Fishing Gear

Hats, boots, lines, rum. This section describes the other items of equipment that will improve your effective fishing skill. A separate page covers Fishing Poles. On this page:


Certain gear gives bonuses to fishing skill. Equipping these items increases your fishing skill while the gear remains equipped. Bonuses from fishing gear, Fishing Poles and Lures all stack. For example, a bonus from a pole will stack with a bonus from a hat. Of course, you can only equip one pole and wear one hat at a time. The table below summarises all items that give an "equipable" bonus to fishing skill.

Fishing Gear with Skill Bonuses
GearPositionSkill BonusStat BonusMinimum Fishing SkillUseSource
Boots of the BayFeet+15-200Booty Bay teleportStranglethorn Extravaganza
Darkmoon Fishing CapHead+5--Summon Shipwreck DebrisFishing (Darkmoon Island)
Enchant Gloves - AnglerHands+5---Enchanter (Formula)
Enchant Gloves - FishingHands+2---Enchanter (Formula)
High Test Eternium Fishing LineLine+5-150-Stranglethorn Extravaganza or Northrend Daily Quests
Hightfish CapHead+100-17 daysFishing (Draenor)
Lucky Fishing HatHead+5+15 Stamina1-Stranglethorn Extravaganza
Nat's Drinking HatHead+10--+150 lureNat Pagle (Lunkers)
Nat's HatHead+5--+150 lureNat Pagle (Pandaria)
Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' BootsFeet+5+12 Stamina1-Stranglethorn Extravaganza
Reinforced Fishing LineLine+1---Stendel's Bane
Rook's Lucky Fishin' LineLine+4-1-Exploration (Talador)
Sharpened Tuskarr SpearArea+15---The Anglers Revered
Spun Truesilver Fishing LineLine+3-300-Outland Daily Quests
Tentacled HatHead+100-17 daysFishing (Draenor)
Weather-Beaten Fishing HatHead+5+3 Stamina and Spirit-+75 lureDailies

In addition, there are three consumables that give a bonus to fishing skill:

Other fishing "consumables" are Lures, which are applied to the pole, not the angler.


Only 2 pairs of boots give a bonus to fishing skill. Like the hats, they are cloth, so can be worn by any angler.

Boots of the Bay

Boots of the Bay
Boots of the Bay
Boots of the Bay
  • Skill bonus: +15
  • Minimum fishing skill required: 200
  • Use: Whisks you away to the finest drinking establishment in Booty Bay (1 Day Cooldown)
  • Source: Reward for 1st or 2nd place in the Stranglethorn Extravaganza Contest

The best anglin' footwear - and also the rarest. These boots are one possible reward for coming either 1st or 2nd in the Stranglethorn Extravaganza Contest. (Prior to patch 5.1 they were a reward for winning the Kalu'ak Fishing Derby.) Boots of the Bay can be used once per day to teleport the angler to the bar in The Cape of Stranglethorn's Booty Bay.

Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots

Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots

Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots are a reward for turning in a rare Brownell's Blue Striped Racer during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. The fish may be caught from pools during the contest on Sunday. It should be delivered to Fishbot 5000, which can be found in the centre of Booty Bay during the contest (and for 1 hour before and after).

Since patch 3.1, Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots require at least level 35 to use.


No gloves are available with a fishing skill bonus. However any normal pair of gloves may be enchanted by an enchanter who has learnt one of 2 fishing enchants below. The angler does not need to be an enchanter themselves:

Enchant Gloves - Angler

Enchant Gloves - Angler
  • Skill bonus: +5
  • Source: Formula (see below)

The enchant uses 1 Infinite Dust and 3 Ethereal Oil. Alchemists make Ethereal Oil from Glassfin Minnow. Infinite Dust is created by disenchanting uncommon "Northrend" weapons and armor.

The formula can (rarely) be looted from Indu'le Fishermen, Mystics, or Warriors at Lake Indu'le in Dragonblight. The recipe is bound when picked up (so probably only found by enchanters) and requires at least 375 enchanting skill to learn.

Enchant Gloves - Fishing

Enchant Gloves - Fishing
  • Skill bonus: +2
  • Source: Formula (see below)

Any enchanter with at least 145 enchanting skill can learn the recipe, then enchant the angler's gloves. The enchant uses materials - Soul Dust (created by disenchanting items) and 3 Blackmouth Oil (created by Alchemists from Oily Blackmouth). Both materials are easy to make, so should be available at the auction house.

