Sea of Thieves Fishing Guide: Just starting out in Sea of Thieves and needing to know about Fishing? Don't worry, we've got you covered, you filthy landlubber. 

After the anniversary update of Sea of Thieves, fishing was on the menu. Mechanically it's simple, and starting out is incredibly easy. 

Firstly, you'll start with a fishing rod in your inventory. You can also grab bait for free from barrels that you'll find scattered around any island you start out on. At this point, you'll need to know:

What Types of Fish Are There?

There's tons of fish in Sea of Thieves. In fact, you might never catch them all. Each serves a different purpose, and each has its own value, whether it's cooked, burnt or raw. 

In total, there are 10 schools of fish. Each has a fixed location and a bait requirement. Here's a brilliant cheat-sheet by Rigack.

Ancientscales

Ancientscales are found in waters of the Ancient Isles. Requires leeches as bait.

  • Almond 
    • Sold for 225g raw or 340g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 565g raw and 850g cooked.
  • Sapphire 
    • Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.
  • Smoke 
    • Sold for 375g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 940g raw and 1140g cooked.
  • Bone (Rare variant)
    • Sold for 3000g raw or 7500g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 4500g raw and 11250g cooked.
  • Starshine (Night variant)
    • Sold for 300g raw or 750g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.

Splashtails

Splashtail fish do not require bait in order to catch them and can be caught anywhere.

  • Ruby 
    • Sold for 75g raw or 115g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 190g raw and 285g cooked.
  • Sunny 
    • Sold for 150g raw or 375g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 225g raw and 565g cooked.
  • Indigo 
    • Sold for 225g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 340g raw and 850g cooked.
  • Umber (Rare variant)
    • Sold for 375g raw or 940g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 565g raw and 1410g cooked.
  • Seafoam (Night variant)
    • Sold for 150g raw or 375g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 225g raw and 565g cooked.

Battlegills

Battlegills are found near active Skull Forts and Skeleton Ships. It can be tricky to fish during these times, especially as you risk combat, so be careful. Requires grubs as bait.

  • Jade 
    • Sold for 375g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 940g raw and 1410g cooked.
  • Sky 
    • Sold for 450g raw or 675g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1125g raw and 1690g cooked.
  • Rum 
    • Sold for 525g raw or 790g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1315g raw and 1975g cooked.
  • Sand (Rare variant)
    • Sold for 3750g raw or 5625g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 9375g raw and 14065g cooked.
  • Bittersweet (Night variant)
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 450g raw or 675g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1125g raw and 1690g cooked.

Devilfishes

Devilfish are found in the Devil's Shroud region. Requires grubs as bait.

  • Ashen 
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 225g raw or 340g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 565g raw and 850g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Seashell ​​​​​​​
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.
  • Lava 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sold for 375g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 940g raw and 1410g cooked.
  • Forsaken (Rare variant)
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sold for 3000g raw or 4500g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 7500g raw and 11250g cooked.
  • Firelight (Night variant)
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.

Stormfish

Stormfish are found in storm waters. If you see a storm brewing in the distance, you'll want to sail on over quickly. Just be careful of lightning. Requires Leeches as bait.

Note: Shadow Stormfish are mostly caught at The Glorious Sea Dog Tavern and Uncharted Island (N-13) as they do not belong to any specific region. 

  • Ancient (Found in Ancient Isles)
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sold for 450g raw or 675g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1125g raw and 1690g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Shores (Found in Shores of Plenty)
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 450g raw or 675g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1125g raw and 1690g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Wild (Found in The Wilds)
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 450g raw or 675g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1125g raw and 1690g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Shadow (Rare variant, found in any region)
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 4500g raw or 6750g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 11250g raw and 16875g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Twilight (Night variant, found in any region)
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 450g raw or 675g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 1125g raw and 1690g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Pondies

Pondies are found exclusively in fresh water ponds. No other fish are found in these locations. 

  • Charcoal Pondie
    • Sold for 75g raw or 115g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 190g raw and 285g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Orchid Pondie
    • Sold for 150g raw or 225g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 375g raw and 565g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Bronze Pondie
    • Sold for 255g raw or 340g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 565g raw and 850g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Bright Pondie (Rare variant)
    • Sold for 375g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 940g raw and 1410g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Moonsky Pondie (Night variant)
    • Sold for 150g raw or 225g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 375g raw and 565g cooked.​​​​​​​

Plentifins

Plentifins are found in the waters of the Shores of Plenty. Requires Earthworms as bait.

  • Olive Plentifin
    • Sold for 225g raw or 340g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 565g raw and 850g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Amber Plentifin
    • Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Cloudy Plentifin
    • Sold for 375g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 940g raw and 1410g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Bonedust Plentifin (Rare variant)
    • Sold for 3000g raw or 4500g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 7500g raw and 11250g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Watery Plentifin (Night variant)
    • Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.​​​​​​​

Islehoppers

Islehoppers are found near islands. Like Splashtail, no bait is required to catch them. However, and like their name suggests, they've limited locations and the fishing range is within the island's title card area.

