Why Fish? - El's Extreme Anglin' - WoW Fishing Guide
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Why Fish?

Magical Crawdad pet.

Fishing is not an essential professional skill. Many citizens of Azeroth lead happy and for filled lives without ever catching a fish. But there are plenty of good reasons to fish. Here is a summary:

  • It is classed as a secondary profession. This means learning to fish does not limit what other professions you may learn.
  • It can be relaxing. It gives space to think or socialise between adventures or battles.
  • It is a good source of food, including food that gives "buffs" ((bonuses to attributes)).
  • It can provide a modest gold income for little risk.
  • It complements other professions, for example:
    • Cooking - most fish can be cooked.
    • Alchemy - some reagents can only be gained by fishing.
    • Tailoring - bolts of cloth can sometimes be recovered while fishing.
    • Leatherworking - leather can sometimes be recovered while fishing.
  • It complements certain career classes:
    • Hunters - fish are a plentiful source of pet food.
    • Rogues - an occasional source of locked boxes to practice lock-picking skills on.
  • It opens up some extra quests, and allows a few dungeon creatures to be summoned.

In spite of these benefits, the main requirement for enjoying fishing is patience. Some people have patience, and some do not...

Learn More

Also in the Getting Started chapter: Your First Catch, Role of Skill, Equipment and Pools, Skill and Locations, and FAQ.