The formula is rarely found on the corpses of Murlocs along the coast of the Hillsbrad Foothills. Odd that I've never seen any Murlocs with fishing poles, but they are a strange race. The formula is often sold via the auction house.

All fishing hats are cloth, so can be worn by any class. Most have a wide brim, which keeps your head cool in the sun, and dry in the rain - and grant a bonus to your effective fishing skill.

Darkmoon Fishing Cap

Darkmoon Fishing Cap
Darkmoon Fishing Cap - El's younger relative wears the Darkmoon Fishing Cap.
Darkmoon Fishing Cap

Every hour, while the Darkmoon Faire is open, the Cap can be used to create a single Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon). The pools the Darkmoon Fishing Cap summons are identical to Shipwreck Debris (Darkmoon), the pools normally found around Darkmoon Island.

Hightfish Cap

El's Hightfish Cap
El's Hightfish Cap - Same appearance as the Darkmoon Fishing Cap.
Hightfish Cap
  • Skill bonus: +100
  • Minimum skill required: 1
  • Source: Rarely caught from open inland water in Nagrand (Draenor) and Gorgrond, or potentially looted from Cavedwellers
  • Binds when caught, 7 day duration (calendar time)
  • "For a week, you are Fishing King of the World!"

Like the Ephemeral Fishing Pole, the Hightfish Cap Hat has a duration. Unlike the pole, the hat's duration is 7 days of calendar time (rather than 1 day of played time). The Hightfish Cap can be very rarely caught from inland open water in Nagrand (Draenor) and Gorgrond (thanks Zese). It can also be looted from Cavedwellers, rarely summoned from your Garrison's waters with a level 3 Fishing Shack. The Hightfish Cap looks the same as the Darkmoon Fishing Cap.

Lucky Fishing Hat

El Wearing Lucky Fishing Hat
El Wearing Lucky Fishing Hat
Lucky Fishing Hat

Like Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots, the Lucky Fishing Hat is a reward for turning in a rare Keefer's Angelfish during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. The fish may be caught from pools during the contest on Sunday. It should be delivered to Fishbot 5000, which can be found in the centre of Booty Bay during the contest (and for 1 hour before and after).

The hat gives a +15 bonus to your Stamina, which traditionally mades it popular for those that venture into the battlegrounds at low level (level 19 "twinks"). The hat is bound to its owner, so you will not find this for sale at the Auction House.

Nat's Drinking Hat

El Wearing Nat's Drinking Hat
El Wearing Nat's Drinking Hat - Sold by Nat Pagle at your Draenor Garrison.
Nat's Drinking Hat

Nat's Drinking Hat is dark blue, color-cordinated with the Boots of the Bay. As we might expect from the original extreme angler, Nat's Drinking Hat is best in Azeroth. Nat's Drinking Hat is the first headpiece with more than a +5 fishing skill bonus. Its +150 lure is equal to Nat's Hat. Purchasing Nat's Drinking Hat requires unlocking and then Catching Lunkers. The hat has no formal level or skill requirement, but in practice unlocking the vendor requires personal level 100 and fishing skill 700.

Nat's Hat

El Wearing Nat's Hat
El Wearing Nat's Hat - Purchased from Nat Pagle once Best Friends.
Nat's Hat
  • Skill bonus: +5
  • Use: Reusable +150 lure
  • Source: Sold at "Best Friends" with Nat Pagle for 250g
  • "This sun-baked hat is held together by bits of fishing line and old lures"

Nat Pagle only sells his hat to his closest friends. Like the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, Nat's Hat can be used to lure your fishing pole, adding a +150 fishing skill bonus for 10 minutes: Similar to a free, reusable Heat-Treated Spinning Lure. His hat also provides a fixed +5 fishing skill bonus, like other fishing hats.

Tentacled Hat

El Wearing Tentacled Hat
El Wearing Tentacled Hat - Caught in Draenor. Tentacles dance.
Tentacled Hat
  • Skill bonus: +100
  • Minimum skill required: 1
  • Source: Rarely caught from open inland water in Frostfire Ridge and Talador, or potentially looted from Cavedwellers
  • Binds when caught, 7 day duration (calendar time)
  • "You may have noticed more than one clue that this ridiculous hat is magical."

The Tentacled Hat has a similar function to the Hightfish Cap. The Tentacled Hat can be rarely caught from inland open waters in Frostfire Ridge and Talador. It can also be looted from Cavedwellers, rarely summoned from your Garrison's waters with a level 3 Fishing Shack.

