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  1. Spring sale! April 21st through April 29th Discount on gold - 65% Discount on premium - 50% During the sale period, the “Happy Hour” bonus is available to all players. For premium players, the “Happy Hour” bonus is extended to 2 hours. Sale starts on Monday 21st of April at 5AM EST time and lasts until Monday 29th of April 5am EST.
  2. A total of 8 new Fish Guides have been created by the RF4 staff. They are: Winding Rivulet: In Search of Zander  Kuori Lake: In Search of Sevan Trout  Kuori Lake: In Search of Pike Belaya River: In Search of Brown Trout Old Burg: In search of Pike Old Burg: In Search of Perch Kuori Lake: In Search of Char Mosquito Lake: In Search of Gibel Carp You can find these guides and the previous guides here: RF4's Staff Guides
  3. Patch notes March 27th - Shop items such as baits, materials, foods and drinks can now be bought in quantity - To prevent the accidental purchase of one product several times in a row, a block on buying a specific item is in place until the previous purchase has been confirmed. - The return of unused items to the store has been increased to 48 real life hours after the moment of purchase. - Ready-to-use (beginner) sets have been added to the shop. The sets include sets of lures, sets of baits, and sets of rods with reels. - Rods from the manufactures Blade and Segun are added to the stores. - Implemented: the ability to view the rod handle in the backpack and the stores. - The bait harvesting algorithm has been changed and the probability of simultaneously harvesting several types of bait has been implemented. More bait can be harvested per one attempt, however the energy costs for harvesting has been increased as well. - Selecting a ticket when boarding a boat as well as choosing a ticket when extending the boat rental period has been implemented. - Implemented the visual effect of being ‘Intoxicated’ after excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. - The display of rods and reels that have been sent of for repair has been added to the backpack. Additional parameters are shown on the item such as the name of the water body at which the repair is taking place as well as the remaining repair time. - The option ‘Rod Indicator’ has been added to the game settings with a choice of three options: Hide, Show, Show for 3 Seconds. - The delayed display of player names in competitions and in chat has been reduced. - For a more accurate display of color shades, a transition was made to Linear HDR Rendering. - The game has transitioned to the latest version of the game engine Unity3D. - The game launcher includes the ‘News’ section and the ability to pause the download of the update. - Fixed: the ‘Disassemble’ button was not available for broken rods. - Fixed: with the rod in hands it was not possible to replace the reel. - Fixed: in some cases the EF TwinBells FA bite alarms behaved unnaturally. - Fixed: in the case of using a rod that had a skill bonus which would unlock a new skill, the reel could not be added onto the rod. - Fixed: in some cases after a fish attack broke off, the bait disappeared from the setup. - Fixed: in competition chat, the chat of blacklisted players was still shown. - Removed the upper weight limit for cafe orders.
  4. Mosquito Lake - In Search of the Gibel Carp on Float Introduction This guide was written with the intent to show players how to catch the Gibel Carp on Mosquito Lake. The decision was made to focus on float fishing only. While not everything was fully explored, it became apparent early on that the location and the sort bait used played a big influence. A total of 15 hours were spent on fishing, another 5 hours were spent on collecting data, sorting through it and gathering the results that are displayed in this guide. This guide covers basic information about the species, a review of the data collection techniques and results, discussion of techniques and rigs, a talk of the locations, some comments on hook and bait selection, and finally some points that I haven't covered, but could prove to be starting points for those anglers that want to dive further into the world of the Gibel Carp. Please note that fish behavior changes over time. Locations shown and baits used may not result in the same outcome as I had during the creation of this guide. Species Overview The Gibel Carp - otherwise known as Prussian Carp - is a fish of the Cyprininae subdivision of the cyprinid family. It is a valuable game fish. It occurs in numerous fresh water bodies of Europe, in the lower reaches of the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya, in lakes on floodplains of Siberian rivers (up to the Kolyma River inclusively), in the Amur River basin, in rivers of the Russian Far East, in lakes on Sakhalin, in water bodies of China and Korea. This species was being distributed by humans from olden times and thus was introduced even to North America, Thailand and India. Gibel carp prefers flowing water. It can live in big clean rivers and lakes as well as in overgrown ponds, marshes and ditches. Usually it doesn’t migrate, remaining in the same area. It can survive in low oxygenated water, and can also withstand a period, when the waterbody is completely frozen or dried out, without any damage to its vital functions, by burying itself into silt. Gibel carp’s favorite food includes insect larvae, plankton and simple algae. Gibel carp is normally smaller than Crucian Carp, it has bigger scales and a high and slightly flattened (but not very flat) body. Its back is dark, flanks are silvery, there is a black pellicle on its abdomen. Gibel carp’s dorsal fin is long and prickly. There are prickles in its anal fin too. Unlike common carp, it has no barbels. It has one row of pharyngeal teeth. Large specimens reach a length of 40 cm and a weight of about 1.5 to 2 kg. Getting Started Based on the above information plus what I could gather through other resources on the internet, I decided to start fishing for Gibel Carp close to the shores where there is lots of vegetation. While I knew that Gibel Carp can be caught both on float as well as on bottom fishing, I decided to focus on float fishing only, since this is the first method of fishing players are introduced to at this water body. I spend several hours trying different spots until I located three spots that yielded enough Gibel to start writing my report. Catching Gibel carp on a frequent basis proved to be harder than I initially thought. The depth and setup were easily figured out, but the hardest part was finding the right bait that didn't attract a whole lot of other species. Later on I learned Time of Day also proved to be a major factor in catching these silvery fish, as did type of weather. While there are plenty of Gibel Carp, they are not as easy to farm as their nephews the Crucian Carp and most of the time you'll find a collection of both species in your keepnet, with the Crucian being the dominant one. Data Collection and Results The first three sessions were held at 37:55. I choose this spot based on earlier experiences. While I did catch gibel carp in general, I caught more crucian carp, despite switching baits. For filling your net quickly and completing cafe orders for both gibel and crucian carp, this is a good spot though. Spot 1 37:55 The second spot did wonders for me. It resulted in a lot more Gibel and a lot less Crucian. The only downside, the common carp loved this place as well and a few times broke my line off. Mind the common carp when fishing here! Spot 2 36:47 The final spot didn't work out very well, but then I had