Tinker's Guide to the Fishing Extravaganza
Explanation of the event
"I reckon people are driven to do what they do for different reasons." –Nat Pagle
Every sunday of every month in every year, the goblin Riggle Bassbait
organizes the great, fabulous Fishing Extravaganza. Riggle and his assistants, the Fishbot 5000 and Jang the fish collector will be standing on the wooden grounds of Booty Bay, just a little stroll west of the Salty Sailor Tavern and the bank. He is also companioned of two burly Booty Bay Elites, which will prevent anyone who betrayed Booty Bay and joined up with the malicious Bloodsail Buccaneers from participating… Although sneaky persons seem to have got through.
The great goal of the event
“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
When the bell rings 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Riggle lets loose his enormous loads of Tastyfish. They are cowards against the rest of the world, so they group together closely in, sadly for them, easily observable schools. http://www.wowwiki.com/images/0/03/School_of_tastyfish.jpg They are also bad at swimming in deeper water (for fish, anyway) so they flock very near the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale. Anywhere near the coast… anywhere, that is, that is not Booty Bay, cause Bassbait has a fishy smell (not funny). Riggle awards the first person to bring him FORTY (40) of those poor little Tastyfish at his place in Booty Bay. If you’re the fastest fisherman of the day, Riggle will award you great prizes and you will be the Master Angler for the week. That’s worth fishin’ fer, innit?
How it works
"If you ask me, the best part about fishing is its slow pace. It gives one time to think, to reflect on past events and to plan for future ones. Oh, and it's also a great excuse to drink. Heavily." –Nat Pagle
So, everywhere around the coast there will have spawned schools of Tastyfish, but how to catch them? Well, first of all you’ll need to find a little pool of them sneaky buggers, aim well, and throw your fishing pole into the pool. You can mouse over the pool, and where you see its name, that’s where you have to aim. It’s a fairly clear circle, but your character will tend to miss it, frustrating you a lot. Keep trying till it lands at least with half the bobber inside the circle. When it’s too far out, you’ll have to bear the annoyance of catching Stonescale Eels and other fish you don’t want.
The pools spawn everywhere around the coast, except for Booty Bay, and there’s very few around Jaguero and Zandalar Isle, too. Don’t try it at those places. There aren’t any outside Stranglethorn Vale, which includes Zul’Gurub.
Pools usually contain 3-12 fish, which counts for all players fishing in it, so if you’re with two at one spot, you’ll get a lot less.
The first to deliver the fish gets a reward, the event starts at 14:00 (2 o’clock in the afternoon) and ends at 16:00 (4 o’clock in the afternoon), after which the pools disappear.
Requirements for participating
”Fishin’s fer sissies” –Nat Pagle
You want to participate now? Well, there are a few things which you’ll need to have before you can go:
- A fishing pole, bought at any vendor
- At least level 100 in fishing to be able to fish in Stranglethorn Vale. Get around 150 skill in fishing to be sure to catch everything.
- Around level 40 at least in normal levels, as the Bloodsail Buccaneers, crocodiles and other evildoers in Stranglethorn Vale will attack you. This breaks the fishing.
- A safe spot to fish. Spots close to Booty bay are often very crowded. Have a place where there are loads of free schools.
- A mount or a speedup, like Druid travel Form or Aspect of the Cheetah. You won’t be able to compete with the fast searching and fishing of the others otherwise, I’m afraid.
Got that? Onto the part you’ve been waiting for, then. The rewards.