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    Fishing Achievements and You: A Guide [Updated for WoD]

    Now updated for WoD! Note that I really didn't touch much of the Pre-WoD parts, so they're probably out of date.

    Shall we begin?

    New WoD Achievements:
    So, rather than sort these out through the next categories, I figured adding them here was probably the best idea, at least until WoD isn't "fresh" anymore.

    Draenor Fisherman
    Obtain 700 skill points in fishing.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Fish. A lot.

    Everything Is Awesome!
    Throw 20 Awesomefish.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Throw 20 Awesomefish at other (presumably awesome) people!

    Draenor Angler
    Complete the Angler achievements listed below.
    Rewards:
    10
    Item: Garrison Blueprint: Fishing Shack, Level 3
    Synopsis: Obtained by completing the following achievements:

    Fire Ammonite Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Fire Ammonite fish in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5
    Abyssal Gulper Eel Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Abyssal Gulper Eels in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5
    Blackwater Whiptail Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Blackwater Whiptail fish in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5
    Blind Lake Sturgeon Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Blind Lake Sturgeon fish in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5
    Fat Sleeper Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Fat Sleeper fish in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5
    Jawless Skulker Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Jawless Skulker fish in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5
    Sea Scorpion Angler
    Catch 100 Enormous Sea Scorpion fish in Draenor.
    Rewards:
    5

    New WoD Mechanics:
    Skill: Before 650 skill, you cannot catch "Enormous" fish. This rises from 0% at 650, 50% at 700, and finally up to 100% at 950.
    You may notice that your skill naturally caps at 700 skill/50% "Enormous" chance. The "easiest" method to raise your fishing by the required 250 points is as follows (excluding extremely rare/annoying items):
    Pole: Savage/Draenic Fishing Pole (+30 passive / +200 lure) -- Lure is 50% uptime.
    Hat: Nat's Drinking Hat(+10 passive / +150 lure) -- Lure is 100% uptime.
    Line: High Test Eternium Fishing Line (+5 passive)
    Gloves: Enchant Gloves - Angler (+5 passive)

    This setup gives us +50 passive skill, leaving us at 750. Half the time we have a +200 lure (950skill / 100%), and the other half the time, we have +150 lure (900skill / ~88%).
    If you're really concerned about remaining at 950 the whole time, you can fish an absurd amount of Worm Supreme lures for the +200 lure. They are quite rare and only drop in open water.

    Pre-WoD:
    Easy or Free (essentially):
    The following achievements were easy enough to complete either through sheer simplicity or through perseverance and are considered by me to be "easy". This doesn't mean they are quick to do, only that they aren't complex to understand or obtain. Thus, not much explanation will be given, just a brief synopsis.

    The Old Gnome and the Sea
    Successfully fish from a school.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Easy as pie. You get this from fishing from any pool. Go on, do it. I dare you.

    1000 Fish
    Fish up 1000 items.
    Rewards:
    60
    Synopsis: Easy in that it will happen on it's own, no strings attached.

    The Fishing Diplomat
    Fish something up in Orgrimmar and Stormwind.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Simply head to Org and then Stormwind or vice versa and enjoy your achievement.

    Moderately Difficult:
    The following achievements require a bit of explanation or discussion in order to fully understand everything about them.
    Old Man Barlowned
    Complete each of Old Man Barlo's 5 fishing daily quests listed below.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis:
    Complete the 5 following quests:
    Crocolisks in the City
    Felblood Fillet
    Shrimpin' Ain't Easy
    Bait Bandits
    The One That Got Away
    I recommend doing them more than once each. The bag's contents can be found here for Crocolisks in the City, and here for the rest.
    Notable rewards are the 4 croc pets, the ultra-useful Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, the Spun Truesilver Fishing Line (+3 fishing to rod), and Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager needed for cooking.
    Also drops Weather-Beaten Journal, which is needed for Fish Don't Leave Footprints


    Chasing Marcia
    Complete each of Marcia Chase's 5 fishing daily quests listed below.
    10
    Synopsis:
    Much like the previous achievement, complete the 5 following quests. I recommend them every day even after the achievement:
    The Ghostfish
    Dangerously Delicious
    Disarmed!
    Jewel Of The Sewers
    Blood Is Thicker
    Notable rewards are the Strand Crawler pet, the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, Bone Fishing Pole, Jeweled Fishing Pole, High Test Eternium Fishing Line (+5 fishing to rod!), and Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager.