a streak of bad Gibel weather as well. If the weather is better, I figure so will the overall haul of Gibel. There is some nice tench at this spot too. Spot 3 56:45 Rig Setup and Techniques Used For fishing Gibel I used both the basic bottom rig as well as the slider rig. Both rigs gave equal amount of Gibel. I wanted to test other rigs as well, but during this period I stayed at a hotel and their firewall blocked direct access to the game. This made me force to play on my Steam account which is a low level and didn't have all float rigs unlocked. There wasn't a notable difference between monofilament line and fluoro line. The same went for the usage of leaders. I caught trophy Gibel on both fishing with and without a leader and both fishing with mono line and with fluoro line. As for hooks I went with size 18 up to size 8. I noticed that size 12 already reduced the amount of gibel carp, though those I did catch tended to be a little bit bigger in general. Another downside of using hooks size 12 to 8 was that it could attract bigger common carp as well. Given that it's mostly new players that will use this guide, they want to prevent hooking into a common carp that can wreck havoc on their gear easily. I went with the Simmons Silk Series CL-14 for their shape and longer shank allows for the fish to not spit out the hook easily. Finally I went with a 5m - 6m rod length with a fast action, so I could cast out a little bit further and strike quicker. A fast strike isn't necessary, but it sure helps especially when fishing with multiple rods when there is a lot of fish activity. Baits and Groundbaits As stated earlier, it took me a while to figure out a bait that was good enough in producing enough Gibel carp and reduce the amount of side catches. While I caught plenty of gibel on maggots and cheese dough, these too produced a lot of tench, crucian carp, perch and common roaches. In the end it proved that certain boilies worked good, as well as Semolina. With Milk Peach boilies I was able to reduce the amount of crucian carp significantly, to the point where I had 75% gibel and only 20% crucian (with 5% being other fish species such as common carp). Semolina, Milk Peach 12 boilies and Egg Dough proved to generate the biggest gibel carp. However, with Wet Bread and Worms, I caught a few trophies too. The downside of the latter two baits though is that they also attract a lot of other fish species. For me, Milk Peach 12 was the best one in generating both primarily gibel carp and good sized gibel carp. I have been looking for another bait, but couldn't find it and didn't have the time to test all types of baits and boilies. I'm confident though that there are more boilies that will yield the same results as Milk Peach 12. I used standard Gibel/Crucian carp mix with 10/10 quality. It definitely increased the amount of gibel, however it also increased the amount of crucians. I ran out of time to use self made groundbait and therefore haven't tested it, but as with other species, I'm confident that certain home made groundbait will work better than the standard mix the game provides. Locations I've fished close to the shores, but also tested the deeper waters. Unfortunately, the deep holes didn't generate Gibel, they were only rare. Closer to the reeds and liliepads however, there would be an abundance of Gibel. The spots marked down are the three spots that I fished. There are however more spots that are similar in vegetation and depth at Mosquito lake. In general, having depth between 50-100cm seemed to be the place where Gibel resides the most. 37:55 - Good spot, but also loads of crucian carp. On occassion tench, chub and common carp 36:47 - Excellent spot, hardly any crucian carp. More common carp though, so be careful. 56:45 - Fair spot, it has a few tench and a few crucians but also does well with gibel. Couldn't test it further due to bad weather. Weather and Time of Day Whereas Crucians aren't really affected by weather and are active throughout the day, this does not go for Gibel Carp. They have a high preference for sunny days, will be medium active during clear and overcasted days, but hardly not active during cloudy, rain or thunderstorms. Next to the weather, also the time of day plays a major factor when going after Gibel carp. They show a clear peak during morning hours, but quickly reduce in numbers when it reaches late morning and throughout the rest of the day they can only be caught a few at a time. This makes the gibel - and more so the trophy gibel - harder to catch. Validation After collecting all my findings, I returned to spot #2, used Milk Peach 12 on all three setups (slider rigs) and started fishing for another real life hour. I kept a close eye on the weather and minded the time of day. This resulted in catching another trophy gibel as well as having 36 gibel out of a total of 54 fish. While trophy Gibel were not really hard to find - I caught them on wet bread, worms, maggots, semolina, egg dough and milky peach 12), it was nice to catch my biggest one during this session. Conclusion The Gibel Carp is a bit picky when it comes to time of day, weather and baits. It is often accompanied by it's nephew the Crucian Carp, though if you find a spot without Crucians, changes are there will definitely be Common Carp to attack your bait as well. Despite that the Gibel Carp is picky for weather and time of day, they are not that picky about their food and you can catch them on a lot of different baits. There are a few roads I couldn't pursue due to time or circumstances. I encourage the avid angler to look further into the usage of different rig types. I also like to appeal towards catching these silver fish on bottom setups, for they sure can be caught on them. Perhaps with the right setup and the right bait, you too will find a method to exclude the Crucian and focus solely on Gibel. I didn't test different types of groundbait other than the Gibel/Crucian mix the game provides. Given how other fish species respond to player created groundbaits, I'm sure there is a method there to generate more Gibel and exclude other species. Furthermore, while I didn't see a difference in the usage of a leader and fishing without one, I did get an inkling that maybe in combination with a different rig type or for bottom fishing, this may lead to a significant difference. I didn't have time to pursue this notion. Finally, as I stated above, I'm sure there is another type of bait that too works very well for Gibel and excludes its bronze nephew more. Thank you for reading my report, I hope the handouts I've given will help you in targeting this fish. They are quite fun to catch, they don't give a massive fight but they do reward fairly decent for the larger species and will definitely help out new players in increasing their amount of silver. Until next time - Tight Lines!
  5. LadyofGames

    3/12/2019

    Dear fishing friends! Each of us like to fish in their own way. For some of us it is the passion for the sport, the competitive spirit, the drive to break an old record and to set a new one. It is the hanging out with friends and boast about our latest catches. It is the opportunity to spend time together, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and rest from the everyday worries. And then it’s the gathering of friends among a campfire, sharing meals and laughter and plenty of drinks. At the moment, players (ab-)using the alcoholic drinks in the game hardly feel and notice any side effects. This will be changed, though. Soon, the effect of your drinking behavior ingame will show on your monitor! Let’s grab another drink!
