First go and find a fishing trainer [Bloodhoof Village, Booty Bay, Ogrimmar etc], and learn fishing. Now you’ll need to buy a Fishing Pole, which can be bought from someone who sells fishing supplies [usually next to the fishing trainer]. Also buy some Shiny Bauble’s. You’re now ready to go! Now go find a pond, in one of the starting zones of each class. Use the bait/lure and click on the fishing skill and wait to see splashes in the water. Click the SECOND splash, as this gives you a better chance of getting a fish. Loot and continue until you become 50. When your 50, go talk to the fishing trainer and learn Journeyman fishing!
Now that your journeyman go to the fishing trainer supplier and buy Nightcrawlers. Now go to Caverns of Mist in the Wailing Caverns [just before the entrance into the instance] and apply the bait/lure. Now keep fishing here until you become 125, you can also fish in other places listed at the end of this guide but in WC you get Deviate Fish and these sell in AH for between 1-2g per stack.
Once you become 125 go to Booty Bay and go to the lowest level and find Old Man Heming in “The Happy Bobber” shop. Once you find him, buy the book called Bass and You [Costs 1g]. You’re now ready for expert fishing.
Now first, go to the fishing supplier and buy Aquadynamic Fish Attractor. Next go to Shadowprey village in Desolace and keep opening all the shellfish traps until you find Big Iron Fishing Pole. However if you’re level 44+ you can do the Snapjaws, Mon! quest from the Hinterlands, from this you get the Nat Pagle’s Extreme Angler FC-5000.
Once you’ve got your pole and the bait, head to one of the places listed at the end of this guide and keep fishing until you become 205. Then go fish in the places listed at the end of the guide, until you become level 225. Your now ready for Artisan Fishing!
Okay go stock up on the Aquadynamic Fish Attractor from the fishing supplier. Then go to do the Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme quest. Make sure to level to 226 before leaving the zone or else you’ll stay 225 forever. You can fish right there next to Nat. Now once you’ve done this go fish in the places listed at the end of this guide.
Booty Bay Fishing Competition
Go stock up on the Aquadynamic Fish Attractor from the fishing supplier well before the competition begins. Its best to use the Nat Pagle’s Extreme Angler FC-5000 because of the +25 to fishing but if you haven’t got it the Big Iron Fishing Pole would be okay. Try and get all the items that increase fishing like: Nat Pagle’s Extreme Anglin’ Boots from the Rare Fish – Brownell’s Blue Striped Racer quest, Lucky Fishing Hat and the +2 fishing enchant to your gloves. Apply the bait/lure and your ready to go!
As soon as the tournament begins, “School of Tastyfish” nodes will spawn all along the coast of Stranglethorn Vale. Yes, the entire coast is in-play. The nodes look like small whirlpools, 2-3 meters in diameter, complete with silvery fish flickering in and out. They are visible from a good distance as a shimmering spot in the water.
The locations of the nodes are fixed. That is, a node is either there or not there, but the locations do not change. You’ll find that there is a spawn location approximately every 100-200 meters along the coast, so there are many pools forming constantly. Along the southeastern coast alone there are about 10 spawn points. The best way to learn them is to participate in the tournament – you’ll be in trouble the first time, but you’ll learn them for the next time.
How To Catch The Elusive Tastyfish
In order to catch Tastyfish, you must cast your bobber inside one of the fishing nodes. To be on the safe side, ensure that your bobber is at least partially touching the edge of the swirling waters. Ideally, cast it right into the center so you don’t have to worry. If you miss, re-cast again. There is no way to guarantee that your bobber will land in the right place. Learn how far back to stand so that the average-distance cast will at least have a chance to intersect the pool itself (stand too close and you’ll always overcast; stand too far and your bobber will never make it out to the pool).
Once your bobber lands in a good position, just wait and fish as normal. You’ll reel in either some Stranglekelp, a Tastyfish, a rare fish or (rarely) something else (anything you could normally catch in these waters goes here).
It seems that the nodes are quantity based, similar to other resource nodes. There are approximately 2 to 5 Tastyfish per node. Once they’ve all been caught, the node will disappear.
Multiple people can and will fish in a single node. Multiple bobbers will clutter the whirlpool and make it hard to click.
As soon as a node despawns, immediately mount (or hit your speed boost) and proceed to the next most probable location for a spawn. This is something you will learn from experience. If you know a nearby pool despawned about 6 minutes ago, head there now, as this seems to be the approximate time between respawns.
The best way to do this by far is to stay just in the water, out of aggro range of most mobs but still able to walk/run/mount (don’t swim!). Run along the coast until you see the next node, and hit it.
Things to Watch Out For
There are quite a few nasties along the STV coast. On the southwest side are the highest level mobs in the area, namely varieties of Naga. These are particularly annoying because they wander far (even into the ocean) and have a large aggro radius, are social, and like to net you.
The rest of the west coast is (for the most part) inhabited by Crocolisks and Raptors, of which the Crocolisks are by far the worst since they (like the Naga) will sometimes enter the water where you are.
The east coast of Stranglethorn, by comparison, is great. The ruins full of undead can be a problem if you are below level 40; levels 40 and up will generally be able to walk past without a problem. The one thing you must watch out for, regardless of your level, is the unique level 47+ Elite Giant Gorlash. He roams the shore slowly and is easily avoided, but there are always a disturbing number of skeletons near him when you pass by.
How Long This Takes
The tournament on Sunday 18 December 2005 was won in exactly 38 minutes. This means you should be catching, on average, about 1 tastyfish every 55 seconds if you hope to win.
Keep a close eye on the number of Tastyfish you’ve caught. The second you hit 40, hearth back to Booty Bay, hit your speed boost if you’ve got it, and talk to Riggle Bassbait to win the tournament. A /yell will be sent to all of STV informing them that you are the victor.
Fishing Quest(s) Reward(s)
Fishing Contest Reward
Rare Fish – Dezian Queenfish
Rare Fish – Keefer’s Angelfish
Rare Fish – Brownell’s Blue Striped Racer
Places To Fish
Any class starting place, Thunder Bluff and Ogrimmar.
Swamp of Sorrows
Azshara (Bay of Storms only)