maybe all the rampant vegetarianism and veganism are restraining second lifers from achieving their fullest potential in the fishing arena, but here's a (believe it or not) short list of tips, details, instructions and such to get you started.
1-buy a rod.
demo rod is 1L but you can only cast 5 times and receive common fish prizes. it also takes no bait, and rewards you no experience points (XP) or levels
casual fishing rod is 100L and catches common through rare 7seas fishing prizes. again though, you can't load bait, earn points, or achieve levels status with this rod. Important edit: YOU CANNOT WIN CUSTOMS WITH THIS ROD.
don't be cheap. just buy the
professional fishing rod pack for 250L. this is all you will need to get started in your fishing addiction. once you buy this, you will also want to purchase bait. again, don't be cheap, if you want the custom catches as someone pointed out in an earlier comment on this blog, you're going to be casting more than 100 times with bait which is what the cheapie 30L bucket gets you (100 bait loaded)...so just power up kiddies and buy the 150L bulk bait delivery kit (600 pieces of bait loaded). to do all of this purchasing you need to STAND CLOSE TO THE VENDOR THINGY. very important tip. your purchase will not go through/and/or bait will not load if you are not standing directly next to the machine. once you have a pro rod loaded with bait you can ask local kiddies or im me for the /fish gesture that autoloads 30 casts at a time. this is a godsend, and could ultimately be edited to go on for hours or days if someone took the time and just added in the lines of scripts. anyway, have a seat and get chatting, because that's what fishing is all about. or just leave your avi idle fishing and go meditate in your bathtub, i don't really care!
the next tip about fishing is crucial and you may not use straight away
the rod itself has several scripted features in an easy blue popup menu that you've probably seen elsewhere before now. one of the best time savers along with the /fish autogesture is the autodecline which will sort rarity levels for you while at the same time NEVER DECLINING CUSTOM CATCHES. you need not worry about losing possible customs and clothing prizes while you afk with the gesture or multitask and blog and chat in ims, which would otherwise be quite irritating with the /1 cast i've found is necessary without the f2 easy (but still not easy enough!) feature that comes with the rod kit. so, if you follow the organizational structure below and also use search when new fish come into your inventory you can try your best to avoid duplicates, or only save the level of duplicate prize fish you want. obviously it begins at common and goes all the way up to ultrarare, for those of us only looking to catch one or two more "SUR"s as they were so nerdily abbreviated for me in conversation with someone previously at kata's chair. this will not only reduce the load of blue popups you have to answer and view and decline but it will help encourage you to keep your lists sorted so you can quickly reference what types you're still fishing for etc.
and finally, some organization of folders suggested by me and for use by you
-(7s) pro fishing rod pack
-fishables landmark folder (ask me in world to pass you this!)
-fish from fishing
and yes, i found another perfect outfit finally. had to do a bit of shopping for it but that's second life...this is an amazingly detailed and dazzling dress from Stitch by Stitch which is directly behind the boardwalk fishing spot at Starlust Extended's dock area. the designer responsible for the gorgeousness at this location is also the one who created the super sick and rosey cheeked cutey skin posted on free*style a while back. [will add link when/if i find it again] all poses are from balls set up around the wintry landscape currently at Lazy Places in Growl. as you can see in one of the images maybe there's a 50% sale still going on there for some clearance items and some old classics, including keys, boots, and paw boots among other accessories from this team of inventive and gifted artists. i am wearing the not on sale but undeniably awesome black swan myth gryphon paw boots in the last few pictures. you can get started fishing here too!