  6. Hi Wanessa I used to 4g bob lamp floats, because they're better visible in the dark. Also, because I could try different baits, some of them weight more than 2 gram, with the hook weight included. 17cm will work at times, I found though that setting the depth a little bit deeper would hail me more bleak for the most of the time. In particular when it would rain or when there would be a bit of wind. Then at 17cm I would catch less fish in general than at 25-30cm.
  7. Please see my previous response, it was a typo. The correct coordinates are 90:112.
  8. 90:122 is indeed 90:112, it was a typo. I used between 25-40cm on all spots. I would start with 25, if I didn't catch much, I'd set the leader to 30cm. If that still didn't bring in a lot, I'd set it to 35 or 40cm. I've not been able to find a correlation between time of day and/or weather as for which depth would work when. It seemed to me that at times they are just a little deeper or more close to the surface than at other times.
  9. Winding River - In Search of the Bleak (float fishing) Introduction This guide was written with the intent to show players how to catch Bleak on Winding River. The decision was made to focus on float fishing with telescopics only. While not everything was fully explored, it became apparent early on that fishing with the right hook and line made a lot of difference. And that fishing in top water resulted in more Bleak than fishing in the mid or bottom section of the water. A total of 14 hours were spent on fishing, another five hours were spent on collecting data, sorting through it and gathering the results that are displayed in this guide. This guide covers basic information about the species, a review of the data collection techniques and results, discussion of techniques and rigs, a talk of the locations, some comments on hook and bait selection, and finally some points that I haven't covered, but could prove to be starting points for those anglers that want to dive further into the world of the Bleak. Please note that in the game fish might change spots and lures/baits over time. The spots that I will show you might not work in the future and the same goes for the baits/lures I used. I will however give you hints and tips as to what to look for in spots and give suggestions towards other baits/lures that currently might not work but can work in the future. Species Overview The Bleak is a fish of the cyprinid family. It occurs in Europe, from the White Sea in the north to Caucasus in the south. Bleak is common in rivers, lakes, ponds with flowing water and reservoirs. It can also be found in brackish water in bays and estuaries. It prefers open water and avoids overgrown areas, but it enjoys staying near bridges and posts. This fish is spry, it lives in schools. It feeds on plankton, insect larvae, aquatic plants, pollen, fish roe. The body of bleak is elongated and flat. On its belly, there is a keel without scaling. Its back is grayish blue with green shimmer, its sides and belly are light with metallic luster. The fins are gray. The anal fin is rather long. Its mouth is turned upwards. The bleak has big thin fragile scales. In the old times, the so-called “pearl essence” (used in making artificial pearls) was extracted from bleak scales. The bleak reaches a maximum length of 20 cm and a maximum weight from 60 to 70 g. Lake- and pond-dwelling bleak are usually bigger than river bleak. Getting Started From the information gathered above plus what I could find on Wikipedia and other fishing websites, I learned that Bleak are shoal fish and prefer to swim in top water. They feed upon small mollucs and insects. As a final hint I learned that bleak like open water where there is an inflow from food, such as behind weirs, pumping stations and that they can be found alongside bridges that provide them some shelter. Bleak prefer to stay closer to the shores, where there is more food than deeper into the open, clear water. Due to these tips, I decided to go with float fishing using telescopic rods. Data Collection and Results The first three fishing sessions where held at 107:122. This is a spot I visit on a regular basis if I want to target bleak. I set the leader depth to 25cm, casted out upstream and let the current take my bobber until the line was tight. Then I'd pick the rod up and cast out once more. Spot 1. The second three fishing sessions where held at 90:112. This was based on a tip of other players as well as my own past experience fishing this small stretch of water where there is no current. It became my most favorite spot, for I could relax a bit more instead of constantly fighting both fish and current. Spot 2. The final three fishing sessions were held at 117:110. Here the current was a bit less, than at the first spot. Still, it gave me plenty of action and using three rods sometimes proved to be a real hassle. Spot 3. Rig Setup and Techniques Used After trial and errors, I used the following setup for fishing Bleak: My prefered setup for fishing Bleak. My biggest problem at first was that I was losing a lot of fish, despite having full points in fishing with a telescopic rod and the various rigs. The bobber would go under, I would strike, but the hook came up either empty or the fish would fall off in the process of landing it. By switching from fluoro line to mono line with more elasticity and through trial and error finally settling for the Simmons Silk Series CL-14 size #16 hooks, I managed to narrow down my misses to a bare minimum. Other hooks that I tried were not as succesful in keeping the fish on, which I believe is due to their shape. Hooks bigger than 16 immediately resulted in a decrease of bleak caught. Monofilament line proved best due to its elasticty, whereas fluoro line would become tight too soon and rip the hook out of the fishes' mouth and through it's lips. Eventually I choose the Kontakt Telescopic 5, because this rod has a much faster action than most of the other telescopic rods. It's length (5 meters) was more than enough to reach the shoals of bleak. I used both the fixed float rig as well as the slider float rig. For me, the slider float rig worked best, as more fish were kept on the hook. It however did not affect catching trophies, for I caught four trophies on the slider float rig and another four on the fixed float rig. Baits During the 14 hours of fishing I used one bait (fly) that I knew would work. The other baits I switched around. Flies worked pretty good from the start. It also eliminated catching species such as gibel and crucian carp, that prefered baits like casters and maggots. Horse Fly caught me the most trophies. With bloodworms I caught plenty of bleak, but also more side catches such as Perch and Chinese Sleepers. Warble Fly, Mayfly and Grasshopper didn't produce a whole lot of bleak, though with all three of these, the few that I caught were in general bigger than those on the other baits. Also, these three would work if regular fly wouldn't produce as good. To my surprise I caught not a single bleak on maggots. The same went for worms, redworms, diving beetle and algae. These baits have produced me bleak in the past, though. Baits used and the percentage of Bleak caught on them. Worm, Redworm, Diving Beetle, Algae did not yield a single Bleak during these sessions, though I have caught them on those baits in the past. Average weight of Bleak per bait used. Please note that while fly didn't give me the biggest bleak, it did give me the most trophies. Due to also a