I’m sure that by now you all know how much I love to mine. I think I told you enough times about my love of mining in That’s Mine Dummy, but have I told you my other favorite thing to do is fish?!! You may have seen the fishing calendar I made up a few years ago. Fishing is so calming. You, your pole, the water and the fish. It is so peaceful. As peaceful as it is, it takes knowledge and skill! And being an incredibly skilled fisherman, I’m going to share a bit of that with you.
The Tackle Box
The Tackle Box is my list of fishing gear. Poles, lures, hats, and where to get them. Too bad I haven’t found a good fishing vest yet, but I don’t think they exist. Remember, you may be the best fisherman in the world but gear helps! And a good fisherman knows his gear.
If you want to fish, you need a fishing pole o’ course! Don’t know how you could do it without one. Although there are a few quests that provide you with a net but that’s not reel fishing skill. Here’s a list of poles that you can get. I have most except for Nat Pagle’s Extreme Angler FC 5000. Blasted troll won’t talk to me. And I will admit I’ve never taken the time to fish up the Darkwood. Perhaps I will one of these days just so I have it for my collection.
*The Darkwood Fishing Pole is acquired by fishing. It has a chance to be fished up, like a crate or a fish, in almost any medium level body of water. Some of the more popular places to fish for it are Ashenvale, Redridge Mountains and Stonetalon Mountains.
**The Big Iron Fishing Pole is acquired by opening lobster traps underwater near Shadowprey Village in Desolace. Head out into the bay and dive. It’s handy to take a Deepdive Helm if you’re an Engineer or get some water breathing potions from an Alchemist. You will see the glittering cages, like in the picture below. Simply open a cage. Sometimes you’ll open it to find junk loot, lobsters, mobs and eventually the Big Iron Fishing Pole!
Lures and Gear
Where would fising be without worms? Put a worm on a hook and toss it in the water and the fish eats it! No reason for a fish to eat a plain hook so you should be using a lure of some kind. Lures come from all sorts of sources. You can buy them; a lot of the undead guys drop Nightcrawlers; and Engineers can even make Aquadynamic Fish Attractors!
Tricks of the Trade
Now there are a few other things you can do to enhance your fishing. You can use consumables, like Captain Rumsey’s Lager which gives you +3 to fishing and is rather tashty…hic! For those who cook you can get the Rumsey Lager recipe from the *Shat Daily Fishing Quest. Now if you find someUnderbelly Elixir in the Dalaran sewer it can increase your fising by +50 if you get the Tuskarr effect. Of course it might just shrink you or make everyone look the same or turn you into a wasp or…well you get the point. The other draw back aside from the random effect is that it can only be used in Dalaran. Of course, that’s handy if you’re fishing in the fountain or trying to get the Sewer Rat.
Another option to increase your skill is a pair of fishing gloves. Any gloves, all you have to do is put Enchant Gloves – Fishing on them. That will add only +2 to your fishing but can helpful if you’re jsut missing that last point you need in order to fish in a new zone. And coincidentally you can gather one of the mats for this enchant when you fish up Oily Blackmouth. Just give those fish to an Alchemist and he can make Blackmouth Oil for you.
Now the Find Fish ability is a must for fishermen. You can fish without it but why would you want to? In order to learn this ability you need to fish up aWeather Beaten Journal from any number of trunks you can randomly get while fishing. Or you just might get it in a Bag of Fishing Treasures from the *Shat Daily Fishing Quest. You can only get one per lifetime. If you happen to open a trunk and it’s empty, chances are it had a book in it that disappeared. While the container that the book is in is not bind on pick up, (unless it’s the Bag of Fishing Treasures) the book itself is. You can trade the crate or barrel to someone else who wants to learn it. They can take the book out after you’ve traded them the trunk.
Now there are a handful of fishing addons but the one I use is Fishing Buddy. It allows you to keep track of the fish you’ve caught, your fishing level and how long you’ve fished. It even helps you automatically equip lures, change fishing outfits and other fun stuff. Yes, outfits, you know your hat, boots, gloves…don’t roll your eyes at me just because I like to dress up.
Of course you need to know where to go in order to fish. The water obviously! Ahem..couldn’t resist. I’ve put together a quick glance guide for you so you can find fishing holes within your skill level. You don’t want to tackle Gahz’ranka too soon now! Get it? Tackle?! /chuckles Don’t forget you can also fish in some dungeons.
