Trying to take my game to a new level, and, like most forums, the search function here leaves something to be desired. Practicing the fishing tips posted by One More Day, Grimgaw and others, I'm to the point I can consistently upgrade the pick on Wednesday. I thought the copper pick would help a lot, but I'm not consistently getting much past 20 or 25. Now granted, my luck hasn't been the greatest -- the best luck I've seen is a pyramid (0.042). Best dive was floor 34, on a neutral luck day. (Wasn't checking the actual value then. Or at least I wasn't logging it.) The stumbling point is always that there are a floor or 3 that the ladder doesn't appear until there's only a handful of stones left. I only have L1 mining on day 5, so no stairs -- cherry bombs only. Neptune's Glaive is not common enough to build a strategy on. Usually, the problem levels have no big groupings of stones, so cherry bombs don't help much. And I'm chewing through 15 or more chubs/smallmouths as is. I'm still wasting 1 in 10 or so (swinging the pick where the stone is not) so that's something, but I doubt that's going to make that much of a difference -- 45 or so wasted swings per day isn't costing me enough time to add much more than a level or maybe 2, I wouldn't think. I've seen mentions of an apparently achievable goal of 40 on day 5. Any tips for coaxing those reluctant ladders to spawn?