lot of small bleaks caught though, the average weight went down. Locations I picked my top three spots based on earlier gathered knowledge of bleak prefering top water with an influx of food. While going through these three spots and others, I learned a key factor for finding bleak: they prefer open water with not a lot of weed/reeds/lilie pads in the immedaite area, but there has to be either a tree or a big bush within the vacinaty. This corresponds with the bleak's preference of insects that fall into the water. While the bridge during the creation of this guide didn't yield much bleak, it most certainly has in the past. 107:122 - for me a well known bleak spot. With the depth set to 25-30cm it produced a lot of bleak. However, for float fishing with a telescopic rod, this might not be the best place, given that you are constantly picking up your rod and casting out again, wether it's due to catching a fish or because the bobber is at the end of the line. Fishing with only 2 telescopic rods is more than enough for a lot of action. I caught 1 trophy bleak here. 90:112 - this spot is my new favorite of Winding River, because you don't have to deal with the current. Therefore it's easier to fish with all rods equiped. This spot too will not get your weaker setup in trouble by chub or asp who prefer the open waters with the fast current. Mind the carp though if fishing with maggots, casters and certain doughs. I caught 9 trophy bleak here. 117:110 - for me a new spot, but it definitely yielded plenty of bleak. There is a little bit of a current here, but not as much as 107:122, so fishing with 3 rods out is doable. I caught 2 trophy bleak here. Below is the map of the spots I've fished all. In green are the three spots that I finaly settled with. Orange indicates some bleak, but not as much as the green spots. Red means hardly any to no bleak, though these spots in the past did yield bleak. Bleak spots on Winding River Weather and Time of Day Weather and Time of Day (TOD) proved to have somewhat of an impact on the bleak, but not as much as certain other species. Windspeed up to 5 m/s had no visible effect on the fish. The majority of the bleak were caught under sunny conditions, though they were also active during overcasted days and clear nights. Only with rain there seemed to be less bleak, which I link to there being too much turmoil in their feeding area (topwater), therefore the bleak dive further down and decide to become inactive. During my full session of 14 ingame days of testing, I had but 1 afternoon where it was cloudy, whereas there were 3 full ingame days of rain. Therefore the results shown in the pie chart below are not completely accurate. During the cloudy afternoon I caught more bleak than during one rainy afternoon. I couldn't fully see a link between temperature and bleak. They would bite wether it was 12 degrees or 24 degrees. A factor that proved more of a thing was the time of day. Bleak caught by weather type. Clear stands for clear nights. Time of day played a major factor into the activity of the bleak. Early mornings the bleak would be inactive, than around 4am they would start to become active. If the sun would be there, they would be active sooner than if the day was cloudy or overcasted. During the rest of the day the amount of bleak would become somewhat less until late evening, before it would cease in the early morning hours. Bleak caught by TOD. Validation During my final 1,5h fishing session I used all knowledge I had gathered during the previous sessions. I started fishing at 90:112 early morning. Unfortunately the weather was a bit against me, for it rained. I switched my depth from 30cm to 40cm and used fly, horsefly and bloodworm. In the late afternoon the weather picked up again and the bleak ran hot. I caught my first trophy a little bit after noon, the second one close to an ingame hour later and the third minutes after that. Two were on horsefly, one was on fly. While I didn't yield as much bleak as previous sessions (I'd catch 65 bleak out of a 100 fish), I was happy with the total. The diversity of Bleak At first glance the bleak may be one of those 'runts of the litter's. It is small, you can find them on a lot of water bodies, and they're very easy to catch. However, high level players may want to target this fish, for it is an outstanding baitfish that will help you catch a lot of the big monster predator fish that the game has to offer. For the lower level players, this fish has something for you too. Please have a look at the images below. These four fish were all caught during my fishing sessions for bleak. All were caught on bloodworms and all of them are somewhat bigger for their species. I want you to focus on XP, the very first one on the bottom left of each picture. The 87 gram bleak yields at least 1,5 times, sometimes even more than double the amount of regular XP than the other fish species. Therefore, should you be looking to level up, this is definitely a fish you want to go after! Conclusion The bleak is a relatively easy fish to target. It doesn't matter the weather too much, and can be found nearly all day long. It likes to shoal in clear water areas with big vegetation such as trees or tall bushes closeby. For depth betwen 25 and 40cm will suffice to target this species. It prefers a diet that consists of several types of flies, casters and bloodworms. Other baits include mainly different type of insects. A telescopic rod with a fast action is required, for these fish swim fast and will let go of the hook if not handled in a short time frame. The right hook is important, or it will result in many fish lost. Bleak live in shoals. If you've found one, there are bound to be another sixty at the same spot, enough to fill your net with within an ingame day, side catches such as perch, frogs and common roaches included. Not to mention that with the XP that it gives and it's usage as a bait fish for the higher levels, this is most certainly a fish you want to target! The data that I've collected has yielded much useful information. Nevertheless, there are still things to explore. I couldn't cover all the baits, and I've left all the boilies. Groundbait is another venue to look at, since I didn't use it, but there are certainly spots like 90:112 with no current that could increase the amount of bleak. Given how the fish reacted to the different fly species, I would suggest the enthusiastic bleak angler to start pursuing from there, and to not forget casters as well. Winding River has a variety of spots that I didn't touch, but look very promising. And last but not least: I've only covered fishing with a telescopic rod with only the 2 first unlocked rigs. Other venues that can be pursued are therefore the usage of the other rigs, the usage of the bolognese rod and the usage of bottom fishing. While the latter might not seem an initial choice, given that the bleak prefer the topwater, I did catch a few bleak on Pearl Barley while trying to bottom fish for fish for Ruffe. This might hint that even though I caught the majority in top water, the bottom water perhaps has a secret or two that isn't revealed yet. I encourage the motivated anglers to pick up where I've left of. Show me how you caught your trophy bleak and share me rigs and (ground-)baits that you've used that I didn't. I encourage and challenge you to go out there and to come back with your findings. And if you learn something new, please share it with the rest of us! Until next time - Tight Lines!
