Release date: 28 May 2002 (Update)
Start: Speak to either mountain dwarf on either side of White Wolf Mountain near the passage in Taverly. Ask "what is down the stairs", "why not?" , "if you were my friend" , "well let's be friends", "how am I meant to do that?" , "fortunately I'm good at fishing".
Difficulty: *****
Length: Short
Requirements: 10 Fishing
Items needed:
Monsters to kill: Guard Dog (level 46, optional, but can be avoided)


Preparations before the Quest to save time:

  1. Obtain a fishing rod. One can be bought for 5 coins Gerrant in Port Sarim or from Harry in Catherby.
  1. Obtain Garlic from the building north of Ned and east of Morgan in Draynor Village. Go upstairs in the building and search the cupboard. If you want to get spare garlic, use the drop trick.
  1. Obtain spade before starting the quest. Spade item spawns exist in the following locations:

Dwarves Can't FishEdit

  1. Speak to either one of the mountain dwarves near White Wolf Mountain. There is one in Taverley and one in Catherby, on each side of the tunnels entrances.
  2. Ask them about gaining access to the tunnel. They'll tell you that they will let you use the passage under the mountain, if you earn their trust. They then tell you about the Hemenster Fishing Contest.
  3. They'll give you a fishing competition pass and tell you ask you to win the trophy.

Gaining HelpEdit

Travel to Hemenster which is north of Ardougne and south west of Seers Village. Talk to Grandpa Jack, who is located in a house in the north-east of Hemenster, and he will tell you the secrets to his fishing ability which allowed him to win the Fishing Contest for so many years.

He advises you to always use the fishing spot next to the pipes. He tells the player that the best bait he had ever used were some red vine worms that he dug up in McGrubor's Wood.

Getting BaitEdit

Warning for Low Combat Level Players: Several Guard dogs patrol McGrubor's Wood; be careful walking through the fenced in area if your combat level is low. Bringing food and a weapon may be necessary for low level players. If your combat level is low, you can walk along the northern fence to lower the chance of the guard dogs spotting you; walk along the fence until you get to the middle of McGrubor's Wood, then walk west to the red vine.

With a spade in your inventory head north from Hemenster to McGrubor's Wood. If you try and enter the woods through the main entrance, the Foresters will tell you that it's a private property, and that you can't enter. Therefore you will have to find a different entrance.

The hidden entrance

Head east of the fenced in woods and you will find a Fence with loose pannels[sic] on the east fence, which can be pinpointed by a finding a small gap in the grey lines on your map
  • The entrance will be just south of the only tree that is in direct contact with the east fence, located very close to the north-eastern corner of McGrubor's Wood.

Once inside, you must find the red vine, which is located in the western part of the woods. Use your spade on the vine and you will obtain red vine worms. Head back to Hemenster, exiting via the break in the fence that you entered from.


Location of Red Vine


Use spade on the Vine

Winning the contestEdit

Once you have obtained garlic, a fishing rod, red worms, your Fishing competition Pass and 5 coins, go back to Hemenster to enter the contest by talking to Bonzo.

Now talk to the Sinister Stranger and ask him who he is, then accuse him of being a vampire.

You can now use the garlic on the pipe next to the sinister stranger, to the north.

Talk to Bonzo to start the competition, and the vampire will complain of the smell and swap fishing spots with you.

Cast out your rod and you will catch a giant carp.

Talk to Bonzo and he will tell you to wait for the time to be over. A few of seconds later the contest will end, and you will win. You will be given the Hemenster fishing trophy.

Hemenster fishing trophy

Go back to either of the two dwarves to complete the quest.


Completing the Quest