I know that you are thinking, this is a cringeworthy read compared to your normal flylords features… That being said, it was a long, relaxing weekend, filled with some beer drinking, and fortnight playing. After a stressful few months sometimes it’s nice to just “Veg” on the couch and do nothing. After about hour 5 of playing fortnite, I had an “A-ha” moment and decided this article needed to be written.
The following are some pointers for fishing in Fortnite!
- Location Location Location:
No this isn’t a real estate lesson, but let’s just make this clear, after jumping off the boat (sorry my Fortnite lingo is probably pretty poor) you want to send it to some of the fishiest spots on the map. Towns near bodies of water, or islands surrounded by water. As you get closer to landing you can even see fish jumping out of the water. Fishing locations appear randomly throughout any body of water on the Fortnite map But make sure you are aiming to land near water.
Image courtesy of eurogamer
- Find a fishing rod – or even better a Harpoon
Fishing rods are scattered throughout the map, you can find them in chests, or in barrels on the side of the water. If you are landing near water, it usually won’t take long to find a rod. In a recent update, Harpoons showed up! And they are badass – not only can you deal a straight 70 damage to your opponent, but you can also fish extremely fast and efficiently. I’ll almost always keep a harpoon in my arsenal, you will read below why we love fishing so much.
- Fishing Efficiently
Like any fishing trip, you want to spend time fishing in areas that will produce the most fish. One technique here is to grab a rod, and a boat, and head upriver. Jumping out of the boat every time you see a jumping pool of fish. You can also run along the river bank targeting jumping pools of fish. Aim for the center of the pool and the second you feel your controller vibrate pull back!
- Optimize your backpack for fishing
There are a few things you can almost always count on when fishing. A health fish, some ammo and a weapon. The health fish are awesome to keep in your backpack – and so are the rare shield fish. If you can stack these in your backpack you are good to go – they provide health and shield much faster than any other healing device in the game. If you stick with it, sometimes fishing can mean landing legendary weapons aswell – almost more frequently than chests…
- Keep your head up and keep moving
As you already know, constant motion is important in the game, especially with the amount of sniping going on. So keep moving as you are fishing! Don’t be afraid to do some practice casting to make sure you are efficient on the water!
Cover image courtesy of the legendary streamer “Jelly” checkout his fishing challenge video below:
A few other videos we like also!
I’ve caught everything from red drum to bluefin tuna, but I haven’t spent much time bass fishing.
When my buddy, Roland “Tex” Butler invited me to go lunker hunting I took the bait. After seeing his photos of bucketmouths on Facebook, I was eager to tangle with a big bass.
We met at a neighborhood lake on a cold, windy morning. Tex handed me three lures: a wild-looking jig, a simple Ned rig and a long, slender twitch bait.
After reading and writing about these lures for years, I was excited to hold them in my hand. I couldn’t wait to finesse the Ned, dance the jig and slash the twitch bait.
Fishing is hard. Kayak fishing is harder. I fished hard. “Stop bouncing the jig like your speckled trout fishing,” Tex yelled. I tried to imitate his slow retrieve and light jiggle but my lure snagged in the rocks. An overhead tree snatched a rod out of my crate. Cast after cast, no bites.
Long story short, I didn’t catch anything. Tex tried to make me feel better, but he managed to catch a half-dozen fish, five over five pounds and one almost eight.
I went back to saltwater fishing with a new respect for my freshwater friends. The skills I had developed after years of offshore and inshore fishing didn’t amount to much in sweetwater. I had to go back to page one.
Millions of gallons of water stretched over thousands of square miles and I’m trying to fool one little fish with a tiny lure. The odds are stacked against me.
My favorite aspect of this sport is how it offers something for everyone. Are you laid-back and looking for fun in the outdoors? Fishing is for you. Are you uber-competitive and ultra anal? Fishing is for you, too.
PEOPLE WHO DON’T FISH DON’T GET IT
Regardless of your motivations, it takes skills to catch fish. Whether you’re a paddle angler, pedal-powered or motorized, operating a kayak takes skills. Even if you only know how to tie one knot, you got skills.
People who don’t fish, don’t get it. When I tell colleagues at work I went fishing, they picture Andy and Opie whistling down to the farm pond. Even showing them photos of huge fish and stories of long days on the water doesn’t change their minds.
Once an angler starts fishing, he or she sets off on a journey of trial and error, learning new tricks and trying new things.
Some anglers keep it simple, focusing on one species or one location. For others, the lure of fishing is constantly expanding their skills. As soon as I figure out a species or location, I move on to explore new water and different fish. With the infinite combinations of tactics, targets and water, there is no end to the potential to learn.
I spend hours studying satellite images looking for new fishing grounds. Days and nights in the garage experimenting with rigs and tackle. During the off-season, I paddle for miles and brush up on my boating skills. The time I invest off the water pays dividends when the weather breaks and the fish start biting.
This year’s Skills Guide is dedicated to basic skills for first-time anglers and longtime experts. New anglers often report being intimidated by the knowledge barrier to get started in fishing. And experienced fishermen are always eager to learn something new.
When Tex and I went bass fishing, I cast the same lure to the same log with disappointingly different results. He hooked up and I couldn’t buy a bite. My novice skills were no match for Tex’s years of experience.
In the end, Tex caught more fish, but I learned a larger lesson.
Fishing is hard. That’s why we like it.