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Giant Catfish
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This giant freshwater fish lives in the lakes and marshes of Quon.

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Fishing Skill Cap: 31

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# Dec 22 2008 at 6:36 PM Rating: Decent
1,083 posts
After trying Davoi, West Sarurb., Knightswell and catching nothing, finally tried S. Bastok Markets and got 12 fairly quickly with Mithran Rod and Sinking Minnow.
skill ups...
# Mar 25 2008 at 9:36 AM Rating: Decent
I skilled off these and the other catch, dark bass, at the first pond in davoi. Went from 26-29 rapidly using halcy rod and either minnow or sinking minnow (don't recall which). I'm sure I could've reached 31-33 easily as the bass cap at 33.
# Sep 16 2007 at 12:02 AM Rating: Excellent
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Fishing GP
# Sep 08 2006 at 1:17 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
Max GP is 2880 each Giant Catfish is 300 GP. So you will need 10 to max GP for the day.
Giant Catfish
# Mar 19 2006 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
I was fishing in Zeruhn Mines (The bridge over the waterway leading to korroloka) I used a selection of rods but used one bait and I was catching these with ease at lvl 8 fishing.
Rods used : Halcyon Rod, Mithran Fishing Pole and composite rod.
Bait used: Sinking Minnow
Giant Catfish
# Jul 19 2007 at 8:53 AM Rating: Decent
Yeah, I was lv 10 fishing in West Ronfaure and I was catching these easily. Unfortunately, it seems like they're pretty worthless as far as cooking is concerned and they don't sell very well. At least, this is my experience on the Bismarck server.
Giant Catfish
# Mar 07 2008 at 10:46 PM Rating: Decent
they're selling for 1k each on Ifrit Server at the moment... Any1 who needs them, contact Esperanta(me). I'm in Port Sandy, but logged for the night.
# Feb 25 2006 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
174 posts
You catch these Bastok Markets Storage of Water, which is the large mass of water near to the zone to Bastok Mines.

Use Composite Rod & Sinking Minnow and you'll catch these.

no catch
# Jan 10 2006 at 7:03 AM Rating: Decent
Strange, being level 26 with multiple rods and lures (prefered frog lure tho) i am not able to catch these >.<
I've been trying several location but time keeps running out with mithran, composite and halcyon rods

I don't understand it, because i wanted to skill on these to 31.

I got 27 last night on nebs, so now i realy need to Catch these. Just read here about the '8' on numeric pad while the rod is in 'neutral', I hope that helps me out

Edited, Tue Jan 10 07:12:38 2006
RE: no catch
# Jun 04 2006 at 4:44 PM Rating: Decent
64 posts
I'm having the same issue with lvl 29 fishing. Time keeps running out on any combo ;;
food effects?
# Jan 10 2006 at 12:17 AM Rating: Decent
skip it, Mithra can't eat this raw.

Edited, Mon Jan 9 23:21:35 2006
2 in a Row
# Sep 08 2005 at 10:20 AM Rating: Default
Clothespole w/ Minnow on the bridge leading to mines in bastok markets. I am skill level 2 no skillup though. :(

Edited, Thu Sep 8 17:59:04 2005
# Mar 13 2005 at 6:20 PM Rating: Decent
283 posts
On Clan Wind Database, it sai you can catch these with sliced sardines outside of port wind, in a pond, in the west side of the noob lvl area. Well thats a lie all im catching are crab mobs and buckets. fyi, i was useing a comp. rod.
RE: Sardines
# May 02 2005 at 8:31 AM Rating: Decent
3,653 posts
i just caught one of these at lvl 11 with a minnow + composite
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
RE: Sardines
# Jul 13 2005 at 11:23 PM Rating: Decent
90 posts
I did also, With composite and minnow. Skill was 10 I was on the ferry that runs through carpenter's Landing trying to fish up mobs for the garhada teak lumber. It was a very tough catch even with all the fishing gear + guild support.
Peeps Please no what your saying
# Feb 27 2005 at 11:25 AM Rating: Excellent
the LVL cap is 31 (which means you wont get skill points once you reach lvl 31 skill) This doesnt mean you cant catch on with a 0 skill lvl I have caught them throught my lvling from 0 through 10 it doesnt matter especially now with the new fishing I have caught things that peeps around me stop what there doing to ask me what lvl I am and when I tell them the get quite. You can catch anything now as long as you have right equip. For example if you are good enough even when its hard to bring it in all you have to do is watch closely to character and always use number pad (PC) every time it pulls mid hold 8 and the fish wont regan strength then you struggle again when you feel you cant keep up press 8 it will hold and fish wont regan strength
# Oct 06 2004 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
167 posts
I started to catch and raise my skills on those at level 20 with
Mithran rod
Frog lure
eastern (tiny) Pond of la theine plateau
Friend level 18 fishing gets them too with the same equipment.
I sold them to the merchant for about 200 gils.
I have no clue what the measurement is about.
My first Weight
# Aug 03 2004 at 4:11 AM Rating: Decent
My first Catfish catch is:

<89 [lm] 415[Pz]>

my second as I was typing this is:

<96[lm]/ 477[Pz]>

# Jun 29 2004 at 11:14 PM Rating: Decent
235 posts
Anyone know what these oddball measurements are all about? Do you need to have a certain sized catfish for a certain quest?
# Feb 17 2008 at 7:20 PM Rating: Decent
"Big" fish and "small" fish differ. If its a big fish it doesn't stack and it gives you a size/weight measurement. If it's a small fish, its normally stackable and doesn't give a measurement. If you go to the fishing guild in Selbina you can see which fish they are asking for on the Fish Ranking and find that fish. If you get in the top 20 they give you a ring that boosts the rate at which skill ups are gained! You also don't have to catch the fish yourself. Hope it helps. :)
RE: Measurements?
# Jul 16 2004 at 7:51 PM Rating: Decent
132 posts
I was wondering the same thing. I caught one in NW Pashhow Marshlands. In the area where the signature on a crafted item would go it says:

Anyone know?
RE: Measurements?
# Jul 18 2004 at 2:16 PM Rating: Decent
Think its just something you can claim status on. Found one JP page that looks like a "biggest fish" listing, where people would have the measurements posted.

