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Professions

Fishing

"Now, I'm not saying you need to fish for 30 years or catch every fish in the sea to become a master fisherman. I reckon you just need to be determined - determined enough to sit on your duff for hours at a time, doin' nothin'." - Nat Pagle

Fishing, besides being a relaxing break, is primarily a gathering skill. Alchemists need Oily Blackmouth, Firefin Snappers, and Stonescale Eels to make oils required by higher level potions. And cooks can turn the day's catch into tasty (and, in some cases, stat-boosting) meals. Fishing provides the quickest way to level up cooking skill - and the combination is extremely useful to Hunters with pets who can eat fish. The Deviate Fish caught in the oases of the Barrens are used to make Savory Deviate Delight and Elixirs of Giant Growth. And occasionally, a fishing line will snag on an item or a chest.

After training in fishing, you will have a "Fishing" icon in the General tab of your spellbook. Drag it to a handy location in your action bar. To fish, you must equip a Fishing Pole. Fishing vendors are found near all the starting trainers, and they will be happy to sell you one. Click the Fishing icon to cast your line. You should see a Fishing Bobber appear in the water. If you get the error "Your cast did not land in fishable water", try to adjust your position and cast again. The bobber will bounce in the water with a splash when you've hooked something. Right-click on the bobber to reel in your catch (autolooting with a shift-right-click will deposit the catch directly into your bags). Fishing Buddy is a useful addon for the avid fisherman.

If your fish gets away (or you get a message when casting that your skill level is too low), you may need to raise your skill level to fish effectively. The easiest way to do this quickly is to use lures, also sold by fishing vendors. To use a lure, right-click on the lure and then click on your fishing pole (if you have the pole equipped, open your character window and click on the pole in the weapon slot).

School of Firefin Snapper
School of Firefin Snapper
Floating Wreckage
Cluster of Floating Wreckage
The most visible use of fishing is the weekly Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza which sends adventurers to the Stranglethorn coasts every Sunday at 2 pm (server time) to fish schools of Tastyfish. As of patch 1.9, you may also find schools of Sagefish, Greater Sagefish, Oily Blackmouth, and Firefin Snapper (Sagefish in fresh water, Blackmouth and Firefin in the ocean). These schools look like a darker circle on the surface of the water with a swirl of fish below them. To fish them, your bobber must land inside the circle. Fishing these schools yields either the schooling fish or items. There are also collections of Floating Wreckage which can be fished for items. Sagefish have been seen in L25-35 zones (in particular, the river east of Southshore and the river and lakes in Ashenvale). Greater Sagefish have been seen at the lakeshore near Dalaran. The other schools and the wreckage have been seen off most coastal areas on both continents (in particular, Southshore, Desolace, and Feralas). Fishing these schools is the best practice for the actual fishing tournament.

Trainers

SkillAllianceHorde
Grand MasterHonor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula Baxter, Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula
Sells Master Fishing book (2g)
MasterNat Pagle, Tidefury Cove, Dustwallow Marsh
Artisan Quest: Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme
ArtisanOld Man Heming, Booty Bay
Sells Expert Fishing - The Bass and You (1g)

Apprentice/Journeyman trainers are found in all the starting areas (ask any guard).

Related Items

Item Description Source
Enchant Gloves - Fishing+2 Fishing skill to gloves145 Enchanting
Fishing Pole+0 Fishing, 1.0 DPSVendor
Blump Family Fishing Pole+3 Fishing, 5.7 DPSQuest
Strong Fishing Pole+5 Fishing, 5.7 DPS (req. L5, 10 Fishing)Vendor
Lucky Fishing Hat(Cloth Head) +5 Fishing, AC: 41, Sta: 15Quest
Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots(Cloth Feet) +5 Fishing, AC: 34, Sta: 12Quest
High Test Eternium Fishing Line+5 Fishing to existing Fishing PoleQuest
Big Iron Fishing Pole+20 Fishing, 19.0 DPS (req. 100 Fishing)Drop
Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole+20 Fishing, 46.5 DPS, Sta: 52 (req 200 Fishing)Quest
Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000+25 Fishing, 38.8 DPS (req. 100 Fishing)Quest
Arcanite Fishing Pole+35 Fishing, 17.5 DPS (req. 300 Fishing)Quest
Shiny Bauble+25 Fishing for 10mVendor
Aquadynamic Fish Lens+50 Fishing for 10m (req. 50 Fishing)Quest
Nightcrawlers+50 Fishing for 10m (req. 50 Fishing)Vendor
Bright Baubles+75 Fishing for 10m (req. 100 Fishing)Vendor
Flesh Eating Worm+75 Fishing for 10m (req. 100 Fishing)Drop (Ghoul undead)
Aquadynamic Fish Attractor+100 Fishing for 5m (req. 100 Fishing)150 Engineering, Vendor

The Big Iron Fishing Pole is a rare drop from the lobster traps off the shore of Shadowprey Village in western Desolace. The traps are ground spawns underwater and will contain either shellfish (for a Horde quest), an item (usually vendor trash, but occasionally a higher quality item), an irritated L34-35 Makura, or the Big Iron Fishing Pole. Horde characters have the opportunity to get Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000 fishing pole (+25 Fishing and 38.8 DPS) from a quest from the Revantusk Trolls in the Hinterlands.

