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Sea of Thieves fishing guide: How to catch fish, sell fish and find trophy and rare fish locations explained

Everything you need to know about reeling 'em in.

Fishing in Sea of Thieves was a feature introduced as part of April 2019's Anniversary Update.

The ability to fish lets pirates take a serene break from plunder and booty to enjoy catching, cooking, and selling fish.

This guide explains everything you need to know about fishing, from where to find different fish types and trophy fish, to where to find fish locations and where to sell fish and their prices.

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If you're looking to learn the essentials of Sea of Thieves, first take part in the Maiden Voyage, and read more about ship battles, and how to survive fights with skeletons and the kraken.

Fishing in Sea of Thieves explained

Fishing in Sea of Thieves is the primary way to boost your reputation with the Hunter's Call, a faction of fisherman found across the island.

Although they also buy chicken, pork, shark, and even Kraken, fishing is normally the safest way and fastest way of boosting your reputation.

Although fishing itself is simple enough, there are lot of types of fish varieties and rarities to consider before you head up to find some bait and fish.

Before you launch your first fishing expedition its worth noting that fishing in Sea of Thieves makes you and your ship extremely vulnerable when fishing alone. Catching and cooking fish take a few minutes each, and during this time you won't be able to steer, repair and fight if the need arises.

The threat of other players, Megaldons and even the Kraken is constant, but some of the rarer fish require you to go into dangerous areas to catch them. It is highly recommended that you try and fish with a friend or two.

How to fish in Sea of Thieves

To fish in Sea of Thieves you'll need your fishing rod and some open water. You don't always need bait, but it necessary to catch certain fish.

You can find and equip your fishing pole in at 6 o'clock in second inventory wheel. Simply open the inventory wheel by holding Q (or left bumper on controller), then pressing F (X on controller) to swap to the second wheel.

And don't worry, you don't have to buy the fishing rod, it'll be in your inventory. You can buy different rods at any outpost, but they are purely cosmetic and won't affect the fish you catch.

Once you've got your rod, you'll probably want some bait for your hook. There are three types of bait in Sea of Thieves, earthworms, grubs, and leeches, and each one can attract a different type of fish.

Bait can be found in barrels across the Sea of Thieves, and can also be dug up with a shovel as well. Earthworms can be found from digging up dirt (or earth), grubs are found underneath sand, and leeches can be under shallow water, like the coast.

To equip the bait, open the inventory wheel and you should see a new prompt to hold R (or B on controller) to attach bait, then simply select the bait you'd like to use. Be careful not to eat the bait, it doesn't taste very nice, and is much more suited to the fish than the pirates.

Once your line is ready, its time to get into position. You can cast out into any body of water, and it doesn't matter if you're on solid ground, or a moving ship (although your crew might not be pleased if you're fishing in the middle of battle).

Your line will break if it touches any solid object though, so make sure no rocks or rigging are nearby before casting off. Once you're happy, cast the line out with the left click, or right trigger on controller. After that all you have to do is wait for a fish to bite.

A good trick when waiting for a bite is to look away from the line. As soon as a fish takes interest the game will snap the camera back to the rod so you know to start paying attention.

How to catch fish in Sea of Thieves

Once the fish has taken the bait (or the empty hook), you need to tire it out. Do this by pulling in the line in the opposite direction to the way the fish is moving with WASD or the left thumbstick.

Thankfully the fish will only ever pull left, right or straight away, but in large waves it can sometimes be tricky to tell which way the fish is pulling.

If you're using a controller it will vibrate if the line is about to snap, giving you a chance to correct your mistake. If you're on keyboard and mouse, look out for the tell-tale shaky screen to see if you're pulling the line the wrong way.

Once the fish has stopped pulling, you're free to reel in as quickly as possible. Most fish won't go without a fight so you'll have to repeat this process a few times before you land your catch. Be sure to stop reeling in once the fish starts thrashing again or the line could break.

After you've caught your fish you're free to admire it dangling from the end of your line. Make sure you're not carrying around five other food stuffs or you won't be able to add it to your inventory. And be careful not to cast your line before you take the fish off, or you'll lose it entirely.

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Where to sell fish and fish prices in Sea of Thieves

Unlike most of the other factions in Sea of Thieves, cooked fish cannot be turned in at any of the outposts. Instead you have to turn in the fish at the seaposts, tiny piers on rocks, that are dotted around the map.

There are eight seaposts in total:

At each of these seaposts you can find a representative of the Hunter's Call, the faction that you can sell your fish to. They're normally standing near the end of the pier, not in the shop.

The price of each fish is dependant one their rarity and the state of the fish when you sell it. Half eaten fish cannot be sold so be careful if your inventory is full of fish.

Cooked fish is the most valuable, so its a good idea to cook all your fish in the pan onboard your ship before selling them to the Hunter's Call. But be careful though, burnt fish is the least valuable kind of fish, even less valuable then selling the fish raw.

While cooking the fish, keep an eye on its eyes. As soon as they go white, the fish is fully cooked and should be removed from the pan. Any longer and the fish will burn, any sooner, and the fish will be undercooked.

