Now that I have unlocked the achievement, it took me probably 350 hours to get. 30-50 of active fishing and gathering equipment and messing around, and then probably 300 hours of passive fishing. Originally, if I was more efficient in the beginning, maybe I could have done it in 300 hours total. And with the new update, maybe I could have gotten it down to 200-250 if I just dumped all the fish. So, those are my estimates.
I want to write a solution here to potentially include information and hopefully update it as it comes along.
I'll probably update this more as I go, as this is a first draft.
- Get an upgraded Balenos Fishing Rod for AFK Fishing
- After acquiring a fishing boat, Hotspot fish in the seas or AFK fish in Banto/Zenato sea's.
- Get as high of a level of the Silver Embroidered Fisher's Clothes for extra XP.
- Don't waste your XP boosts until you're ready to potentially Active fish.
shows a map of sea regions and hotspots.
- Try to increase your inventory size as much as possible.
- If you don't care about the coin from selling at Traders, the new update lets you automatically drop fish as you hit certain levels to increase the length of auto fishing before filling inventories.
- There are many PC fishing guides out there, you will just have to adapt some information as the PC/XBOX version are different.
To start, the Xbox version is behind from the PC version. PC has the Great Oceans, which offer Sailing and additional fishing features, including the Epheria Sailboat. As of now, I don't know when that is coming to consoles.
But for now, we have the coastal seas and rivers. To start out, through Beginner and Apprentice, the Old Rod or Sturdy Rod you can buy or get through the Central Market should be fine.
Eventually, towards the end of Apprentice and if you're serious about leveling fishing, I recommend going for some of the special rods, mainly the Balenos rod as it reduces Auto-Fishing time.
River fishing can be done decently, though a lot of junk that you can filter out. Look for Abundant fishing locations, and the ponds around Glish are nice and usually have decent drop tables.
Auto-fishing is done by just casting the rod and let it sit. You will catch fish on average and at base stats around 1 every 3 minutes. This can improve with gear and fishing poles (like the Balenos Rod, and more so if it is enchanted to a higher level)
So on Xbox, you can auto-fish by setting it to not turn off at night in your settings and try to average it out to see when your inventory fills up. Auto-fishing received an update recently, and as long as you're Professional 1 you can dump up to blue rarity fish. So if you have a small inventory it will allow for you to auto fish for longer periods.
Inventory is important as well, less so now if you auto-fish and plan to dump the fish. If you go into 'Quests' and tab to 'Suggestions' there is a category for Inventory Expansion that will offer quests to increase your inventory to catch more fish. I suggest doing these earlier so you gain more XP over time.
You can also gain consumables that can be used to increase Life XP earned, to help boost that. I suggest saving these for when you have the X-day Value Packs, or like the Premium Pass in game items that give you XP boosts and increased storage space for the certain amount of time.
Clothing also helps XP gain and fishing level. Get you some Silver Embroidered Fisher's clothes, and at a higher enchantment level if possible. They can get a bit pricey though on the Central Market, but for every level you get an extra 5% to fishing xp earned and up to +2 fishing ability..
Fishing levels reduce your cast to bite time. This is a variable that fluctuates with your fishing level, fishing ability, and the place you are fishing at.
But maxing it at +5 is suggested. This is easily accomplished by a +2 Fisher's Clothes and a Life Skilling guild that has +3 fishing in it.
But where should you fish?
Depends. Your best chance is out at sea. Active fish at hotspots that have seagulls flying around them for guaranteed gold fish. Or fish at certain seas for high blue drop rate tables and low cast to bite times (such as Banto sea or Zenato Sea). You can AFK fish here and earn a full inventory relatively quickly that is mostly blues.
But you have to get out at sea first. At this point, you're best bet is to hold out for being able to buy a Fishing Boat license off of the CM. They have a durability that will eventually reach 0, but for as much time as I have been fishing at sea, I'm barely at half durability on the boat.
The penguin is a nice bonus but hard to buy off the CM. I've been on wait for 2 months now and still haven't gotten a seller for it. So if you want to spend some real money for fishing, maybe invest in the Pearl Shop on one, or the fishing outfit you can buy in there, but it can be pricey.
Another item is the Triple Float Rod that is suggested for use in Hotspots. It allows you to have the chance of catching multiple fish at once. But it can't be repaired and is expensive, so use it wisely. If you do the "Hold A to Cast" and spend additional Energy, it increases your chance of catching more fish at once. http://www.somethinglovely.net/bdo/
Has a great map that shows the sea regions and the available fish and hotspots. Again north of Velia, by the Pirates, at the Sea of Banto and Zenato Sea are good fishing spots for good xp/inventory.