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"Rust" Fishing Guide

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Fishing in Rust

Added in August 2021, fishing allows players to use a fishing pole and bait to catch different types of fish. Caught fish can then be gutted for food, animal fat, and bones. However, some can also be traded in for scrap at a fishing village. This addition makes fishing a means to gather all sorts of resources just from sitting in the water. It can even be done in fishing village safe zones, making it one of very few safe zone farming methods.

To begin fishing, you'll need a Handmade Fishing Rod that is purchasable for 80 scrap from the vendor in the fishing village. However, it can be more cheaply crafted for 2 rope and 200 wood. This is the ideal method to acquire one as it can be crafted by default, so purchasing one is a generally inefficient. It's also best to bring two rods as you can swap between them to skip the lengthy animation when catching a fish.

When you have a rod you can begin fishing. You can fish in rivers, lakes, and the ocean, but the most valuable fish can only be caught in deep water. In fact, one fish can only be caught when fishing in an underground lab.

Using Different Types of Bait

Many things can be used as bait when fishing and each bait has different levels. Higher level bait can catch more valuable fish. The easiest way to scoop up some bait is to pick up plant drops on the ground such as hemp, corn, berries, etc., as you can get grubs and worms from them. This is a great way to start fishing. You can also use any raw meat you have as that is a higher level; much of your fishing will be done with raw meat. Refer to the table below for a more comprehensive list of baits.

As a general rule, most fishing should be done with level 5 or higher bait as this can catch up to level 10 fish. It's common to gut less desirable fish for raw fish and use that to fish for better fish. As a side note, using a level 10 fish as bait when fishing in deep water will guarantee landing another level 10 fish, which is great for effectively trading less valuable level 10 fish for more valuable ones.

Bait & Bait Levels

Table courtesy of Rustlabs: https://rustlabs.com/item/handmade-fishing-rod#tab=baits;sort=1,1,1

BaitBait lvl

Catfish

10

Orange Roughy

10

Salmon

10

Small Shark

10

Small Trout

10

Yellow Perch

10

Raw Fish

5

Raw Chicken Breast

5

Raw Deer Meat

5

Raw Horse Meat

5

Raw Bear Meat

5

Raw Wolf Meat

5

Raw Pork

5

Grub

3.5

Anchovy

3

Herring

3

Sardine

3

Worm

2.5

Apple

1

Black Raspberries

1

Blueberries

1

Minnows

1

Raw Human Meat

1

Spoiled Human Meat

1

Corn

1

Potato

1

Pumpkin

1

Black Berry

0.5

Blue Berry

0.5

Green Berry

0.5

Red Berry

0.5

White Berry

0.5

Yellow Berry

0.5

Catching a Fish

Fishing is fairly straightforward, but catching a fish can be a little bit tricky. To fish you need to do the following:

  1. Drag bait into your Handmade Fishing Rod. It can takes stacks of items, but only if they are the same item.
  2. Equip your Handmade Fishing Rod
  3. Hold right click to aim where you want to fish
  4. Use left click to cast your rod when the bobber is blue
  5. Fairly quickly, something will snag your line, pull the bobber below the water and make a noise
  6. Use "S" to reel in the fish, or "A" and "D" to pull it left and right
  7. When the rod makes a creaking noise like a strained rope it is close to break so let up on reeling or you may lose the fish and bait
  8. When you reel it in far enough, you will pick it up automatically

A few extra notes, be careful not to aim too far away from the fish or you may break the line yourself. It can also break when colliding with items such as the edge of a dock or foundation so be careful to always stay close to the water.

Fishing Loot

Fish can be gutted for raw fish, animal fat, and bones, but some may even have additional loot in their drop tables. Furthermore, some fish can also be traded in for scrap! This makes it somewhat confusing how to most efficiently fish, but the general idea is:

  • Gut fish for raw fish if their gut loot is better than their trade in or bait value (EX: Anchovy, Herring, Sardine, Salmon, Catfish)
  • Use lower value level 10 fish as bait to catch better level 10 fish (EX: Small Trout and Yellow Perch)
  • Trade in the highest value level 10 fish (EX: Small Shark and Orange Roughy)

Some of this depends on your skill level as a fisher, if you are not confident in your abilities to consistently catch a strong level 10 fish when staking a level 10 bait then you may want to gut or turn them in instead. If you are consistently catching those Small Sharks, then you can more confidently use even higher value level 10 bait. Refer to the chart below for a rough idea.

Fishing Chart

Fishing Chart

Final Thoughts

While fishing certainly isn't redefining the scrap meta, it's a meaningful addition to the game and likely the most profitable activity that can be done in a safe zone. The loot also spans a wide array so it could easily be considered overpowered given the complete lack of risk. That being said, a fishing zerg is not going to overtake the game; this will not cannibalize many other activities. This is likely a simple and pleasant addition to the game for the less PvP minded individuals that still pays something of value. Not too dissimilar from berry or cloth farming just un-scalable.

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