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OSRS Drift net Fishing Guide

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Drift net Fishing Guide OSRS

Drift net fishing is a proficient technique that demands a Hunter level of 44 and Fishing level of 47, providing valuable experience in both skills. This method involves the utilization of drift nets to capture fish shoals within the Underwater area of Fossil Island. While it yields commendable experience rates in both Hunter and Fishing, it comes with the trade-off of requiring more active engagement compared to other passive fishing methods.

To embark on drift net fishing, adventurers deploy drift nets in the underwater expanse of Fossil Island, strategically ensnaring fish shoals as they traverse the waters. This approach not only enhances your Hunter and Fishing proficiencies but also grants you the opportunity to secure a variety of aquatic creatures.

It's important to note that the efficiency of drift net fishing hinges on careful attention and timely management of the drift nets. Regularly checking and repositioning the nets ensures optimal results, making this method a more involved but rewarding experience for those seeking to bolster their Hunter and Fishing skills simultaneously.

Drift net Fishing Guide OSRS

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Requirements

- Completion of the "Bone Voyage" quest to access Fossil Island.

- Hunter level 44 and Fishing level 47 (Non-boostable).

- At least 1 drift net. Nets can be brought in noted form and stored with Annette in the fishing area. Approximately 80–110 nets are typically used per hour depending on efficiency.

- A diving apparatus and fishbowl helmet are strongly recommended to prevent oxygen level depletion underwater. This requires partial completion of the Freeing Pirate Pete subquest of Recipe for Disaster.

- 200 Numulites for access to the activity for the day or 20,000 for permanent access.

- Flippers, a drop available from Mogres after completion of Skippy and the Mogres quest, allows for sprinting underwater and greatly increases experience rates.

- A merfolk trident, trident of the seas, trident of the swamp, or dragon harpoon are recommended to increase the chance of successfully chasing fish shoals into the net.

- 5 Numulites per drift net harvest can be paid to send all caught fish directly to the bank.

- Partial Graceful outfit (Chest, Legs, Gloves) or other weight-reducing clothing.

Partial Graceful outfit


How to get

Here's a detailed guide on how to get to Fossil Island and start drift net fishing:

1. Travel to Fossil Island:

- Option 1: Use the canal barge located north of the Digsite. Simply board the barge and it will transport you to Fossil Island.

- Option 2: If you possess a Digsite pendant, you can use its "Fossil Island" teleport option to instantly travel there.

2. Rowing Out to Sea:

- Once on Fossil Island, you need to reach the open sea. You can do this by using one of the rowboats available in either the Museum Camp or the north-eastern part of the Mushroom Forest.

- To quickly access the north-eastern part of the Mushroom Forest, use the Mushroom Meadow teleport on the Mycelium Transportation System.

3. Diving into the Water:

- Upon reaching the small island or the desired location near the open sea, interact with the rowboat and select the dive option. This action will initiate your journey into the underwater area.

4. Heading North to the Entrance:

- After diving into the water, swim northward until you reach the entrance to the underwater area.

- Once you've located the entrance, approach it and speak to Ceto, who will likely provide further instructions or assistance regarding drift net fishing.


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Overview of Drift Net Fishing

1. Accessing the Instanced Area:

- Speak with Ceto, located just north of the anchor rope, to enter the instanced drift net fishing area.

- Entrance costs 200 numulites until midnight UTC that day or a one-time fee of 20,000 numulites for permanent access.

2. Drift Net Setup:

- Drift nets are placed at one of two drift net anchor points to start catching fish shoals.

- Craft drift nets by using two jute fibres on a loom (requires 26 Crafting).

- Annette, inside the fishing area, can hold up to 2,000 drift nets for free and accepts nets brought to her in noted form.

3. Drift Net Harvesting:

- Drift nets can capture 10 fish shoals before they must be harvested.

- Harvesting a drift net destroys it. Caught fish can be individually collected, sent to the bank for 5 numulites, or discarded.

4. Collecting Fish:

- Fish shoals are passively collected at a slow rate as long as drift nets are set up and not full.

- Collection occurs even if the player is in other zones, providing Fishing experience.

- When a net is full, the message "Your drift net is full." is displayed.

5. Active Collection:

- Fish shoals can be chased into drift nets to expedite the process.

- Scared fish are more likely to swim into the nearest net, indicated by a change in animation and increased movement.