Just as a note, my biggest so far is:

<122[Im]/573[Pz]> ^^

Show us your fish!...:D

Edit for site: www.fishermanrods.net/ranking.cfm

Edited, Sun Jul 18 15:19:02 2004
RE: Measurements?
# Feb 26 2005 at 9:20 PM Rating: Decent
Im catching a lot ot those catfishes in bastok markets, with my fishing skill 10, mithran fishing rod and some deep fish lure. My biggest so far is: <102(Im) 502(Pz>
# May 21 2004 at 11:59 AM Rating: Decent
RE: ?
# May 28 2004 at 7:44 PM Rating: Decent
265 posts
no.. not stackable.
# May 08 2004 at 12:10 AM Rating: Decent
84 posts
this was the 2nd fish i caught at knightswell in west ronfaure. i have 0 fishingskill. i was using a mithra pole and a sinking minnow bait. took about 20 casts though.
Yes You Can...
# Apr 21 2004 at 4:38 PM Rating: Decent
This is the first fish I ever caught, so yeah you can catch it with no fishing experience. I was using Worm Lure, and Clothpole, or whatever it's called, hope this helps.

Edited, Wed Apr 21 17:36:26 2004
can i
# Mar 16 2004 at 1:35 AM Rating: Decent
I got Fishing Skill lvl 10 + all my fishing gear... should i be ok to catch those?
RE: can i
# Apr 18 2004 at 12:42 AM Rating: Default
21 posts
No. These are lvl 31. You wouldn't catch them unless you were extremley lucky :)
RE: can i
# Feb 26 2005 at 9:27 PM Rating: Default
These are NOT for level 31. Dont talk about things you dont know.

Edited, Sat Feb 26 21:26:50 2005
RE: can i
# Jan 16 2007 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
I could say the same thing to you, he was saying the cap was lvl 31, not that you start fishing them at lvl 31. So... dont say things if you don't know what your talking about.
RE: can i
# Feb 26 2005 at 9:42 PM Rating: Decent
you can fish these up ;eve; 15-25 on Port sandy with trout balls and a large fishing rod i think.
RE: can i
# Mar 25 2007 at 7:37 AM Rating: Decent
732 posts

Replying to a post over 3 years ago is freaking hilarious...

Get a Life!
RE: can i
# Feb 06 2009 at 8:11 AM Rating: Decent
No U!!! 2 year necro post to your comment. MUAHAH
RE: can i
# Jan 09 2005 at 3:57 PM Rating: Decent
then consider me Extremely lucky...i've cought 4 in Ronfaure at the knightwell with a minnow at fishing lvl 10...the scale depends on your lvl...
0 skill??
# Mar 13 2004 at 3:52 PM Rating: Decent
I pretty sure you can't catch giant catfish with skill 0 >.< Start fishing these guys at about 18 fishing, they get easier to catch every level.
I have caught them in West Sab.
# Mar 06 2004 at 2:05 PM Rating: Decent
I caught one in 10 casts in West Sab. pond.
I use a comp. rod and frog lure.
I had all fishing gear and am lvl 13 in fishing.
# Feb 19 2004 at 4:51 PM Rating: Default
hey i've been reading up a lot of things about fishin and it sez i can catch a giant catfish in a river in west Sarutabaruta not east but west... i seee the ocean but WHERE's the river?... please someone help me and give me the pos of the river
RE: Sarutabaruta
# Feb 25 2004 at 2:10 PM Rating: Default
As soon as u leave from Port to WS head North and hug the right wall... u'll see a small pond like place where u can see through to ES~~ GL and HF~
my level
# Feb 05 2004 at 1:10 PM Rating: Default
I have a skill level of 0 and i'm cathing them using Composite rod with Sinking minnow. Usually catch one everytime 5th time or so.
Giant fish?
# Feb 04 2004 at 8:50 PM Rating: Default
I caught one and it had a <104[lm]/525[Pz]> tag. Anyone know what this notation is? And does it have a function other than bragging rights?
RE: Giant fish?
# Nov 05 2004 at 10:57 PM Rating: Good
198 posts
Ilm [Im] and Ponz [Pnz]
RE: Giant fish?
# Feb 06 2004 at 4:08 AM Rating: Decent
64 posts
I'm wondering the same thing... maybe it indicates the length and weight of the fish? It makes me wonder if you can mount them on your mog house wall or something ^^

Also, giant catfish is considered a large fish - maybe all large fish have this designation?

Edited, Fri Feb 6 04:09:11 2004
RE: Giant fish?
# Feb 14 2004 at 4:28 AM Rating: Default
yup, that's the length and weight in FFXI measures
# Jan 13 2004 at 8:20 PM Rating: Decent
I've caught a few at Port San using a Composite and Frog lure starting at skill 17 no fishing clothes. You can skill up to 31 using this fish with no rod breaks.
# Jan 07 2004 at 3:10 PM Rating: Default
i'm fishing them up pretty good at 26 skill and the fishing outfit with a total of 30 modified fishing
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