Frequently Asked Questions - El's Extreme Anglin' - WoW Fishing Guide
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How do I learn to fish?

Find a fishing trainer (go to a capital city and ask a guard), and learn the Apprentice Fishing skill. You will also need a Fishing Pole, which are sold by fishing suppliers. For more instructions, see Your First Catch.

Where should I go to improve my fishing skill?

Fishing in an Oasis

Your fishing skill will increase at the same rate each time you catch a fish. It does not matter where you fish, so long as you catch something. The most effective way to gain skill alone is therefore to fish where the fewest fish "get away". Initially fish in starting zones. At higher skill levels, consider fishing where you can catch something of value. Read the Training chapter for details.

What do I need a higher fishing skill for?

Higher fishing skills allow you to fish in more "difficult" areas, which tend to have "better" fish. Higher skill reduces the proportion of your fish that "get away". Higher skill does not make you fish faster, reduce the proportion of casts that do not bite, or change the type of fish you catch. For evidence, see The Role of Skill topic.

What skill do I need to fish in...?

You must meet the base skill requirement of the area to cast a line. You need to exceed it by about 95 to completely stop fish "getting away". For a full list of zones, see An Introduction to Skill and Locations in the Getting Started chapter. For detailed evidence, see the Zone Base Fishing Skill topic.

When is skill calculated: At cast or catch?

Your fishing skill is calculated when you cast. This means that if your lure expires while waiting for the bobber to splash, you do not need to re-apply it until after you reel in your catch.

When is the catch created: At cast or catch?

Your catch is created when you reel in ((click the bobber)). If you cast into a pool, and the pool is emptied (by another angler) before you reel in, your catch will be from open water, not the pool.

What does the message... mean?

Sometime people start hearing things while fishing...

  • "Your skill is not high enough to fish here" - Your current skill is below the base skill requirement of the area you are trying to fish in. Fish in a zone with a lower requirement, or try using lures to temporarily increase your skill.
  • "No fish are hooked" - You reeled in the line too early or too late. Wait for the bobber to splash, then reel it in straight away.
  • "Your fish got away!" - You reeled in at the right time, and while your skill is sufficient to fish here, it is not high enough to catch everything reliably.
  • "The water is too shallow!" - Common in Outland, where you can only fish water that is deep enough for a Tauren to swim in. Outland fish evidently prefer deeper water than those in Azeroth.
  • "No target..." or "Target not in range..." - You are trying to attack with your pole, not cast a line. Cast by clicking the Fishing icon in your spellbook, as shown here.

How do I train as Expert, Artisan or Master? How can I increase my skill above 150, 225, or 300?

Expert fishing (150) is taught by the book Expert Fishing - The Bass and You, from Old Man Heming in Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale. Artisan fishing (225) is the reward for the quest "Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme", from Nat Pagle, on a small island in Dustwallow Marsh, just west of Theramore. Master fishing (300) is taught by the book Master Fishing - The Art of Angling, sold by Juno Duffrain, by the Umbrafen Lake in Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh. For further detail, read the Training chapter.

How can I exceed 375 skill?

El wearing Lucky Fishing Hat.

Apply lures and/or equip poles and fishing gear with bonuses to skill. See the Equipment chapter for details. Some areas have a base fishing skill requirement of 405 ((430 until patch 2.3)), so cannot be fished using the individual's skill alone.

Can fishing poles be enchanted?

Fishing poles can only be "enchanted" with fishing line. Normal weapon enchants cannot be applied.

How do I unlearn fishing?

You can't forget how to fish! It's like learning to ride a 'strider. Fishing is a secondary professional skill, so there is no need to unlearn it.

How can I make money from fishing?

Try to fish Pure Water for Primal Water, catch and cook Furious Crawdad or other Outland fish that create buff-food such as Poached Bluefish, fish Floating Wreckage Pools, catch Stonescale Eels, fish patches of Elemental Water for Essence of Water, or catch Deviate Fish and cook Savory Deviate Delight. You will primarily make money from selling to others via the Auction House, not by selling to vendors. Consequently there is not "one best way to make money" - it will depend on the current supply and demand at your local Auction House. For further discussion, see the Valuable Fish chapter.

Where can I catch a... ?

To find where to catch a specific fish, use the Fish Finder. An Introduction to Skill and Locations contains a list of the rules governing fish location. For a complete list of fish and locations, read the Gazetteer topic.

Where is the best place to catch Stonescale Eels?

The best place to catch Stonescale Eels is the Bay of Storms area of Azshara, between 00:00 and 06:00. For further evidence and discussion of the options, see the Catching Stonescale Eels topic.

How can I catch Winter Squid?

Winter Squid can only be caught between the autumn (fall) and spring equinoxes: Start of 23 September to the end of 19 March. The best catch rates are in the Bay of Storms area of Azshara, between 12:00 and 18:00. For further evidence see the Catching Winter Squid topic.

How do I catch Mr. Pinchy and get a Magical Crawdad pet?

Mr. Pinchy is a rare catch from Highland Mixed Schools, found in flight-only areas of Terokkar Forest. These areas require an effective skill of at least 405 to cast a line ((430 until patch 2.3)). The Magical Crawdad non-combat pet is one of a number of possible gifts Mr. Pinchy may give. For more information, read the Catching Furious Crawdad and Mr. Pinchy topic.

Why can't I find a certain type of pool?

Not all pool types can be found in all zones. Study the Pools and Wreckage chapter or Fish Finder for a list. If you still can't find the right pool, fish some other pools in the area, and then wait for new pools to appear. For a full explanation of why you should do this, read the Pool Appearance topic.

How can I track pools on the mini-map?

Minimap with Find Fish ability active.

Learn the "Find Fish" ability from a Weather-Beaten Journal, then display fishing pools on the mini-map. Journals can be found in Curious Crate, Heavy Supply Crate, Iron Bound Trunk, Mithril Bound Trunk and Watertight Trunk. The journal requires at least 100 fishing skill to use. For more information, see the Pools and Wreckage chapter.

Fishing is boring... How can I make it more interesting?

Some suggestions:

  • Do a little at a time, for example while waiting for boats (felonyOne) or dungeons/battlegrounds to start (Falchan).
  • If you are competitive, take part in the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza - even if you don't win, you will increase your skill while trying (WingedNazgul).
  • Think about the rewards from your fishing - for example, profits from sales or lower cost of keeping a pet.
  • Drink while fishing (Houdy/Pagle).
  • Relax... chat, watch the world go by.
  • Do something else... ((Play in windowed mode while simultaneously browse the internet (Houdy), or chat on the telephone (JFoobar). Fishing is one of the few aspects of World of Warcraft that does not demand your full attention.))

Ultimately, you don't have to fish, so if you don't like it, don't do it!

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