  10. LadyofGames

    2/15/2019

    Dear Russian Fishing 4 friends! It has been a while since we last shared news about RF4. As you already know, at this stage of the game development, we concentrate most of our efforts on finalizing the game balance, correcting errors and optimizing the game. But we do not forget about the necessary additions and changes. Today we would like to bring to your attention a few new features of the game, which we hope will add comfort and pleasure to our players. At the moment, probably the most painful topic for all players is bait harvesting. As we promised, in the near future this aspect of the game will change quite a lot. We will give players the opportunity to harvest various baits at the same time and in much larger quantities than before, but the energy costs for harvesting will be increased. Also, we managed to work on the store and made it a little easier to use. And, of course, we do not forget to work on the bugs and fixing them as much as possible. Tight lines for now!
  11. Old Burg - In Search of the Tench (bottom fishing) Introduction This guide was written with the intent to show players how to catch Tench on Old Burg. The decision was made to focus on bottom fishing only. While not everything was fully explored, it became apparent early on that fishing without a leader resulted in more tench than with a leader. And that both braided and fluoro lines yielded less fish than fishing with a monofilament line. A total of 17 hours were spent on fishing, another six hours were spent on collecting data, sorting through it and gathering the results that are displayed in this guide. This guide covers basic information about the species, a review of the data collection techniques and results, discussion of techniques and rigs, a talk of the locations, some comments on hook and bait selection, and finally some points that I haven't covered, but could prove to be starting points for those anglers that want to dive further into the world of the Tench. Please note that in our game fish might change spots and lures/baits over time. The spots that I will show you might not work in the future and the same goes for the baits/lures I used. I will however give you hints and tips as to what to look for in spots and give suggestions towards other baits/lures that currently might not work but can work in the future. Species Overview The Tench is a fish of the cyprinid family. It is widespread in Europe (except the basins of the Norwegian Sea, the White Sea and the Barents Sea). In Siberia, it occurs in the middle course of the Ob and the Yenisey. Tench is rather undemanding towards the quality of water and may be artificially bred in ponds. It likes still water overgrown with reed and is rather warmth-loving. Usually it prefers quiet river backwaters, silted lakes and ponds. The tench is a slow and sluggish fish. It leads a sedentary lifestyle. It stays in the bottom water and avoids sunlight. The tench feeds on bottom water invertebrates (insect larvae, worms, mollusks), extracting them from silt at 7-9 cm depth. Full-grown fish, beside living creatures, it feeds on underwater plants and detritus. The mouth of tench is very small, on each side of it there is one short barbel. Its pharyngeal teeth form one row, they are elongated and hook-shaped. The fins are rounded in shape and gray in color. The coloration of tench depends on water color, the back is normally dark green, sometimes almost black, the flanks are olive with gold shimmering. In rivers and clean lakes, tench is always lighter and yellower. Its average body length ranges from 20 to 40 cm. A large tench may reach a length of 70 cm and a weight exceeding 7 kg. Getting Started From the information gathered above plus what I could find on Wikipedia and other fishing websites, I learned that Tench are primarily bottom feeders. Due to that, I decided to go with bottom fishing. Habitat wise they seemed to like vegetation the most. Finally I went with medium sized hooks, given that the fish is bigger than the common roached I've covered previously, but rarely exceeds the 6kg mark. At first I had trouble finding the right spots. The spots that used to work (see map below in this guide) didn't yield much tench. I tried a lot of spots with liliepads, duckweed and reeds. Eventually I learned tench prefer liliepads the most but there have to be a few open spots of water around it, where the water is a little deeper than close to the shore. Fishing too close to the shore and there would hardly be any fish. Fish in too open water and the yield of tench would significantly reduce. When I finally had found a spot with a few decent tench, I still seemed to stay behind in comparison to other players that were slamming them left and right. I decided to change my line from fluoro and braided to mono. This gave an increase in tench. Removing the leader helped a little too. Finally I switched rigs and found out through trial and error that the inline rig worked very well. Data Collection and Results The first three fishing sessions where held at 47:20. This spot was hot and well known among the players. Standing on the bridge, facing the small pond behind it, casting out at roughly 15% in the middle of the liliepads, worked like a charm. If you casted out to the right, you'd find yourself snagged on occassion. It was here that I caught my first trophy tench on Honey Dough. Spot 1. The second three fishing sessions where held at 17:68. Similar to the first spot, but adding a little bit more dead trees in the water, this spot produced a lot of tench, in particular on the sunny days. Fishing with worms would result in an abundance of perch and the occasional gras carp. Casting out between the liliepads infront of you and the patch of liliepads behind it, at roughly 15-25% out, worked like a charm. Mind the dead trees and the rocks to your left though, they can cause snags. Spot 2. The final three fishing sessions were held at 8:50. This was a spot where hardly anyone fished and where I landed another trophy tench. For casting out you shouldn't go further than 20%, or you hit the open water. But you don't want to cast out too closeby either. I found in between these three patches of liliepads was the best spot. Spot 3. Rig Setup and Techniques Used After trial and errors, I used the following setup for bottom fishing Tench: My prefered setup for bottom fishing tench. Initially I used braided line with a fluoro leader, but after tweaking I noticed that removing the leader and fishing with monofilament line worked best in attracting the tench. With rigs I noticed a significant increase of fish the moment I switched from the basic bottom rig, to the paternoster rig, to eventually the inline rig. I haven't tried the loop rig, though I have heard from other players it works great on tench as well. This is something for the tench enthusiast to dive into further. Hooks I started out with Happy Hook CL13 size #14, but I ended up using the Silk Series CL16 size #6. Anywhere between #10 and #6 is good, though with #6 I caught bigger fish in general. Using hooks bigger than #6 resulted in a loss of fish, either small ones or simply lack of action. I went with the Westhill Masked Mesh feederkorf, since this one is practically invisible in silt bottoms. Given that Old Burg has a lot of silty bottoms and no