It took me 4 months of Sundays before I won the SVT - one thing I noticed the week I won was, it was a holiday weekend and I had little competition. The only other advice I have is - find an area you want to fish for the tournament and stay close to it, I found the SE coast has many pool spawn points in a smaller area, and while they aren't all visible at once on the minimap, you don't have to travel far at all to find them. Also - pools form at the tiny islands just off the coast and usually go unnoticed - I found them by accident one day. Hope this helped.
[Contests] STV Extravaganza Support Group
Been trying this on and off for a while, but thanks to RNG I usually have to settle for 35+ running the triangle between Yojamba Isle, The Savage Coast and The Haunted Isle.
The closest I've come so far, was having 40 fish and being 5 yards from the quest NPC in BB, when some pesky little gnome won.
My frustration can pretty much be summed up by a pool I had in todays Extravaganza: 2 oily blackmouths and a firefin snapper - and then the pool despawned.
As for dirty tricks, seeing I'm on a PvE realm, I can't really pay people off to have them gank others. But I have found one thing, that you can use to ensure that at least the winner will only be a very dedicated player (or have a friendly warlock). An hour before the Extravaganza, bind your fishermans hearthstone in BB, move him to whereever you intend to fish, log an alt, and start farming Bloodsail Admiral reputation in the BB Inn. If you don't move beyond the lower floor (where the Innkeeper is), you only have to fight 3-4 BB guards, which are the ones you lost major rep off.
Tastyfish caught until the winner/21
Any Rare Fish Caught ? If Then Which one /Rockhide Strong Fish
I caught the Rockhide Strongfish just few seconds after the winner was announced.
I got killed twice by a dranei paladin i had to res by asking the spirit healer.
The extravagza winner was announced at 13:21-13:24. I was lucky that I got
One That Didnt Get Away.I saw 2 hordes my guild mate and a blood elf, Im
not sure if the winner was a horde.
Good luck angelers:)
Winning either the STV Extravaganza or the Kalu'ak Derby is 'all' I need to gain the Salty title. But I'm starting to feel as though that title will never be mine. I don't know what else I can possibly do except hope that lady luck will accompany me one day. She certainly hasn't so far, lol.
It's horribly frustrating and to anyone else in the same boat - I feel your pain! Good luck to you all :)
Well colour me surprised, because I somehow managed to win today.
I was running quite a bit late (got caught up in the egg chasing on an alt), so I was enroute from BB (after seeting my HS there) when it started. I immediately landed at the next pool (NW of the Arena) and started working my way north from there. To my great surprise, I stumbled across a spot with at least 6 pools up within a very tight space. It was right on the border between Northern STV and the Cape, where the water flows into the maelstrom. There was only one other player there, a priest, who immediately offered me 500g if I would help him win. I turned him down. I managed to get at least 5 pools (2 of which spawned while I was there) before I ran out of pools. I then headed north past Grom'gol, where I found 2 pools before I ran into other players, so I headed back south to the previous location. And while there, I got the rest of the tastyfish needed.
However, with the timer showing 19 minutes since the start, and knowing that Northern STV doesn't get the finishing shout, I had very litle hope of actually winning until I actually found myself in front of Riggle Bassbait and chosing the Arcanite Fishing Pole.
And just to make my day, 5 seconds later, the priest I had encountered earlier came running from the inn.
OK, I've just won for the second time, and on Mal'Ganis-US of all servers. (MG-US is one of the original four servers, big as hell.) And here's the kicker - I've competed four times, and I basically won three times!
I won two weeks ago (almost) by getting to 38 fish with 16 trash fish. (16 is extremely unlucky) I won one week ago straight up, and then this week I hit 40 fish and didn't turn in. I hit 44 fish before I got the yell that someone had won. I didn't turn in because I really don't care about the trinket and because I just want the Dezian Queenfish. Which I didn't get, of course.
I won't bore anyone with my location - That sort of stuff doesn't mean anything as more people moving to a location makes it bad. I will tell you my theory about server populations. As a server becomes more populous and more people compete in the STVFE, the virtue having a large number of pools (from henceforth let's call that a group of pools) in a small area increases.
Now, obviously having a large number of pools in a small location is ALWAYS a virtue, but bear me out: A group of pools, say 5-7 within 10 seconds of 310% flight away from each other, even when you've got a couple of people fishing at them, is, indeed, going to deplete fairly quickly. But during a heavy STVFE, those pools are going to respawn even faster!
How can you leverage this? Don't move around a lot. The virtue of moving between groups of pools decreases as you get more and more people on the server because you have less time to wait for a respawn.
Also, on a heavy STVFE, I'd advise you to find an extreme area. What do I mean? Well, you can look at the locations you fish as continuous strips of land, ones that terminate at natural locations, like Booty Bay to Hardwrench, Wild Shore to Crystal Vein, Zul'Kunda to the Vortex. What I advise is you pick a spot near the ENDS of those strips.
"But, that means you only have one direction to search for more pools!" Yes, that's true. And that's a real disadvantage. However there is an upside: Everybody else has only one direction to go as well, so as a result most of those people who start out near you are going to do what's rational, and work their way toward the middles of those strips of land. This is only natural - They're forced to move toward the middle whenever they're at one of the two ends, and eventually if you assume they take a random walk from there, half of them will work their way toward the middle while the other half will immediately jam up against the end, only to be forced to head back toward the center. The point is if you assume the competitors take a random walk, the ends will gradually deplete.
My point is during a heavy STVFE the disadvantage of having only one place to search for pools is mitigated by the high respawn rate, and is eventually superseded by the advantage of having people inexorably abandon your pool group, despite the excellent respawn rate. I basically won three times whilst fishing the same 7 pools.
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