    Fish or Cut Bait
    Complete each of the Stormwind/Orgrimmar fishing daily quests.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis:
    Again, complete the 5 following quests. I recommend them daily, as they will level you up and offer amazing rewards:
    Alliance:
    Hitting a Walleye
    Rock Lobster
    Thunder Falls
    Diggin' For Worms
    Big Gulp

    Horde:
    Clammy Hands
    A Staggering Effort
    A Golden Opportunity
    No Dumping Allowed
    A Furious Catch
    Notable rewards are the Strand Crawler pet and the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, as well as +1 skill to fishing for free.

    Old Crafty
    Fish up Old Crafty in Orgrimmar.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Due to Org's relatively easy fishing (if you're horde), this one is simple, but requires time and luck for the drop. Unless you're alliance, unto which it can be frustrating and tiring to complete.

    Old Ironjaw
    Fish up Old Ironjaw in Ironforge.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Much like the last one, this one is simple, but requires time and luck for the drop. Unless you're horde, unto which it can be frustrating and tiring to complete.

    Outland Angler
    Catch a fish in each of the specific nodes listed below.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Pretty simple, just time consuming. Fish from the following pools (click for info on finding them):
    Brackish Mixed School
    Mudfish School
    Highland Mixed School
    Bluefish School
    School of Darter
    Sporefish School

    Northrend Angler
    Catch a fish in each of the specific nodes listed below.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Pretty much the same as before with outland. Fish from the following pools (click for info on finding them):
    Borean Man O' War School
    Dragonfin Angelfish School
    Glacial Salmon School
    Imperial Manta Ray School
    Musselback Sculpin School
    Deep Sea Monsterbelly School
    Fangtooth Herring School
    Glassfin Minnow School
    Moonglow Cuttlefish School
    Nettlefish School

    A Penny For Your Thoughts
    Fish up the copper coins listed below from the Dalaran fountain.
    10
    Synopsis: Not difficult, just time consuming. Fish from the Dalaran fountaing (near the south bank) until you have every coin. Gold coins can be thrown back for a "better chance" at getting coins.

    Silver in the City
    Fish up the silver coins listed below from the Dalaran fountain.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Not difficult, just time consuming. Fish from the Dalaran fountaing (near the south bank) until you have every coin. Gold coins can be thrown back for a "better chance" at getting coins.

    There's Gold In That There Fountain
    Fish up the gold coins listed below from the Dalaran fountain.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Not difficult, just time consuming. Fish from the Dalaran fountaing (near the south bank) until you have every coin. Gold coins can be thrown back for a "better chance" at getting coins.

    The Coin Master
    Complete the coin fishing achievements listed below.
    Rewards:
    10, Item: Titanium Seal of Dalaran
    Synopsis: This is what you get for finding all of the coins listed in the last 3 achievements. The Titanium Seal of Dalaran is pretty nifty, in that it gives you a sweet way to decide heads or tails if you're bored.

    The Lurker Above
    Fish up The Lurker Below in Serpentshrine Cavern.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Requires you to fish up the Lurker Below in Serpentshrine, located in Zangarmarsh, Outland. This will require a raid to get into, and probably help getting to. TLB is the 2nd boss, and hydross is skippable, however all trash is probably not skippable and you'll need a few friends to clear this for you.
    Check here for info if you feel like defeating TLB after fishing him up.

    The Scavenger
    Successfully fish in each of the junk nodes listed below.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: "junk" nodes are essentially rarespawn nodes that would normally be something else, but instead look like a pile of wood. These nodes have a significantly higher chance to drop the Weather-Beaten Journal, needed for the next achievement.
    Steam Pump Flotsam - Zangarmarsh
    Schooner Wreckage - Northern Stranglethorn, Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills, Wetlands, Stonetalon Mountains
    Floating Wreckage - Blasted Lands, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, Thousand Needles, Eastern Plaguelands
    Bloodsail Wreckage - Stranglethorn Vale
    Waterlogged Wreckage - Arathi Highlands, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Western Plaguelands

    Fish Don't Leave Footprints
    Learn the ability to find fish.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Ahhh, good ol' tracking fish. Obtain the Weather-Beaten Journal in one of the following ways:
    - Fishing from "junk" nodes as listed before.
    - Completing outland daily fishing quests.


    Extremely Difficult/Luck Based:
    I Smell A Giant Rat
    Fish up the Giant Sewer Rat from The Underbelly in Dalaran.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: This is actually simple to obtain, however, I had logged roughly 10,000 casts into the sewers of Dalaran before obtaining this. If you're lucky, it won't take you that long, but be prepaired for a long grind.