The Tentacled Hat is still alive, and occasionally its two tentacles dance - illustrated here.

Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat

El Wearing Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat
El Wearing Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat
Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat

The Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat is rarely contained in bags rewarded for completing the Azeroth Daily Fishing Quests, Outland Daily Fishing Quests, Northrend Daily Fishing Quests, or Garrison Fishing Shack daily quests. Expect to complete quests regularly over several months before finding this hat: Only a few percent of bags contain the hat. It can also be looted from Cavedwellers, rarely summoned from your Garrison's waters with a level 3 Fishing Shack.

The hat gives a +5 equipped bonus to fishing skill, just like the Lucky Fishing Hat. The Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat can also be used to lure your fishing pole, just like a normal lure, but with one important advantage: The hat's lure is reusable every 10 minutes. And since the lure lasts 10 minutes, you will probably never need to buy Bright Baubles again.


Line is applied directly to a pole, granting that pole an additional fishing skill bonus. The line bonus stacks with any original bonus the pole has. For example, if High Test Eternium Fishing Line (+5 line) were applied to Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole (+20 pole), the pole would give a +25 fishing skill bonus when used. Only one line may be applied at a time. Once applied, the line cannot be reused. Lines can be applied to poles with duration (such as the Ephemeral Fishing Pole), but the line and benefit will not be lost once the pole's duration expires.

High Test Eternium Fishing Line

High Test Eternium Fishing Line

1st, 2nd or 3rd place winners of the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza may select High Test Eternium Fishing Line as their prize.

High Test Eternium Fishing Line is also a reward for turning in a rare Dezian Queenfish during the Stranglethorn contest. The fish may be caught from pools during the contest on Sunday. It should be delivered to Fishbot 5000, which can be found in the centre of Booty Bay during the contest (and for 1 hour before and after).

The line can also be found in Bag of Fishing Treasures, the reward for completeing the Northrend Daily Fishing Quests.

Reinforced Fishing Line

Reinforced Fishing Line

Stendel's Bane is rarely caught from open water in Stendel's Pond, just north-east of Moonbrook in Westfall.

Rook's Lucky Fishin' Line

Rook's Lucky Fishin' Line
  • Skill bonus: +4
  • Minimum level required: 94
  • Source: Rook's tackle box (Talador)

Rook's Lucky Fishin' Line is found in a tackle box in northern Talador. The location is North West of Fort Wrynn, by a pond between two waterfalls, just West of main road heading North towards Gorgrond and Frostfire Ridge.

Spun Truesilver Fishing Line

Spun Truesilver Fishing Line

Spun Truesilver Fishing Line is rarely contained in Bags of Fishing Treasure, the reward for completing the Outland Daily Fishing Quests. Although Spun Truesilver Fishing Line is a more common reward than the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, you should still expect to complete quests regularly over at least a month before finding this line.

Lines are the only type of enchant that may be applied to fishing poles. Historically fishing poles could be enchanted with normal weapon enchants, but this is no longer possible.

All lines are bound to their owners, so cannot be traded directly. The line cannot be applied via the trade window, so you cannot use the line on a pole that is bound to someone else. However, you can apply the line to a non-bound pole, then trade that pole to another person. The second person will receive the pole with the bonus. This does now work when selling via the Auction House - enchants currently show with the item (thanks Kahless and Gummo). The "best" non-bound pole is the Big Iron Fishing Pole.


Area-based items grant skill bonuses to all anglers who remain within a certain range of the location the item is used at. Anglers do not need to be grouped, just within range.

Sharpened Tuskarr Spear

Sharpened Tuskarr Spear
Sharpened Tuskarr Spear - Anglers reward.
Sharpened Tuskarr Spear
  • Skill bonus: +15
  • Use: Plant the spear in the ground, increasing Fishing skill by 15 for anyone who remains within 15 yards (lasts 2 minutes with a 5 minute cooldown, held in main hand)
  • Source: Sold at Revered with The Anglers for 1500g
  • "A traditional Tuskarr fishing spear; the craftsmanship is a sight to behold"

The Sharpened Tuskarr Spear acts like a banner: Plant the spear in the ground to increase the fishing skill of anyone nearby by 15. The bonus stacks with bonuses from other gear, poles and lures. Each time the spear is used it must be briefly held - equipped in slot that normally contains your fishing pole. Once planted, the Sharpened Tuskarr Spear looks like an Anglers Fishing Spear with a large fish impaled on the top (illustrated).

