-Do you use running or swimming speed potions or do you just rely on your mount to get you places?
I am a warlock so I don't really get "running" bonuses.
I just used a riding crop and my epic land mount.
- Do you have guildmates / other people helping you to win the tournament?
No. This is extremely important as I am in a guild with a lot of people.
Absolutely nobody helped me. Most of them don't even bother with the contest and many of them think fishing is boring and worthless. No help whatsoever from those people.
- Do you camp the same pools and patrol them until one spawns or do you just travel up or down the coast?
I traveled up and down the coast until I saw a pool that spawned that NO ONE is fishing at.
Consider that if you "wait" for pools to spawn, this is adding time to your strategy. You will not win using this strategy. You want to minimize time spent "waiting" and spend more time fishing. So you need to move on.
The strategy I used is KEEP MOVING. Fish at pools where no one is there. If someone shows up to your pool, finish your current bobber and MOVE ON. Abandon the pool. Consider if you stay at that pool, you will fight with the other person or people for any remaining fish. This adds time to your strategy and will make it difficult for you to win.
Don't get mad because they "stole" your pool. Mount and move on to a new pool.
Keep moving along the coast and fish where no one is fishing. DO NOT engage the opposite faction. I repeat, DO NOT take time to kill the opposite faction -- this will only hamper their efforts, cause them to get mad, they will come after you. In addition, the time you spend killing the opposite faction is precious time you could be spending fishing.
You're not here to PvP, you're here to win the contest. If you want to PvP, there is plenty of time for that OUTSIDE of the fishing contest. Winning is 1st priority.
If you die even once, you've already lost. I'm not even kidding about this. The extra time to run back to your corpse will cost you the win on more competitive servers. I found that on my server if I died, I lost. Those precious few seconds/minutes cannot be wasted.
Do not stop to help people who are getting ganked -- This is extremely crucial. You want to minimize ANYTHING that could take away time from fishing, including helping someone who is getting ganked. I know that's terrible for "pvp" mentality, but don't help them.
All you're doing is risking yourself and again, if you die, you've lost it. We're talking about at best a 20 minute window in order for you to win. Every minute counts.
This contest is every man or woman for him/herself. Remember that and don't expect anyone to help you.
- Have you ever won the tournament from solely fishing at the lake and rivers outside of ZG by those venture mining company goblins?
I tried this initially and it failed. On my server low level twinks "hired" high level players to guard them when they fished these 3-4 pools. To me it's a waste of time, but this highly depends on your server. If you find that no one is out there, try it, but I think that eventually you'll get to a point where the pools don't spawn fast enough. This is where this strategy could make you fail because you'll have to swim to the main land and that wastes precious time.
I won only after several months of attempts, on a Day 1 (2004) PvP server. The contest has been extremely popular on my server since it was introduced, so it was extremely difficult to win during the days of no achievements.
When I finally went into the contest with a "don't help anyone, avoid ALL PEOPLE" mentality, I won the contest.
Be sure to set your hearth to Booty Bay. If you die, keep trying until a winner is announced but brace yourself for the loss. If you lose, remind yourself that there is always next time.
Most of the people who win, at least on my server, win after repeated attempts, frustrations, and the like. Acknowledge that you'll have to endure these hardships to win.
Remember, fish where no one is fishing. If someone starts fishing in your pool, finish your bobber and abandon that pool. The precious time is not worth fighting with other people for the remaining fish. Move on to a fresh pool. Keep yourself moving and AVOID ALL PEOPLE - HORDE/ALLIANCE/TWINKS - avoid people period. Fish where no one is fishing.
If everyone is going south, go north and vice versa. Keep in mind the pools respawn regardless if anyone is actually there or not -- so it benefits you to explore areas where there are no people.
Don't stop to help anyone getting killed (are you here to PvP or are you here to WIN?)
I should also add here that if you see someone getting ganked, DON'T fish the new pool right next to where the fighting is going on. Go FAR AWAY from wherever that person is getting killed so you don't risk the same thing happening to you. Hardcore PvPers, I know it's hard to think like this, but you're here to win a contest involving fish...you're not here to PvP, you're here to win a contest.
Avoid any PvPing - if there's ganking, go far away from those people unless you want the same thing to happen to you. Even if you see 2 pools nearby, don't stop and fish those...continue moving until you're far enough away that you can fish safely.
If you catch 2 fish but you die and it takes you 2-3 minutes to run back to your corpse, that can contribute to a loss.
Don't bother attacking the opposite faction unless you're sure you can kill them in like 15 seconds or something. I didn't stop to kill anyone during my win. If I had, I would have lost. Don't waste time on that.
Even then, all you're doing is putting yourself at risk of getting camped by that person and potentially any friends he calls in. By then you've lost.
Stay positive. If you lose, think about the things during the attempt that contributed to your loss. Try to make sure those same things don't happen again the following week. Take each loss and LEARN from the experience.
If something happened in this week's attempt that you're sure contributed to your loss, try to adapt so the same thing doesn't happen in the next attempt. Each time you lose, you have valuable experience and information you can learn from for the next attempt. It is important to look back on what you may have done wrong (fishing around too many people, not abandoning pools when you should have) so you can adapt and win.
-Salty Sharina, Azgalor (US) PvP