I've never been one to brag about fishing, except to poke fun at fellow guild members. They dared me to post my recent win here, so here goes.
In the past year and a half, I've won the extravaganza on 3 different characters, all of which were 80 and 300+ base fishing skill. I'm on the backwater server: The Venture Co.
My fishing grounds are the east coast. I start as far north as possible and work my way to the south. I turn back north when I meet competition or run out of pools. I don't use potions or lures.
You want to know the real key (as has probably been stated here before): Always be 100% sure that your cast is in the pool. If not, recast.
So, I was going to help a guildie out sunday for the fishing tourney. Play a little defense on my warlock while spotting pools, competition, etc. Well, damn, he no shows.
On a lark, I had picked up a fishing pole and tried the ghostfish daily (and succeeded) a few days before. Thanks to the 3.3 changes, I was successful.
Lightbulb! Let's go for it. Fish on! I quickly set my hearth and off I went. I was an extremely sleepy STV this past sunday. I counted 3 80s on the alliance side. I was hoping for the same from the Horde. My fishing skill is... 27! I just made it to the north end of the east coast as the tourney starts...
I employed the same strategy as I note above. The only thing I really missed, was Find Fish! I managed to keep a pretty good pace. I didn't think i had it, due to catching 10 'crap' fish (blackmouth, stoneskin, etc). I even caught [Brownell's Blue Striped Racer]!
I managed to pull the 40th out around 20 minutes into the tourney. A quick hearth and WIN!
I'm sure there are doubters out there.
Feel free to check out my fishing achievements.
My alts name is: Vett
on the US server: The Venture Co