The Spear's main benefit is social - a way of sharing fishing "love" between neighboring anglers. Or if you absolutely must have the extra 15 points of fishing skill, this Spear's bonus is unique. Unfortunately most anglers will find that the hassle of using the spear outweighs its benefit, making it a rather expensive novelty.

The Sharpened Tuskarr Spear is sold as a reward for gaining reputation with The Anglers. Read more about The Anglers Fishing Quests.


The most common consumable used by anglers is a lure. Lures are applied to Fishing Poles, not to the angler themselves. There are 2 drinks that will give the angler a bonus to fishing skill. Consumables stack with all other fishing skill bonuses (pole, gear and lure). Consumables also stack with each other.

Captain Rumsey's Lager

Captain Rumsey's Lager

Captain Rumsey's Lager is brewed by a cook who has learnt Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager. The recipe is rarely contained in Bags of Fishing Treasure, the reward for completing daily fishing quests. The recipe requires a cooking skill of 100 or more to learn.

The lager requires a Skin of Dwarven Stout and a Flagon of Mead to brew 5 drinks. The lager's raw materials are all purchased from vendors, at a cost of about 16s each: Each drink lasts only 3 minutes, but it is reasonably cheap and easy to brew. Captain Rumsey's Lager can be sold via the auction house.

Fragrant Pheromone Fish

Fragrant Pheromone Fish
  • Use: Coat a friend with Fish Pheromones, increasing their Fishing by 100 for 5 min
  • Source: Draenor open water fishing
  • "Has a very strong... fragrance. You refuse to use it on yourself"
  • Unique, Binds when Picked Up, 1 minute duration

The one minute duration of the Fragrant Pheromone Fish means this is intended to be used on an angler one is already fishing with. The only previous social fishing bonus was the Sharpened Tuskarr Spear, which requires all anglers to remain in the same place, not merely together.

Fragrant Pheromone Fish are a rare catch from any open water in Draenor.

Underbelly Elixir

Underbelly Elixir
  • Skill bonus: +50 for 10 minutes (Hungry Tuskarr transformation only)
  • Source: Dalaran's Underbelly (binds when picked up)

Down in Dalaran's Underbelly you will rarely find green jars on the ground labelled "Underbelly Elixir". These can be picked up and drunk. Drinking the elixir will normally either make you see all the residents of Dalaran in wizard robes, or transforms you into a flying wasp.

Sometimes you will be transformed into a "Hungry Tuskarr". This gives a +50 fishing skill bonus for 10 minutes. This +50 bonus stacks with other gear, lures, and Captain Rumsey's Lager.

The elixir can only be consumed in Dalaran, but the effects remain if you travel to other places. Underbelly Elixir are also rare, and most do not give this buff. Using Underbelly Elixir to gain fishing skill is not easy, but if there is absolutely no other way, Underbelly Elixir is the answer...

Fishing gear and poles give a bonus to fishing skill simply by being equipped. {Lures provide a temporary bonus to fishing skill, which stack with bonuses from gear and poles.

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5.0.4 Fishing: Changes to which +fishing bonuses stack (affects fishing gear)

  • Bregdark, September 2012

    It appears that with 5.0.4, some of the fishing bonuses no longer stack.

    In my brief testing:

    * The pole doesn't stack with the glove enchant
    * The boots don't stack with the hat

    I have the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat (+5), a +30 Bone Fishing Pole with +5 line, a pair of gloves with the Enchant Gloves - Angler glove enchant (+5), and Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots (+5).

    Prior to 5.0.4, I could wear those together for +50.

    Now in 5.0.4, I only get +40.

    You can remove EITHER the boots or the hat and stay at +40.
    You can remove the gloves with the glove enchant and stay at +40.

  • el, September 2012

    I'd love to get to the bottom of this. During testing, I kept on hitting problems, but those problems were not consistent. I suspect there are (were) 2 issues:

    1. The total bonus displayed on the Professions User Interface may be incorrect, missing anything from one piece of gear to an entire active lure.

    2. The UI display is correct, but the actual effective skill used to determine junk is still incorrect. This second issue is clearly much harder to test than the first, since one is normally reliant on testing a very small difference in skill.

