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  1. Yes, it is fine to use a third party software specifically to play in a borderless window.
  2. To all players: please be assured that it is not our attempt to make you live in fear. There will be no action taken against people for stating their opinion. We prefer what we will consider to be constructive criticism. We want an open line of communications between us and the players. I am sure you can understand that just like you we don't want to be attacked.
  3. Crucian


    You might have better luck with float using regular worms.
  4. Your Guide to Writing A Pike on Kuori Guide Introduction Ok, so this time I am going to do things a little differently. Instead of giving a man a fish and handing you my information on what I narrowed down to be my best bets for trying to catch bigger and trophy pike, I am going to try and walk you through my thought process. I will still at the end give you a guide, I just want to try and give you the ideas on how to collect your own information so you can use the guide just as a starting point and tailor your fishing to what you find to work the best for you. How did I find the data? How did I summarize the data etc. Obviously first and foremost RF4 is a simulator and extremely realistic but also at the end of the day it’s a game. Another thing is that walking yourself through finding out what works, why, and where will give you insight into fish on your particular instance and you will be able to find them when they move. Where to Start Ok so here is the list of questions I asked myself. Most will be pretty obvious. What are some general facts about pike? How do pike feed? Where and at what times do pike feed? What are pike spawning patterns? Since this will be a lure fishing guide, do pike prefer certain colors? If so, under what conditions? What type of lures are the most successful? Those are my basic questions. So off we go to Google. I personally am not the hugest fan of Wikipedia. Lots of others use it including other mods and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I personally am not too fond of how anyone can edit it. Yes it is true that you pretty much have to take data from the internet with a grain of salt, but I try to get my data from fishing sites maintained by government organizations, fishing magazines or from actual guides for real life fishing. General Pike Data and Feeding Activity Pike are carnivorous ambush predators and consume large amounts of fish daily, but have also been known to eat frogs and even waterfowl. They will eat just about anything smaller than them. They are able to lie perfectly still for long periods of time. Their maximum speed is between 8-10 miles per hour. They are found mostly in weed beds facing the open water. The small pike tend to be in the thickest area of the weeds. Medium sized pike will be right on the edge where they can speed out and surprise their prey. This is why the pike are shaped the way they are, and their torpedo like body helps to propel them through the water with extreme speed bursts so they can be on top of their target before they have a chance to escape. The really big pike including those of trophy size tend to be at the points leading into weedy bays. Where to Find Pike I found a couple different trains of thought as far as where the fish would be during different times of day. The first claimed that morning pike would be in open or shallow water. Towards the afternoon hours the pike would be found in weed beds or in deeper waters especially in higher temperatures. Ok let’s stop here a second. This is a guide for Kuori. What is the first thing you notice when you hit Kuori? Weeds. Perfect right? Right. Given the amount of lures and techniques in game, I chose to focus solely on the weeds. There just wouldn’t be time to fish everything everywhere which is why I am choosing to do this report in this way. We continue on. Higher temperatures also tend to decrease pike activity. Once the sun goes down, They usually can be found in she same manner as early morning. The optimal time for monster pike is early a.m. as pike are less known to feed at night, which makes for a hungrier and more aggressive fish in the morning. . Pike Spawn Activity Pike start spawning when the water temperatures are about 5 degrees celsius or above normally May 15th to 31st. They spawn in daylight hours in areas with heavy vegetation in dark water bays near creek inlets where available. Females are much larger and usually pair with one or two males. The males swim alongside the females so the eggs come out while males fertilize them. When in shallow water the fish backs are easily seen and the water disturbance noticeable. The fertilization occurs in last years vegetation where the eggs are able to sit in the water above the bottom and obtain the required amount of oxygen. The eggs hatch in about 14 days. When spawning is actually taking place fish are difficult to catch as they are distracted. However, the pre and post spawn have highly active feeding times. During this period pike are extremely aggressive. Medium to small size lures work the best for catching fish. Lure Coloration Most fishermen follow similar rules when it comes to colors. For pike metallic finishes were supposed to be the best for clear water. In stained water, the classic red with white, and yellow with red work well. Orange, firetiger (green, black, orange) also work well. Bright sun favored flashier spoons such as metallic blue, silver, and green or mirrored silver backs. In overcast conditions colors such as black and purple with a white pearl back or dark blue with a white pearl back work well. Basically bright lures for bright conditions and high contrast lures for low light conditions. Lure Techniques Pike will hit almost anything that moves. The following lures can be very effective for pike fishing. In line spinners retrieved steadily just fast enough to keep them off the bottom. Spoons steadily and slowly reeled just fast enough to keep the spoon wobbling. If this doesn’t produce try a flutter retrieve, doing a jigging type motion with the reel. Spoons are most effective along drop offs. Minnow-imitating plugs can also be fished with a steady retrieve. If that doesn’t produce fish a stop and start method can be effective. As waters warm up, use cranks or soft plastic swimbait running in the 3 meter range. Regular