Sea of Thieves fish types, fish chart and where to find rare fish in Sea of Thieves

There are ten types of fish in Sea of Thieves, and each type has five varieties. Here are all of them at a glance:

One variety can only be caught at night, while others are sometimes based on chance, or need specific conditions to catch.

Below we have listed the different types of fish, where to find them, their selling prices, and if you need to do anything special to catch the rarer varieties:

Ancientscale locations and Ancientscale fish prices

Ancientscales are a common, regional type of fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Almond, Starshine (Night), Sapphire, Smoke, and Bone varieties.

  • Requires leeches as bait to catch
  • Can be found in the open waters (away from the islands) of The Ancient Isles
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Anicentscales
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Battlegill locations and Battlegill fish prices

Battlegills are uncommon fish in Sea of Thieves, and come in Jade, Bittersweet (Night), Sky, Rum, Sand, varieties.

  • Requires Grubs to catch
  • Can only be found in around active skeleton forts or skeleton ships
  • Cannot be found around the waters of the Fort of the Damned
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Battlegills
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Devilfish locations and Devilfish fish prices

Devilfish are a common, regional type of fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Ashen, Firelight (Night), Seashell, Lava, and Forsaken varieties.

  • Requires grubs as bait to catch
  • Can be found in the open waters (away from the islands) of The Devil's Roar
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Devilfish
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Islehopper locations and Islehopper fish prices

Islehoppers can only be found around specific islands in Sea of Thieves, and come in Stone, Moss, Honey, Raven, and Amethyst (Night) varieties.

  • Stone Islehoppers can be found around the shores of Cannon Cove, Crook's Hollow, Fetcher's Rest, Sailors Bounty, Sharkbait Cove, and Shipwreck Bay
  • Moss Islehoppers can be found around the shores of Ashen Reaches, Thieves' Haven, Lone Cove, Marauder's Arch, Ruby's Fall, and Wanderer's Refuge
  • Honey Islehoppers can be found around the shores of Crescent Isle, Discovery Ridge, Kraken's Fall, Plunder Valley, and Sunken Grove
  • Raven Islehoppers can be found in the day around the shores of Crooked Masts, Devil's Ridge, Flintlock Peninsula, Mermaid's Hideaway, Old Faithful Isle, Smuggler's Bay, and Snake Island
  • Amethyst Islehoppers can be found at night around the sames the shores as the Raven Islehopper
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Plentifin locations and Plentifin fish prices

Plentifins are a common, regional type of fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Olive, Watery (Night), Amber, Cloudy, and Bonedust varieties.

  • Requires earthworms as bait to catch
  • Can be found in the open waters (away from the islands) of The Shores of Plenty
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Plentifins
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Pondie locations and Pondie fish prices

Pondies are a common fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Charcoal, Moonsky (Night), Orchid, Bronze, and Bright varieties.

  • Does not require any specific bait to catch
  • Can be found in any pond
  • Cannot be found anywhere at sea
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Pondie
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Splashtail locations and Splashtail fish prices

Splashtails are the most common type of fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Ruby, Seafoam (Night), Sunny, Indigo, and Umber varieties.

  • Does not require any specific bait to catch
  • Can be found in anywhere at sea
  • Cannot be found in ponds
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Splashtails, its pure chance
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Stormfish locations and Stormfish fish prices

Stormfish are a rare type of fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Ancient, Shores, Wild, Twilight (Night), and Shadow varieties.

  • Requires Leeches to catch
  • Can only be found in the storm
  • The Ancient Stormfish can only be found in a storm in the Ancient Isles region
  • The Shores Stormfish can only be found in a storm in The Shores of Plenty region
  • The Wild Stormfish can only be found in a storm in The Wilds Region
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Wildsplash locations and Wildsplash fish prices

Wildsplashes are a common, regional type of fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Russet, Coral (Night), Sandy, Ocean, and Muddy varieties.

  • Requires earthworms as bait to catch
  • Can be found in the open waters (away from the islands) of The Wilds
  • Nothing special is needed to catch the rarer varieties of Wildsplashes
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Wrecker locations and Wrecker fish prices

Wreckers are an uncommon fish in Sea of Thieves and come in Rose, Moon (Night), Sun, Blackcloud, and Snow varieties.

  • Requires earthworms as bait to catch
  • Can only be found around shipwrecks
  • The Blackcloud Wrecker variant can only be found near shipwrecks during a storm
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How to get large trophy fish in Sea of Thieves

On top of all the different types and variety of fish, they also come in different sizes.

Regular fish are the most common, but occasionally you might spot a larger fish nibbling at your bait. Reel in one of these beasts and you can expect an even bigger pay out from the Hunter's Call when you turn them in.

Unfortunately there isn't a secret trick to attract more trophy fish then usual. But once you've become familiar with the size and shape of the fish you're chasing, you can normally tell a regular fish from a trophy fish before they take the bait.

If you're holding out for one of the big fish, you can retract your hook and save your bait by right clicking (or B on controller). This will cause the interest fish to swim away embarrassed and rejected, but gives you another chance to source that trophy fish you're after.

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