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I've recently heard on the /world that you need to go above 300 to be sure that your fish won't escape when fishing in given zones. In fact, the fishing cap in those zones is said to be 425. The only proof that I found about this is this page which is from WotLK, it might not be relevant: http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Fishing_skill_requirements_by_zone

However, I can't find any guide concerning the different items boosting the fishing competence, I decided to write one. So far I found about:


Fishing Pole:

Blump Family Fishing Pole http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=12225 (+3 but Alliance only)

- Strong Fishing Pole http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6365 (+5 but Horde only)

Darkwood Fishing Pole http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6366 (+15)

- Big Iron Fishing Pole http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6367 (+20)

- Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000 http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=19022 (+25 but Horde only) 

- Arcanite Fishing Pole http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=19970#reward-of (+35) (Booty Bay fishing contest)



- Lucky Fishing Hat http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=19972 (+5) (Booty Bay fishing contest)

- Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=19969 (+5) (Booty Bay fishing contest)

- Enchant Gloves - Fishing http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=11152 (+2) (Booty Bay fishing contest)



Shiny Bauble http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6529 (+25)

- Nightcrawlers http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6530 (+50)

- Flesh Eating Worm http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=7307 (+75)

- Bright Baubles http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6532 (+75)

- Aquadynamic Fish Attractor http://db.vanillagaming.org/?item=6533 (+100) (Engineering craft)


Conclusion: If you get all the BiS fishing items, you can get up to 447 in fishing which means you don't acually need all the best items to get capped (425 is the max requirement)


Edit: I found several very good database to know more about fishing:

- Capsu.org: http://web.archive.org/web/20061224013148/http://www.capsu.org/wow/ (very complete guide, updated for BC tho)

- WoW-europe: http://web.archive.org/web/20070103152729/http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/fishing.html (announce of the contest in 2006)

- Vanilla WoW.wikia: http://vanilla-wow.wikia.com/wiki/Fishing (meh guide but still)

- Thottbot: https://web.archive.org/web/20060428103526/http://www.thottbot.com/?s=fishing (most precise droprate informationfor every zones)

Edited by Jekylll

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I can't find a button to save this thread on mobile so I'm posting here to save it for later. Thank you for compiling this information, I was wondering about which fishing rods are the best ones available to alliance. As for the three questions that is something I will investigate on my two toons. 

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Bump, I completed the guide with some of the best sites I found.

Also, how hard is the contest? I never had the chance to try it.

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You might also consider adding level breakdown that's available in either of those guides:



apparently it's also a key aspect! 

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