The Art of Fishing - Midkemia Online Online Help

6.9 The Art of Fishing

People fish for many reasons, from competitive sport, to income, to just relaxation. With a little practice, you too will be a master fisherman, landing those trophy fish with ease! 

- You can increase your skill in Fishing up to an invisible limit each RL
- You will gain 10 bound credits and an increasingly massive amount of XP for
each new skill rank you gain in Fishing.
- At Transcendent, you will gain a special honors line.

This command allows you to bait a wielded fishing pole with the specified bait. There are three different types of bait that are used to catch different sized fish. The size of your caught fish can range from small, medium and large, depending entirely on what bait you use. That is not to say that a small fish will not go for bait better suited to large fish, though if it does occur you may find the fish to be dramatically different in behavior.

Baubles are unique tools used in fishing to draw the eye of fish. The use of a bauble increases the chances of a fish striking your line. Crafted by Artisans the world over, these fish magnets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and decorations.

If you no longer wish to use the bauble that you have attached to your line, you may remove it without losing it.

When casting your line, you must stand one room away from the room you're casting into, which must be a naturally occurring water source. You'll cast a random number of yards here. After you've cast, you just wait for a nibble or  strike. You may specify the distance of your cast with MEDIUM or LONG after direction, but keep the following in mind: A shorter cast is easier to reel in,  finding smaller fish more often, whilst a long cast will attract larger fish,  but the struggle to reel them in will be considerably more taxing by virtue of  distance.
You may also only find certain fish in shallow or deep waters, so remember to vary your cast length if you're looking for a certain breed of fish!

This is done after you've gotten a nibble, or a small or medium strike. The ideal time to tease your line is a bit around two seconds after the nibble or strike occurs. The effectiveness of teasing decreases if you wait much longer than the aforementioned time. Remember that there IS potential value in teasing the line after a small or medium strike, as it increases the chances that jerking the pole will hook the fish.
This action requires balance.

After you have a small, medium, or large strike you may do this. The ideal time to jerk your pole is a bit under two seconds after the fish has struck. As with teasing the line, the longer you wait after this ideal time, the less likely your chance for success will be.
This action requires balance.

You will need to reel the fish in when one has been hooked. Larger fish, typically found in deeper waters, will struggle and slowly drain your endurance, causing longer reels to be a juggling act that only master fisherman can manage.

Best of all, when you catch a fish you'll gain valuable experience! The amount of XP your earn is based upon the weight of the fish you catch. Your skill in Fishing will also increase based on the difficulty, weight, and rarity of the fish you have caught. Your skill in fishing determines how well you can reel, allowing you to catch larger fish.

If you just don't want to battle a fish anymore, you may cut your line to release it, but you will lose your bait.

SELL FISH TO <bait shop denizen>
You will find fishmongers in various regions of Midkemia, and much like ratcatchers, these denizens will pay for your fish! There are a number of fishmongers in Midkemia, who can be found in different parts of the world.

The methods of selling fish are:
     SELL SMALLFISH  TO <buyer>
     SELL LARGEFISH  TO <buyer>
     SELL RAREFISH   TO <buyer>

Some known fishmongers are:

 Herman Pequod, located in Central Hills
 Fred the Troll Troutmistress, located in Thunderhell Steppes
The fishmonger will give you a detailed receipt for the weight and amount of each fish, along with a total, for all types but rare: all rare fish, those that net extra coin, can only be sold with SELL RAREFISH, no matter their size.

You can also simply SELL FISH TO <buyer> if you don't care to differentiate and want to sell all your fish.

1. Each breed of fish has a particular character to it, from cautious to
   interested to aggressive. These just dictate how likely that kind of fish
   is to go for your bait, and how it will react to teasing and jerking.
1a. After a certain period of toying or ignoring a fish, it may become more or 
    less aggressive in its actions and behavior.
1b. You may lose bait from over-aggressive fish!
2. It's possible to fish out a room, but the fish will be replaced
   approximately three times per Midkemian day.
3. Automating the process of fishing, the same as any other activity within
   Midkemia, is against the rules and will result in shrubbing. See HELP
   SHRUBBING if you are unfamiliar.
4. SURVEY will let you know, in a room which fish frequent, if there are no
   fish, a few fish, or more than about ten fish available to catch in that 

Types of Bait
Small  : worm, minnow, sand flea
Medium : shrimp, clam, crab
Large  : mudsucker, octopus

Types of Fish
New fish are being discovered every day, from carp to shark, so keep an eye out for some rare and exotic breeds that'll net you extra coin from the fishmongers!