Guest Post by Wes from Capped By Cata
|The best fishing spot in Cataclysm? The desert of course!|
One of the most underrated money making skills right now is undoubtedly fishing. There are a couple reasons for this. For the most part, fishing is a love it or hate it skill. There isn’t much of a middle ground. For some, fishing is a bore that they will never be interested in. For others, it’s a nice way to pass the time while playing WoW. Relaxation of sorts. Combine this with the fact there is so much new content to be focused on, many have forgotten totally about fishing. But not me.
I have fished since day one of Cataclysm. Missing realm first by about 10 minutes. But that is neither hear nor there. The point is, fishing has received a lot of changes that have made things more exciting. If all of the new changes aren’t enough, then maybe finding out the right way to go about fishing will help.
To make the very most of this expedition you need two skills*.
* 500 Mining - 475 is the minimum, but 500 to make the most of rich veins
* 1 Fishing - That’s not a typo. Just go to the trainer and learn fishing.
* *Epic Flying and 100 Fishing skill make things easier, but are not necessary.
Here is how the process works. Head to Uldum. Turn on Find Minerals and Find Fish (100 Fishing Skill needed for this. If you don’t have 100, don’t worry about it. That’s why I made the map.) Head to the North Western most part where there is an oasis. Here you’ll want to saddle up and get to fishing. What you’re looking for are “Blackbelly Mudfish Schools”. I have found them to be the most populated in the circled parts of the map. These are “Sweetspots” if you will. Usually two to three pools clustered together with little to no competition. You can pull anywhere from 3-5 fish out of each pool. The best thing about fishing from the pools are that you’re guaranteed to never catch any junk no matter what level you are. So you won’t be wasting any time, just fishing for profit. Fish the nodes until you have exhausted them. Then mount up and get ready to mine.
The mining spots circled are two of the very best “Sweetspots” in Uldum. These are spots where you can usually find anywhere from 2-5 nodes clustered together. If you hit them at the right time, you can snatch up as much as two stacks of Elementium from these two spots alone. After you have exhausted those, return to the oasis and more fishing pools should have re-spawned and by ripe for the picking.
From that point forward the process is simply rinse and repeat. Your results may very depending on how many people are mining on your server. That’s the only tricky part, as I’m certain no one will be competing for you fishing nodes. Now, I know what your thinking. What does the money look like? Good question. Here is a breakdown:
On a perfect 10 minute cycle with all “Sweetspots” up. (This is the spawn time I have seen. Your results may vary as I think they are zone population dependent.) I’ve been able to average one stack of Blackbelly Mudfish and a stack and a half of Elementium ore. Currently on my server Blackbelly Mudfish are going for just a hair over 100g a stack and Elementium Ore has leveled out at about 100g a stack. So my average ten minute take is 250g. Now spawn rates are not always perfect and you won’t always get those “sweetspots” but in a perfect scenario you could be talking about 1500g an hour.
The key here is using fishing to subsidise your income. While mining may be your main money maker, adding fishing to the mix will allow you to make the most out of your time. Instead of flying around the zone following that one Alliance Paladin or Horde Deathknight wait in the middle of the “sweetspots” and fish your bags full of money.
I look forward to seeing you in the desert. Maybe even on a horse...with no name. (Horrible pun)