Ranks - El's Extreme Anglin' - WoW Fishing Guide


You improve your fishing skill by successfully catching fish. It doesn't matter where you fish or what you catch, so long as you successfully catch something. In the next section we will discuss why you might want to do more than "just catch fish" to skill-up fishing.

The table below shows the approximate number of catches required for each point of fishing skill. As discussed in the Role of Skill, the number of catches per skill point gradually rises.

Catches Required to Gain a Point of Skill
Current Fishing SkillAverage Number of Successful Catches to Gain a Point of Skill

About 1,700 catches are required to train from skill 1 to 375.

You cannot forget how to fish ((unlearn or reset the skill)). There is no need to unlearn fishing - it is secondary skill.

Patch 3.0.2 appears to have "capped" skill-ups at 10 catches: It will not take more than 10 catches per skill-up after skill 300. This has not been confirmed at all skill levels - more details wanted.


There is a maximum skill level that you may achieve at each profession rank. You will need to improve your professional rank to advance beyond each maximum skill level. The table below summarises these levels, and what must be done to advance rank.

Fishing Rank and Skill Levels
RankMinimum character levelMinimum fishing skillMaximum fishing skillCostHow to train
Apprentice5-751sAny Fishing Trainer.
Journeyman10501505sAny Fishing Trainer.
Expert-**1252251gTaught by the book Expert Fishing - The Bass and You, sold by Old Man Heming in Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale.
Artisan35225300-Quest reward for "Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme", from Nat Pagle, on a small island in Dustwallow Marsh, just west of Theramore.
Master452753755gTaught by the book Master Fishing - The Art of Angling, sold by Juno Duffrain, by the Umbrafen Lake in Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh.
  • ** Expert required level 20 prior to patch 2.4. The book now has no level requirement to learn, but you still need at least level 10 to reach the minimum fishing skill required (125).
  • Costs assume no reputation-related reductions.
  • Fishing trainers can be found in all capital cities - ask a guard for directions. There are also some fishing trainers in other zones, but do not expect to find a trainer in every zone. All fishing trainers teach both Apprentice and Journeyman ranks.

As Alliance at level 10, you can ask Gubber Blump in Darkshore to train you as an Apprentice: Take the quest The Family and the Fishing Pole, and then talk to Gubber again and he will teach you to fish for free (thanks Wyllow).

The basics of fishing are not covered here. To learn about fishing techniques, please read Your First Catch.


Old Man Heming

Studying the book Expert Fishing - The Bass and You is the only way to learn Expert rank. The book is sometimes sold at the Auction House. It will usually be cheaper to travel to Booty Bay and buy the book yourself. Old Man Heming (pictured left) can be found in a small shop next to the ramp up from the sea, in the centre of Booty Bay.

Horde can safely reach Booty Bay by taking the boat from Ratchet in The Barrens. For Alliance, the road to Booty Bay is too dangerous to travel alone at level 10. Instead you can swim south down the coast from Westfall - just stay away from the beach until you reach Booty Bay.

Booty Bay is in contested territory, so if the factions are at war ((PvP realms)) people can attack one another in the town. The local "bruisers" (thugs) will break up most fights very quickly, so Booty Bay is relatively safe. Be careful during festivals: The bruisers tend to drink like dwarves, and neglect their duties.


Nat Pagle fishing (gnome perspective).

Artisan rank is learnt by completing the quest Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme. This is available once you have 225 fishing skill and at least level 35. Nat Pagle can be found in Dustwallow Marsh, on an island due west of Theramore's piers.

The quest requires you to catch the 4 special fish listed in the table below. See the Artisan Fishing Quest section for a full walkthrough.

Artisan Quest Fish
Feralas AhiFeralas AhiVerdantis River, Feralas.
Misty Reed Mahi MahiMisty Reed Mahi MahiMisty Reed Strand, Swamp of Sorrows.
Sar'theris StrikerSar'theris StrikerSar'theris Strand, Desolace.
Savage Coast Blue SailfinSavage Coast Blue SailfinThe Savage Coast, Stranglethorn Vale.


Juno Duffrain

The book Master Fishing - The Art of Angling can be read at level 45. Juno Duffrain (pictured right), the vendor, is in Outland. This means you will need to use the Dark Portal ((which requires the Burning Crusade)). Simply ride west across Hellfire Peninsula: Cenarion Refuge is the first settlement you will come to in Zangarmarsh. The book can be traded, so copies are often sold at the auction house.

Gaining rank simply means catching a lot of fish, right? Yes, but there are many different strategies you can use to level fishing.

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