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Moat Carp
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This freshwater fish is found in lakes and marshes all over Vana'diel.

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  • DEX +2
  • MND -4

    • Mithra is the only race able to eat Moat Carp.

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Fishing Skill Cap: 11

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rod/bait combos
# Jun 30 2004 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
As an avid fisherman i own both mithran and composite rodsa nd fish moat carp frequently during my mining sessions for max gil intake;)
aside from my gloating:P The best rod for INSIDE cities fishing for moat carp is The Mithran since it hase the best catching rate for small fish which moat carp are...anywhere OUTSIDE a city use a composite since it wont break unless ur on the ship to selbina/mhaura...now for bait wise u can use little worms to start lvling ur skill from scratch id say till round lvl 5
but afetr that Insect Bait is the ultimate for MC...hope this helped the new fisherman as it once helped me back in the day:P

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RE: rod/bait combos
# Jul 05 2004 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
Thank you for the tips! I just started fishing last night, and have found it to be a bit addicting though I wasted a few bamboo rods, I was able to get a couple of stacks of Moat Carp! Will try the Mithra rod tonight.

BTW have you read Goodkind's latest Naked Empire? I have my sweaty paws on it, just haven't had time as of yet! Love the sig!
fishing rod
# Jun 28 2004 at 8:40 PM Rating: Decent
I kinda dont wanna waste alot of money on fishing rods so i just use bamboo fishing rod... it isint half bad =D
RE: fishing rod
# Jun 30 2004 at 10:34 AM Rating: Decent
If you dont want to waste money of fishing rods. Then buy one thast worth the money. I have a composite fishing rod and i only fish moat carp and crayfish only cause they sek\ll quickly. On my server they sell for 5k and crayfish 600. My composite rod doesnt break unless i fish on boats so i dont fish on boats. SO in the long run i payed off the money i spent on the composite and i made some money off it, A lot of money.
Ita Easy To Get carp ><
# Jun 28 2004 at 8:38 PM Rating: Decent
Im lvl 9 fishing skill and i do get a fair amount of moat carp per insect paste stack. (*note* try insect paste very good for moat carps.) i get about 6-9 moat carp PER STACK!! i recomend you try in windy woods in the bridge right next to the fountain ... im in server garuda and a stack of moat carp sells for 4K in AH. I do have a problem finding the fishing equipment it almost never is sold in AH >< .
# Jun 27 2004 at 11:04 AM Rating: Decent
i read thru all the posts, even did a Control+F to search....

Why hasnt anyone mentioned Rabao for moat carps?!

Get yourself a nice 3-4k Carbon fishing rod
and either craft or buy insect pastes from the nearby AH.

If you are too low level to make your way there, thats understandable. But if you can get a tele to altep and use silent oil to get by the mobs, then youre home free.

Anyways... my fishing is at 42 now (doing the Lu Shang a thon) and i average 8 moats per stack (since rusty caps dont take up the bait)

happy hunting!
# Jul 30 2004 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
74 posts
another thing, you can't tele altep unless you have the Gate Crystal, and I assume if you're too low a level to go there, you probably don't have the GC, but then again....you never know
# Jun 29 2004 at 11:56 PM Rating: Decent
95 posts
Just thought I'd add that you CAN'T break a Glass Fiber Fishing rod in Rabao, so if you can't afford other rods, you can go very cheap with the glass fiber. (Using insect paste)

