Shared Topic – Rats an Turtles and Pinchy, Oh My!

Oh fishing, let me count the ways you distract me from more important matters :)

This week the shared topic is causing a plethora of images and discussion from people on both sides of the fence!  It was suggested by Martha.net as follows :

Fishing is an odd sort of minigame in WoW and people I’ve talked to either love it or hate it. So what’s your take on the most grindy of sports?

If you love it: Why? Where’s your favorite spot to go drop a line and veg while waiting for a strike?

If not: Why not? What would make it more fun? Or is there a way to make fishing fun?

And lastly, for those of you with hard-won turtles rats and lobsters ‘o doom—show ‘em off! :D (Because I’m proud of my stupid rat and darned if I’m not going to sneak my own screenshot in.)So, my collection is pretty small honestly :)

My collection is pretty small, to my massive disappointment!  Lets start with the most disappointing of all – my turtle mount…

Isn’t it gorgeous?

I cannot express how much fishing I have done to farm this and to be honest, I have give up.  I went through a phase where I was determined to not stop until I got it, but after the 3rd straight month of fishing pools to get it whenever i was online, I gave up.  No matter how much I want the mount!

My crocs, I try to remember to head to shatt for the daily to see if I can get the other and to be honest I did just get Snarly last week :)  So it will slowly happen I am sure, but it has been a long time since I scored the pet from that daily.

I got my first one soo long ago I can’t honestly remember when – I think I have had him since Wrath when I actually started to level my fishing seriously.

1 of 4 crocolisks - Chuck - isn't he the cutest!

2 of 4 :)

I scored my sea pony from the Darkmoon Faire in about 10 minutes of fishing – maybe 15 actually.  I remember standing on a rock thinking there were too many people near me, so I took a water waking potion and went of to a rock in the middle of nowhere, about 3 casts laster voila!

Fastest Pet loot ever.

I got my strand crawler from a fishing daily bag in Dalaran…and was a little excited for a free pet – who doesn’t love freebies.    The little bubbles he blows are just too cute…I really do love the little animations in the game.

Completely Random win.

My magical Crawdad was another pretty quick and easy loot, I remember deciding I wanted to start getting my fishing up and more seriously collect mini pets.  What a good way to combine them by starting to fish for Mr Pinchy, so I trundled off to Skettis one day and found a pond to fish from.  After about 30 minutes I had scored mr Pinchy and on my first pinch I got my pet.  Thank you very much!

I must have been carrying my four leaf clover on that day.

The sewer rat of pain as I like to call him – took me forever to get.  I spent every spare second i could in Dalaran fishing for this damn rat.  Even if i only had like 3 minutes I would go and get some fishing done, I once spent an entire Saturday doing nothing but drinking the potions, turning into creatures, screenshotting and fishing. I didn’t win him that day.  I did win him a few weeks later as I was organising a raid, suddenly there he was :) You all know that feeling, the complete happiness of knowing you ever have to fish there again!!

Giant Sewer Rat - Days of farming finally paid off.

I basically never got my fishing up as it was just too hard to concentrate on, I would end up watching trade or guild chat and invariably end up doing other things.  I would probably never have maxxed out my fishing had it not been for achievements. My OCD kicked into high gear when they came out – I have relaxed a fair bit on them now to be honest, but if I had the time I would probably go mental on them again.

Fishing was my only profession not maxxed, so I set about fixing that.  I started of in SW – fishing in the fountain in the mage quarter – I don’t think you can get fish in there anymore.  Once I got my level high enough, I started doing dailies where I could and chasing pets etc to get it further.

I honestly enjoy fishing now, but only if I am not thinking about the hundreds of others things I could be doing to improve my toon that adds more value.  I don’t like fishing in pools though – if everything was open water but specific areas or something I would be into it more.

At this stage there is no way I could level fishing on another toon, however I may need to on one of my horde toons so I can at least have it there for necessity.

One day I will get my turtle mount.  Once day!

Check out some of the other threads on this topic!

Toki

Amaranth

Kamalia

Cymre

Erinys

Navimie

Akabeko

Posted by March 29, 2012 8 comments Category: General, Shared topic Tagged: , ,

8 comments on Shared Topic – Rats an Turtles and Pinchy, Oh My!:

  1. Cymre March 30, 2012 2:08 pm

    GL with the turtle mount! Nice pics :)

    • dragonray March 30, 2012 2:15 pm

      Thanks for the luck, perhaps I shall attempt to get it again this month.

  2. Martha (Perish Twice) March 30, 2012 9:45 pm

    Thanks to everyone’s responses, I now have the itch to try and collect some of the pets (and the shiny, shiny turtle mount) myself, but I don’t know that I have the patience. I’ve heard to many horror stories about how long people have farmed for things—I’m going to have to find the fun in fishing if I hope to have a chance! ;)

    And now I’m sort of hoping MoP adds some ‘luck’ bobbers that would increase the drop probabilities… *wistful sighs*

    Congrats on the pets and good luck on the turtle if/when you try again! :D

    • dragonray April 2, 2012 11:50 am

      o.O luck bobbers would be sweet!!

      Honestly, I find fishing a great thing to do in between waiting for LFR or dungeons etc, I am one of those people that tends to just fly around SW waiting, which is pointless. At least if I am fishing I am sort of doing something constructive :D

      Good luck on your pet hunt if you decide to take it up :) Don’t let me know if you get the mount on our third cast though… I will be devastated!! lol Just say it was like the 30000th cast :p

  3. Töki March 31, 2012 7:24 pm

    I’m pretty sure now that you’ve given up on the mount you’ll randomly catch it after your third cast in a pool.. That’s often how these things go with me – just like when you’re looking for something you’ve lost at home you can never find it, and when you no longer need it you randomly find it. Hurr!

    Congrats on the other rare pets you’ve fished up, though, that’s quite the handful! I myself only fished up my pony after the 300th cast, but I love his little bubble now!

    • Töki March 31, 2012 7:29 pm

      Btw, epic Paint-skills you have there. :P

      • dragonray April 2, 2012 11:47 am

        Thanks for the paint love :p I agree with you on the random thing – murphys law really :) everything happens when you least expect it.

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