Learning from the Best

Ever since Nat sent me on the quest for Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme all those years ago, I never expected to be where I am now. Back then, I wasn’t even high enough to quest in Feralas so had no idea where the Verdantis River was but a friendly Alliance player noticed my level and asked if I needed help after killing something I had aggroed. Luckily for me, they were nice enough to lead me to the river before wishing me luck and riding off. For my trouble, Nat rewarded me with his Lucky Fishing Pole but that has long been replaced.

As the years passed, I would visit him from time to time on various alts but after finding his measuring tape in ZG, I was happy to pay him another visit.

Nowadays, you’ll find him in Krasarang Wilds as the Anglers Quartermaster but as an added perk, he now has a friendship bar. In order to gain rep with him, you’ll have to fish up three different types of rare fish each day – the Flying Tiger Gourami, Mimic Octopus and the Spinefish Alpha. I found they were a pretty common catch from both open water and pools with all three giving 660 rep (inc. guild perk).

Once you’ve achieved Learning from the Best, you’re eligible to buy Nat’s Hat which was a welcome upgrade to my Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat. The upgraded lure will also come in handy for those still collecting the four Tiny Carp.


Not long after I had purchased the hat, I noticed he had sent me some mail. I admit I was only expecting a letter but I probably should have known better since The Tillers all send you some sort of perk for your farm. So imagine my surprise when I saw Nat’s Fishing Chair sitting in the mailbox. :D

I spent some time trying it out in various locations, including Nagrand and the Jade Forest.

Nats-Fishing-Chair Nat's-Fishing-Chair

But I felt it only fair that I visit Nat where it all began in the Marsh.

Nat in Dustwallow

At least now I have a comfy chair to sit in if I ever feel the need to fish.

The Tale of the Tiny White Carp

After fishing up the Red Carp yesterday, I was all set to try and collect the last one I needed for the set. Previous attempts included a couple of spots in the Jade Forest and the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit but after reading up on the latest notes, a few (including Navi) commented on their success at Shadow-Pan Monastery so I gave that a shot today. Others mentioned no boost to their fishing but I thought it couldn’t hurt. It just so happened it was the current Fish of the Day location so I settled myself down for a long session. I even had a pic taken with Salty El while I was there.

Salty El

Over the course of the day, I decided to use the lures that had brought me luck in Townlong Steppes. I mean, a higher fishing skill couldn’t hurt, right? Especially when it’s recommended in inland open water and I wouldn’t have to rely on my bobber landing in a pool.

That is until you get a Large Pool of Tiger Gourami Slush. When the patch hit, I had read that you needed 100 casts to fish up the Krakkanon but after about 40 casts or so, he appeared. Then again, I did notice someone on the other side of the pool after I turned around but this was after the larger pool was there for a while.

I had just applied another Heat-Treated Spinning Lure when the Krakkanon appeared in front of my face. Geez Louise, he made me jump! I didn’t even get to finish my cast because his big hulking body was in the way. It was then that I noticed he doesn’t aggro until attacked so of course I ended up meleeing him while trying to click my bobber. ARG!


Well, what was I to do but start DPSing him – as Disc… with a fishing hat… and fishing pole on. Frankly, I couldn’t be bothered switching to my regular weapon and I was kind of curious about soloing him (unless someone ended up flying past and helping out).


After a few casts, I moved to one of the other icebergs so I wouldn’t get hit by his abilities and perhaps more importantly, to get a better view. By the time I got him to 50%, it was 10mins later (way to waste 8mins on my lure Kraken) so I suspected it would take another 10mins to finish him off – which it did.

From my previous two kills, I knew that he dropped a stack of fish (from the local area) and could also drop Nat’s Fishing Journal which is the one you can buy from Nat at revered. I guess I lucked out this time since it’s the first time I’d seen it. Guess what my Alliance priest is getting in the mail?


In the end, it’s hard to tell how many casts it took (over so many fishing sessions) so I’m only going to count the number of lures I used. Using this criteria, it worked out to be under an hour, right next to the Monastery (and not inside) in open water but in actuality, it took several hours.

Tiny White Carp

Woot! Fishing objective complete… now to finish my rep grind with Nat himself.

By the way, if you’d like to see all the locations, etc. that worked for me, you can check out my 5.2 Battle Pets post.

Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman

The Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman is a rare spawn which appears on the north side of Cattail Lake in the Valley of the Four Winds. As expected, he’s quite transparent, so he’s quite easy to miss if you don’t have names turned on.

Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman

He even sparkles!

“Beautiful day for fishing, don’t you think? You a fisherman, [name]? I’ve got this old fishing charm if you’d like it, works wonders in the waters here.”

Being the first one to talk to him (and click through his chat response) will reward you with the Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm. However, he despawns once he’s given away the charm so be quick to talk to him if you see him.

Also make sure you have a free spot in your bags before you select the chat bubble so the trip wasn’t wasted.

Lost and Found

You can also get the Lost and Found exploration achievement for finding one of the lost treasures hidden throughout Pandaria. BONUS!

Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm-fishing

The item itself is reusable and doesn’t need to be added to a pole like a lure so feel free to fish without one if desired. I tested the charm in a couple of Pandarian pools and can confirm that on occasion, you’ll get 2x [fish] per cast instead of one. Just don’t forget to change your fishing spell in the Profession book if fishing poleless is not working for you.

Poles Are Overrated

An interesting thing happened tonight when I was doing my Anglers dailies. I went to lure the mob by fishing in the mysterious whirlpool, similar to fishing up the Lurker in SSC. Only when I went to switch the main/off-hand with the pole, I already had my weapons on. Now that was odd! Did I really just fish without a pole? So I tested this by continuing to fish without a pole finishing my dailes. I figured that maybe it was some sort of buff since I was doing my fishing dailies but I didn’t see anything to suggest this – except for the casting buff for the bobber.

No pole

Fishing with no pole equipped for my dailies

Once I handed all my dailies in, I went to my usual fishing spot at Anglers Wharf to see if I could still fish without a pole. Indeed I could.

No pole or dailies

After my dailies I could still fish without a pole

Although Cymre has maxed out on her fishing, I tested the same thing on my Hunter who still at 525 fishing skill. Apart from adding the fishing icon to her bar, she could also fish without a pole.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Late Night Fishing & Deathwing

Working on my Archaeology and fishing late last night, I decided to head over to Uldum since I still had a couple of fish missing from my fishing achievements. After finding a nice little pool on the Uldum border the whole zone suddenly turned red. Could this be it? I thought…

In general chat people were asking if others noticed a colour change, some said “yes.” When the first person asked “why?” someone mentioned Deathwing. Looking up at the sky, it appeared quite black. These were the 2 colours I was told to look out for if Deathwing was close. I wondered after a minute or so why I was not dead yet, so I finished my cast and ran towards the mainland. I looked up to find you know who. There he was leaving a path of burning flames and not long after that I was dead with a nice little achievement to boot!  :D

It’s true what they say… Don’t stand in the fire ’cause bad things can happen but in this case, I didn’t mind so much :P

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