1) Guild leves are not nearly as attractive any more. I did the Fishing Bearded Rock and in Open Beta I would receive 6-700 skill points when ever I caught a fish. Now I am lucky if I get 150.
2) You nearly get no high quality items. I have a bag full of fish and not a single +1. This has been seriously reduced as I got tons of these in open beta.
Once I got passed the first couple leves, I started getting decent xp (and good gil) again. And I'm not sure why you're not seeing many +1/2/3's...I've been getting plenty variety here. That being said...
Yeah... this is brutal compared to before..
I also noticed that you get a lot more "nothing bites", "you lost the fish" than before and if you make one mistake the stamina of the fish goes ZERO immediately and you loose it. Before you could jig small steps towards the actual point, now if you do that you loose the fish almost 100% of the time.
Yeah, it does seem much
harsher in the lower ranks, by far. It wasn't until I got veteran trade that things started feeling somewhat "normal," at least compared to how easy it was in OB. Even still, fishing seems much more arduous than ranking up my other classes atm. Hoping this will lead to big rewards later on, for our efforts! :P
Bit of advice: Aside from leves, stick to the towns early on (1-10) if you're just looking to rank up, as there seems to be much less chance of failing (Probably since you don't have the more "exotic" [read: incredibly tough
] fish, nibbling at your bait).
Also, if you're having a really
tough time catching a certain fish type, even though you've picked the right depth (especially for leves), it could very well be because of your bait. I found bait to make a huge difference now compared to how lax it was in OB. The crayfish leve from Ul'dah is ridiculously easy with Pill Bugs, for example. Good luck! ^_^ Edited, Sep 24th 2010 11:37am by Giblos
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