current, I thought this one was best. The Gold 80 reel was purely to be able to fight carp in the case I would hook into one. It isn't necessarry for Tench, as they will give up pretty easily after an initial burst from the bigger tench. Baits and Groundbaits During the 15 hours of fishing I used one bait (casters) that I knew would work. The other baits I switched. Diced Cheese and Nightcrawlers would work from time, but then also had huge periods where they didn't work at all and only attracted other fish. Corn seeds worked pretty steady, though here too there were a lot of side catches, such as common carp and gras carp. Honey dough proved to be a true surprise, and while I didn't fish much with Mountain Honey Size 15 Boilies, I was quite surprised when I hooked into two fat tenches, just a few grams away of being a trophy. Baits used and the percentage of Tench caught on them. Algae, peas, wheat seeds and strawberry boilies didn't yield any tench, though I have caught them on those baits in the past. Average weight of Tench per bait used. For groundbait I used the standard Tench mix, as provided by the game. All my groundbait was of 10/10 quality and lasted up to 17 hours. At the start of each session I would throw 10 balls of groundbait around my rods. I did not add any further during the remaining of the day, so as to see the difference between usage of groundbait and without the usage of groundbait. The areas that were less favorable for tench, would attract some tench, but their activity would drop to almost zero when the groundbait was gone. The areas that already had a big population of tench, were not much affected by the use of groundbait. Having that said, past experience has lead me to believe that crafting your own tench groundbait - by adding melted cheese or Kuori cheese to the mix - can result in a massive increase in (big) tench. However, due to lack of time I couldn't pursue this path and test it out on my own. Locations I picked my three spots based on earlier gathered knowledge of tench prefering vegetation for food and covering, with silty bottoms. The first spot I chose for it's liliepads and because it was a very well known tench spot within the community. The second spot I chose for the liliepads in combination with rocks and dead trees. The last spot I chose for it's triangle of liliepads with open water behind it. There were a whole bunch of other spots that I used to fish and which I tested prior to starting the report. However, those spots didn't pan out. I have marked them on the map in orange (for some tench this time) and red (for no tench this time) though, so as for future reference. 47:20 - a well known tench spot among the players. This spot yielded a decent amount of tench, including the first trophy. 17:68 - a lesser known tench spot. During sunny days this place was crowded with tench. Also has perch and other predatory fish. Would do well for a player to both bottom fish and spin fish. 8:50 - an unknown tench spot. With no other players around me, I could farm the tench to my hearts content. The only negative point: if you hook into a grascarp and your gear is not up to par, prepare for the fish to drag you all across the lake, and if unlucky, to break your gear. Weather and Time of Day Weather and Time of Day (TOD) proved to have a big impact on the tench. Wind in particular proved to be a disaster for the tench. As soon as it would pick up, the activity would drop. Clear and cold nights would send the tench to inactivity as well. Light rain with hardly any wind produced a lot of tench, but as soon as the rain would turn into pooring rain or the wind would pick up, the tench once again would be gone. Cloudy days and sunny days proved to be the best. Tench caught by weather type. Clear stands for clear nights. Time of day played a major factor into the activity of the tench as well. Late evenings with sunny, cloudy or overcasted skies would be their preference and you could catch them well into the dark, with a slight drop in between 2am and roughly 3am. Then it would pick up again - if the weather was correct - until late in the morning. During afternoons and early evenings there would be a significant drop in activity, only to be picked up again during later evening hours. Tench caught by TOD. Validation During my final 4 hour fishing session I used all knowledge I had gathered during the previous sessions. I started fishing at 8:50 with casters, honey dough and coconut & cream boilies, where I switched the last after 24 ingame hours to diced cheese, another 24 ingame hours later to corn and the final 24 ingame hours to mountain honey boilies. During this session I caught a total of 92 fish of which 24 were tench, including the three trophies you'll see below. I ended up on the weekly leaderboards for a second - I forgot to take a screenshot - but was knocked off an hour later and didn't manage to land a bigger trophy that day. Two trophies were caught between 9pm and 10:30pm. The other trophy was caught around 6am. Conclusion The tench can be an easy fish to target, but it is very sensitive to change in weather and time of day. When it comes to bait, it will have one or two baits that are constantly solid. However, the widely used corn and diced cheese sometimes do work and then suddenly won't work for a long period of a time. Surprisingly honey seems to attract tench the most, whether it's in the form of boilies or dough. Other baits that will work are all types of worms - from maggots to nightcrawlers, and casters included - to several other types of doughs and boilies. The tench isn't picky about hooks, thought it prefers size 10-6. Smaller hooks will result in a lot more smaller fish (both tench and side catches), whereas big hooks will result in less fish and in big carp that could wreck your setup if not careful. This in particular goes for those fishing with size #4 and up hooks with diced cheese and corn, who will inevitably find themselves battling fierce gras carp, black carp or common carp. The data that I've collected has yielded much useful information. Nevertheless, there are still things to explore. I couldn't cover all the baits, and I've left most of the boilies out due to lack of time. Groundbait is another venue to look at, since I only used standard groundbait. Given how the fish reacted to honey in their baits, I would suggest the enthusiastic tench angler to start pursuing from there, and to not forget cheese as well. Old Burg has a variety of spots that I didn't touch, but look very promising. Also, there seems to be a relation between weather and bait, in particular with cheese and corn, but I noticed it too with other baits. One moment they are 'hot', the next moment not a single fish will touch it. Given that tench are sensitive to weather, I wonder if weather change affects their taste buds as well. And last but not least: I've left the whole usage of float fishing unexplored as well as the use of certain higher percentage bottom rigs. I encourage the motivated anglers to pick up where I've left of. Show me how you caught your trophy tench and share me rigs and (ground-)baits that you've used that I didn't. I encourage and challenge you to go out there and to come back with your findings. And if you learn something new, please share it with the rest of us! Until next time - Tight Lines!
