ConcernedApe’s Stardew Valley has become a breakaway success and a runaway hit. The farming RPG has managed to pick up a strong following from gamers looking for a worthy successor to Harvest Moon, a series whose fans that have sadly been abandoned by Natsume. In the case of Stardew Valley, a lot of gamers have already hopped into the title and are looking for a little help with getting started with some of the basics in the game.
YouTuber PaulSoaresJr has a series of videos to cover many of the starting elements of the game, including crafting basic things like fences and pathways, as well as covering things like the game’s fishing mechanics. You can check out the gameplay video guide below, which clocks in at just over 20 minutes.
You can start fishing in the game right after you get the letter from Willy inviting you down to the fishing shop on the southeast side of town.
The fishing shop is only open between 9:00am and 5:00pm. You can get a free fishing rod from Willy, called the Bamboo Pole, when you visit Willy for the very first time.
Basically, once you get the fishing rod you simply charge it up while standing at the docks and lob the line into the water. You strangely don’t need any bait to catch the fish. The objective is to keep the bar behind the fish while clicking to raise the bar or not clicking to let it lower. There’s a gauge that pops up to give you an indicator of how successful you are at catching the fish. You have to play the little fishing mini-game of keeping the bar on the fish until the bar on the far right side of the gauge fills up to the top.
You can catch some things beyond just fish including junk and seaweed. The good part about the seaweed is that you can actually eat it to help restore a small bit of energy.
You can also catch special items when you see bubbles in the water and attempt to cast a line where the bubbles are. You can catch more than just fish, including lobsters and crab and other sea creatures. You can make quite a bit of money selling the items you catch, assuming that’s something you would want to invest time and energy into.
Stardew Valley gives players plenty of options in how they grow their farm and make some extra cash, so depending on what you want to focus on and how you want to earn money is entirely up to you.