Edited, Wed Jun 30 00:56:36 2004
Carp in Bastok
# Jun 14 2004 at 10:17 AM Rating: Decent
For those of you fishing in Bastok the bridge in Zeruhn Mines right before Korroloka Tunnel is really good. At lvl 16 I catch anywhere from 4-5 moat carp per stack of insect paste.
RE: Carp in Bastok
# Jun 15 2004 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
At level 4 in fishing I can catch 4 per stack of insect paste in Windurst woods at the fountain! More at good fishing days (moon phase). and tht is with no fishing clothing...
# Jun 11 2004 at 8:43 AM Rating: Decent
ok here is waht i did when i began fishing. I didnt catch moat carp at first. I began in port win with a carbon rod and sabiki rig. That is the fastest way to get to lv 10 fishing. After that it is alot easier to catch moat carp. Then i went to bastok in the zehrun mines and started fishing there with a composite and insect paste. I have made good money going this route
# Jun 09 2004 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
61 posts
Where's the best place to fish them? I've tried on the bridge in Northern San d'Oria connecting Chateau and I've tried in the fountain in Windurst Woods with no great luck in either place. So far I've spent 3 1/2 stacks of insect paste without even a single stack! I'm using composite rod and insect paste.
Moat Carp
# Jun 09 2004 at 8:59 AM Rating: Decent
I haven't found the cap on this fish in Port Sandy. I'm lvl18 fishing with full fishing gear and i still got two .2 up with these fish. Mithra Rod + Insect Paste. If your tired of breaking your rods buy a Mithra or a Composite Rod, you will get alot of "the fish was to small to catch with this rod" or whatever but ive been using it since lvl 9 and my Mithra has never broke >_<. All i know about fishing good Luck.

I know the best place to fish Moat carp too >_< and its not in any city. HeHe
carp cap
# Jun 05 2004 at 2:21 PM Rating: Decent
They don't cap at 11. I'm fishing for them in N Sandy right now and I just hit Level 14 on a lost catch.

Maybe I got the skill up through a Gold or Tricolor Carp but I got another .2 skill up again via lost catch.

Don't know if its lost Moat Carp or not thats leveling me but if it is then they don't cap at 11.
RE: carp cap
# Jul 20 2004 at 9:08 PM Rating: Decent
245 posts
They stop at 11. You're skilling most likely on Tricolors.
# May 27 2004 at 10:23 PM Rating: Decent
i was in bastok helping a friend fight the dragon, and while we were getting party i decided to fish moat carp since i usually fish off the boat

Fishing skill 7, with Composite rod, insect paste, each time i got a snag i let the rod bob up and down 6 times, then on the 6th one i would pull it in and get it, i got one almost every time :)
# May 24 2004 at 7:46 AM Rating: Decent
hee i catch them easy on alexander, lvl8 skill+insect paste+ tarutaru pole, the best place to me are the little bridges next to the fountain in windi, and their 4k a stack too
About finding the moat carp
# May 20 2004 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
I have been finding them in North San D'Oria
on the bridge connecting to the Chateau d'Oraguille to north san d'oria

i get alot of crayfish
but ocasionally some moatfish
# May 19 2004 at 12:57 AM Rating: Decent
I am having problems catching these buggers. I have lvl 15 fishing skill, using a compound rod with insect paste, and i only get 1 or 2 per stack of paste. Im fishing in Bastok, i have tried the wilderness and lost 4 stacks of paste with nothing to show. What am i doing Wrong??
RE: annoyed
# May 29 2004 at 1:37 PM Rating: Excellent
Chances are you were fishing in the wrong map.
the only fishing spot for Moat Carp in Bastok is Bastok Markets both Storage of Water and Waterway
areas. This fish is a freshwater fish so dont fish off the cliff's of bastok ^^; and btw its Composite not compound.
Carp catching equip
# May 15 2004 at 3:30 AM Rating: Decent
I dunno where to get them. I've been fishing down at the big pond near the bottom of W. Ronf. outside Sandy... the coordinates I think are G-6. Also.. one thing.. is a Fiber Carbon Rod and little worms good for catching them? I have a couple stacks of insect paste.. should i use that instead? I don't wanna break my rod though..

I replied to a separate post by accident. Curse the scroll thingy.. >>.. anyway..anyone have an answer? ^.^
RE: Carp catching equip
# May 29 2004 at 1:49 PM Rating: Decent
The pond in west ronfaure is called "KnightWell" from G-10/11 to H-11.

Don't use Carbon Fishing Rod, Crayfish will break the rod if you use Little Worm.

Stick with Composite Fishing Rod.
Crayfish are lvl 0-7
Moat Carp are lvl 0-11
get stacks of Littleworms from lvl 0-7 to skill up faster then go to Insect Balls @ lvl 7-11 but you will have to do the fishing capquest between lvls 8-10 have fun and goodluck!
skilling up suggestion
# May 13 2004 at 12:09 PM Rating: Excellent
a little more advice on skilling up... if you want to get good at cooking more cheaply, find a lower level product, hunt for it, then use it for cooking. You have the right idea since you are apparently catching carp but you are blowing lots of carp attaining that cooking level.

