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I saw a post on here recently talking about a "secret" method of how to farm money. It got very trolly quickly. I don't feel that disclosing this method is neither "game breaking" nor even really a secret. Everything you need to know is included in the tool tips in the game, and the features used to do it were included in the game itsself by the devs to be used for the exact purpose of the "method". I myself was having a tough time grinding long days for cash to buy new gear, repair gear, buy bait, and cover travel costs. To me that made the game start to become monotonous and not very fun. I feel that people in the know should help others, as to keep the game fun and to grow the community. Essentially all this method takes is a large fish-keeping net, management of time and return over investment, use of the in-game forward time function, and fishing for multiple days instead of just 1 day. This can be done easily at any level really, even starting at Mudwater, however I'll start by giving an example from Neherrin River(lvl 10). It can be applied to any location, and any type of fish as well. First thing any new player should do is use the early baitcoins they gather to buy an unlimited advanced license for Texas, as you don't have to pay travel costs to fish there. Farm spotted bass during peak hours to fill up your bag, then use the forward time feature to 5am the next day. This will sell all the fish in your bag, and you just rinse and repeat. Now getting on to the actual method to making large amounts of money from each trip. Firstly, you need to have a bag large enough to make your trip worth the investment. For Neherrin River I suggest you have at least the FishFort S which is a 198lb bag with an individual fish holding size of 33lbs(which will hold nearly any trophy flathead you may catch). The second thing you need to take into account is your rod and reels. You don't want to go too heavy or you will lose XP. My personal setups that work well for this location are as follows. For Large Catfish and Gar: The Nero 12'10" rod, EspiraML 3000 reel, 12 lb fluoro, #4/0 hook, Chubby Bobber, and Medium Cutbait(Catfish) or Crawfish(Unique Gar), as well as Shiners. For Bass: The Aurora 7'6" rod, InspireCast 3000 reel, 10lb test fluoro, and a few different lures. The 1/2oz Jighead with 3" yellow shad(Stop-n-go, twitched, or straight retrieve all on reel speed 2 works well). Also a 1/2oz Yellow Spinnerbait(Stop-n-go on reel speed 2), or depending on your level a 12ft crawfish colored crankbait on reel speed 2 straight retrieve(bass destroyer!). For Panfish: The Nero 12'10" rod, EspiraSlim 2500 reel, 8lb test Fluoro, chubby bobber, #1hook, and a variety of baits depending on what you're fishing for. Crawfish cut for Unique Redears. Leeches for Unique Crappie, small minnows or grasshoppers will also work. With that out of the way, now on to the method. What you'll want to do first is start by looking at the Ubersheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wEvjycxSaVLNmVOCIZPALsPvLtxnJSz_LDcPKowAFb4/edit#gid=1622990818 which details all of the times that are prime for catching the fish you're targetting. This tells the best times for Uniques and Trophies as well for particular weather conditions. This will help you maximize your time catching the fish you need to make this method effective. When you go to travel to Neherrin it's $3,300 for a single day of travel costs, but you don't want to only fish 1 day, as it's extremely time consuming to fill your bag and to make at most a $6,000 to $8,000 profit. What you want to do is extend the days to 4 days minimum for a travel cost of $4,800(THIS IS KEY!). The first day double your travel costs, pay for all repairs for the trip, and the bait used. Make sure to bring enough bait for all 4 days, and make sure all of your gear is fully repaired prior to the trip. The more days fished, the more return on your investment and profit you will make. 4 days will net you $30K-$40K profit easily. My typical day here would be to start out at Rubble of Old Times and run to the right to where the well known 2 trees are sticking out of the water and fish for Trophy and Common Flathead Catfish from 5-8am. This will be on my Catfish rig with a 70in leader, and medium cutbait. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiBqRhFT6iE . You can quickly fill your bag with these. It only takes 6-7 fish to fill up to around 160-170lbs. The sweet spot is 40-50ft out and watch the swirls in the water to let you know where the cats are. Alternatively, if it's a sunny day, I may fish for the Unique Longnose Gar using crawfish, just to your right in the grass mats with a 30in leader on the same rig https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koIywkUTt8Y. Or I may possibly target the Unique Smallmouth bass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7Z-S4SA7fo. After this, you will want to go to Into the Rocky Blue and turn around 180 degrees, then run to the right to the first clearing. This will be facing the sunken truck at Nice Parking Job. Cast towards either of the rocks directly in front of you or to the left using the bass rig, lures, and techniques I stated above and you will quickly fill the remaining 30lbs of your bag in 1-2 hours in game time with bass. After your bag is full you can either forward time to the next day, rinse and repeat, OR you can target uniques which is usually what I do to maximize the profit I make from the trip. One of the easiest ones to target is the Unique Redear Sunfish. For this, the easiest place to go is Into the Rocky Blue and run out onto the rock directly in front of you. Use your panfish rig with a leader of 80in and crawfish cut. Cast out between 29 to 41 feet. The prime times are from 7am-11am and 4pm-7pm on sunny days according to the Ubersheet. Use forward time to reach the peak times if need be, but be aware of your cooldown period. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVZ_WBukgBY So this is the method. This is not limited to only Neherrin River, nor is it limited to level for the most part short of not having the proper keepnet or gear. This method can also be applied to "pike alley" in Michigan, Large cats in Lousiana, etc... I really hope this helps out some of the newer people so that they aren't having to grind too hard for long periods of time on a single day to only make a small profit. It can be very frustrating for a free player to move up without knowing how to properly manage money, time, etc. Good luck guys and tight lines!
When you’re ready to upgrade equipment, it might pay to shop around while in the field. Example: Two identical items shown may be purchased for a cheaper amount “On Location” vs. “At Home.” That’s’ a $6030 savings. Obviously, travel expenses, licenses, etc. would factor in but if planned, we might be able to conserve a few bucks when money and/or bait coins are tight. Especially if members see a cheap deal “on location” regarding the higher end equipment and post it here, it might benefit the community. Some items may be included with specific DLC’s as well so it’s wise to read those descriptions closely. Just thinking out loud and thought I’d put this here. EDIT: My apologies, I meant to identify the locations. The cheaper of the two was found in the Alaska store. The other in the home store.
I was playing the game and entered a competition, waited 40 minutes for the start time, it was at falcon lake for trout only, i pay 1000 for a license and 5000 to enter, i go in trying to load into a fishing spot and the loading screen stayed on for a while so i reset my ps4, i go back in the game and it says ive spent my day already, all my money is gone and i didnt even get to fish for a second, i would like a refund please. This all happened on the day of 9/13/17 when the hooksetting issue was a problem as well.