: West Ronfaure (G-11)
Fish: Moat Carp (11)
Test Fish: Moat Carp (8-10)
Instructions: Release all !!!'s.
Advice: This is where Cooking 29+ comes in handy. The Insect Balls are cheap enough to buy but extremely cheap to synth yourself.

[edit] Levels 11-27

Rod: Halcyon Rod
Bait: Insect Ball
Location: Port San d'Oria (H-8)
Fish: Moat Carp (11), Tricolored Carp (27), Gold Carp (56)
Test Fish: Cheval Salmon (18-20)
Instructions: N/A
Advice: The Gold Carp will put up a bit of a fight but you'll manage to reel them in. Tricolored Carp and Gold Carp sell more to NPC than they do on the Auction House.

[edit] Levels 27-40

Rod: Halcyon Rod
Bait: Insect Ball
Location: Windurst Waters (South Map) (J-9)
Fish: Moat Carp (11), Gold Carp (56)
Test Fish: Giant Catfish (28-30), Gugru Tuna (38-40), Monke-Onke (48-50)
Instructions: N/A
Advice: You're sick of carp, I know. But keep going at it. Once you've handed in your 10,000 you'll have the second best rod in the game. Once you get your Lu Shang's and you're level 40+ move onto the next section.

[edit] Levels 40-50

Rod: Lu Shang's Fishing Rod
Bait: Sabiki Rig
Location: Korroloka Tunnel (Map 2) (I-10)
Fish: Sandfish (50)
Test Fish: Monke-Onke (48-50)
Instructions: Release all !!!'s.
Advice: Congratulations on earning your Lu Shang's! Now is when you really start to see the Gil roll in. Remember to check the Auction House, NPC and Guild prices before you decide where to sell your fish.

[edit] Levels 50-86

Rod: Lu Shang's Fishing Rod
Bait: Shrimp Lure
Location: Nashmau (H-10)
Fish: Mercanbaligi (86), Ahtapot (90)
Test Fish: Bhefhel Marlin (58-60), Bladefish (68-70), Three-eyed Fish (78-80)
Instructions: N/A
Advice: The skill ups by now have started to slow down but keep going at it. Inside the docking area (and in other areas) of Nashmau stands a NPC that will buy your fish. On a side note, check out the prices for Nebimonite, Grimmonite and Bastore Bream which are available in Sea Serpent Grotto using the same rod and bait.

[edit] Levels 86-96

Rod: Lu Shang's Fishing Rod
Bait: Sinking Minnow
Location: Qufim Island (H-9)
Fish: Black Sole (96)
Test Fish: Gigant Squid (88-90)
Instructions: Release all !!!'s.
Advice: I usually sell these on the Auction House but once in a while the Guilds are offering a great price for them.

[edit] Levels 96-100

Rod: Lu Shang's Fishing Rod
Bait: Sinking Minnow
Location: Oldton Movalpolos (H-10)
Fish: Armored Pisces (100)
Test Fish: N/A
Instructions: Release all !'s.
Advice: You're almost there! Keep it up!

[edit] Alternate Locations

There are other fishing locations recommended by people in the Discussion page, please visit there and feel free to add your own favorite spots there, just remember to include the level bridge and tackle.

[edit] In Closing

A Guide unlike other pages are often not meant to be edited by anyone other than the author. That being said if you feel the need to have something changed then please post in the Discussion page. --Diabolos-Brian

[edit] Revisions

Introduced the concept of Stamina Fishing in it's own section to avoid rod breaks on certain rusty items. --Diabolos-Brian 00:27, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Made the decision to change the pre-Lu rod to a Halcyon Rod. After weighing all the pros and cons (those being: Price, Breaks and Synthetic vs. Wooden) the Halcyon Rod wins over all... Even if I do hate synthetic rods. ^^; --Diabolos-Brian 05:26, September 3, 2009 (UTC)

Added another level section between the (then) 27-56 and the (then) 56-86 sections. The flow through now goes 27-40, 40-52 and 52-86. Also defined the rod/bait used for the alternative (Sea Serpent Grotto) at levels 52-86. --Diabolos-Brian 01:01, October 12, 2009 (UTC)

Sandfish apparently cap at 50 (used to say 52 on both wiki and greatblue). I updated the guide to reflect this. --Diabolos-Brian 16:48, August 5, 2010 (UTC)

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