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Dear Blizzard

Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1: Bringing the Fishing Dailies Back, Now in Northrend

One of my laments when we initially launched into this expansion was its lack of fishing dailies for fisherwomen such as myself. So when 3.1 brought with it fishing dailies, I was thrilled to say the least, and hopped to discovering the Mystery of the Ghost Fish and gathering many fishing treasures, such as Jack Sparrow's compass, and a bank alt pimp hat. One of my guildies was lucky enough to obtain a fancy fishing rod. But I have yet to see one of those (despite fishing across 3 toons), and no bobbers or turtle mount. Cue crying.

Like its predecessor in Outlands, the fishing quests carry an achievement for completing all of the quests: Chasing Marcia. Here's an overview of the quests you must complete to obtain it:

The Ghostfish
Take the newly zippy flightpath from Dalaran to Sholazar Basin's River's Heart flight point. After disembarking the plane, turn around and start fishing in the lake. It can take a few minutes for you to loot the ghost fish. IMPORTANT NOTE: as soon as you loot one of these babies, you must click on it and eat it. It will despawn 60 seconds after being caught so don't do what I did the first time and fly back to Dalaran with it in your bags...While you're out here, you may want to fish up some Nettlefish for your guild's resident fish feast maker.

Jewel of the Sewers
This is a 2-for-1 fishing activity since while you are down in the sewers waiting to fish up some corroded jewelry for this quest, you have a chance at obtaining the Giant Sewer Rat pet and achievement. I had the person next to me obtain this the other day and I seriously wanteed to push him into the sewer water. Ahem. Personally, when doing this quest,I like to eat a Magic Eater and cast while sitting down (or transformed into creatures like the whelp, above.)

Dangerously Delicious
I kept putting off this one until I realized that the Alliance and Horde flightpaths into Winterspring each have adjacent pools in which you may fish. Of course, ever since I realized that, this quest hasn't popped up. FINE. Also of note (theank you Kadomi) is Wintergrasp fishing is an easy way to obtain all of the fishies you need for your fish feasts without travelling the globe. Which reminds me of the many times I stood around in uncooperative AVs fishing back in the old days...

Monsterbelly Appetite
For this one, I have been flying to Unu'pe and flying east to their adjacent icebergs. Be sure to turn on your fish pool tracking. You'll find the Monsterbelly pools out here. If the other pools are up instead, you can fish them out to help the Monsterbelly pools repop. I lack the patience to just fishin the sea until a monsterbelly happens along but you could do that also. Be sure to loot the "Bloated Monsterbelly" you fish up to retrieve the arm. Return the arm to the first aid shop in Dalaran for your reward.

Blood is Thicker
Fly out to the Borean Tundra flight path of your choice and head towards the lake full of poachers south of the Amber Ledge. If others are out here doing the quest, you can use someone else's pool. Otherwise, kill a big mammoth or other creature and jump into the water, creating a red pool to fish from. Typically, I got 3 fish per cast, making this my quickest fishing daily. WHile you are at the lake, fish up some musselback sculpin for fish feasts.

Helpful Hints

  1. Use your best fishing poll and a lure to avoid trash. If youhaven't yet maxed out fishing, get on it as that will help you have fewer casts for the quest objectives.
  2. Make sure you are not in a raid group. You can not fish up the quest fishies while in a raid.
  3. Grab your cooking and/or jewelcrafting dailies at the same time. It's often efficient to do them all in one circuit.

Your Just Rewards

The gray trash from your Bag of Fishing Treasures can range from a few coppers to 100g vendor price. But not so fast-- the gray jungle hat is actually something you might want to give your favorite lowbie or bank alt since headpieces are hard to come by at low levels. There is also a chance for a rare pet, the strand crawler.

Happy Fishing!

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