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I am new to the game and I've been following and really enjoying KpShamino's leveling guides. So far I am level 15 and I am in New York targeting Walleye. I decide to stay in NY until level 18 and then move to Florida because I found  a more up to date level 18 KpShamino guide because according to the video, it's more profitable than Oregon.

When should I buy "storage" (because so far I have only one set per map because I didn't buy any "storage equipment")?

I've seen some video comments about reduced xp due to the equipment used being overpowered(?) and I don't understand because it's a lvl 18 set. What can I do to overcome this issue?

Any other tips/advice that can help a beginner like me are more than welcome.

Thank you in advance and excuse my English.

 

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Let me try to answer your questions in order. KpShamino has very nice guides, but they are only one way to level. I stayed mostly in Texas until level 25. Fish where you like, like where you fish. I find New York terminally boring, but if you like it, that's all that counts. Basically fish wherever makes you happy until you open Michigan. It's hard to beat trophy Northern Pike for money and xp.  I like both Florida and Oregon, but they're very different. Try them both out and decide which one you like best.

 

Buying storage is a new concept that I don't have any experience with, but I can tell you NEVER buy anything you don't NEED for your next fishing trip. If you want to move some tackle to home storage and you don't have enough space then buy it. Otherwise don't.

 

Overpowered refers to catching fish on tackle that makes those fish too easy to catch. There is really no such thing as a level 18 set. There is line test and max drag. If your line test is 12, and your max drag is 13, then generally you will get full xp for fish 14 pounds and over. On the same setup, an 8 pound fish will carry with it an xp penalty (Indicated by red backarrow(s) next to the xp gained on the screen that pops up when you catch the fish). You cannot always avoid xp penalties. If you're fishing for 15 pound northern pike with any setup reasonable to catch them, and you hook a 2 pound smallmouth, of course there'll be a penalty, but that doesn't mean you want to use a 2 pound setup, since when you hook a 15 pound pike, you're going to lose it every time.  My best advice is to have a reel with maxdrag capable of handling much of what you're fishing for and just play things that are too big until they tire and you can reel them in.

 

Other advice. Have fun! Remember that you don't need to leave a lake when you quit the game. If you stay there, you'll just pick up where you left off next time. This saves you money since when your keepnet is full, you can just forward time to 5AM the next day and pay only a daily fee and not a travel fee. Always buy the largest keepnet available for your level. Have fun!

 

Hope this helps.

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17 minutes ago, Zanaspus said:

Buying storage is a new concept that I don't have any experience with, but I can tell you NEVER buy anything you don't NEED for your next fishing trip. If you want to move some tackle to home storage and you don't have enough space then buy it. Otherwise don't.

What I mean by storage is rod bags, belt pouch, vests, etc (sorry for the confusion).

 

22 minutes ago, Zanaspus said:

Fish where you like, like where you fish. I find New York terminally boring, but if you like it, that's all that counts.

I'm quite enjoying NY. Specially on rainy days and at night.

27 minutes ago, Zanaspus said:

My best advice is to have a reel with maxdrag capable of handling much of what you're fishing for and just play things that are too big until they tire and you can reel them in.

I really need to study this. I've been moving to maps without knowing what I'll find because I'm following a guide but now I think that I should be "less lazy" and learn the stuff instead of having someone holding my hand all the time.

Thank you for your time.

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Never sell anything. You'll only regret it later. If nothing else, you can always use the starter rod and reel to get the reelbreaker and rodbreaker achievements. I keep light tackle because A)You may want to revisit lower level places just to have fun and B) Fishing with heavy tackle will get boring at some point. There's nothing like catching a 10 pound fish on 4 pound tackle for a great fight. 

As for travelling storage, I always tended to buy the best available, but some folks travel light. To me, it's never a bad idea to be able to take more stuff with you.

 

3 hours ago, Ichthyophobia said:

I really need to study this. I've been moving to maps without knowing what I'll find because I'm following a guide but now I think that I should be "less lazy" and learn the stuff instead of having someone holding my hand all the time.

Thank you for your time.

Don't worry. Fish sizes will become second nature in time. Also, when you have the lake map (not the depth map) open, you can click on "fish species" and it will often give you a rough idea. Just go with the general fish sizes and not the "record" fish sizes.

Also, clicking on the "weather" at the left will show you day/night fishing "hot" times so that you can forward time if you want. Just remember to forward sparingly as there's nothing worse than needing to empty you keepnet and still having an active cooldown period.

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20 hours ago, Zanaspus said:

 “Fish where you like, like where you fish.”

That quote is golden and sound advice. Good job brother!

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