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This guide will show you how to become a good virtual angler in Fishing Planet.
Start out by following directions to complete the tutorial. After you finish, try pressing the F11 key to switch to overhead casting (I bound it to the “\” key to make it easier to find on a laptop keyboard). I suggest sticking with swing casting for now, however, because it gives long telescoping float poles the best leverage for strikes (when you raise the rod tip to set the hook) and avoids weeds.
I also like setting up keyboard keys as an alternative to mouse buttons/trackpad for “pulling” (reeling in) and striking. I use the “V” key as alt strike and space bar (default) for reeling in. You can press the shift key while reeling in for max retrieve speed. You should try adjusting the retrieve speed with the mouse wheel. Notice that you can reverse the retrieve direction and let some line out when the speed arrow points downward. This corresponds to disengaging the anti-reverse switch on real-life spinning reels.
Be sure to check out the in-game slideshow tutorials, accessible under the question mark icon on the inventory/map screen. They include information specific to different fish species in Lone Star Lake.
Home Ponds – Lesní Víla and Lone Star
All players start out on Lone Star Lake (Texas) currently. There is plenty of experience to be gained on that lake from completing the two exploration missions. Additionally, please note that Lone Star Lake has no transfer cost, basic fishing license fee or daily rate. It is thus very easy to complete multiple tiers of the “explorer” mission at Lone Star by repeatedly skipping to the next morning (T button) at no cost. If you do this, you should leave all wearable items at home, including vests, rod cases and keepnets, because they will deteriorate and require maintenance after a thirty day stay if you keep them on.
Lesní Víla (Czech Republic, name means “Forest Villa” in English) is also a home destination for fishing. I recommend buying an unlimited day basic license as soon as you can. Lesní is a very different place than Lone Star. At first it will probably seem a lot harder to catch fish, which makes sense for a couple of reasons. For one, the European lake is colder than the American one, being at higher latitude and further inland. For another, many of the fish in Europe are not highly predatory. Common carp, probably the most popular “coarse fish” (i.e. not a salmonid, which are gamefish) on the continent, are best caught with bread, corn, dough balls or semolina balls.
Fishing at Lesní, however, is very worthwhile. It will help you perfect the float fishing technique, because many of the fish are found deep. Use the map key (M button) to pull up a contour map of the lake on your tablet computer. Notice that the maximum depth close to shore actually exceeds your max leader depth (8’2″). The best strategy here is to cast out into the center of the pond and slowly retrieve, pausing frequently to let the leader settle out and c o c k the float. When you pause, you may also need to reverse the retrieve direction and let a little line out to allow the float to straighten out. You will probably find that you catch the most fish when you are close to, but not quite touching, the bottom. However, you are also giving fish at mid-depth a chance at your bait while you search for the bottom. Also consider fishing near lily pads and reedmace (cattails in American English).
Balancing Rod and Reel Outfits
Breaking equipment or the line is one of the worst feelings, because it invariably happens on a good-sized fish. To prevent this, make sure that your rod and reel outfit is balanced. The game will warn you if you are making an unbalanced outfit, but won’t stop you from doing it. The best method for the beginner is to first take a look at the rod you have in your inventory. What is its line rating in pound test? Then pick a reel that has a max drag setting similar to the rod’s strength. Finally, choose a line: monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid (I use braid on float rods – pick the pro kind if you are going after wary fish like carp because it is thinner/less visible to fish). The line should be the weakest part of the rig, but not excessively so. If your line is much weaker than the max drag setting of the reel, you will have to calculate the drag setting to avoid setting it too tight and breaking your line before the drag engages (never set your drag to maximum tension – a full circle – you will break your line). On the other hand, if your line is too strong for the reel, the reel will suffer damage when a big fish peels all of the line off of the drag without encountering sufficient resistance.
Notice also that all of the spinning reels have a number associated with them like 1.4k (1400) or 2000. As the numbers go up, the capacity of the reel spool increases.
Hook Sizes and Baits
- Red Worms
- Pinkies (small maggots)*
- Caster maggots (maggot pupae)
- Bloodworms (midge larvae)**
- Nightcrawler Worms
- Mole Cricket Larvae (more properly called “nymphs” because crickets are hemimetabolous)
- Waxworms (bee hive pest larvae)
- Cockchafer beetle (a European Junebug)
- Dobsonfly Larvae (hellgrammite)
- Adult Dobsonflies
*the smallest maggots are nicknamed “squats,” I think pinkies might be so named because their length is close to the width of the end of the pinky finger
**the smallest bloodworms are called “jokers”
- Pearl barley*
- Semolina Balls
- Pet Food
*a good bait for targeting roach
- Cut Crawfish
- Crawfish (crayfish)
Guide to Baitfishing by Hook Size
Any bait can be used on any size hook, but it helps to think about what fish species you are targeting. Please note that these hook sizes are relative to the body of water fished. For example, a #2 hook baited with cheese catches spades of young channel catfish at Lone Star Lake. On the other hand, at Mudwater River bullhead catfish will readily strike this rig, so a slightly larger hook size may help select for the channels.