  12. Mosquito Lake - In Search of the Common Roach on Float Introduction This guide was written with the intent to show players how to catch the Common Roach on Mosquito Lake. The decision was made to focus on float fishing only. While not everything was fully explored, it became apparent early on that fishing with the leader set to minimum, produced the most fish, that the use of groundbait increased the amount of fish and that fishing with fluoro line and a fluoro leader as well had a positive effect on catching Common Roaches. A total of nine hours were spent on fishing, another three hours were spent on collecting data, sorting through it and gathering the results that are displayed in this guide. This guide covers basic information about the species, a review of the data collection techniques and results, discussion of techniques and rigs, a talk of the locations, some comments on hook and bait selection, and finally some points that I haven't covered, but could prove to be starting points for those anglers that want to dive further into the world of the Common Roach. Species Overview The Common Roach (Rutilus rutilus), is a fresh and brackish water fish of the Cyprinidae family, native to most of Europe and western Asia. It is a small fish, often reaching no more than about 35 cm. The roach can often be recognized by the big red spot in the iris above and beside the pupil. It is very adaptable and can be found in any freshwater ecosystem, ranging from small ponds to the largest rivers and lakes. It will feed at any depth, although its preferred food sources tend to be in shallower water. It tolerates organic pollution and is one of the last species to disappear in polluted waters. It is also often the most numerous cyprinid in nutrient-poor waters. It tolerates brackish water. Roach will survive in temperatures from close to freezing 4 °C (39 °F) up to around 31 °C (88 °F). The roach mostly inhabits freshwater ecosystems that are somewhat vegetated, because larval and young fish are protected by the vegetation and the mature fish can use it for food. The common roach eats a wide range of foods, from plant material, bottom-dwelling (benthic) invertebrates, to worms and maggots. Young fish feed mainly on plankton, until they are of a size to enjoy a wider diet. Getting Started From the information gathered above, I picked out three spots that had shallow water and contained vegetation, but were slightly different from each other. Quickly I realized that a pole longer than 4 meters, took too much time in setting the hook, for the line is as long as the rod is. I swapped monofilament line for fluoro line to reduce the loss of fish - monofilament has more elasticity than fluoro and is also more visible than fluoro. Finally I settled with the Berserk S4 series hooks, for less fish were able to spit those out. As for depth, I found that the minimum depth worked best, 35cm for fishing without a leader, 38cm for fishing with a leader. Given the diversity of the baits, I checked the weekly leader boards. Honey dough and Bark Beetle Larva seemed best. For the third I went with Algae. I adjusted my skill tree points to have all points put in fishing with a telescopic rod, and have maxed out fishing with a fixed float rig and a slider rig. Data Collection and Results The first three fishing sessions where held at 50:59. I choose this location due to the reeds, the shallow water and the open water around it. Algae and Bark Beetle Larvae yielded no Common Roaches. Honey dough was doing a decent job. The weather on the first day was rain with heavy wind. The second day was rain, turning into overcasted with some wind. The third day was sunny. With the weather becoming warmer and less wind stirring the surface, the catches became more frequent. Maggots, Horsefly and Wheat Seeds replaced the algae and bark beetle larva. Horsefly didn't result in more common roaches. Maggots and Wheat Seeds showed a bit better result, but not as good as honey dough. Spot 1. The second three fishing sessions where held at 38:56. There were three patches of liliepads, a rock and some minor reeds. This location produced more common roaches. For bait, I sticked with Honey Dough, and swapped between Semolina, Peas, Red Worm, Pearl Barley, Worm and Cornmeal Porridge. Peas didn't yield a whole lot of common roaches, but when one did bite on it, it was of a bigger size than most. Redworm too produced bigger common roaches, but the downside was a lot of side catches such as perch and different carp species. The weather on day one was sunny, on day two overcasted with rain and heavy wind, on day three it turned sunny again. Calm, warm weather produced the most common roaches, while rainfall with steep winds reduced the yield of common roaches to almost zero. Spot 2. The final three fishing sessions were held at 55:45, in the small open section with lilie pads to the left and reeds to the right. This proved to be the best spot of all three locations. It is more sheltered than the other two locations, but has less 'objects' in the water. The weather was of influence too, as there was but one day of rain, but hardly any heavy wind, the other two days were sunshine from dawn till dusk. Again, I kept on the honey dough and switched between the other baits. Casters proved to work excellent, wet bread was pretty decent but gave more side catches such as Crucian Carp. Egg dough gave some common roaches, but proved to be more attractive to the Chinese Sleepers. Spot 3. Rig Setup and Techniques Used After trial and errors, I used the following setup for float fishing Common Roach: My prefered setup for float fishing common roaches. Initially I used the 6 meter pole, but as stated at the beginning of this guide, it proved to be too long. I switched to fluoro line and leader for a better setting of the hook and less misses when striking. The Berserk Hooks Rage Series S4 proved to be the best. For rigs I used both the Fixed Float and the Slider Float. To me it seemed the Slider Float was a bit more effective, but I'm not entirely sure and will have to do some further investigation into that. The usage of a fluoro leader did help. I used hooks #24 to #8. With hooks #8 I got less fish, whereas with hooks #24 I lost the most fish. Hook size #12 and #14 seemed to work the best as it caught me both big as well as small common roaches. Baits and Groundbaits During the nine hours of fishing I used one bait (honey dough) that proved to be working right from the start. The rest of the baits I switched until I found they too worked very good (wet bread and casters). Peas didn't yield a lot of common roach, but when it hooked into one, it proved to be of a larger size than most others. This too was true for Redworms, although it also caught a lot of other species such as carp and perch. Baits used and the percentage of Common Roach caught on them. Algae, Horsefly and Barkbeetle Larva didn't yield any common roach. Average weight of common roaches per bait used. For groundbait I used the standard Common Roach mix, as provided by the game. All my groundbait was of 10/10 quality and lasted up to 13 hours. At the start of each session I would throw 10 balls of groundbait around my three bobbers. I did not add any further during the remaining of the day, so as to see the difference between usage of groundbait and without the usage of groundbait. The areas that were less favorable for common roach, would attract more common roach while groundbait was still active, but would dwindle as soon as the groundbait was gone. The areas that already had a big population of common roaches, were not much affected by the use of groundbait. Locations I picked my three spots based on earlier gathered knowledge of Common Roaches prefering vegetation for food and covering, and their preference of shallow waters. The first spot I chose for its reeds. However, the vast open water around it and the wind affected this location too much. The second spot I choose for it having rocks, a lot of liliepads and some reeds. While it was a lot better than the first location, there also seemed to be more predatory fish activity in the form of perches. And perhaps there being a lot of objects in the water (rocks, to the left and right also planks/debris), it scared of the shoals of common roaches. Finally the third spot I choose due to it having some liliepads, some duckweed, and some reeds, but no rocks and lesser debris. This spot proved to be the perfect area for common roaches. See the map in the spoiler below. I have marked a section light blue. Here there are similar spots as 55:45 that for the curious angler might be a good start into diving further into the world of common roaches. 