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  • World of Warcraft
  • 17,340 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.2
  • 6,920,785 Total Downloads
  • Updated 04/05/2014
  • Created 09/30/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: 1.3b
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About Fishing Buddy

Fishing Buddy

A fishing addon that keeps track of the fish you catch and helps manage your fishing gear.

- Double-click fishing
- Supports the new WoW "fish without a pole" feature
- Bring out your fishing pets! Drink heavily!
- 'Fish Watcher' lets you see the fish you've caught here before (or the fish that you've caught in the current session)
- Display your current skill level and the time since you started fishing
- Choose your fishing outfit and change into it easily
- Support for automatically adding a lure to your fishing pole
- Support for tracking 'cycle fish' such as the Nightfin Snapper so you know when to go looking for them

Example commands:
/fishingbuddy or /fb
toggle the display of the Fishing Buddy window
/fb help
print the list of Fishing Buddy commands
/fb switch
wear your chosen fishing outfit, or change back

Silly stuff:
In addition to displaying the fishing bonus for your fishing outfit, it also displays your 'style points' as inferred from Draznar's Fishing FAQ (

Fishing Buddy Plugins:
Outfit Manager -
Fish Tracking --
Broker: Fishing Buddy --
Titan Panel [Fishing Buddy] --

Feel free to send comments to Sutorix=AT=hotmailDOTcom.


1. Unzip the '' file
2. If your unzip program allows you to specify a location, then unzip it into the 'Interface/AddOns' folder contained in your WoW folder (the location that WoW was installed)
3. If your unzip program doesn't let you specify the destination, then find your WoW folder (where it was installed) and drag the 'FishingBuddy' folder into the 'Interface/AddOns' folder.

Version 1.3b
- Have "all english" command syntax to reduce confusion
- Minor internal library changes to reduce event spam during world transitions

Version 1.3a
- Fix moved line that escaped testing

Version 1.3
- Allow for choosing Mouse4 and Mouse5 for casting
- Add "/fb fishing start" for use in macros to turn on "fishing mode"
- Add "FishingBuddy" macro (self modifying macro that emulates the double click sequence)
- Add support for Bipsi's Bobbing Berg
- Attempt to fix Curse bug #224 (Minimap Icon moves)
- Rewrote Fish Watcher display code (some of the oldest code in FB!)

Version 1.2p3
- Fix for Curse bug #221 (error on mouse over with Gear manager)
- Updated fix for Curse bug #218 (ammo slot still has a value in it, but it's zero now)

Version 1.2p2
- Fix for UpdateMicroButtons taint

Version 1.2p1
- Update to latest LibTourist (added Timeless Isle)

Version 1.2p
- Updated TOC to 5.4
- Fixed About box, because credit where credit is due is what you do
- Better Extravaganza time handling based on code from Salty Badmunkay the Limnologist (@Shadow Council)
- Additional clean up in Extravaganza code
- Rewrite drop down handling (for FB_Broker, etc.) to not trigger Blizz raid frame bug
- Summon pets again when we start to fish
- Fix "Open Quest Item" handling
- Updated to latest versions of LibTourist and LibBabble-SubZone

Version 1.2o
- Rewrite pet menu handling to use LibPetJournal
- Fix for CurseForge bug #217 and #218, should fix #181

Version 1.2n
- Fix for CurseForge bug #216, error in option screen with Outfitter selected
- Latest version of LibTourist

Version 1.2m
- Update TOC for 5.3
- Better check for "in combat" and some event management updates
- Latest version of LibBabble-SubZone

Version 1.2l
- Update TOC for 5.2
- Updated LibBabble-SubZone and LibTourist for 5.2

Version 1.2k
- Updated LibBabble-SubZone, prep for 5.2
- Remove Kalu'ak Fishing Derby timer, now that it's gone for good (sniff!)

Version 1.2j
- Updated Spanish translation (thanks Magire!)
- Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation  (thanks tiagopl!)

Version 1.2i
- Fix for Equipment Manager event misunderstanding
- Updated Russian translation (thanks Turbid121!)