spinners drawn past sprouting weeds with a three count just as the bait approaches possible hideouts. Add a twist tail or rubber worm trailer for action and color contrast. Jig and worms in temperatures of about 30. Pike are found mostly along 6 to 10 foot drop offs. Use a full 2 to 3 foot hops. Surface plugs lured over weed beds in the calm water of the morning or late afternoon. Slim minnow shapes work well. Information Collection The way I did my research was done mostly the same way I fish. I would start with one type lure and vary my retrieval a bit until something worked. If I couldn’t get something to work after three attempts, I changed lures. After a few lures not working, I switched to a different rig. It was quite productive. I may have had some areas of inactivity, but the for the most part I was able to reel in pike after pike. I recorded lures and results. If I didn’t get a bite I noted that, but also tried to take note of the fact that the particular lure may not be working due to weather conditions, temperature, color, time. Basically you are trying to fit pieces into a puzzle, find them all, and come out with a complete picture. Of course the picture won’t cause you to reel in trophies back to back. You may have a tough time getting a trophy at all. The points in the rigs that you are using will also color that outcome. The picture will however increase your bite rate, and usually bring consistently larger catches. Oddly enough, I just used the effective lures guide I located sparingly. If you know me, you know I have a love affair with pike and fish them often, so I had a pretty good idea to start off with and I also wanted to test pretty much as many lures and rigs as possible. Of course whether or not I would continue to fish them would be affected directly by my results with that particular lure and rig. Charts and Screenshots If we take a look at our color chart to see how what lure colors were preferred in game, we see that lures with silver in them came in at the top, closely followed by green. Next we take a quick look at weights during weather. We can quickly note that sunny days held a wealth of fish. Are the numbers skewed due to weather being sunny more of my fishing time? They certainly might be. Trying to fish the same amount of hours in different weather conditions would require some serious weather condition monitoring. Could it be done? No reason why not, but it didn’t happen this go around. These reports are a work in progress and of course we will see better ways to accomplish more complete results each time we do one. This graph shows the weight of fish by lure type. The number of spoon catches jumps out at you immediately. Wobblers did quite well too though, and if you look at the weight to catch number ratio, you can see that pound for pound, wobblers still held their own. The numbers here are also not absolute. The technique that I used of switching rigs when fish stopped biting could have easily led to much more spoon fishing. Last but not least, we have a look at time of day. True to the information that we found during research, morning to midday and evening to night seem to be the time to fish. Ok so we take a final look at our information and see if we can come up with a ballpark idea of how to attack getting our bigger fish and hopefully net our trophy. We can deduce that silver and green might be our best colors. The bigger fish seemed to come during sunny weather, but partly cloudy had potential as well. Spoons and wobblers brought the biggest fish without a doubt, but even though I only caught one fish on the pipe, we do see it lands in the over 5kg category. Last but not least we look at our time frames. We did catch an over five in all brackets, but morning to midday and evening to night brought bigger and more abundant fish. The absolute biggest pike while testing weighed in at 9.967, so it was a close one. The fish was landed at 17:41 on a sunny day with a temperature of 12 degrees using the following lure with a fast paced stop and go reeling speed of 35. For a setup I went in heavy. I wanted to be able to handle a pike quickly and easily. Also some of the other fish there can get very big, so I wanted to be able to handle them just in case although I did expect to get mostly pike except for the occasional perch and that is exactly what happened. I saw a few Lake Trout, and very few Arctic Char. I fished from five spots. I left the screenshots full size so you can see the coordinates. Just click the picture to expand the. The first one is actually the view from the dock, just in the boat so it was clearer to see the cast area. In all cases I cast right along the weeds. The dock edged out every other spot, and all the others were pretty even for the most part. I had periods of non activity, but I had those everywhere including the dock. Armed with our deductions I headed back out on a trophy hunt. Unfortunately I was unable to net one, but hopefully you will be more successful than I was. The next two fish under the top out of 9.967 were a 7.813 which was caught on the first lure pictured reeled with a stop and go of 35 in Sunny weather at a temperature of 6.6 degrees at 5:55, and a 6.651 caught on the second lure pictured twitched at a speed of 25 on a Sunny day of 7.8 degrees at 11:23.
  5. You are not reading what we are saying, +2 will never be less than +1. It is not numerically possible.
  6. That wasn't exactly what I said. I was simply pointing out it is not mathematically possible for a +2 to be less chance than a +1
  7. Actually, if you look at it, the theory that the +2 adds to the skill is the one that is not flawed. There would be no way to code it not to be that way. It seems that the +1 catches more trophies than the +2, but it is more coincidental than anything else. There would be no way to make a higher skill catch less trophies if you look at it from a mathematical standpoint. It just wouldn't be possible. You would literally have to have a lower number being pulled into the equation. The way I will try to explain it is this... if I have one lottery ticket I have a chance to win the lottery, but a chance. Having two lottery tickets MUST increase my chances. The chances are still small, but they are concrete. Yes it is RNG, but it is all RNG. Point blank it is like pulling a number from 1-100 or pulling a number from 2-100. Which one has the chance to be higher?
  8. Crucian