50:59 - fair, but the vast open water gets too easily affected by the weather. A different spot is recommended 38:56 - good, but also prone to having more predatory fish. With the right bait you can attract a lot of good roaches. Use the wrong bait, and you'll end up with a wide variety of different fish species. 55:45 - excellent! Weather and Time of Day Weather and Time of Day (TOD) proved to have a big impact on the common roaches. The common roaches prefer to swim and feed in the top layer of the water. Wind that goes above 2.0m/s would cause a significant drop in bite rate. Rain too would cause too much disturbance to the water surface. And cold nights affected the fish in a negative way. On the other hand, sunshine and overcasted proved to be excellent fishing conditions. Common Roach caught by weather type. Clear stands for clear nights. Time of day too proved to be of impact. Around 7am in the morning the majority of the roach would become active. They would remain active on sunny days until 3pm in the afternoon. Later in the evening, they would become active again until roughly midnight. Common roach caught by TOD. Validation During my last fishing session I used all knowledge I had gathered during the previous session. I picked a full sunny day and started fishing at 4pm in the afternoon. I used Honey Dough, Wet Bread and Casters, hook #10 (because I wanted a trophy), threw 10/10 groundbait at the 55:45 and prepared myself for the onslaught. Within less than an hour I had my net filled. Out of the 100 fish, 78 of them were common roaches. Cleaning my keepnet by first going to the cafe and sell the rest at the market, I made a total yield of 132 silver. Despite not being able to catch a trophy and land myself on the leaderboard, I was very pleased with the result. Conclusion The Common Roach is an easy fish to target. It has a wide variety of baits that will work well, and a few that work outstanding. It isn't picky in what hooks are used, though medium sized hooks will work best. To reduce the loss of fish, fluoro lines are recommended. This too goes for the rod length. Given that the fish lives close to the shore, there's no need in getting a big rod. The data that I've collected has yielded much useful information. Nevertheless, there are still things to explore. I couldn't cover all the baits, and I've left out all the boilies. Groundbait as well may be another venue to look at, as I only used standard groundbait. Mosquito Lake has a variety of spots that I didn't touch, but look very promising. And last but not least: I've left the whole usage of bottom fishing unexplored as well as the use of other float fishing rigs. I encourage the motivated anglers to pick up where I've left of. Show me how you caught your trophy common roach - though I believe I'm getting very close to finding it! - and share me rigs that you've used that I didn't. I encourage and challenge you to go out there and to come back with your findings. And if you learn something new, please share it with the rest of us! Until next time - Tight Lines!
  13. LadyofGames

    12/11/2018

    Where we’re going Dear friends, Our team would like to share some thoughts for the near future of our game “Russian Fishing 4”. We’ve decided that the time has come to switch our full attention of creating new content for the game to making improvements to the game. In particular we will focus on game processes, player experience, balancing of the water bodies, fish activity in the water and on the hook, and bug fixes. This does not mean that we will stop creating new features and content, though. Right now many of our players experiencing disconnects and time-outs and we are analyzing the situation and performing work to eliminate it by switching to a new protocol. In addition, we understand that at the moment players find themselves in uncomfortable situations when fighting big, heavy fish. To help manage this we will be adding new tackle and tackle parameters which will help to catch large species but will not go beyond realism and common sense. We will revisit and make necessary changes and tweaks to the fish behavior algorithms so the landing process will be different and become more “friendlier”. These changes will also help with the situations of the fish getting off the hook as the fight with the fish progresses longer. Many players have been curious about changes to the bait harvesting ability. To fight against players using cheats and mods, we have started to implement techniques to counter these. At this moment we are tweaking the system and its algorithm so it will not hurt honest players and their experience in our game. We ask our players to understand and remember that the Russian Fishing 4 world is created in such a way that fish behavior and priorities can change depending on many factors. From time to time to make necessary changes and implementations, we are forced to reset the game world manually which can also lead to changes in fish behavior. We thank you for your understanding.
  14. Patch notes update December 5 - On Belaya River additional work was carried out to increase the activity of fish. - Improved physical model of Lamprey. - On Akhtuba River the character movement algorithm along the water edge has been improved. - Increased boat maneuverability. - Returned the "Throw Away" button on the screen with the detailed information about the fish in the keepnet. - Fixed models of casting rods manufacturer Zeiman. - Fixed. The Trident Admiral 8000s coil rotor did not rotate. - Fixed. On Akhtuba River and Volkhov River on the water surface did not display the splash animation when groundbait was thrown inl. - Fixed. On Belaya River the locations “North Island” and “Southern Cape” were not available. - Fixed. In the public profile of the player lists of trophies were incorrectly displayed. - Fixed. In the trophy rank of the player, the type of fish was that taken out of the game is no longer displayed. - Fixed. When the organizer removed a player from the list of participants in a team competition, the readiness flag of each of the remaining participants was not reset. - Work was carried out on the introduction of diagnostic tools to identify the reasons for the increase in the number of disconnections from the server and timeouts when executing queries. - After restarting the server, the fish can change their habitat.
  15. LadyofGames

    Loach

    Loach This fish lives in the water bodies of the European Continent; it can also be found in South and East Asia. Loach prefers quiet rivers, silty and shady lakes. It is mainly active at night. It feeds on crustaceans, insect larvae and other fish's eggs. The loach has a long snake-like body covered with small scales. Its round fins are covered with small brown specks. The color of the fish depends on its environment. The average length of an adult fish is 15 - 20 cm. Some rare specimens can reach 35 cm in length.
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