Now this shows the absolute lowest required fishing level for a given zone. Once you hit a zone you may not be able to fish all the bodies of water at first. Take Nagrand for instance, Sunspring Lake requires higher skill for fishing than Forge Camp Hate. I do hope I haven’t missed anywhere. In case I have missed a zone or four, a good rule of thumb to go by is hte higher the level of the zone, the higher level required for fishing.
||Thunderbluff, Stormwind, Orgrimar, Ironforge, Elwynn Forest, Mulgore, Azuremyst Isle, Teldrassil, Eversong Woods, Darkshore
||Ashenvale, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Redridge Mountains, Stonetalon Mountains, Wetlands, Silverpine, Ghostlands, Wailing Caverns
||Dustwallow Marsh, Desolace, Thousand Needles, Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows
||Azshara, Felwood, Moonglade, The Hinterlands, Feralas, Tanaris, Un’Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands
||Hellfire, Nagrand, Shadowmoon Valley
||Deadwind Pass, Winterspring, Eastern Plaguelands, Silithus, Zul’Aman, Zul’Gurub
||Terokarr Forest, Zangamarsh
||Borean Tundra, Dragon Blight, Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, Netherstorm
||Dalaran, Sholazar Basin
||The Frozen Sea
Questing for Fish
Now you may have noticed a good deal of fishing gear comes from questing for other fisherman around Azeroth. I’ve listed some of the more notable quests here. There are many more quests out there that require you to fish something up but these are the most notable. Besides, I wouldn’t want to ruin all the fun of discovering the others yourself! To be a fisherman is to find your own fishing holes.
Artisan Fishing Quest
To level up your fishing, you’ll need to get past 225. The only way to do that is to go see the Master Fisherman, Nat Pagle. Nat Pagle is a legend among us fisherman in Azeroth. He knows it all and he’s always after a bigger or more exotic fish. You’ll find him in Dustwallow Marsh. He has a small camp set up on island there. He’ll only teach you if you’re level 35 and have 225 fishing skill already so be ready! And of course don’t forget some lures. You’ll need a +75 lure at least to fish in Feralas.
Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme, is what the quest is called. He’ll send you off to catch him 4 rare fish. A Feralas Ahi, Sar’theris Striker, Savage Coast Blue Sailfin and a Misty Reed Mahi Mahi. Oddly enough you can find each of these fish near a Horde town. You know, Nat may be a human but I think he likes Horde better. He gives them a special fishing pole and makes it easy to fly from place to place for this quest!
I’ve put together a small map for you that pin points the locations of Nat and all the fish he sends you after. I never had a problem catching each of the exotics on the first cast. I hope your luck is just as good.
* Shattrath Daily Fishing Quests
The Shattrath daily fishing quest is given by Old Man Barlow at Slimyr Lake in Terokkar Forest. Below is a complete list of his available quests.
Each quest will award you a Bag of Fishing Treasures that usually contains gold, hooks and a junk vendor item. If you’re lucky you might get the Spun Truesilver Fishing Line or the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat. There’s even a cooking recipe, Captain Rumsey’s Lager, that might pop out of your bag!
Completing all of these quest will grant you the achievement Old Man Barlowned.
Other Quests for Gear
There are of course the other quests for gear that I mentioned. Quests for fishing poles and a quest for a stack of special lures. Now Snapjaws, Mon! and Rather Be Fishin’ and The Family and the Fishing Pole are all pretty straight forward quests and reward good fishing poles. The Arcanite Fishing Pole is from the STV Fishing Extravaganza which I’ll tell you more about in a bit.
The Electropellers is a pretty easy quest but you need know the right places to fish! It also has a prequisite quest Gaffer Jacks. You can’t just go kill stuff. It is however a one time quest, and only gives you a stack of 20 Lens’s. The time it takes to fish up all the parts makes this quest not worth time for the lures, unless you’re like me and just need to try all things fishing. It is of course is another quest you can do while working on your Loremaster Achievement. So if you’re Alliance and want to get this done go upstairs in the Auberdine Inn and find Whizbang Cranktoggle and he’ll get you started.
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
Each Sunday there’s a fishing tournament in Stranglethorn Vale from 2 pm to 4 pm. Competition is fierce and fishermen from all over Azeroth will gather along the sandy banks of Stranglethorn in the hopes that they’ll be the nextMaster Angler! In order to become a master angler you need to be the first one to fish up and deliver 40 speckled tastyfish. There are pools of speckled tastyfish that pop all along the coast. It’s handy to have the Find Fish ability. It can get a bit tricky let me tell you.