Quests

Name Given By Description Reward
[12] Gaffer Jacks Wizbang Cranktoggle, Auberdine Fish 8 Gaffer Jacks from the ocean 2.5s, chains to [12] Electropellers
[12] Electropellers Wizbang Cranktoggle, Auberdine Fish 12 Electropellers from Darkshore lakes/rivers (fresh water) 20xAquadynamic Fish Lens, 5s
[14] The Family and the Fishing Pole Gubber Blump, Auberdine Catch 6 Darkshore Grouper Blump Family Fishing Pole
[45] I Got Nothin' Left Grimnur Stonebrand, Ironforge Find Nat Pagle on the islands south of Theramore Chains to [45] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme
Note that this quest is not required to take the Artisan fishing quest - it just gives you the directions to find Pagle and some bonus xp.
[45] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme Nat Pagle, Dustwallow Marsh Catch a Misty Reed Mahi Mahi, Sar'theris Striker, Feralas Ahi, and Savage Coast Blue Sailfin and return them to Nat Pagle Artisan Fishing Skill
This quest requires 225 Fishing and a minimum L35. When fishing, it is important to make sure that the zone name (displayed above the minimap) matches what the quest is asking for. For instance, Blue Sailfin are found on the "Savage Coast", not "Southern Savage Coast" or other variants. Each fish is a rare drop and typically takes about 10 minutes (sometimes on the first cast, sometimes a lot longer.

A typical approach is: set your hearthstone in Theramore and go get the quest (Nat's island is west of the Theramore docks - if you have the quest from IF, he'll show up as a yellow dot on your minimap - he's near (58.6, 60.0) on the small island at the southwest end of the bay in Tidefury Cove).

Griff to Nigel's Point in Desolace. Run west (dodging the nasty thunder lizards) until you get to the coast near Ethel Rendor. Head south (avoiding naga) until the minimap reads "Sar'theris Strand". Fish.

If you want the Big Iron Fishing Pole, continue south along the coast to Shadowprey Village. Open the lobster traps found underwater near the village which will contain shellfish, items, an angry makura, or (rarely) the Big Iron Fishing Pole.

Run down to Feralas (or return to Nigel's Point and griff to Feathermoon if you have it). Continue along the Feralas road until you cross the bridge over the Verdantis River (near Dire Maul). Move off along the bank and fish.

Hearthstone back to Theramore and catch the boat back to Menethil. From Menethil, griff to Ironforge and tram or griff to Stormwind. To get to the Swamp of Sorrows, griff to Darkshire and run east (or, if you've already been there, griff to Nethergarde and go north). Misty Reed Strand is the far east end of the Swamp; it seems easier to run along the southern end, watching for spiders and Horde. Fish.

Run to Nethergarde and griff to Darkshire. Run west along the road until you reach the small guard camp, then turn south to Stranglethorn Vale. Follow the road south until you pass the Ziaja'tai ruins. Run west to the coast. "The Savage Coast" starts at the river mouth just south of Grom'gol; south of that point, it's "Southern Savage Coast" and you won't catch the fish you need. Fish.

Hearth back to Theramore and turn in the quest. Stand next to Nat and fish until you get at least one skill up (this may not be necessary anymore, but better safe than sorry).

[63] Nat's Measuring Tape Battered Tackle Box, Zul'Gurub Return Nat Pagle's Measuring Tape to Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh
This is not strictly a fishing quest, but when you complete it, Nat will tell you how to catch Gahz'ranka (a Zul'Gurub boss) and sell you the lure that lets you start the encounter.
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
[55] Master Angler Riggle Bassbait Collect 40 Tastyfish and turn them in to Riggle Bassbait in Booty Bay Arcanite Fishing Pole or
Hook of the Master Angler
[55] Rare Fish - Brownell's Blue Striped Racer Fishbot 5000 Turn in a Brownell's Blue Striped Racer Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots, 23s
[55] Rare Fish - Dezian Queenfish Fishbot 5000 Turn in a Dezian Queenfish High Test Eternium Fishing Line, 23s
[55] Rare Fish - Keefer's Angelfish Fishbot 5000 Turn in a Keefer's Angelfish Lucky Fishing Hat, 23s

The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

We're looking for a few good fisherfolk!