  • Numbuh Two, September 2012

    I have the same issue as the OP, however I found that the Enchant Gloves - Fishing adds +2 to the skill shown in the professions tab. I don't have any way to test with the boots though. :(

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  • Bregdark, October 2012

    Further testing with those in my guild confirm what Numbuh Two posted, and it seems that the +5 glove enchant doesn't stack with the pole enchant (e.g., +5 eternium test line), rather than the bonus on the pole itself.

  • EIlhan, October 2012

    I have a couple of observations on this problem.

    My fishing equipment is (Combined bonuses in parenthesis) the Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole (+30) with a +5 fishing line added (+35), the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat (+40), Heavy Linen Gloves with +5 Fishing enchant (+45), and Boots of the Bay (+60). When equipping all of these, the Professions GUI only shows a +55 bonus, as people have already indicated.

    The important observation is that the bonus viewed on the Professions screen can't be correct. A few minutes ago I was raising fishing by fishing in open water in the Jade Forest, requiring 650 skill to avoid junk catches. Just after reaching 595 base skill, I caught a Withered Kelp. So with a base skill of 595 and added bonus of +55 (which of course totals 650) I should not have caught any junk, but I did.

    In other words, not only do the Fishing skill bonuses not add up correctly in the GUI display, but the displayed value seems to be HIGHER than it actually is.

    Anyone else experienced this?


  • Barkeater, October 2012

    I am having similar problems. Somethings not right.

    Tool tip says 580 fishing + (200). So 780. I am open water inland fishing at Lake of Stars in Wastes and getting lots of grey items.

  • el, October 2012

    You will catch quite a lot of grey items in the Dread Wastes regardless of skill: Scoured Fishbones and Desecrated Carcass are regular catches, not caught due to lack of skill. Confusing, isn't it?

  • Averiy, October 2012

    I'm not having any issues with my bonuses stacking. I don't have the +5 line, only the +2, if that makes any difference.

    Kaluak pole +30
    Fishing line +2
    Gloves +5
    Hat +5

    Adds up to +42, displays +42.

    Use lure built into hat, +75.

    Adds up to +117, displays +117.

  • el, October 2012

    Averiy - I think you've found the heart of the problem: You see, there is no +2 line bonus. That was caused by another bug from years ago, when all previously applied +5 bonuses were automatically converted to +2: The glove enchant spell got mixed up with the pole enchant spell around about the time the +5 glove enchant was added. I, and I assume others, got fed up waiting for this to be fixed and re-applied a fresh High Test Eternium Fishing Line to return the pole bonus to +5. But the mix-up does explain perfectly why you are not seeing the issue, because I suspect that as far as the game's code is concerned, you have a +2 glove enchant on your pole.

  • Paploo, October 2012

    I am seeing this bug as well and will be submitting a bug report. I am current seeing a +50 and I should have +60.

    Arcanite Fishing Pole +40
    Line + 5
    Weather Beaten Hat + 5
    Nats Boots + 5
    Glove Enchant + 5
    Should = 60

  • Basill, October 2012

    Like Paploo

    Ive noticed this bug after a break in wow... I am now lower than the regular fisherman :(
    my hat, gloves does not stack up..... bug reported... but are they going to fix it!!! am only 50+ and not 60 as should be!!! is there a cap introduced ?

    on my secondary fisherman the <Salty Magocrat> He has +50 xtra on gear, same hat same glove enchant...... seems like 50 is a cap? even though swapping gear on main did not add the numbers.. seems random strange..

    Edit.. after testing all gear, its clearly a cap... all items with "old" enchants and + skill works as intended if placed on toon 1 item only, the hat, the gloves, the boots, the line.. all give the skill as intended but as soon as I go past +50 nothing works...either hat, line, boots, glove ! depends on which item I put on last!! makes you wonder what else is capped or "bugged"

  • chiwa, October 2012

    The profession tab and fishing buddy both show me at +55 skill, 655 total, but I still catch junk in open water in Jade Forest.

  • Basill, December 2012

    After various mails forth and back, this is the best answer Blizzard gives me, please note they dont even mention El´s site.... (Pftttttt)

    Hail and Well Met, *bows*
    o()xxxx[{::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::> <::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::} ]xxxx()

    Thank you for contacting Blizzard Entertainment regarding this. I apologize for the wait, we are experiencing a larger than normal ticket volume.

    I myself and many other people have been a bit confused by this kind of thing. I double checked and everything does seem to be working but it looks like you may need to review what needs to be done here. Game Masters are not allowed to many details about game content but I have included some links to sites that I personally use when trying to overcome stuff like this.