Version 1.2h
-- Attempt to fix memory leak and framerate losses with partial outfit option
- Updated German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
- Updated Russian translation (thanks Turbid121 and BloodyFess!)
- Rewrite window handling to use new Blizz code and graphics
- Fixes for Curse bugs #139 and #141 from sometime in the past

Version 1.2g
- FIx a subtle bug in the Pandaren item code that hopefully will make it work for everyone else
- Updated Spanish (esES) translation (thanks karrash76!)
- Updated LibTourist to the latest version

Version 1.2f
- Updated Spanish (esES) translation (thanks karrash76!)
- Updated German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
- Updated LibTourist to the latest version
- Make options display better with long names (CurseForge #110)

Version 1.2e
- Fishing pets work again
- Add option to display the Nat Pagle quest fish you've caught "today"
- Updated Russian translation (thanks BloodyFess!)
- Updated LibTourist library

Version 1.2d
- Add option to just "maintain" the raft if it's already on, i.e. manual engagement
- Support the Sharpened Tuskaar Spear (ugly, but it works for now)
- Fix the minimap icon setting, again
- Updated LibTourist to the latest version
- Updated German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
- Fix summon pet erros -- BUT PETS DON"T WORK YET
- Fix Curse bugs #206, #207, #208

Version 1.2c
- Updated German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
- Updated Traditional Chinese translation (thanks titanium0107!)
- Update the raft buff before it expires, if we can (reworking this for the next version)
- Handle Nat's Hat correctly
- Lots of small code improvements

Version 1.2b
- Add option to play the quest completed sound when you catch Nat Pagle rep fish
- More work on the pet menu to try and address the "script too long" bug some people
  are seeing

Version 1.2a
- New French translation (thanks Matisk!)
- Updated Traditional Chinese translation (thanks titanium0107!)
- New German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
- Add Nat's Hat (duh)
- Updated the About box to thank all the translators! (I always do, calling it out :-)

Version 1.2
- Add "Partial Gear" option for casting. If enabled, wearing any item that has a fishing bonus will let you double click cast.
- Add support for the Angler's Raft (still figuring out what to do about the spear)
- Fishing volume slider works now
- Updated Traditional Chinese (zhTW) translation (thanks titanium0107!)
- Don't include pool catches in counts (works for first time fishing in a subzone)
- Try harder to notice that we're fishing from a pool
- Fix for pet menu timeout (CurseForge #190, #198)

Version 1.1f
- Fix a startup bug for brand-new toons (or never fished from a pool)
- Updated Russian translation (thanks DVK!)

Version 1.1e
- Fix startup bug (CurseForge #195)
- Add a delay after we cast a lure so that it has time to show up (prevent double lures)
- Add Tiny Goldfish to the Fishing pet list
- Include CallHandler library
- Updated traditional Chinese translations (thanks titanium0107!)
- Update German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)

Version 1.1d+
- Make the TOC have the right version so that people don't get confused

Version 1.1d
- Add support for Ancient Pandaren Fishing Charm (Woot! Only took two days of camping!)
- More work on the pets, all should be good now

Version 1.1c
- Fishing Watcher works with "auto pole" casting
- Updated Russian translation (thanks D_Angel!)
- Fix fish caught bug (CurseForge #192, #193)
- Fix assorted issues with causing math errors in LibTourist (CurseForge #189)
- Clean up internal event handling, should help memory usage

Version 1.1b
- Fix option stickiness bug (CurseForge #184)
- Include LibDataBroker explicitly (CurseForge #186)
- FIx minimap button display issues (CurseForge #185, #183, #180, #178)
- Fix meta pet menu issues

Version 1.1a
- Yet another '_' global issue (the last one, I think, after going through all the code)

Version 1.1
- Italian translation, thanks Impaler (and bER92)!
- Add support for "Fish without a pole" feature. Cast when any fishing gear is worn or
  a modifier key is held down while right-clicking
- Remove Astrolabe since it causes problems with MoP (and it doesn't work well)

Version 1.1 Beta 2
- Italian translation, thanks Impaler (and bER92)!
- Add support for "Fish without a pole" feature. Cast when any fishing gear is worn or
  a modifier key is held down while right-clicking

Version 1.0.9f
- Remove ancient custom minimap button code and use LibDBIcon instead
- Fix pet menu (again)
- Add Nat's Hat

Version 1.0.9e
- Remove references to LibBabble-Zone now that it is deprecated
- Quest Items auto-loot again (CurseForge bug #172)
- Fix pet menu (CurseForge bugs #167, #174, #176)
- Updated German translation (Thanks DirtyHarryGermany!), closes #171, #173

Version 1.0.9d
- Don't fail if there isn't a fishing pet list

Version 1.0.9c
- Fix Fishing Pet menu (I have duplicates of a lot more pets than I thought I did...)
- Latest version of LibBabble-Zone (soon to be removed)

