Fishing in Minecraft can be an enthralling adventure, often leading to unexpected rewards and treasures. This guide will take you step-by-step through the process, from crafting your first fishing rod to pulling up treasure from the deep. We’ll explore what you can catch, where to fish, and how to improve your Minecraft fishing game with enchantments. You’ll quickly realize that fishing isn’t just a fun pastime – it’s an essential skill for any serious Minecraft player.
Fishing in Minecraft
Fishing in the blocky world of Minecraft presents players with the chance to obtain a variety of different items. Each time you cast your line, you could reel in anything from enchanted books, bows, and saddles to simple fish, making each cast a surprise. These rewards categorize into three main types: fish items, treasure items, and junk items. The possibilities are endless, making every fishing trip a uniquely exciting experience.
Crafting a Fishing Rod
To begin your fishing journey, you’ll first need to craft a fishing rod. This process begins with gathering the required materials.
Begin by chopping down a tree to collect logs. You then convert these logs into planks by placing them in the crafting menu. From these planks, you’ll create sticks using a 2×1 arrangement. Any leftover planks come in handy for crafting a table, which you’ll need later for more advanced crafting projects.
Next, you’ll need to obtain strings, which you can gather from spiders. You’ll typically find these eight-legged creatures roaming around during the night. Once you’ve collected two pieces of string from your spider hunting, you’re ready to move on to the crafting process.
In a crafting table, arrange your sticks and strings to form the shape of a fishing rod. Specifically, place three sticks in a diagonal line from the top left to bottom right, and two pieces of string vertically down from the top-most stick. Now, move your newly crafted fishing rod to your inventory and place it in the Hotbar for easy access when it’s time to fish.
Basics of Fishing in Minecraft
With your fishing rod at the ready, it’s time to catch some fish.
Find a nearby body of water – it can be anything from a small pond to a large ocean. Casting your line is as simple as right-clicking on your computer mouse, or using specific controls on other devices. The cast line ends with a bobber on the surface of the water.
Wait for bubbles to appear around this bobber, which indicates that a fish is about to bite. Once the bobber dips below the water surface, right-click again (or use the equivalent control on your device) to reel in your catch.
On different platforms, the controls for casting and reeling in are as follows: Right-click for Windows 10 and Java Edition, tap the Fish button for Pocket Edition, press the left trigger for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, press the L2 button for PS3 and PS4, and press the ZL button for Wii U and Switch.
What Can Be Caught While Fishing?
Now that you know how to fish in Minecraft, let’s delve into what you might catch.
There are four types of fish you can catch: cod, salmon, pufferfish, and tropical fish. Cod, the most common type, helps you recover 2.5 hunger points. Salmon gives a slightly higher recovery of 3 hunger points. Pufferfish are unique as they can poison you if consumed, but they’re useful in crafting water-breathing potions. Tropical fish, on the other hand, can’t be cooked and only offer a 0.5 hunger point recovery.
Besides fish, you might reel in a variety of ‘junk’ items, such as lily pads, bowls, leather, rotten flesh, and more. While they may seem useless at first, many of these items have their uses in the diverse world of Minecraft.
The real excitement comes from the possibility of reeling in treasure. Enchanted bows, books, fishing rods, name tags, nautilus shells, and saddles are just some of the treasures you might find. Each catch could give you a rare item that offers a significant advantage in your Minecraft journey.
Advancing Fishing Skills with Enchantments
To make your Minecraft fishing adventures even more rewarding, consider enchanting your fishing rod.
Enchantments like Unbreaking and Mending ensure your fishing rod lasts longer, while Luck of the Sea III and Lure III can improve your odds of catching treasure and reduce the wait time between catches, respectively.
Did you know your location can also impact your fishing success? For example, fishing in deep water surrounded by water lily pads or kelp can increase your chances of reeling in treasures. Moreover, fishing in jungle biomes can yield additional items like bamboo and cocoa beans.
Advanced Fishing Techniques
With the basics of Minecraft fishing mastered, it’s time to explore advanced techniques.
Fishing rods aren’t just for fishing – they can be used to manipulate your surroundings too. By right-clicking on blocks and items, you can move them or reel them in. You can also fling mobs and players, adding a fun twist to your Minecraft gameplay.
For the more laid-back players, AFK fishing farms allow you to fish automatically without having to cast and reel in manually. This method is great for accumulating resources while you’re away from your computer. However, keep in mind that updates in the game mechanics may affect the success of this method.