Catching sandfish in My Time at Sandrock is essential for a few quests and commissions, and it’s a decent way to earn a bit of extra cash on the side. The actual fishing process is a bit difficult to get used to, though, thanks in part to some rather vague in-game tutorials. Once you’ve got the hang of it and with a bit of luck, though, you’ll be reeling in more than you can throw a worm at.
How to Catch Sandfish in My Time at Sandrock
The first thing you’ll need is a Sandfish Trap, which unlocks for crafting after you take on the World of Sandfishing side quest from Owen at the Blue Moon. For me, this quest unlocked after meeting Owen and having a meal with him, with the meal being another side quest marked with a blue exclamation point, and it opened during the quest to build a lift.
Owen gives you the blueprint for making a basic sandfish trap, which requires:
- 2 copper bars
- 2 wooden sticks
- 1 thick rope
You can get copper bars from smelting copper ore in the Furnace – assuming you’ve built one. The easiest way to get Wooden Sticks is by crafting them with wood at the Workbench, since the Recycler has a high chance of not giving you what you want.
Thick rope also comes from the Workbench and requires four plant fibers. These you can get in abundance just by interacting with the sandgrass around your house and on the way to Eufaula Salvage.
With Trap in hand, follow the quest marker to your first fishing spot, a sandy pool surrounded by rocks.
How to Use the Sandfish Trap
While you can technically use the Sandfish Trap without bait, but your chances of actually catching something are incredibly slim this way. Buy some worms from the ranch shop instead, and throw them in the sand pool. Bait eventually sinks beneath the sand, so you may go through a few worms before getting a bite.
The best place to throw your bait is, obviously, where you see sandfish swimming around. Once you notice one come up to the bait and stop, cast your trap out. The chances of catching something seem pretty random, but if you’re successful, a notice pops up letting you know you caught a fish. You can press the “F” key to see what kind it was.
Catch three to finish this quest, and then for now, you can catch more and sell them for some extra cash, though nothing beats the income earned from completing commissions.