Every Sunday from 2-4 pm server time, eager fisherfolk from around Azeroth gather along the shores of Stranglethorn Vale to compete for prizes, silver, and bragging rights. During this time, schools of Tastyfish (which look similar to other schools of fish) spawn along the coasts of the Vale - everywhere but within the confines of Booty Bay. This includes the nearer islands (excluding Jaguero Island). Fishing with your bobber in the schools yields Tastyfish, the occasional item, or a rare fish. The first contestant to catch 40 Tastyfish and turn them in to Fishmaster Riggle Bassbait at Booty Bay wins their choice of the Arcanite Fishing Pole (+35 Fishing, 17.5 DPS, req. 300 Fishing) or the Hook of the Master Angler (Trinket, Use: Turns you into a fish giving water breath and increasing your movement speed, but attacking or casting while in this form breaks the effect. Does not work out of water or at the water's surface). Both prizes are BoP. You may win the contest multiple times (although it's considered impolite to win more than twice, since you can't use multiples of the items). In practice, the winner is usually declared within about 30 minutes. If you don't win, you can still turn in your Tastyfish for 23s per 5 fish. If you're serious about competing, make sure you set your Hearthstone to Booty Bay first, since the turn in is just outside the inn. Many times, the contest has been decided by a race for the Fishmaster's attention.

Trade Items Produced from Fishing Gathering

Alchemy

Lvl Item MinLvl Type Attributes Source
80 Blackmouth Oil 0 Reagent Blackmouth Oil
Empty Vial, 2xOily Blackmouth
Trainer
90 Elixir of Giant Growth 8 Miscellaneous Use: Your size is increased and your Strength goes up by 8 to match your new size. Lasts 2 min.
Empty Vial, Earthroot, Deviate Fish
Drop:Recipe: Elixir of Giant Growth
130 Fire Oil 0 Reagent Fire Oil
Empty Vial, 2xFirefin Snapper
Trainer
250 Stonescale Oil 0 Reagent Stonescale Oil
Leaded Vial, Stonescale Eel
Trainer

