One of the first tasks Otto Godblessed will set you is to use the rod that he keeps under his bed to catch one of the fish in the lake to the east of his hut. These fish are more difficult to catch than you might expect, as they leap about in the water and use their impressive vigour to fight against the pull of the rod.
Because of the nature of these fish, you will find that you need more than just an angler's cunning, and you will need use the weight of the rod and your reflexes to catch them. In this way, fishing with the heavy rod will earn experience in Fishing, Strength and Agility.
If you lose the heavy rod you need to catch these fish, you can find another by searching Otto's bed. Fishing spots for the fish below can only be found in the lake next to Otto's hut.
Once you have caught one of these fish, you can use a knife on them to cut out the roe or caviar and to get fish parts. Fish parts can only be used as bait, but as it is stackable, it is a good way to carry on Fishing without having to worry about running out of bait. You will receive 10 Cooking experience for gutting a fish.
One of the more impressive feats barbarians have learnt is the ability to use their own arm as bait for larger fish, and then using that same arm to wrestle the fish out of the water. It takes a bold fisher to thrash their arm about, waiting for a shark to come close...
- Hand fishing has the possibility of catching two fish at once that gives you the same experience as catching one
- Using Swordfish and Shark gloves from the Fist of Guthix minigame still gives double experience for hand fishing
- If you have the stats, have the required items in your tool belt, and are a member then your character will use the hand fishing method instead of the item in the tool belt. e.g. If you have a harpoon in your tool belt and 35 Strength, you will hand fish tuna instead of using a harpoon.
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