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- This article is about the item category. For the item, see Bait (item).
Bait can be attached to a Fiberglass Rod or an Iridium Rod, or inserted into a Crab Pot. Fishing rods do not require bait, but fish will bite faster with bait; specialized baits provide additional benefits. Crab Pots require bait to catch fish (unless the player has the Luremaster profession), but the type of bait has no effect on crab pots. Bait is always a single-use item.
To attach bait to a fishing rod, open your inventory, click on the bait (left-click or right-click, depending on how many you want to pick up), and then right-click on the rod. To remove bait, right-click on the rod.
Each cast uses one piece of bait or one magnet. When all bait is used up, the game pops up a notification saying "You've used your last piece of bait."
On an Xbox controller, press A on the bait to select the whole stack (or X to pick up a single one), then X to attach to the rod.
On a PS4 controller, press X on the bait to select the whole stack (or ⬜ to pick up a single one), then ⬜ to attach to the rod.
On a Nintendo Switch Controller, Press A on the bait to select the whole stack (Or Y to pick up a single one), then Y to attach to the rod.
Bait can be detached by pressing X on either Controller. (Y on Nintendo Switch)
For the mobile version, you can add bait to your fishing rod by opening your inventory, then drag the bait and drop it on top of the rod.
|Bait||Causes fish to bite faster. Must first be attached to a fishing rod.||Default bait, decreases the time taken for fish to bite (reduces the delay before a nibble by 50%) and lowers chance of getting trash items. The recipe is earned at Fishing Level 2.||5g||Bug Meat (1)|
|Magnet||Increases the chance of finding treasures when fishing. However, fish aren't crazy about the taste.||Increases the treasure chance by 100% (30% chance instead of the base 15%). Despite the description, the bite rate is the same as for standard bait. The recipe is earned at Fishing level 9.||1,000g||Iron Bar (1)|
|Wild Bait||A unique recipe from Linus that gives you a chance to catch two fish at once.||Decreases the time taken for fish to bite slightly more than standard bait does, reduces the delay before a nibble by 62.5%. The recipe is obtained from Linus upon earning four hearts and approaching his Tent between 8pm and 12am on a day when it's not raining.||N/A||Fiber (10) Slime (5) Bug Meat (5)|
|Magic Bait||Allows you to catch fish from any season, time, or weather, from whichever type of water you cast into.||When purchased, you will receive 20 Magic Bait||5||Radioactive Ore (1) Bug Meat (3)|
- 1.5: Added Magic Bait.