- A merfolk trident, trident of the seas, trident of the swamp, or dragon harpoon enhances the chance of scaring fish successfully.

6. Considerations:

- Fish shoals may get stuck on obstacles. Focus on those closer to the nets, and avoid obstacles near the entrance.

- Standing between a fish shoal and the net can block its movement.

- Chasing fish is ineffective if all drift nets are full.


Experience Rates for Drift Net Fishing

- Skill Scaling: Hunter and Fishing experience gained scales up to level 70 in both skills.

- Hunter Experience per Shoal: Scales from 72 experience at level 50 to 101.5 experience at level 70.

- Fishing Experience per Shoal: Scales from 56.5 experience at level 50 to 77 experience at level 70.

- Assumed Drift Nets per Hour: 113 drift nets per hour.

- Cost of Drift Nets (GE): Buying the drift nets on the Grand Exchange would cost 341,034 coins per hour.

- Maximum Experience Rates with Focus: With focused attention, a player can earn up to 93,000 Fishing experience and 121,000 Hunter experience per hour.


Rewards

 

The available fish depend on Fishing level, with a new fish introduced every 10 levels starting at 50. The catch rate for all types of available fish is equal.

Levels 47–49

FishQuantityRarityPrice
Oyster.png: Drift net fishing drops Oyster with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Oyster11/5101
Pufferfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Pufferfish with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Pufferfish11/5Not sold
Raw anchovies.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw anchovies with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw anchovies11/542
Raw sardine.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sardine with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw sardine11/540
Raw tuna.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw tuna with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw tuna11/569

Levels 50–59

FishQuantityRarityPrice
Oyster.png: Drift net fishing drops Oyster with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Oyster11/5101
Pufferfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Pufferfish with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Pufferfish11/5Not sold
Raw anchovies.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw anchovies with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw anchovies11/542
Raw sardine.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sardine with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw sardine11/540
Raw tuna.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw tuna with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw tuna11/569
Raw lobster.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw lobster with rarity 1/6 in quantity 1 Raw lobster11/6100

Levels 60–69

FishQuantityRarityPrice
Oyster.png: Drift net fishing drops Oyster with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Oyster11/5101
Pufferfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Pufferfish with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Pufferfish11/5Not sold
Raw anchovies.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw anchovies with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw anchovies11/542
Raw sardine.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sardine with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw sardine11/540
Raw tuna.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw tuna with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw tuna11/569
Raw lobster.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw lobster with rarity 1/6 in quantity 1 Raw lobster11/6100
Raw swordfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw swordfish with rarity 1/7 in quantity 1 Raw swordfish11/7141

Levels 80–89

FishQuantityRarityPrice
Oyster.png: Drift net fishing drops Oyster with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Oyster11/5101
Pufferfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Pufferfish with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Pufferfish11/5Not sold
Raw anchovies.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw anchovies with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw anchovies11/542
Raw sardine.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sardine with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw sardine11/540
Raw tuna.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw tuna with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw tuna11/569
Raw lobster.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw lobster with rarity 1/6 in quantity 1 Raw lobster11/6100
Raw swordfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw swordfish with rarity 1/7 in quantity 1 Raw swordfish11/7141
Raw shark.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw shark with rarity 1/8 in quantity 1 Raw shark11/8758
Raw sea turtle.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sea turtle with rarity 1/9 in quantity 1 Raw sea turtle11/9669

Levels 90–99

FishQuantityRarityPrice
Oyster.png: Drift net fishing drops Oyster with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Oyster11/5101
Pufferfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Pufferfish with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Pufferfish11/5Not sold
Raw anchovies.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw anchovies with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw anchovies11/542
Raw sardine.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sardine with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw sardine11/540
Raw tuna.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw tuna with rarity 1/5 in quantity 1 Raw tuna11/569
Raw lobster.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw lobster with rarity 1/6 in quantity 1 Raw lobster11/6100
Raw swordfish.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw swordfish with rarity 1/7 in quantity 1 Raw swordfish11/7141
Raw shark.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw shark with rarity 1/8 in quantity 1 Raw shark11/8758
Raw sea turtle.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw sea turtle with rarity 1/9 in quantity 1 Raw sea turtle11/9669
Raw manta ray.png: Drift net fishing drops Raw manta ray with rarity 1/10 in quantity 1 Raw manta ray11/101,058