The swarm is a type of fishing spot found at the south-western section of the Deep Sea Fishing hub. It has no requirement to use besides access to the hub itself, which requires level 68 Fishing.
The player's Fishing level determines the fish that are caught. Like the Ourania Runecrafting Altar, it is possible for a player to catch fish that they lack the Fishing level for, but with a relatively narrow range. For example, raw sailfish can be caught without 97 Fishing, but it is more common at higher levels; by 94 Fishing, sailfish amounts to about a third of the catch, while any fish lower than raw cavefish (85 Fishing) is very rare. Boosted or drained Fishing level seems to have little to no effect on the quality of the fish.
Based on a sample of 11,045 fish, at 99 Fishing players may expect to catch raw sailfish 64.1% of the time, raw blue blubber jellyfish 22.2% of the time, raw rocktails 10.2% of the time, raw cavefish 3.0% of the time and raw manta rays 0.5% of the time, giving an average catch value of 5,301.9.
Raw monkfish may be caught here without the completion of Swan Song.
Raw great white sharks may be caught here without purchasing the prawn perk from the Prawnbroker. Golden fish eggs may also be caught here.
Fishing at the swarm yields around 130,000 experience per hour at level 99 Fishing. The nearby magical net is useful for quickly banking the fish caught.
Unlike other fishing spots, the swarm does not move, but instead, there is a 1/150 chance that the player will stop fishing, with the message: "A fish snags against the net."
The swarm fishing spot area
- This fishing spot has access to the Deep Sea Fishing shared loot table, which is a tertiary drop.
Luck-enhancing items are not required to access the table.
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- patch 26 March 2018 (Update):
- The swarm of fish will now grant invention experience on the augmented crystal fishing rod, rather than just the one on the rod-o-matic.
- ^ Mod Timbo. Catching fish at the new "Net Swarm" spot without the fishing level for it, intentional?. Reddit. 5 March 2018. (Archived from the original on 8 June 2021.) Mod Timbo: "Yes, we have been calling it ZMI Fishing internally for the same reason. You have a chance to catch fish both above and below your current level - this chance diminishes the higher/lower level it is.
Your catch rate on trying to catch high level fish isn't great as it still uses your current level to try and catch them though."