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Find a fishing trainer (go to a capital city and ask a guard), and learn the Apprentice Fishing skill. You will also need a Fishing Pole, which are sold by fishing suppliers. For more instructions, see Getting Started.
Your fishing skill will increase at the same rate each time you catch a fish. It does not matter where you fish, so long as you catch something. The most effective way to gain skill alone is therefore to fish where the fewest fish "get away". Initially fish in starting zones.
Higher fishing skills allow you to fish in more "difficult" areas, which tend to have "better" fish. Higher skill reduces the proportion of your fish that "get away". Higher skill does not make you fish faster, reduce the proportion of casts that do not bite, or change the type of fish you catch.
You must meet the base skill requirement of the area to cast a line. You need to exceed it by about 95 to completely stop fish "getting away". See the full list of zones to check which skill you need in each area.
Some parts of a zone may have higher fishing skill required than the zone in general.
Your fishing skill is calculated when you cast. This means that if your fishing lure expires while waiting for the bobber to splash, you do not need to re-apply it until after you reel in your catch.
Your catch is created when you reel in (when you click the bobber). If you cast into a pool, and the pool is emptied (by another angler) before you reel in, your catch will be from open water, not the pool.
Fishing poles can only be enchanted by putting a "fishing line" on it.
Fishing is a secondary profession, like First Aid and Cooking. You cannot unlearn these, nor would you need to.
Find your fish in the list of fish, it will show where it can be caught, and if it can be found in any pools. Some fish are also limited by season or time of day - this willl also be shown in the detailed list when you look at a fish.
Winter Squid can only be caught between the autumn (fall) and spring equinoxes: Start of 23 September to the end of 19 March. The best catch rates are in the Bay of Storms area of Azshara, between 12:00 and 18:00.
Not all pool types can be found in all zones. Have a look at the list of pools for detailed information where each pool is located.
You can only track fish on the minimap in The Burning Crusade, by obtaining the Weather-Beaten Journal.