Hi Courier, I'll try to answer your questions as best I can. First off, regarding the rune setup you're using. I don't believe Fisherman will do anything to your maze except maybe give you a fishing boost. Personally, I've never tried the fisherman rune, so that's moreso wiki information. As far as Supreme Might, avoid this until you're an experienced fisherman. I've used this rune before and it's to crank up the difficulty by making your competition fish faster and better, in a sense earning points quicker. I would avoid any set-up with this rune unless you have help from others. Trial by Numbers... if I recall correctly, this raises the amount of points you need to win. with Freshwater fish don't think the shift is too high, but don't combine this with Salinity Shift rune as the points will be fairly high. Lost and Found just changes the possible end rewards so that's not a big deal. Also, I mentioned Salinity Shift (Rune 117). This changes the prey from Freshwater Fish to Saltwater Fish. Though I don't think it's supposed to raise the difficulty level, I find the competition is a bit more intense with Saltwater Fish as points can be very easy to obtain with certain fish. One fish can make all the difference and many times it seems like the competition seems to snag the big one that'll net them an uncatchable lead. It's still doable solo, but if you're just beginning avoid it til you get comfortable.
One thing I have noticed is that if you're getting too many "You didn't catch anything messages" you should avoid that pond and move to a pond. My favorite spot is the pond to the left of the entrance where the Monke-Onke bite, but if I receive more than three no catches, I next move to the initial pond where the Giant Catfish bite. If those aren't biting, the I resort to small fish using a Minnow at the stream up the hill to the right of the entrance. I usually face upstream and go for Pipira with Shining Trout are a bonus. Dark Bass will also bite here too and I don't concern myself too much with them. If I have 2 of either a combination of a Pipira and/or Shining Trout, I usually go turn it in before a bird comes by. Same is true of any big fish catches. Also, I notice that if a big fish bites often at the pond, it's a good spot and it'll usually bite often til it's depleted. You'll notice a pond/stream is depleted if there are no more shiny spots there.
It's best when you have people joining you in your fishing because it's fun to do as a group. I used to have a group on ventrillo just shouting out their catches and how the points were going. The best feelings are those close margins where everyone is "Go turn it in before they do!" Anyways, enough reminiscing from me. Don't be discouraged if you lose because a few lucky catches on the competition's part is all they need to win. Sometimes you can totally decimate them and others you'll see their points jump because they caught a few Monke-Onke. Good luck! :o)
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