Cooking

Lvl Item MinLvl Type Attributes Source
1 Brilliant Smallfish 0 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 61 health over 18 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Brilliant Smallfish
Vendor:Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish (40c)
Catherine Leland, Stormwind City
Nyoma, Teldrassil
Gretta Ganter, Dun Morogh
Khara Deepwater, Loch Modan
Tharynn Bouden, Elwynn Forest
1 Slitherskin Mackerel 0 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 61 health over 18 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Slitherskin Mackerel
Vendor:Recipe: Slitherskin Mackerel (40c)
Kriggon Talsone, Westfall
Tansy Puddlefizz, Ironforge
Nessa Shadowsong, Teldrassil
50 Loch Frenzy Delight 5 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 243 health over 21 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Mild Spices, Raw Loch Frenzy
Vendor:Recipe: Loch Frenzy Delight (4s)
Khara Deepwater, Loch Modan
50 Longjaw Mud Snapper 5 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 243 health over 21 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper
Vendor:Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper (4s)
Nyoma, Teldrassil
Tansy Puddlefizz, Ironforge
Tharynn Bouden, Elwynn Forest
Khara Deepwater, Loch Modan
50 Rainbow Fin Albacore 5 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 243 health over 21 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Rainbow Fin Albacore
Vendor:Recipe: Rainbow Fin Albacore (4s)
Catherine Leland, Stormwind City
Kilxx, The Barrens
Kriggon Talsone, Westfall
Stuart Fleming, Wetlands
Nessa Shadowsong, Teldrassil
Heldan Galesong, Darkshore
80 Smoked Sagefish 10 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 378 health and 567 mana over 21 sec. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 3 mana every 5 sec for 15 min
Mild Spices, Raw Sagefish
Vendor:Recipe: Smoked Sagefish (5s)
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
Emrul Riknussun, Ironforge
Nyoma, Teldrassil
Micha Yance, Hillsbrad Foothills
Erika Tate, Stormwind City
Fyldan, Darnassus
Gloria Femmel, Redridge Mountains
85 Savory Deviate Delight 0 Miscellaneous Use: Eat me.
Mild Spices, Deviate Fish
Drop:Recipe: Savory Deviate Delight
100 Bristle Whisker Catfish 15 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 552 health over 24 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish
Vendor:Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish (12s)
Lindea Rabonne, Hillsbrad Foothills
Catherine Leland, Stormwind City
Kilxx, The Barrens
Tharynn Bouden, Elwynn Forest
175 Mithril Headed Trout 25 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Mithril Head Trout
Vendor:Recipe: Mithril Head Trout (22s)
Lindea Rabonne, Hillsbrad Foothills
Stuart Fleming, Wetlands
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
Heldan Galesong, Darkshore
Tansy Puddlefizz, Ironforge
175 Rockscale Cod 25 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Rockscale Cod
Vendor:Recipe: Rockscale Cod (22s)
Lindea Rabonne, Hillsbrad Foothills
Stuart Fleming, Wetlands
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
Heldan Galesong, Darkshore
Tansy Puddlefizz, Ironforge
175 Sagefish Delight 30 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 840 health and 1260 mana over 21 sec. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 6 mana every 5 sec for 15 min
Hot Spices, Raw Greater Sagefish
Vendor:Recipe: Sagefish Delight (50s)
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
Emrul Riknussun, Ironforge
Nyoma, Teldrassil
Micha Yance, Hillsbrad Foothills
Erika Tate, Stormwind City
Fyldan, Darnassus
Gloria Femmel, Redridge Mountains
225 Cooked Glossy Mightfish 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. Also increases your Stamina by 10 for 10 min.
Soothing Spices, Raw Glossy Mightfish
Vendor:Recipe: Cooked Glossy Mightfish (1g 60s)
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
225 Filet of Redgill 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 1392 health over 30 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Redgill
Vendor:Recipe: Filet of Redgill (1g 60s)
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
225 Spotted Yellowtail 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 1392 health over 30 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Raw Spotted Yellowtail
Vendor:Recipe: Spotted Yellowtail (1g 60s)
Gikkix, Tanaris
240 Grilled Squid 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. If you eat for 10 seconds will also increase your Agility by 10 for 10 min.
Soothing Spices, Winter Squid
Vendor:Recipe: Grilled Squid (1g 60s)
Gikkix, Tanaris
240 Hot Smoked Bass 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. Also increases your Spirit by 10 for 10 min.
Raw Summer Bass, 2xHot Spices
Vendor:Recipe: Hot Smoked Bass (1g 60s)
Kelsey Yance, Stranglethorn Vale
250 Nightfin Soup 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. Also restores 8 Mana every 5 seconds for 10 min.
Raw Nightfin Snapper, Refreshing Spring Water
Vendor:Recipe: Nightfin Soup (2g)
Gikkix, Tanaris
250 Poached Sunscale Salmon 35 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. Also restores 6 health every 5 seconds for 10 min.
Raw Sunscale Salmon
Vendor:Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon (2g)
Gikkix, Tanaris
275 Baked Salmon 45 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 2148 health over 30 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Soothing Spices, Raw Whitescale Salmon
Vendor:Recipe: Baked Salmon (2g)
Vivianna, Feralas
275 Lobster Stew 45 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 2148 health over 30 sec. Must remain seated while eating.
Darkclaw Lobster, Refreshing Spring Water
Vendor:Recipe: Lobster Stew (2g)
Vivianna, Feralas
275 Mightfish Steak 45 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 1933 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. Also increases your Stamina by 10 for 10 min.
Large Raw Mightfish, Soothing Spices, Hot Spices
Vendor:Recipe: Mightfish Steak (2g)
Vivianna, Feralas
300 Blackened Trout 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 4320 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating.
Barbed Gill Trout
Vendor:Recipe: Blackened Trout
300 Clam Bar 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 4320 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 20 Stamina and 20 Spirit for 30 min.
Spotted Feltail
Vendor:Recipe: Clam Bar
300 Feltail Delight 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 4320 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 20 Stamina and 20 Spirit for 30 min.
Spotted Feltail
Vendor:Recipe: Feltail Delight
310 Blackened Sporefish 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 4320 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 20 Stamina and 8 Mana every 5 seconds for 30 min.
Zangarian Sporefish
Vendor:Recipe: Blackened Sporefish
320 Grilled Mudfish 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 7500 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 20 Agility and Spirit for 30 min.
Figluster's Mudfish
Vendor:Recipe: Grilled Mudfish
320 Poached Bluefish 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 7500 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 23 Spell Damage and 23 Spirit for 30 min.
Icefin Bluefish
Vendor:Recipe: Poached Bluefish
325 Golden Fish Sticks 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 7500 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and increase healing done by 44 and Spirit by 20 for 30 min.
Golden Darter
Vendor:Recipe: Golden Fish Sticks
350 Spicy Crawdad 55 Miscellaneous Use: Restores 7500 health over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 30 Stamina and 20 Spirit for 30 min.
Furious Crawdad
Vendor:Recipe: Spicy Crawdad

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