    The center island is the only place you can fish, and the kayaks cannot be used.
  9. Crucian

    Live and Baitfish

    Best advice I can give you here is research and investigation. Take a look around online. Find out what fish bite smelt and how they feed on them. RF4 greatly mimics real life so chances are the way fish feed on them irl will work in game. The other good thing about this is that you learn how to proceed with targeting certain fish. Once you start getting it down it really is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of the game.
  10. Ide Adventures on Winding RIvulet Fish habitat and appearance Ides are part of the Cyprinidae which includes minnows and carps. They usually grow up to 2kg, with a normal max size of 5kg, with some specimens growing even larger. They have a sturdy body with is noticeably plump, but not very deep. They are a very fast growing fish. Small Ides have dark markings on their backs and shiny silvery sides. Their eyes are yellow and they have bright red underside fins. When they grow lager they develop a golden coloring along their sides. Ides are found in freshwater in Finland and as far north as southern Lapland. They inhabit large lakes, but also rivers and streams. They are frequently found in the sea of the south and southwestern coast. They are also present in the Gulf of Bothnia in river estuaries. Smaller Ide tend to join fish of a similar family. Larger fish coexist with smaller groups and move on what are perceived to be predetermined routes. They prefer clear, warm water. Fish Diet and Spawn Activity Ide feed on larval and adult insects, snails, benthic invertebrates and and various vegetation. Larger Ide may also eat small fish, with the largest of them even consuming Common Roach and Common Bleak. Ides spawn in shallow water after the ice melts. They will often travel to rivers and streams, but may spawn in shallow parts of lakes and even sea inlets. The spawning period usually consists of 3 or 4 days and incites considerable commotion. Areas to find Ides So this was a tough one. As you can see, the research turned up very general ideas of where you might find them. Luckily, just from some experience of fishing the water body, I had a pretty good IDEa of where they were (sorry, couldn't resist). The map marks the spots I tried. Red for poor activity, Yellow for second best activity, Green for the most productive. I tried numerous hooks, and I mean numerous. The sizes varied from 8 all the way down to 18. I finally settled on the size 13 Berserk Rage Series 4. I tried both Paternoster and In-Line Rig. Not surprisingly the In-Line rig was superior. I also used a mesh feeder even though it is usually not designed to be used in a strong current. As a control I did use a common feeder, as expected the bite rate on that rod was less. Ides are extremely cautious fish, so anything you can use to camouflauge your setup pays dividends. They also tend to bite and release quite a bit. This is what clued me in on trying different series of hooks. Once I found the type and size I had almost no missed fish. I still did have a few of what I called "false positives", but not many. This was my setup: The setup is a bit powerful for this fish, but I did even catch a few Common Carp during my testing, so I wanted to be ready just in case. As you can see the leader was still quite small, this of course because as stated before the fish are quite cautious. Baits used are as follows. I tried a large amount of boilies, you will notice some areas on the chart were so small their name did not even register, I also added corn and insects just for the sake of thoroughness. I did also try spin fishing for Ide, but the bite rate was very sporadic and I felt due to the amount of other fish being caught it would be hard to identify what lures would be suitable when going solely for Ide. The chart also shows the bite percentage during different weather conditions. Here are a few more graphs just do add a little insight to temperatures and times during which fish were caught. During my initial testing no trophies were caught. I was pretty sure my time, temperature, hook size and bait were dead on... so, I figured I would go back out for a tiny unrecorded session and see what we got... I was a little surprised actually. Most of my larger fish came in the late night hours, even though the multitudes seemed to prefer the sun and for the most part medium weather between about 11 degrees and up as far as 21. This one came at 15 degrees at 5 am, in sunny weather. Please remember, fish are extremely complex in Rf4. They will not always bite in the same locations on the same bait, and sometimes you may have to look around to find them. While I couldn't find a wealth of information on Ides, I was able to find a hot spot where they existed and catch them almost exclusively on my setup with what you can see on the chart was their most preferred bait. Best of luck, and hope this helps you add that trophy Ide to your tally! Tight lines and most of all have fun out there.
  11. Crucian


    While increasing the size of your hook will generally increase fish size, it is not absolute. Just like catching a perch on a lure bigger than he is, or hooking a trophy grass carp on a tiny hook. The chance is always there. The same happens in real fishing and that it what the game is modeled after.
  12. Fabste the rod does have the effect on your fishing, it just doesn't adjust the skill.
  13. That lure was part of a Christmas Carnival event which is no longer active.
  14. Crucian


    Reeling techniques depend on a number of factors, including the way the gear matches up to each other, reeling speed, and fishing location.
  15. Yes the LP reels work with the UL rods. The same rules for matching rods to reels apply.
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