  • Stone Islehopper (Located at Sailor's Bounty, Cannon Cove, Shipwreck Bay, Shark Bait Cove, Crook's Hollow)
    • Sold for 105g raw or 160g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 265g raw and 400g cooked.​​​​​​​
  • Moss Islehopper (Located at Lone Cove, Wanderer's Refuge, Marauder's Arch, Thieves' Haven)
    • Sold for 105g raw or 160g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 265g raw and 400g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Honey Islehopper (Located at Crescent Isle, Kraken's Fall, Sunken Grove, Plunder Valley, Discovery Ridge)
    • Sold for 105g raw or 160g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 265g raw and 400g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Raven Islehopper (Rare variant, located at Mermaid's Hideaway, Discovery Ridge, Shark Bait Cove, Wanderers Refuge)
    • Sold for 1050g raw or 1575g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 2625g raw and 3940g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Amethyst Islehopper (Night variant, located at Smuggler's Bay, Mermaid's Hideaway, The Crooked Masts, Old Faithful Isle, Snake Island, Devil's Ridge)
    • Sold for 105g raw or 160g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 265g raw and 400g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Wildsplashes

Wildsplashes are found in the waters of The Wilds. Requires Earthworms as bait.

  • Russet Wildsplash
    • ​​​​​​​Sold for 225g raw or 340g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 565g raw and 850g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Sandy Wildsplash
    • Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Ocean Wildsplash
    • Sold for 375g raw or 565g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 940g raw and 1410g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Muddy Wildsplash (Rare variant)
    • Sold for 3000g raw or 4500g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 7500g raw and 11250g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Coral Wildsplash (Night variant)
    • Sold for 300g raw or 450g cooked. Trophy variants sell for 750g raw and 1125g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Bait Types

Some types of fish can only be caught with specific bait. In total, there are three types of bait in Sea of Thieves.

  • Earthworms: Dug from grass.
  • Grubs: Dug from sand.
  • Leeches: Dug from shorelines.

As noted above, bait can also be found when looting barrels on islands.  

Highest Selling Fish In Sea Of Thieves

If you're wanting to maximize your profit in our Sea of Thieves Fishing Guide, you should always try to pursue Rare variants. In addition, you should also cook it as this will always return the most money. However, if you burn your fish during the cooking process, its value will plummet. 

Shadow Stormfish (Rare variant) currently sells for the most money in our Sea of Thieves fishing guide, but only when cooked. Its Trophy variants sell for 11,250g raw and 16,875g cooked.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ You can sell your fish at Hunter’s Call posts (indicated by the Octopus logo), and be sure not to burn them!

To sell your fish, you'll need to be holding it in your hand, similarly to how you sell chests to vendors.

How To Fish

1. Decide your bait. Pull out your fishing rod, re-open your inventory and when pressing "R", decide on the bait you want. Once it's on the end of your hook, you're ready to cast. 

2. To cast, simply point at a body of water, and left click. To retrieve your line, simply right click.

3. Once your line is in the water, it's simply a case of waiting. Sometimes you'll be able to see a fish under the water, others it'll be too dark. Either way, once you've got a bite your line will begin to flex and bow. 

4. To reel in a fish when you have a bite, don't instantly left click (it'll cause the line to break and the fish to escape). What you need to do is tire the fish out. Fundamentally, you move your fishing rod in the opposite direction that the fish is moving. 

  • If the fish is going left, hold right (typically "D").
  • If the fish is going right, hold left (typically "A").
  • If the fish is going away from you, hold down (typically "S").

If you're holding the rod in the wrong direction, you'll hear it begin to strain and crack. When your line goes slack and when the fish is exhausted, reel it in. 

5. To take your fish off your line, you need to be sure you have the inventory space. If you don't have space, you can store items in a nearby barrel or eat some existing food. 

How To Cook Your Fish

It's fairly simple! Head below deck and you'll see a stove and skillet. If you aren't on board your ship, most islands have an available frying pan by any fire. With your fish in hand, you'll be able to interact with the pan, and start cooking. 

Like all things in Sea of Thieves, there's no UI to indicate how well your fish is cooked. You'll need to pay attention. If it's undercooked and you eat it, you'll be sick with food poisoning. Left on the heat too long, and it'll be burnt and worthless. 

While it takes practice to know exactly which fish have which timings, the easiest tricks are:

  • Watch for the fish to change colour. When it turns brown, it's typically cooked just right.
  • The fish's pupils will go completely white. 
  • Steam coming off the frying pan will thin out as the fish cooks through. 
  • Larger fish (trophies) take longer to cook. 

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Last Updated: Jan 07, 2020

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