The Hunter’s Call has finally arrived in Sea of Thieves, introducing a long-awaited feature to the game: fishing. Pirates can now catch various fish in Sea of Thieves and bring them to The Hunter’s Call Trading Company to earn new rewards. While the Anniversary Update introduces several other mechanics to the game, such as hunting, gathering, and cooking, we’ll be focusing on how to go fishing in Sea of Thieves for those who are anxious to snag their first catch.
How to Go Fishing in Sea of Thieves
Although fishing in Sea of Thieves is relatively straightforward, there are a few details you’ll want to keep in mind before you cast your line. Follow the steps below to learn how to fish in Sea of Thieves.
Find a Place to Fish
When you’re ready to catch some fish in Sea of Thieves, you’ll need to pick a nice spot to go fishing. Any body of water will do, from small island lagoons to the open seas. It’s worth noting that fish species will vary by location. If you’re looking to diversify your catches and bring different types of fish to The Hunter’s Call Trading Company, then consider fishing in a variety of locations to see what you can get.
Equip the Fishing Rod
As of The Hunter’s Call update, all players now come equipped with their very own fishing rod. The fishing rod is found on the second part of your radial item menu. The fishing rod can be spruced up with various cosmetic upgrades for the most dedicated pirate fishermen.
Add Bait to the Rod
Before you cast your rod into the sea, you should add bait to the end of it. You can catch fish without bait, but fishing with bait will improve your odds of catching certain fish. Bait can be found in barrels, just like wooden planks or cannon balls. There’s an assortment of bait types in Sea of Thieves, including worms and leeches.
Bait the fishhook by bringing up the radial wheel menu once more and selecting the Bait button (Y on Xbox, R on PC). Select one of the bait options you have in your inventory to add that bait type to the end of your hook. To unbait the fish, press LT on Xbox or right mouse button on PC.
Cast Your Fishing Line
Cast the fishing rod into a body of water. You can do this while stationary or while sailing on your ship. Don’t worry about whether or not you can see fish in the water, as it doesn’t make a difference. To cast your line, press and hold RT on Xbox or the left mouse button on PC to raise your fishing rod, then release to let it out into the water.
Wrangle the Fish
Now, all you have to do is wait and be patient. Eventually, a fish will attach itself to the end of your line. When this happens, be ready to move the line counter to the motion of the fish. If the fish swims to the right, pull the rod to the left. If it dashes left, pull to the right. If the fish swims away from you, pull the rod up to encourage it toward you.
As long as you don’t feel any vibration, you know you’re pulling the rod in the proper direction. If you do feel the line start to shake, that means you aren’t moving counter to the fish and you’ll have just a brief window to correct your rod before your fishing line breaks. When playing with a mouse and keyboard, pay attention to the music for your cues.
Reel in Your Catch
At some point, the fish will stop moving on the end of the line and will stop splashing. When this happens, press RT on Xbox or left mouse button on PC to reel in the fish. Press X to grab the fish from the end of your fishing rod and admire your new catch.
Once you’ve caught some fish in Sea of Thieves, you have a few options for how to use them. To increase your reputation with The Hunter’s Call Trading Company, you can sell fish to one of the Hunter’s Call representatives found on various islands. You can also cook your fish at a campfire to use it as food. Cooked fish also tend to be worth more when sold to The Hunter’s Call Trading Company.
Now that you know how to go fishing in Sea of Thieves, you should be able to rank up with The Hunter’s Call Trading Company and become a legendary fisherman in no time. Check back soon for more Sea of Thieves seafaring tips.