Here's how you can use the economy to your advantage. Roasted corn is a very simple synthesis, but nothing drops corn that I'm aware of. You can grow it in a flowerpot or you could kill gil-dropping enemies like goblins, yags or orcs, then use the gil to buy million corn from a merchant or auction house, and use fire crystals dropped by goblins or other enemies (or buy them as well). After you roast several corns you'll quickly acheive the level for cooking moat carp. Roasted corn doesn't sell so great so you can sell them dirtcheap at auction or sell them to a merchant for a very minor recoup of gil. Now that you can do what you want with the carp you're taking advantage of the vana diel economy.
Lost Catches
# May 07 2004 at 6:15 AM Rating: Decent
Whenever I fish, i lose my catch most of the time. Any tips??
# May 01 2004 at 12:11 PM Rating: Decent
This is a good money maker at a low fishing lvl.I have lvl 6 fishing and yew fishing rod with insect ball.And i catch them fine
# Apr 25 2004 at 7:22 PM Rating: Default
i catch moat carp with a glass fiber and worm lure this is realy thedevil useing gutsnipes computer
what rod to use?
# Apr 17 2004 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
111 posts
What rod is good for catching this fish?
RE: what rod to use?
# Jul 08 2004 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
moat carp are the only fish i farm. i started using a composite rod at fishing level 4, it hasn't broken yet and has more than paid for itself. i only use insect balls for fishing moat carp.... the seem to hit on it well. i notice that i catch more moat carp in the tunnel on the bridge in zehrun mines in bastok, the knights well in san d, or in raboa. more so in mines than anywhere else so far. i am now at lvl 18 fishing before gear and i still get skill ups on these even w/ gear on.
RE: what rod to use?
# May 29 2004 at 1:24 PM Rating: Decent
Composite Fishing Rod + Insect Ball
fish lvl is 0-11
# Apr 16 2004 at 9:14 AM Rating: Decent
216 posts
You'll have no luck with a worm lure at all. Moat carp only bite on little worms, insect paste and rogue rig but you need fishing level 50+ to have much luck with the rig.
RE: No
# Apr 22 2004 at 5:47 PM Rating: Decent
I wish I had known that about the rogue rig before I dropped 20k on it... :/
worm lure?
# Apr 16 2004 at 7:02 AM Rating: Decent
81 posts
will i have much luck getting them from a lure?
RE: worm lure?
# May 29 2004 at 1:27 PM Rating: Decent
no the only "lure's" you can use on them are:

Rogue Rig
Robber Rig

but you need high lvls of fishing to even have a chance about 50+ fishing lvl. stick to:

Little Worm
Insect Ball

dropped prices ><
# Apr 09 2004 at 8:19 AM Rating: Good
I am on Shiva server. When I first started fishing around christmas time moat carp were 5500 per stack!!! I have watched them drop to as low as 3k but they have made there way back up to at least 4k. Here is the thing...Even if you sell them at 5500 they will still be bought like crazy!!! There is no need to drop prices to sell them faster cause after only a day or so they will all be bought anyways. Now maybe going back up to 5500 is a little too much to hope for but lets try to keep them at 4k!1 much less than that and its almost not worth it. I noticed that windurst is still around 3500 so I started selling mine in sandoria where it has climbed back up to 4k. BTW what is so updated about this item?? its a fish what could they possibly update? (referring to the list of updated items for april 8)
# Apr 01 2004 at 3:37 AM Rating: Default
59 posts
Besides the 20k Rogue Rig, and the insect paste which is never anywhere to be found, what can catch em?? Anything??
RE: bait?
# Apr 06 2004 at 12:23 AM Rating: Decent
little worm will also catch them.
Fishmen of Shiva, Unite
# Mar 25 2004 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
75 posts
There's a nasty trend happening in Shiva. For the longest time the price of moat carp has been a standard 4000Gil. Well, starting a few weeks ago the price started dropping, first 3700 and now 3500 and they're selling like hotcakes. How low is this going to go? So, okay fishermen, let's try to get the price back up! Let your stack sit on AH at 4000gil. You worked hard for you money so don't cater to those people looking for an easy way to get the Lu Shang.
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