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Fishing equipment Edit

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Prior to Patch 5.0.4, the only equipment required for fishing was a fishing pole. Now not even that is needed. Unlike the other professions, you can boost your fishing skill considerably with equipment and lures.

Boost Item How to Obtain
Fishing poles — only one can be equipped at a time
Inv fishingpole 02 [Fishing Pole] Vendor, also Quest: Official alliance mini-icon [6] Red Snapper - Very Tasty!
+3 Inv fishingpole 02 [Blump Family Fishing Pole] Quest: Official alliance mini-icon [14] The Family and the Fishing Poleω τ ϖ
+5 Inv fishingpole 02 [Strong Fishing Pole] Vendor (limited quantity (1))
+15 Inv fishingpole 02 [Darkwood Fishing Pole] (very rare) Found while fishing inland waters in Ashenvale,
Hillsbrad Foothills, and Stonetalon Mountains
+20 Inv fishingpole 01 [Big Iron Fishing Pole] Drop found in Shellfish Trap
+20 Inv fishingpole 01 [Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000] Quest: Official horde mini-icon [50] Snapjaws, Mon!
+20 Inv fishingpole 01 [Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole] Quest: Neutral 15 [64] Rather Be Fishin'
+25 Inv fishingpole 01 [Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole] Quest: Neutral 15 [45] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme
+30 Inv fishingpole 05 [Jeweled Fishing Pole] Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests)
+30 Achievement profession fishing journeymanfisher [Bone Fishing Pole] Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests)
+30 Inv fishingpole 03 [Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole] Kalu'ak faction vendor (requires Exalted)
+40 Inv fishingpole 01 [Arcanite Fishing Pole] Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza: Competition Reward
Fishing Lines — permanent enchantment on fishing pole, only one at a time
+3 Inv misc thread 01 [Spun Truesilver Fishing Line] Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests)
+5 Inv fabric mageweave 02 [High Test Eternium Fishing Line] Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza: Rare Fish turn-in
Fishing Lures — 10 minute enchantment on fishing pole, only one at a time
+25 Inv misc orb 03 [Shiny Bauble] Vendor, also Quest: Official alliance mini-icon [6] Red Snapper - Very Tasty! (only one)
+50 Inv misc monstertail 03 [Nightcrawlers] Vendor, and Drop from most level 19-60 Undead monsters
+50 Inv misc spyglass 01 [Aquadynamic Fish Lens] Quest: Official alliance mini-icon [12] Electropellers
+75 Inv misc gem variety 02 [Bright Baubles] Vendor
+75 Inv misc monstertail 03 [Flesh Eating Worm] Drop from Rotted One in Duskwood
+75 Fishing Hat Lure (spell) Use: Inv helmet 31 [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat]
+100 Inv misc hook 01 [Sharpened Fish Hook] Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests)
+100 Inv misc food 26 [Aquadynamic Fish Attractor] Vendor (limited quantity (1) or (2)), and Engineer-Made (skill level 150)
+100 Inv inscription pigment bug07 [Glow Worm] Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests) (Lasts 1 hour)
Fishing hats — only one can be equipped at a time
+5 Inv helmet 31 [Lucky Fishing Hat] Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza: Rare Fish turn-in
+5 Inv helmet 31 [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat] Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests)
Other
Inv fishingchair [Fishing Chair] (allows seated fishing) TCG Loot Card reward (from Gone Fishin’)
+2 [Enchant Gloves - Fishing] (Inv misc note 01 [Formula]) Drop from murlocs in the Western Strand
of Hillsbrad Foothills
+5 Inv boots 09 [Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots] Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza: Rare Fish turn-in
+15 Inv boots cloth 21 [Boots of the Bay] Kalu'ak Fishing Derby: Competition Reward
+10 Inv drink 03 [Captain Rumsey's Lager] (Inv scroll 06 [Recipe]) Quest reward (Daily Fishing Quests)
+50 Inv potion 157 [Underbelly Elixir] Found in the Underbelly (Only works in Dalaran and one of the three possible buffs)
+217 Total Possible Fishing Skill Boost

Fishing luresEdit

As you can see from the chart, the fishing lures give a much larger boost to fishing skill than any other gear. They are also low cost and readily available. They are an extremely cost effective way of boosting your fishing skill when you need to.

Fishing glovesEdit

The [Enchant Gloves - Fishing] enchantment creates a permanent profession skill bonus on a glove apparel item, which is then worn to apply the fishing skill bonus. Casting the [Enchant Gloves - Fishing] enchantment on a very low level non-binding white or gray quality cloth glove enables the glove to be worn by any character. This will also prevent anyone from accidentally disenchanting the glove. (The materials for the enchantment cannot ever be recovered in any case.)

Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza gearEdit

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Any player can win the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and claim the [Arcanite Fishing Pole] as a reward, which grants +40 fishing (pre Patch 3.1 this was +35 fishing).

You can win the contest with 1 skill, but you cannot equip the Arcanite Fishing Pole until you have 300 base fishing skill.
A low level character fishing in Stranglethorn Vale's coastal waters will require assistance due to hostile mobs.
The competition for the [Arcanite Fishing Pole] is intense, and there are only 52 contest winners a year per server.
Note, too, that there are two very good prizes for winning the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and you only get to choose one each time you win. There's not much point to winning more than twice per character, but the first time you win, you might want the [other prize].

The other fishing items from Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza are not competitive prizes. They are awarded in exchange for turning in rare fish that can be caught during the full two hours of competition, even after a winner of the competition has been declared, and there is no limit to the number that can be awarded (but the drop rate is very low). You can turn these rare fish in to the exchange NPC, Fishbot 5000, up to an hour after the competition ends (three hours after it started).

Kalu'k Fishing DerbyEdit

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The Kalu'ak Fishing Derby was a fishing event—introduced in Patch 3.3 and removed with the release of Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria—held every Saturday between 14:00 and 15:00 by the Kalu'ak. The objective was to be the first player to catch a Blacktip Shark, with the winner allowed to choose between a Inv jewelry ring 39 [Dread Pirate Ring], and Inv boots cloth 21 [Boots of the Bay]

Fishing gear combinationsEdit

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The highest achievable skill is to 742 (525 skill, +100 lure, +40 pole, +5 line, +5 hat, +5 boots, +2 gloves enchant, +10 lager, +50 underbelly elixir).

While 667 fishing is available, the most difficult fishing zone currently only requires a fishing skill of 575 to avoid junk casts. This gives several different opportunities for players to get this maximum required amount:

  • Someone who has much of the best gear, doesn't need to use any consumables:
  • Someone who doesn't have the luxury of the finer gear (but still has 450 skill) can still have no junk casts by simply using a +100 lure (available by several different means). This only requires +25 fishing.
  • Getting down to only using +75 lures (which can substantially reduce costs) and still avoiding all junk casts requires +50 skill, which can be done with several different combinations:
    • The tournament pole (+40), the lager (+10)
    • The tournament pole (+40), and any two of (+5 each):
      • Boots
      • Hat
      • Nice Line
      • Cheap Line and gloves enchant
    • A nicer Wrath pole (+30), the lager (+10), and any two of (+5 each):
      • Boots
      • Hat
      • Nice Line
      • Cheap Line and gloves enchant
    • Nat's pole (+25), the nice line (or the cheap line and the gloves enchant) (+5), the lager (+10), Boots (+5) and a hat (+5).
    • [Underbelly Elixir] (+50) and any pole.

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