If you are worried about bait presentation (e.g. line thickness, fishing less dense baits like marshmallows too far down), get an advanced license and fish at night. Fish are less picky and may come up into shallow water.
Finally, when you set up a float rig, you will have options regarding the type of float. The default float is narrow oval and best suited for fishing close to shore with lightweight baits and swing casting. For distance casting, you may have better luck with the chubby floats. I use slim floats for tiny baits and technical float presentations. There are also sport floats and slip floats.
Completing the first exploration mission on Lone Star Lake earns a glow-in-the-dark pear-shaped float, which is a large bobber used for distance casting and substantial baits. This float will immediately become useful in the second Lone Star exploration mission when attempting to catch smallmouth buffalo in a deep, distant lake “swims” (holes in American English) at night.*
*At least that was when I caught my first smallmouth buffalo, but they can definitely be caught during the day. Note that smallmouth buffalo are non-predatory fish and feed near the bottom of the lake.
In-Game Economy Overview and Tips
Fishing Planet has two types of currency: “baitcoins” (heehee) and Fishing Planet cash. You can use these to purchase in-game items. Baitcoins are convertible to Fishing Planet cash, but not the other way around. Therefore, I like to think of baitcoins as a “savings account” and Fishing Planet cash as a “checking account.” As an upper mid-level (Levels 15 to 24), I found that I was converting a lot of baitcoins into Fishing Planet cash to meet my burgeoning equipment and travel expenses. Over time, however, collecting baitcoins can help you purchase “special edition” rods and reels, more advanced tackle at lower levels, certain wearable equipment, and permanent fishing licenses, so I recommend trying to save them up later on.
Before you travel anywhere, double-check your inventory to make sure that 1. you have everything you need in terms of tackle and 2. you have one or more open inventory slots. You may need up to five open inventory slots if you are trying to make a special lure for a mission. Additionally, some trophy missions will require you to keep the weeds or trash that you find for a second, after which you can throw them out from your backpack.
Once you get to your fishing location, you will be limited to the restricted inventory regional shopping market. Leaving to buy something at the main store will mean that you need to pay full transfer fees to get back. Although there can be markups compared to the big store, shopping at the regional market can give you a very good idea of what lures and baits work best for the location. Note that if you buy a rod or reel and do not have space for it in your carry bag, it will be sent home and not be accessible during the current trip.
Pay attention to the restrictions on your license type. If you have a basic fishing license, hook a fish at 8:55 PM and have to fight it for five minutes until it gets dark, you will potentially get a fine for after-hours fishing. It is better to leave buffer time and fast forward to the next morning. In addition, in some states like Missouri, you may find that a basic license requires you to keep (absolute worst because it might be impossible to comply if the offending fish is larger than your keepnet) or release certain fish. Don’t rely on luck when fishing bucks are at stake!!
Note that certain items can be resold to the store for either baitcoins or Fishing Planet money. However, the selling price will be considerably less than the purchase price. Additionally, you will need to repair fishing equipment once they get down to the yellow zone on the heads-up display (at around 66% durability). It is a good idea to invest in a two-rod carrying case as soon as possible so that you can have a backup if your other one gets worn down while on a trip. Keep an eye on the durability meters while fishing so that you can swap out equipment or leave to make repairs before you break the rig.
Fishing competitions cost money for registration and travel, but the registration fee is refundable if you cancel before the competition starts.
There are daily rewards for logging in and out that increase with each consecutive day you log in up to the fifth day. A new day begins at 0:00 UTC (formerly Greenwich Mean Time).
Read the text descriptions of fishing spots on the site map and match them with your target fish description under “Fish Species.” Some fish like sandy bottoms, for example, or hold close to structures like fallen logs, and these locations may not be obvious if you just look at the fishing spot.
Glow-in-the-dark lures, especially plastic crayfish, are highly effective at night against predatory species.
Never underestimate the experience bonus of slab crappie at Lone Star Lake (trophy white crappie). Plastic tubes on small jigs work wonders.
On certain types of rods, like match rods, pressing the “C” key while fishing will clip the reel at the current distance. This enables you to cast out to the same distance repeatedly and avoid overshooting the water on smaller fisheries. Press “C” again to unclip the reel.
Slip bobber rigs are invaluable. I never knew how deep Lesní Víla fishery really was until I got a slip bobber (around 9 feet 8 inches!). Slip bobbers of various weight classes are incredibly helpful in carp, tench, and catfish fishing.
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