    These fan sites are created by fans and used by players to discuss game progression hints in more details then a Game Master can trust me even Game Masters use these!
    Examples: (Amazing Quest tracking!) (Great rep calculator!)

    Thank you for your time and patience here. I hope your adventures are half as epic as your loots *wink*

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨)
    Game Master Morcaengan
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ (¸.•´ ¸.•´
    Customer Services
    Blizzard Entertainment

    why he links juju and and wiki is beyond me!!
    but there we are no answer really ..... ;(

  • el, December 2012

    (Blizzard's corporate policy is to only link to "official fansites", of which there are only a handful, mostly those cited. It's a strange game. The situation is evolving, with some of Blizzard's more senior employees pushing the boundaries over the last year, most obviously here Zarhym's B-list of fansites, on which El's Anglin was entry #7.)

  • Tikicarol, December 2012

    So what would be the best possible combination assuming everything would be counted up correctly?

  • Druantis, June 2013

    Druantira on Stormrage. So El, after never having read this thread before, are you saying I should reapply a +5 line (sitting in my bank for any new expansion pole)? Is that really the only way to get me back to the professions tab giving me the correct total bonus again? I believe I have the top current gear:

    Nat's Hat
    Arcanite Fishing Pole with + 5 fishing line enchant
    Forager's Gloves with +5 fishing enchant
    Boots of the Bay
    Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm
    Sharpened Tuskarr Spear
    Captain Rumsey's Lager

    To show off I also wear: Hook of the Master Angler, Angler's Tabard, Dread Pirate Ring.

    Total: 840 when spear is up, 825 when it isn't, but I should have 845 and 830 when spear isn't up (when added manually).

  • noctusmirus, August 2013

    something from me playing around....
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  • Karm, May 2014

    Just to let you all know, this bug is still "alive" today. Because its impact is almost non-existant (a mere +2 fishing level difference, and fishing skill becoming less significant), the chances of it being fixed are slim.

    The bug:

    +5 fishing bonus on a hat (Lucky Fishing Hat, Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, Darkmoon Fishing Cap, Nat's Hat) DOES NOT stack with +5 fishing bonus on boots (Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots). Using either or both of such items will give a total +5 fishing bonus regardless. However, +5 bonus on hat DOES stack with the +15 bonus on boots (Boots of the Bay), for a total of +20.

    A +5 fishing line (High Test Eternium Fishing Line) on your fishing pole DOES NOT stack with +5 fishing glove enchant (Enchant Gloves - Angler). However, a +5 fishing line DOES stack with a +2 fishing enchant (Enchant Gloves - Fishing). Similarly, a +3 fishing line (Spun Truesilver Fishing Line) DOES stack with a +5 fishing glove enchant. Therefore, the maximum effective fishing level to get from these two items is by using the +3 fishing line along with the +5 fishing glove enchant for a total of +8 fishing.

    And yes, this is a "bug" because the stacking of these items is selective. Same-number bonuses on boots - hat or fishing line - gloves enchant do not stack; different-number-bonuses (i.e. +5 and +15, +3 and +5) DO stack. If these mechanics were intended, there should be no stacking from these slots whatsoever.

    Taking these things into consideration, the maximum obtainable effective fishing level is currently:

    600 (base)
    +40 Arcanite Fishing Pole
    +3 Truesilver Line Spun Truesilver Fishing Line (used on fishing pole instead of +5 High Test Eternium Fishing Line, because that currently doesn't stack with the +5 fishing Enchant Gloves - Angler)
    +150 Heat-Treated Spinning Lure (or the +150 lure from Nat's Hat)
    +15 Boots of the Bay (Feet)
    +5 Lucky Fishing Hat (or Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, or Darkmoon Fishing Cap, or Nat's Hat) (Head)
    +5 Formula: Enchant Gloves - Angler (Glove Enchant)
    +10 Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager (Drink Buff for 3 min)
    +15 Sharpened Tuskarr Spear

    For a grand total effective fishing level of: +843!

    Or, if you are truly trying to push it, adding the +50 fishing buff from the Dalaran Sewers 'Underbelly Elixir' ( will raise your total fishing level to a staggering +893 theoretical maximum in the game as it is now.

