Fish Hunt and Gold Hunt: Is it profitable?
Years ago, I had started, on another account, a step by step walkthrough to show that Fish Hunt was actually profitable. Back then. there was a lot of argument on if it was worth it.
Given all the changes over the last 3 years, I decided to bring a new character to start fishing, and do it as through a person who can not spend any real life money on SL. A lot of you will probably go "Well duh" about some of the things that go on here, But I expect this to be a good resource for new players to see what IS possible.
So, without further ado, Lets get it on
Part 1: The first 50 Worms
So we just got started, and we get a shiny new beginners Rod and 50 worms to use. A general rule is to check the Land Map and go to lands based on 1: Higher Multiplier and 2: Fishpots near popping (any that are red). This will help you maximize the profit you can get. Gold Hunt Coins you may run across heading to your fishing are great to grab too. They are free money, and can help offset any fishing losses.
Basically at the end of each fishing trip you want to be able to get another 100 worms for the next run. But 50 worms does not mean you only get 50 casts! Fishing Lotteries that give worms are quite common. With my first 50 worms I caught 106 fishes.
Total gained from fishing and coins was 96.57 (0.55 of that was from coins)
One of the biggest mistakes people make is when they deciding what worms to buy. Going more than small worms may be tempting, but the costs are higher. It is possible to buy at the wrong price, and lose money on every cast even if you on a x10. (i'm looking at you, Magic Worms!)
If you WANT to buy the higher end worms. look at the price compared to small worms, and that will tell you the minimum multiplier you should fish on. At time of posting this:
Small Worms: 0.26
Tasty Worms: 0.71 (minimum x3)
Enchanted Worms: 3.07 (not worth even x10)
Magic Worms: 33.19 (yea... no)
This is because the quality of worms do not actually increase payout. What they DO is increase experience gained and Lottery chance, which may or may not allow them to be profitable ifg you get a lot of worms in lottery. Only do this for testing, and find out what your comfortable with AFTER you get some more money and experience.
So why 100 worms? Worms are priced as a per unit. You can not get a partial worm, and you have to pay into barrel. So, we buy 100 worms for 26 linden.
Cost: 13 linden (pro rated for the 50 original)
Profit: 83.54 (643%)
One thing that may be beneficial to do is to sell a fishers card buy clicking the red demon woman in the center of Business Park. Place a card for either 2400 dollars at 20% (to get a pro rod), or 6000 at 50% for the deluxe rod. You could put it for higher, but these prices seem reasonable. If someone purchases that card, you get to upgrade to a higher rod quickly (at the limit of 300 linden pulled out of the account per day), in exchange for some of your money being given to the person funding you. In time, you may be able to buy your card back from them! Or, you can participate in the new fishers program, and bring a new person to begin fishing and get a deluxe rod on credit as well. This is a viable alternative to selling your fishers card, as it will automatically take 50% of earnings until the rod is paid off.
With the fisher cards, it is important to note you only get 50% of the price you asked for, and an additional 25% for any future resell. This means that though the card may pay to someone else until you get it back, it might get resold multiple times for an added boost each time.
I chose to put my card up for sale :)
We will continue the journey in this discussion. If your new, ask questions! if you are a veteran, give advice!