Lures (bait) add a temporary skill bonus to your fishing pole, for a limited amount of time (commonly 10 minutes). Lures increase your effective fishing skill, without altering your personal skill. Lures are commonly purchased from vendors such as Fishing Suppliers.
To use a lure: Equip the fishing pole you wish to lure, and then simply use the lure. The lure will take a few seconds to be applied - wait for the progress bar to complete before starting to fish. An icon will be displayed while the lure is active (by default in the top-right of the screen).
Lures add to your fishing skill at the time you cast the line. If the lure fades between casting and catching, that catch will still benefit from the lure skill bonus. Only one lure can be active at one time. Lures do not "stack" with other lures, however lures do stack with bonuses from Fishing Poles and Fishing Gear.
Lures provide a way to fish more effectively in areas where you personal skill is not sufficient to fish without catching junk. At lower levels, consider balancing the cost of the lures against the "value" of the fish gained.
The table below lists all types of lure.
|Lure||Skill Bonus||Duration (minutes)||Minimum Fishing Skill Required||Cost (each)||Availability|
|Glass Fishing Bobber||+15||10||1||-||Rare reward from the Azeroth Daily Fishing Quests.|
|Shiny Bauble||+25||10||1||50c||Fishing, trade, and some general goods suppliers. Also a reward from Alliance-only quest Red Snapper - Very Tasty!|
|Aquadynamic Fish Lens||+50||10||50||-||Contained inside Stendel's Bane.|
|Nightcrawlers||+50||10||50||1s||Fishing, trade, and some general goods suppliers. Occasionally found on the corpses of Undead monsters (ghouls, zombies).|
|Bright Baubles||+75||10||100||2s 50c||Fishing and trade goods suppliers.|
|Flesh Eating Worm||+75||10||100||-||Occasionally found on the corpses of Rotted One monsters in Duskwood.|
|Aquadynamic Fish Attractor||+100||10||100||2s 50c||Limited supply from fishing suppliers. Manufactured by engineers using a trained 150-skill recipe.|
|Feathered Lure||+100||10||100||-||Created by cooks from Delicate Wing, using a 450 cooking-skill recipe. This recipe is sold by cooking daily quest vendors in Stormwind and Orgrimmar.|
|Glow Worm||+100||60||100||-||Sometimes found in Bag of Fishing Treasures, the reward from the Northrend Daily Fishing Quests. Bound to the angler, so cannot be traded.|
|Sharpened Fish Hook||+100||10||100||-||4-6 are commonly found in Bags of Fishing Treasure, the reward for completing the Outland Daily Fishing Quests.|
|Heat-Treated Spinning Lure||+150||15||250||-||Made by engineers using a 510-skill trained recipe, 2 lures from 4 Elementium Bar, Handful of Obsidium Bolts and Volatile Fire.|
- Costs assume no reputation-related reductions.
- Fishing vendors have limited supplies of Aquadynamic Fish Attractor. This typically means one or two, and only if someone else hasn't purchased them recently.
- Heat-Treated Spinning Lure are described as "Even works in lava!" At the time of writing, all methods of fishing work in lava - no special lures are required.
- Quests - Describes quests for anglers.
- Also in Equipment: Fishing Poles, Fishing Gear, Other Equipment, Addons and Utilities, and Automation.
Comments about Lures
Below are readers' comments about "Lures":
Noodleguitar, December 2008:
I just got my Eternium Line the last Extravaganza, which was the last thing I needed to max out my fishing skill :D. It's now, with only gear and base skill, 502. I think this is the max that can be achieved with current available gear.
To get it I have equipped:
- Arcanite Fishing Pole (+35)
----> Eternium Line (+5)
- Lucky Fishing Hat (+5)
- Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots (+5)
- Gloves Enchanted (+2)
+ 450 Base Skill.
If you count in buffs, you can get to a max of 662:
- Underbelly Elixer -> Tuskarr (+50)
- Captain Rumsey's Lager (+10)
- One of the best lures (+100)
Shreda, January 2010:
Given that it is now impossible to catch junk, i see no point in lures even existing.
Tarqq, January 2010:
This Sunday I'm going for the total max @ fishing, I only need to catch the
Dezian Queenfish, to put the Eternium line to my pole.
Since 1st post was outdated bij the Kalu'ak derby (& other changes),
here are the new max stats.
Here is what I (almost***) got equipped :
- Arcanite Fishing Pole (+40)
- Eternium line *** (+5)
- Weather beaten fishing hat ( +5)
- Boots of the bay (+15)
- Gloves Enchanted (+5)
- Captain Rumsey's Lager (10min) (+10)
- Glowworm (1hr) (+100)
- Base skill (+450) +
Ps. With the Tuskarr buff you could gain 680, but I think its a hassle.
Miraclemaxx, November 2010:
I bought this off the new cooking Daily and the Skill level says 450 , But when i tryed to learn it it says Spell Not available ? so can we not learn these until the 7th ? Just wondering is anyone else had the same issue and what the deal is . Thanks
Starlin, November 2010:
I experienced the same error message. For now, we can assume it and all the other cooking recipes on that vendor require Cataclysm.
chautauqua, March 2010:
This has got me really puzzled. I picked one up some time ago and I think that it has been working fine, although it showed up as two separate images in my action bar. The other day, I noticed the images were shadowed and read "0". They didn't respond to the tool tip at all. So I bought another one and as soon as I clicked on it following the cast, my character's hands glowed as though a spell were being cast. Then the AFA images went dark again. What's going on here? Can anyone help me?
Grank, March 2010:
The Aquadynamic Fish Attractor is a lure that is consumable. When you cast it, it modifies your fishing rod to give it the fishing bonus and disappears from your inventory. When you put a consumable on your action bar, the number in the lower corner represents the number that you have available in your bags. If you have used all of them or moved them elsewhere (like the your bank) the number will be zero.
iwilnot, April 2013:
Is there any benefit to using the fish attractor, tuskar spear, etc... after reaching max level with fishing?