Just to give you an idea of how fierce the competition is, you’ll have other fisherman bring their buddies who will stand on your lure so you can’t catch a thing! In this situation, I found it a good idea to have some baby spice. Very handy for shrinking the offending party. You’ll also need to watch out for members of the opposing faction. They’ll enjoy killing you while you have nothing but a fishing pole equipped.
Here’s a list of tips for the tournament.
- Have 150 fishing skill minimum.
- You need 225 fishing to keep from losing fish.
- Take lures.
- Get there early.
- Hearthbind in Booty Bay.
Locate Riggle Bassbait
- Take friends as protection.
- Research spawn areas and get into place before the tournament starts.
- Use autoloot and cast into the middle of the tastyfish schools.
- Use the macro #showtooltip Speckled Tastyfish to keep track of how many fish you’ve caught.
- Once you have 40 use your hearth stone to return to Booty Bay and turn in.
- For faster turn in use:
There are also prizes for some rare fish. I have the prizes and the quests cross referenced in the Tackle Box. Here’s a quick list of the fish though, just in case you fish one up while catching tastyfish.
You turn the rare fish into the Fishbot 5000 on the dock in Booty Bay. He’ll give you your reward. The nice thing about the rare fish is they don’t expire like the Tastyfish. If you catch one but don’t make it back to the Fishbot before he closes down for the week, you can just keep your fish until the next tournament. Now there are some fish tales circulating that you can catch these rare fish more often towards the end of the tournament but never having caught one myself, I can’t tell you how true this is.
There are a good many fishing achievements. And they don’t all depend on skill, some depend on luck. For example fishing up Old Ironjaw in Ironforge. I still haven’t landed that blasted fish but a newbie fisherman cast his line next to me the other day, caught him in the fifth catch. Made me grind my teeth let me tell you. Some of the achievements you’ll earn automatically as you delve deeper into the mysteries and joys of fishing but others take time and skill. You can be confident in the knowledge that Accomplished Angler is tough to earn and Salty is a rare title.
For those fishermen who are stubborn enough and have the time to go for the title, there’s a nice little gnome name El who’s put together a Salty guide. I finally had to admit that El just might be more crazy about fishing than I am. Good luck and have fun working on your title!
There are numerous uses for fish, the most widely one being to eat them. Yum, yum. They can be used for other things however.
Alchemy - There are several different fish that can be used for alchemy. Oily Blackmouth, Pygmy Suckerfish and Firefin Snappers to name a few. One of the more important is the Pygmy Suckerfish which is used for Pygmy Oil. While Pygmy Oil can be fun to drink it is much more useful when used for higher level elixirs and potions as well as the Indestructible Alchemist’s Stone
Cooking - This is a no brainer, except for orcs. Well, they’ll eat anything. Many of the low level fish will say “Raw” when you fish them up. This is an easy way to tell if they have a corresponding cooking recipe. As you get into higher levels you don’t have that luxury. In fact some of the higher level cooking recipes require several fish, such as the Fish Feast. One of the favorite cooking recipes in game makes Savory Deviate Delight. You need Deviate Fish which can only be fished in Wailing Caverns. While the Savory Deviate Delight won’t give you stats, it will turn you into something fun!
Rare Fish - Rare fish are fish that can be held in your off hand. One of the more common ones is the 19 pound catfish. The Achievement One That Didn’t Get Away requires you to catch a rare fish. Unfortunately the 19 pound catfish is too common to be considered rare enough for this achievement. Another rare fish of note is the Huge Spotted Feltail. It doesn’t count towards but the One That Didn’t Get Away Achievement but you will need to catch one for the Outland Gourmet Achievement for cooking. You need one of these to make a Fisherman’s Feast.
Wreckage - There are ship wrecks in Azeroth of course, due to pirates and naga pests and such. The wreckage will float up near shore and sometimes you can fish fun things out of it. There will be crates and trunks, usually with a bit of silver and some crafting items in them. And occasionally you can fish up an old leather boot or a skull or best of all Rumsey Rum Blak Label. Mmmmm….hic!
- Bloodsail Wreckage
- Floating Wreckage
- Schooner Wreckage
- Steam Pump Floatsam
- Waterlogged Wreckage
You need to fish one of each type of wreckage for the Achievement, The Scavenger. It’s quite possible you’ll get some fun loot while you’re at it!
A Little Extra Reading
Now for those of you who enjoy a good read to help relax while waiting for that next big bite, here’s a list of my favorites. You’ll find even more tips and tricks for fishing if you read enough. You can’t stuff everything into one guide you know!