    Of course, fishing levels this high will serve no practical purpose, since the highest fishing skill currently required is +825 (Timeless Isle open water, and Vale of Blossoms open water). Also, fishing pools currently have a fishing level requirement of 1, and are often more effective than fishing in open water (partially because of the Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm). This makes fishing level much less important.

    But it's still fun to see how far the game can go. ;-)

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Fishing Gear

  • Enarka, June 2010

    I heard El wanted to give me her Boots of the Bay.

    Is that true ?

  • Kiingy, June 2010

    Should add Band of Icy Depths to the list.
    Doesn't increase fishing but its nice to have.

  • Enarka, June 2010

    I personally use :

    - Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat
    - Shark's Tooth of Bona Fide Fluid Mobility
    - Blue Overalls
    - Common White Shirt
    - Antique Silver Cufflinks
    - Fingerless Gloves (+5 Fishing)
    - Azure Silk Belt (+15% Swimming speed)
    - Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots
    - The 5 Ring
    - The 2 Ring
    - Hook of the Master Angler
    - Arcanite Fishing Pole (+5 Fishing)

  • Hazmat9000, June 2010

    I have the weather beaten hat which I love. The boots of the bay are really cool too. And I have the angel fishing pole. Not sure the name of it at the moment. The belt and the shark tooth look cool. Where did you pick those up?

  • Xellros, July 2010

    It seems to me that most serious anglers I've come across all have their "Fishing sets" But, from what I can tell, the overalls are by far the most popular "Look" that people wear.

    I personally go for a much more modern look.

    When cataclysm comes out, I may have to change my getup' cause I'm going to race change to a Goblin, but for the time being that's my best.

  • Bregdark, September 2012

    It appears that with 5.0.4, some of the bonuses no longer stack with the pole.

    In my brief testing:

    * The pole doesn't stack with the glove enchant
    * The boots don't stack with the hat

    I have the Weather Beaten hat (+5), a +30 pole with +5 line, a pair of gloves with the glove enchant (+5), and Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots (+5).

    Prior to 5.0.4, I could wear those together for +50.

    Now in 5.0.4, I only get +40.

  • Dapudoo, October 2012

    I was just noticing today that my boot bonus does not seem to stack with my gloves, pole, and hat has anyone else noticed this

  • Cluey, November 2012

    I've noticed the same thing with the +skill items not stacking. There is a post on the bug report forums too.
    I don't have boots so I can't test them.
    I found that the +5 line doesn't stack with the +5 glove enchant, the +2 enchant does though.

    I don't know many people with fishing gear so I couldn't do more testing, perhaps more people can test with the gear they have and provide feedback in the forum thread?

  • PubDartGuy, November 2012

    I reckon patch 5.0.5 fixed those pesky issues with some of the Fishing Skill bonuses not stackin' together proper... Is anyone out there still havin' troubles? I'm all decked-out and geared-up with a respectable set of fishin' equipment, and my Fishing Skill shows the right total (600 + 150 / 600) , as checked in my Professions/Spellbook.

    I'm sorry to say that settin' up my Mushroom Chair on that Anglers Fishing Raft is a tricky business - the raft sinks, but amazingly my Portobello floats right on the surface, even in the middle of the ocean! Oh, and that Sharpened Tuskarr Spear sinks too - slips right between the planks - so I just make sure the water's less than 15 yards deep when I'm pickin' a spot. I'm still workin' with my Magical Crawdad too - seems he'd rather swim than sit beside me on the raft, but then I suppose that's in it's nature.

  • GormanGhaste, November 2012

    Now that I have Nat's Hat, I use the Pandaren Fishing Pole. I'm willing to sacrifice a little +fishing to use such a pretty fishing pole.

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3.3.3 Weather-Beaten Hat and Line Enchants

  • el, March 2010

    On the last Public Test Realm version of patch 3.3.3, both these were broken. These problems might have been fixed, but possibly not... [added - renork says not]

    • The Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat's lure can only be used on WotLK fishing poles (Kalu'ak, Jeweled, Bone). Other poles result in the error "item level too low". Probably related to the hat now requiring level 70 to wear (twinks were getting it via the Fishing Derby).
    • High Test Eternium Fishing Line displays a +2 bonus to fishing skill, even when newly applied. Possibly related to fixing the previous patch's "free" upgrade of +2 glove enchants to +5.
  • Christhina, March 2010

    Thanks for the "heads up"!

    I have a couple of alts who haven't finished Kalu'ak rep yet, so the poor things are still using Seth's pole - but they all have the hat.