    Master Angler of Azeroth
    Win the Booty Bay fishing contest or the Kalu'ak Fishing Derby.
    Rewards:
    20
    Item: Arcanite Fishing Pole or Hook of the Master Angler (Booty Bay)
    Item: Dread Pirate Ring or Boots of the Bay (Kalu'ak)
    Synopsis: Ahh the famed Master Angler. This achievement is awarded a max of twice a week to anyone on your server. Those who win one of the two contests get this as well as the stated rewards. I recommend looking at the following guide if you're serious about getting this:
    El's Extreme Anglin' - World of Warcraft Fishing Guide // Contests

    Mr. Pinchy's Magical Crawdad Box
    Fish your way to Mr. Pinchy's Magical Crawdad Box.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Oh Mr. Pinchy. So cute, SO FURIOUS. This takes some time, and a drop doesn't guarantee the pet, only a chance at the pet and achievement. Check out this guide for help and strategy obtaining Mr. Pinchy:
    Catching Furious Crawdad and Mr. Pinchy

    One That Didn't Get Away
    Catch one of the rare fish in the list below.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Obtain one of many rare fish from numerous pools in Azeroth/Outland/Northrend. Gude here:
    One That Didn't Get Away

    The Limnologist
    Catch 48 different freshwater fish.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Catch at least one of every single freshwater (inland) fish. Guide here:
    The Limnologist

    The Oceanographer
    Catch 33 different saltwater fish.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Catch at least one of every single ocean (coastal) fish. Guide here:
    The Oceanographer

    Turtles All the Way Down
    Fish up a Sea Turtle mount from any fishing pool in Northrend or Cataclysm zones.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: The rare turtle mount, fished from northrend pools. This can take anywhere from 5 pools (if you're lucky like me) to thousands of pools. Get comfy, and get your lucky rabbit's foot ready!

    The Meta:
    Accomplished Angler
    Complete the fishing achievements listed below.
    Rewards:
    10, Title: Salty <Name>
    Synopsis: The salty title is obtained from this meta. It requires the following achievements:
    Grand Master Fisherman
    The Scavenger
    Master Angler of Azeroth
    One That Didn't Get Away
    The Lurker Above
    Northrend Angler
    1000 Fish
    The Old Gnome and the Sea
    The Fishing Diplomat
    Mr. Pinchy's Magical Crawdad Box
    Old Man Barlowned
    Outland Angler
    Fish Don't Leave Footprints
    The Coin Master

    All of which are discussed previously.

    APPENDIX:
    Fishing Gear:
    Every single fishing item can be found here:
    http://www.elsanglin.com/fishing_gear.html
    Poles:
    Every Fishing pole can be found here:
    http://www.elsanglin.com/poles.html
    Lures:
    A full list of lures can be found here:
    http://www.elsanglin.com/lures.html

    The best possible fishing set:
    The following set obtains the highest +fishing obtainable, with a net (lured) fishing of 755 (705 without the Extremely hard to obtain Underbelly buff):
    Rod: Arcanite Fishing Pole (+40)
    Rod Enchant: High Test Eternium Fishing Line (+5)
    Boots: Boots of the Bay (+15)
    Glove Enchant: Enchant Gloves - Angler (+5)
    Helm: Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat (+5)
    Lure: Aquadynamic Fish Attractor, Heat-Treated Spinning Lure, Sharpened Fish Hook, or Glow Worm (+100)
    Drink: Captain Rumsey's Lager (+10)
    Optional Buff: Underbelly Elixir (Hungry Tuskarr) (+50)

    Fishing Mechanics:
    Previously, you couldn't even fish in an area if your skill wasn't high enough. This is no longer the case, and only a fishing skill of 1 is required to fish anywhere. This doesn't mean you have a good chance of catching anything useful, however. Certain breakpoints are still required to prevent "junk" from dropping instead of useful fish. See the following quote:
    * The Cape of Stranglethorn (225 fishing skill to prevent junk - shown "Stranglethorn Vale" in the graph)
    * Tanaris (300 fishing skill to prevent junk)
    * The Frozen Sea (575 fishing skill to prevent junk)
    See El's Analysis for more crazy in depth discussion.

    Sources:
    http://www.wowhead.com
    http://www.elsanglin.com
    My brain.

