There doesn't seem to be a thread regarding the new fishing maze for MMM, Maze Voucher 08, "Aquatic Depopulation Team," so I thought I'd start one up and get the flow of information going.
There's a guide at FFXIclopedia as well, though it is incomplete and I think the forum system here can help build up the information faster. I'll share my experiences and update this as I get more info (though with Comps Exams right now, expect it to be a little slow).
You start off in Everbloom Hollow and you talk to the first goblin. After either getting a tutorial or skipping right to it, the competition starts. You can use either your own bait or talk to Baitabriq to get a rod and bait to use. Currently, I have not used the MMM bait, so I am not certain if it works any better than real bait. The competition is against the two Elvaan Lu Shang's Quest brothers and their sister(?) Ufanne. The brothers fish, the sister takes their catches to Baitabriq. Your job is to turn in the fish (temp items, just talk, don't trade) to get the required score before they do.
Based on my experiences solo:
-The first to reach 3000 points wins (this may change if you bring more members, haven't confirmed)
-The first time I tried this, neither team got to 3k within 27 minutes. I believe that whichever team has the highest score when there are 3 minutes left wins the competition.
-The brothers are fast fishers. This might be difficult to solo. I haven't managed to beat them yet.
-Monsters and NPC mobs called Feathered Foes can eat your fish. Colibri and Flamingo type birds wander in small areas and are not hard to avoid, but there are also roaming Roc types that will patrol much larger areas. I am unsure if they can eat either large or small or if the size of the bird determines what they'll eat. The maze doesn't start with them spawned. I think they start appearing either after a few minutes have passed or after a certain number of fish have been caught, but I'm not sure which.
-Unless you put in Rune 117, the waters are fresh water.
-The Peon, Weakness, Might, and Supreme Might runes seem to have an effect on points. The first time I tried this, I selected none of the above, both teams (me vs. the bros) started at 0 and needed 3k. The second time I tried, I added weakness and we both needed 3k, but I started with a head start of 300 points. I suspect with Weakness added, I could get an even larger lead. The two Might runes would likely give a larger lead to the brothers (why you might want to do this is beyond me, though, tbh).
-The two new fishing rings are known to drop from the chest upon winning, though I have no idea what, if any, runes may affect that. Brigand's Chart is also known to drop from this.
-Movement speed is nice for traveling around. There are several bodies of water throughout the maze, though I am not certain if particular areas contain certain fish while others don't or if they're all about the same.
Things I want to try:
-I'd like to try this with a partner to see if two on two can work a little better. It's hard to outstrip the brothers by myself, though I might have just gotten unlucky.
-I'd like to try the MMM bait, though I don't see why this would do better than the real thing. As I have an Ebisu, I haven't tried out the MMM rod, so I don't know how well it works or if it can catch big and small fish equally, though I doubt it.
-Peeled Crayfish and Shell Bugs seem like good bait, they both bring in some decent small catches, especially black eels.
-Big fish seem harder to hook (though no harder to catch than in the "real" world), so it might be wise to target the medium fish first to get a good head start before shooting for the larger fish like Giant Donko, Catfish, and Monke Onke.
-Possible "cheat," though I'm not sure if this would work: if you set the weakness and/or peon rune and then wait to start the competition until around 26 minutes, then you might be able to win by the time limit simply by having more points because the brothers won't have time to reel in or turn in a single fish. I considered trying this earlier today, but didn't because it seems cheap and that's just the kind of thing SE will patch if they realize people are taking the easy way out. Besides, where's the fun in that? :)
Anyway, if others have experiences they'd like to share, please post! I think it's pretty fun and a unique way to apply our craft, so let's get some more fishers doing this!
Edit: Sorry if this post is long and wall-o-texty. Just wanted to get everything I knew in there so far.
Edited, Nov 12th 2009 11:37pm by Maruraba