    Will pop some lures in the gear bag for now - they work just as well :-)

  • el, March 2010

    Be sure to test it on live realms first. Sometimes little fixes occur that never appear on PTRs.

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  • Grank, March 2010

    It would be a shame if you couldn't use the hat to lure the Arcanite Fishing Pole. It may not look impressive, but it is still has the best fishing bonus in the game.

  • Scrimshaw, March 2010

    I agree with Grank, why would they not let me use it on the Best fishing pole in the game? (and arguably, the hardest to get?)

  • renork, March 2010

    This is still broken on live realms =(

    Even if the hat doesn't work on the arcanite rod (which would SUCK) I busted ass forever to get my eternium line. They better fix that.

  • el, March 2010

    Thanks renork. There's now a thread about it on the official forums:

    And in this one, it's "being looked into":

  • Wooly Bay, March 2010

    el wrote:

    Thanks renork. There's now a thread about it on the official forums:
    And in this one, it's "being looked into":

    Yes! thank for the heads up !!
    *runs back to the public forums and deletes his post about fishing lines being nerfed*

    Good catch !!

  • Grank, March 2010

    It seems that the issue of the hat lure not working with lower level poles is now on Blizzard's radar.

    (0. 3.3.3 Known Issues List [Updated 3/23/2010] "The Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat does not work with low level fishing poles.")

    However, the change to the eternium line bonus is not listed.

    It makes me suspect that the hat will be fixed but that the enchant might be permanently nerfed.

    Oddly, Spun Truesilver Fishing Line still has its +3 bonus, making it now the more powerful enchantment of the two.

  • el, March 2010

    The line is "slated to be corrected in an upcoming patch" -

    The hat appears to now be fixed on EU realms.

  • Druegar, March 2010

    I had no problems applying the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat lure to my Arcanite Fishing Pole yesterday and I'm on a US server. I was able to do it both in Northrend and Outland.

  • Kag, October 2012

    I've used the "Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat" with old poles such as the "Arcanite Fishing Pole" without problem.

    I fixed the problem with "High Test Eternium Fishing Line" displaying +2 by reapplying it a second time.

    "High Test Eternium Fishing" Line does not stack with "Enchant Gloves - Angler" but it does stack with "Enchant Gloves - Fishing" for +7 total fishing skill. That means "Spun Truesilver Fishing Line" and "Enchant Gloves - Angler" for +8 total fishing skill would probably be needed to get max fishing skill but I would hate to remove "High Test Eternium Fishing" since it's so hard to get.

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Petre's RL existence (FigurePrint)

  • Pipre, September 2008

    So, I got an invite for purchase of a Figureprint back in July and quickly found all the pieces of my fishing set in order to get a print of him made in his fishing gear. I ran into a few little glitches: the blue overalls graphic wouldn't carry over in the pants slot like it does in-game, so I had to go kill a rare spawn in Tirisfall who happens to have pants with the same graphic. Then I had to find the right pose to make it look like he was in the act of casting, eventually deciding to go with "Staff attack".

    It turned out AMAZINGLY well! The guys at Figureprints far outdid my expectations. The figure is about 4" tall, encased in a thick plexiglass dome, with the World of Warcraft logo on the front of the base. The colors are vibrant, the modeling quite good. The part that impressed me was that they offset him from the center (which is quite abnormal from the shots I've seen) of the dome, then added a fishing line to the pole which appears to be in mid-flight. It's perfect and way more than I ever expected! Please check out the photos in my gallery, it's truly a work of art!

  • Edge, September 2008

    Oh wow, it looks great! Redneck perhaps? ;p I like how you decided to go with more of an RP setting. Having it immortalized in the newest PvP gear or something like that is not near as unique as this. Though, I would think about posing in my Bloodfang (Tier 2). Would probably end up with RP gear in the end anyways. ^.-

    I doubt I can ever pay for one of those things if I even got the chance.

  • Balazar, September 2008

    Very nice!

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  • Leonie, October 2008

    It looks super, and I am so jealous.

    I won the opportunity to have my toon immortalised as well, and got talked out of equipping her fishing gear. The figure hasn't been delivered yet, but the website says its in production, so I'm a tad too late to change it now.

    Not only did old (retired) Leonie live to fish, but her regular gear was so tragic that a fishing costume could have covered a multitude of deficiencies.


  • NiceBloke, October 2008

    That look awsome - Congrats.

    Shame they couldn't put Mr Pinchy in there with you :D

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