    Credits:
    Arkwhelm - Pointed out that "Turtles All the Way Down" is completable in Cata pools as well.
    Last edited by Annoying; 2014-11-11 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Updatin' dat stuff for WoD
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    I disagree with
    Illustrious Grand Master Fisherman
    Obtain 525 skill points in fishing.
    Rewards:
    60
    Synopsis: Obtained relatively easily. Just fish until your eyes melt out of your brain and eventually you'll be done leveling it.
    only because by completing the daily fishing quest in org / stormwind you get +1 to fishing. So lvling fishing up became a lot less time consuming than before.

    Other than that? great lvling guide. I specialy liked the links to where you can get the fish for some of the achivements . And I'd like to thank you for having taken the time and posting it for us

    <edit to ask: can you please put it as a sticky? this way its always easy to find>

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    It still takes quite a bit of time, but I put it in easy because of that and the fact that if you go for any other achievements, you're pretty much going to be at or near max by the time you get them all. I'll ask one of the moderators of this board if they want to sticky it or link it in a separate sticky.
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    Great guide. My only point would be:

    The Lurker Above
    Fish up The Lurker Below in Serpentshrine Cavern.
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: Requires you to fish up the Lurker Below in Serpentshrine, located in Zangarmarsh, Outland. This will require a raid to get into, and probably help getting to. TLB is the 2nd boss, and hydross is skippable, however all trash is probably not skippable and you'll need a few friends to clear this for you.
    This is very easy to skip all trash and solo it (though you still need to be in a raid group to get in). Requires your water walking/levitate ability or elixir, jump off the edge and run to the spot across the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annoying View Post
    Turtles All the Way Down
    Fish up a Sea Turtle mount from any fishing pool in Northrend
    Rewards:
    10
    Synopsis: The rare turtle mount, fished from northrend pools. This can take anywhere from 5 pools (if you're lucky like me) to thousands of pools. Get comfy, and get your lucky rabbit's foot ready!
    Also available from fishing pools in the new Cata areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Healingsara View Post
    Great guide. My only point would be:



    This is very easy to skip all trash and solo it (though you still need to be in a raid group to get in). Requires your water walking/levitate ability or elixir, jump off the edge and run to the spot across the water.
    What about the fish in the water that will eat you alive and knock you down into the water? :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sastank View Post
    What about the fish in the water that will eat you alive and knock you down into the water? :O
    Oops, forgot to mention you'll need some slow fall ability as well (heaps of options here.) If you look at the wowhead achievement page this has been proven to work. http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=144#comments

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    nice guide, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sastank View Post
    What about the fish in the water that will eat you alive and knock you down into the water? :O
    if your 80+ you can just kill them all. If you in there at 70 you better be a druid :P

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    Turtles All the Way Down works with fishing pool outside of Northrend too btw, I got mine a few days ago from Uldum.

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    Turtles All the Way Down killing me... others done

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    Very good post. Although easily understood, many people still require assistance with the achievements.

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    For Horde trying to catch Ironjaw...

    If you go into that big forge lava thing in IF, there are a few spots where you can stand above the lava on the wall and fish in the lava. Alliance can only attack you if they jump into the lava pool of death
    Quote Originally Posted by kasath
    is anyone in this group under 18? my parole officer says I'm not allowed to play wow with anyone under 18

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    awsome guide thanks!

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    Nice guide!

    On the Luker...I jumped down in Cat form (Feline Grace) with water-walking potion already up and didn't aggro the fish...<shrug>

    As for "One that didn't get away"?

    @#$%$^@%$^#! It HATES me!! lol

    "Fall 7 times, stand up 8" Something I learned from a Japanese friend, in the "Major Japanese Earthquake" Thread...

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    great guide! I've tried do all these achievements, but always stop at the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sastank View Post
    What about the fish in the water that will eat you alive and knock you down into the water? :O
    you dont even have to kill them, I soloed it at lvl 70, well there was a friend with me for the fun of it, the way I did it was skip the first trash by using an invis potion that I made with alchemy, and run to a place where you can step in the water without jumping off. then I casted waterwalking as I am a shaman, the fishes dont attack if your not IN the water. was a fun thing to do!

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    Nice guide, but you can remove the "amazing rewards" from the Stormwind/Orgrimmar fishing dailies. Getting a few copper in cash, a junk item worth a few silver and a potion every now and then isn't exactly amazing. The only notable loot it has are fishing rods, the fishing hat and the Strandcrawler, all with a very low drop chance.
    The quests are very nice for levelling fishing though.

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    I hate farming for fishing achievements....

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