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9-22-2006 @ 8:59PM
There's a lot of good items you can get for buffs from fishing/cooking. Grilled Squid (in the right months) that adds agility, other food that when cooked adds stamina, strength etc. Once you have the skill up, 30-60 minutes of fishing a week is all you really need to get some extra buffs for raiding.The trick is, don't bother when you're levelling. It's a waste of time. Wait until you're 60 and won't get ganked by mobs. Train your fishing and cooking at the same time. Most fishing trainers have cooking recipe's that use fish nearby them. You can (and will) level both very evenly quite easily. Only money spent will be on firewood and cheap spices/water. It is the fastest and cheapest way to level cooking.The next trick is to stay in lowby areas. Your fishing skill is based PURELY on the number of fish you catch. The level of the pond you're fishing in has no effect what so ever on how fast you level. In fact, the higher the pond the more likely your fish will get away which will actually slow your levelling down. The highest level zone you should go to prior to getting 300 fishing is a lvl 40 zone, otherwise you're just gimping yourself.Third trick is for the quest, use Thottbot. You can spend hours upon hours, possibly even days upon days trying to find that rare fish (and there's 4 you need to catch). Look up the fish on thottbot, go directly to the co-ords given on the site, you'll get it within 5 casts. Some may call this cheating, but on the other hand why waste your time and get yourself frustrated? You can't get the quest until you hit a certain level and you can't raise your level from that point on until the quest is complete.Finally, baubles and other such things you can attach to your rod are your friend. Don't skimp on 'em.
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