Fishing

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To begin fishing while sailing in the open world, click the fish icon on the left side of your screen. When active, the fish icon will pulse. The active/inactive status is persistent and will be restored when leaving port and resuming sailing.

There are no known disadvantages to keeping fishing on all the time (other than your hold filling with fish).

While fishing, you'll occasionally catch one or more fish. Fish can be converted (processed) to fishmeat which occupies less hold space and is more valuable than raw ordinary fish. But be aware that certain species of fish are very valuable (5000gp each) and shouldn't be converted. Until you are familiar with the types of fish that are valuable, it is best to leave them all intact until you reach port.

Right clicking on a type of fish will display three conversion options:

  • Convert - process one of the fish into fishmeat.
  • Convert All - process all of this type of fish into fishmeat.
  • Convert Similar - process all types of fish into fishmeat. Caution! - this will include the very valuable fish mentioned earlier and cost you a lot of gold.

Once in a long while, you'll get a "sealed bottle". Right clicking the bottle and selecting "Use" will put a fouled anchor icon on your map. Choose a trading ship (you'll need the hold space), and sail to that location and you'll find a floating wreck in the water. When you're close enough, click on it and you can investigate the wreck. Wrecks are extremely valuable finds and may yield high quality mods, trade goods (including silver and gold coins to use for crafting notes), rare materials, and 500 labor hour contracts to increase crafting hours.

Fish

Fish Name Meat Per Fish Fish Description
Angelfish 1 Angelfish is a conspicuous resident of the reef. The lager species are also quite bold and seemingly fearless.
Barracuda 2 Barracudas are voracious predators and hunt using ambushes. They rely on surprise and short bursts of speed to overrun their prey, sacrificing maneuverability. they also exhibit some scavenger-like feeding habits.
Bluefish 1 Bluefishes are fast swimmers which prey on schools of forage fish and continue attacking them in feeding frenzies even after they appear to have eaten their fill. They are cannibalistic and can destroy their own young.
Bull Shark 10 The name "Bull Shark" is due to its stocky shape, broad, flat snout, and aggressive, unpredictable behavior.
Hardhead Catfish 1 Its name is derived from the presence of a hard, bony plate along the dorsal fin. Hardhead catfish are veracious eaters and will bite on almost any natural bait. Hardhead catfish are also known to steal bait.
Cutlassfish 1 The cutlassfish are predatory fishes whose highly carnivorous adults regularly cannibalize younger specimens. They are long, slender and generally steely blue or silver in colour, giving rise to their name.
Dorado 15 Dorado are carnivorous, feeding on Flying Fish, Crabs, Squid, Mackerel and other forage fish. Out of the water the fish changes color(giving rise to their spanish name, dorado,'golden').
Drum 1 Drum teeth are rounded and they have powerful jaws capable of crushing oysters and other shellfish. They have the ability to produce a "croaking" sound which is used by males as a mating call.
Eel 2 Having a keen sense of smell, eels depend on scent to find food. The american eel diet is extremely diverse and includes most of the aquatic animals sharing the same environment.
Flounder 4 The flounder is a flatfish that swims on its side. One eye migrates to another side during the fishes growth stage. The side to witch the eye migrates to depends on the species.
Flyingfish 1 Flyingfish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long wing like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the waters surface.
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray 2 Because of its large size and velocity in case of danger, the giant oceanic manta ray does not have many enemies. Only fast sharks can try to bite a peace of its wings before it disappears.
Grouper 6 Members of this type are known to be protogynous hermaphrodites.
Herring 1 Herring has been a staple food from 3000BC. Herring live cooperetively in groups or schools around fishing banks and near the coast.
Jack 1 Jacks remove skin-based parasite by rubbing against the rough skin of passing sharks. They are pray fish for larger fish such as billfish and sharks as well as sea birds.
Lizardfish 1 Lizardfish have slender somewhat cylendrical bodies and heads that resemble those of lizards.
Mackerel 1 Mackerel typically have vertical stripes on their backs and deeply forked tails. Mackerel will defend itself against percieved threats by biting. The flesh of Mackerel spoils quickly, especially in the tropics and can cause poisining.
Marlin 7 Marlin are billfish with a body structure designed for fast swimming with a long streamlined appearance. They will socialize with other apex predators in order to increase the efficiency of foreging.
Needlefish 1 Needlefish have a long, narrow beak, which bears multiple sharp teeth. They are capable of making short jumps out of the water and can represent an even greater risk of injury than sharks in shallow boats.
Parrotfish 1 Parrotfish are named for their dentition. Their numerous teeth are arranged in a tightly packed mosaic on the external surface of their jaw bones, forming a parrot-like beak with which they rasp algae.
Pompano 1 Pompano are very fast swimmers and live in schools. They have very short teeth and feed on zoobenthos and small clams.
Shortfin Mako 10 The Shortfin Mako is the fastest species of shark. Some cases of Shortfin Mako jumping into a boat after being hooked have been reported.
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 12 The positioning of the eyes mounted on the sides of the sharks distinctive hammer head enable them to see above and bellow at all times.
Snapper 1 Snappers are ver highly regarded as food fish and demanded a premium price.
Tuna 5 An active and agile predator, the tuna has a sleek streamlined body and is among the fastest-swimming pelagic fish. Tuna can maintain a body temperature higher than that of the surrounding water.
Sealed Bottle It's not a Fish The bottle is sealed with wax. You wonder, "How did it end up here?"

Fish Locations

Atlantic

Shore

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Smooth Hammer Head Shark
Sealed Bottle

Reefs

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Snapper
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Herring
Shortfin Mako
Marlin
Jack
Cutlassfish
Drum
Sealed Bottle

Bay

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammer Head Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Snapper
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Herring
Shortfin Mako
Marlin
Jack
Cutlassfish
Drum
Sealed Bottle

Off Shore

Fish Name
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Snapper
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Herring
Shortfin Mako
Marlin
Sealed Bottle

Gulf

Shore

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Herring
Shortfin Mako
Marlin
Jack
Cutlassfish
Sealed Bottle


Reefs

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Sealed Bottle

Bay

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Sealed Bottle

Off Shore

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Sealed Bottle

Caribbean

Shore

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Snapper
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Herring
Shortfin Mako
Marlin
Jack
Cutlassfish
Sealed Bottle

Reefs

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Pompano
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Snapper
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Sealed Bottle

Bay

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bull Shark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Grouper
Catfish
Flounder
Barracuda
Snapper
Angelfish
Parrotfish
Herring
Shortfin Mako
Marlin
Jack
Cutlassfish
Drum
Sealed Bottle

Off Shore

Fish Name
Mackerel
Bullshark
Bluefish
Eel
Lizardfish
Needlefish
Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Tuna
Dorado
Flyingfish
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray
Sealed Bottle