Wolfsfable you did a great job on your guide
I am currently lvl 39.
I have been told by many that the sooner you can get a Lu Shang's rod, the better, so I am currently working on the moat carp quest. I found the best to catch moat carp is in Windy woods, using Insect paste as bait. I use either Mithra rod or composite rod. Using this formula, with the exception of the occasional "you did not catch anything" or rusty item, you only catch moat carp and gold carp. The moat carp I want for the quest and the gold carp is good for the occasional skill up. For example today I cough about 16 dozen Moat carps and just under 3 dozen gold carp, and also got a total of 0.7 skill ups. This is also good if someone wants some quick Gil since Moat carp sell relatively well and fast.
I have a Mithran, will this give me problems if I don't use the rods you all are suggesting?
I personally love Mithran rod just about everywhere but you have to be careful as there are some fish out there that will break this rod.
A good place to find out what fish are found in a location (or what locations a certain fish is found) as well as what bait and rods to use (and which rods may break)is the FFXI Fishing Database found at http://www.clanwind.com/ffxi/fishing/
It is an excellent tool to use as it also gives the moon phases, and boat arrival and departure times.
For those in the lower to upper 30's I would like to recommend jumping onto the Ferry between Selbina and Mhaura. Use a Mithran/composite rod and a minnow lure. Your main goal is Gugru Tuna which gives skill ups to lvl 41, but you can also catch some much higher lvl fish such as Bluetails, Noble Lady, and Ryugu Titan (you need a special skill to catch the Ryugu Titan so most likely you get the message like "you do not possess the skill for this fish" but often get skill ups from trying to real it in). Any of these fish can earn you skill ups, and I was averaging about 0.2-0.3 skills per Ferry trip (~20 minutes)
Of course if you fish from the ferry, make sure your character is strong enough to fight the monsters there. Since Gugru Tuma is a "!!!" you can't tell if it is the fish or a monster till you real it up.
If anyone wants to give me some suggestions for leveling in the 40's I would love to hear it Edited, Mar 19th 2009 10:24pm by Lahurah Edited, Mar 19th 2009 10:25pm by Lahurah