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Take part in a fishing contest against your friends to gain fishing XP and obtain some fishy rewards. There are no requirements to play! By default, you start with ten tickets, which will allow you to play ten times. If you're lucky however, you may find an additional ticket while fishing anywhere in Runescape, including while participating in Fish Flingers; which will allow you to play another game. Ticket counts are looked after by the fishermen, meaning players do not carry any actual tickets. You can receive two tickets per day from the fishermen. The official Runescape world for this activity is World 89. Familiars will disappear while on the island, with their timers frozen, but pets will remain visible.
To start playing Fish Flingers, you'll need to speak with an Expert Fisherman, who stands in any of the places listed below. You can either talk to the fisherman, or right click 'teleport' to enter the waiting area. To see how much time is left until the next contest, speak to the fisherman, or "check time" with a Tackle Box if you have claimed one from playing previously.
Playing the Game
You have 10 minutes to achieve a high score, gain medals or compete for awards. Your main goal is to find the best tackle (100% rating) for each type of fish - Bass, Cod, Herring, Pike, Salmon and Trout.
A tackle is a combination of bait, hook and weight used. 100% rating is the best tackle combo; a perfect tackle.
During each game, the six different fish will be split between four fishing locations. Each location will have up to two types of fish, but no fewer than one.
The different fishing spots are as follows:
Map of Isla Anglerine
Your inventory becomes a tackle box full of all the different bait, hooks and weights you will use to catch fish. To set up a tackle combination, select one bait, one hook and a variety of weights from the tackle box (1, 2, and 3). To add or remove weight to you line, select or deselect the different sizes of weights.
To begin catching fish after selecting a tackle combination, stand near the edge of the water where you're fishing and select the "cast" button from your control panel.
To score higher, you must find the perfect tackle combination for each fish. Each fish will have a completely unique tackle combination - the same bait, hook and amount of weight will never be repeated. The best way is to keep an eye on what rating each type of bait, hook and weight gives you each time you fish - each element contributes 33% to the overall rating. You can see your rating with each catch in the interface shown below.
To maximise your rating, start with the hook type. There are three pairs of similar hooks, six hooks in total. Each fish gives a 33% rating for the most suitable type of hook and 16% for a "similar" hook type. A completely incorrect hook will give 0%. You will need to use trial and error to find the best hook that gives a 33% rating.
After selecting your initial tackle combination, switch a hook to see what effect it has on your score.
The strategy for bait is similar to that of hooks. Each bait has two similar baits based on the properties of shape and colour. After some practice, you should be able to get the correct bait after only one or two switches.
After selecting your initial tackle combination, switch a bait to see what effect it has on your score.
Once you have found the correct bait and hook, your rating should be at least 66%. To get the last 33%, you need to find the casting range, determined by the line weight. You have three available weights, the small (1), medium (2), and large (3). Start with the medium (2) weight and add or remove the small (1) and large (3) weights. If these do not work, use combinations to test weights of 4, 5, and 6, until you hit 100% rating.
Once you get a 100% tackle rating, it will be added to the Discovered Tackle table. It displays the perfect combo tackles, which then allows you to help out other players to get their perfect tackle and lets you keep track of where you've used the perfect tackle.
After you have found the 100% rating tackle and begin using it as bait, you have a chance of drawing in a big fish. You will receive a notification in your chat box when this happens. A Big Fish will not appear in nearby water if there is another Big Fish present nearby. Once it appears, other players will have to assist you in order to catch the fish. The more players assisting, the greater the reward for all players involved. You have a zero chance to catch a Big fish if you re-cast or clear your line while you have a big fish hooked. You do not need a specific tackle to catch a big fish. A big fish can weigh up to 250kg!
You can catch a maximum of three of your own big fish, and can assist other players as much as possible during a single game, however, you only receive rewards for the first six times during a single game.
Tips and Tricks
When there is under 4 minutes until the next competition begins, you can ask the Expert Fisherman for a hint about the fish in the upcoming game. To do this, select the chat option, "Do you have any advice about the fish?" The hint he provides you will contain the location and species of one of the six fish, as well as a hint about hook type, bait type or casting range. Players will receive different hints from each other.
Finding the heaviest type fish is key to obtaining a high score. The maximum weight of a fish is 199 kg and will be the best type of fish to catch each game. If you catch a 199 kg fish, you will automatically claim the Heaviest fish in the Best Results.
Medals and Scoring
Your final score is based on six different categories:
There are 4 types of medals that can be won at the end of each game. Medals are used to buy tackle boxes, rewards from the minigame. The different medals are:
Best results are slightly different from medals - they cannot be used to buy rewards and nor do they contribute to your score, but just show the best results among all contestants. The three best result categories are:
The Competition Results window shown at the end of each game will provide more detailed scoring information, including career averages for Fish Flingers and a list of each fish and their preferred bait/hook/range from the previous game.
After completing a game of Fish Flingers, players are awarded Fishing XP based on their performance and fishing level, as well as fish tokens and medals based on their performance. Fish tokens are used to purchase fish or XP boosting fishing gear. Both tokens and medals can be used to purchase tackle boxes from the expert fishermen. The maximum amount of tokens a person can have is 2,000.
Beginner's tackle boxes can only store 1 tool and 1 bait type (150 bait per slot), but as the tackle box is upgraded, more items can be stored within it. You can also check your current number of entry tickets, and check when you can earn more. If you lose a tacklebox, you can get another from the expert fishermen for free. If you destroy your tacklebox, when you reclaim it it will contain the same items it did when you destroyed it.
Original Guide by: Lalala7324 & TheLeonardo
Special thanks to: Warriormonkx
Thanks to: Baffler, Cowman_133, Dark Aura, Den Usynlige, Depietn, doodlebug86, dumb_dog66, Evaluate, Jaffy1, PumpkinKing, Saradomin Mage, Shadawk, Sinkhan, Vulxai
Last updated by: Howlin0001
Last updated on: 23-Jul-2013
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