I reported a while back about how much I didn’t like fishing, and how my druid (my main character from the beginning of Vanilla WoW) had a terribly low fishing skill.
It took me years of fishing on and off to get to the 180 fishing skill I had in March. Actually, I think I ran around with a fishing skill below 50 for most of the Pre-BC days, and didn’t even make the push to 180 until the achievement system came out which rewarded me for fishing. However, I really think they made some great improvements to fishing in the 3.1 patch that convinced me to go back and work on my fishing some more.
What was that change? I can now fish anywhere, even with a terrible fishing skill. I could fish in the dalaran sewers or pond. I can fish anywhere in Northrend. I can fish while waiting for raids to start, without having to worry about traveling back from Stormwind. I can also pick up useful fish while I’m skilling up, since I can fish in the schools in Northrend instead of being stuck in old areas of Azeroth & low level zones.
What really made the difference was being able to do fishing dailies with horribly low skill ratings.
While I haven’t gotten any of the fishing pets yet, I have gotten some gold from the vendor-junk, stuff from the dalies (including a Porcelian Bell) and selling off fish that I catch. I’m still hoping that one day I’ll manage to get one of the more rare items (ie. pets or gems, but mostly I just want pets) from either the Northrend or Outlands fishing dalies.
I’m all decked out now with about a 350 fishing skill. I picked up the [Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole] and a [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat]. With my skill still not being that high, I’m also using appropriate lures as needed, to reduce the amount of vendor junk I get in the higher level areas. I also have a very [Unsual Compass] if I’m really in desperate need of entertainment…
I’m not trying to make a mad-dash to the skill cap for fishing, and I’m not spending hours of mindless grinding. It will probably take me another month or so to get up to the skill cap. I’m finishing my dalies and maybe spending a little extra time getting a few skill points each day, until I just can’t stand fishing anymore. Some of it is that I’m just bored with most of the other dalies (even the Argent Tournament stuff I’m not that excited about). So, I got bored enough that fishing actually seems fun. I’m a little worried, but that also means that in some ways, the changes they made in 3.1 actually worked for me.
I also worked out a fun game with my mini-tree pet when I was first getting myself into fishing. I would fish when my tree friend was either dancing or standing around, and when it fell asleep, I’d take a short break to cruise the internet (checking e-mail, forums, blogs, whatever). Then, when it woke up from it’s nap, I’d go back to fishing. I’ve also been fishing while listening to podcasts and such (fishing is still a little boring if I try to sit there for longer periods of time).
I have some problems trying to fish from schools, since they’re so tiny, but I’m starting to get the hang of how these things work, and it actually adds a tiny bit of challenge to the whole process.
Anyway, what do you guys think of the new fishing changes? I’m sure most people already hit the fishing cap long before 3.1, but I’d like to hear what you guys have to say about fishing now.