Version 1.0.9b
- Blizz apparently uses "_" as a global, so let's make sure we have our own
- Latest version of LibTourist

Version 1.0.9a
- Latest version of LibTourist

Version 1.0.9
- Update TOC for 5.0.4
- Update to work with WoW 5.0 (fix for Curse #165, )
- Hack to LibTourist so that it doesn't break (temp fix for Curse #164)


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  • #2278
    Fishing Buddy's old display style

    I wasn't playing WoW for a while, and decided to come back with the MoP expansion.  I've installed the latest Fishing Buddy addon using the Curse client, and I found that the FB interface has changed significantly since I last used it in Cataclysm.  Most notably, the FB display is in its own opaque window now, and not in a transparent-background text frame (similar to Blizzard's Objectives pane), as it used to be.  Also, I can't seem to get it to display the counts of fish in an area, only percentages, and if I leave the window open, the list is not refreshed with each cast, as it used to be with the old transparent text frame.

    All in all, this newer version of the FB addon seems a lot less useful than the one I loved and constantly played with a little over a year ago, and I'm wondering if I'm just missing some configuration options for FB that will restore this missing functionality, or if there are technical reasons why the author decided to move away from the original functionality?

  • #2279

    I'm not sure what you're seeing, but the fish watcher window should still be "invisible" until you hover over it for a while. It should still do counts, but I will look at it (I may have broken something and not noticed :-)

  • #2288

    If you set the option to use a modifier key, you can fish without a pole with a double-click-with-modifier and the window will come up while you fish (it hangs around for 30 seconds after you stop fishing in case you recast).

  • #2282

    I am having the same problem.  Is there a setting that needs to be changed?  I really miss not seeing it the way it used to be.

    Thanks for any help on this.

    Beth (aka Angelinica and many others, LOL)

  • #2281

    No, it was my mistake.  Seems my character lost some gear, including my +20 fishing pole and +5 hat with the +75 lure.  I assumed these were still being equipped, but apparently, now we can fish without a fishing pole at all?  Once I realized this, bought a new pole, and equipped it, the Watch window appeared, as if by magic.  Seems like it does not appear at all if no pole is equipped, at least wih the FB config settings I have selected.

  • #2273
    Fishing Buddy 1.2a

    - New French translation (thanks Matisk!)
    - Updated Traditional Chinese translation (thanks titanium0107!)
    - New German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
    - Add Nat's Hat (duh)
    - Updated the About box to thank all the translators! (I always do, calling it out :-)

  • #2272

    First: Great Addon! Helped me alot!

    In Version 1.2, if I activated the option for automatically adding a lure to my fishing pole, the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat was used automatically to attach a lure.But for some reason, Fishing buddy doesn't use Nat's Hat, even though it would attach a lure with +150.


    I forgot: It doesn't work even if I activate the "Lure of last resort" option. And if I don't carry any other lures, it doesn't use Nats Hat too.

    Last edited by Exzentrik on 11/2/2012 5:58:53 AM
  • #2274

    Updated the table -- I was getting it added, but I don't have the hat yet, so I couldn't test it :-)

  • #2271

    1x FishingBuddy-1.2\FishingFluff.lua:88: script ran too long FishingBuddy-1.2\FishingFluff.lua:88: in function

    error is causing major lag for any class with a pet for some reason frostmage, demolock, hunter

    Last edited by cleric670 on 11/1/2012 11:53:36 AM
  • #2269

    There used to be a mod that would display the minimum fishing level for a zone when you moused over the zone on the map.  Does this do it, or are you familiar with that one?

  • #2276

    Hmm, I don't have that one. I'll add it to my list of features :-)

  • #2268

    I've been getting this error every time I click on an item since the new update:

    Message: Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1290: attempt to call field 'WatchUpdate' (a nil value)
    Time: 11/01/12 01:23:52
    Count: 11
    Stack: Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1290: in function <Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1272>
    Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1297: in function <Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1293>
    Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1576: in function <Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:1563>
    [C]: ?
    [C]: ?
    [C]: in function `PickupContainerItem'
    Interface\FrameXML\ContainerFrame.lua:758: in function <Interface\FrameXML\ContainerFrame.lua:735>
    [C]: ?
    [C]: in function `ContainerFrameItemButton_OnClick'
    [string "*:OnClick"]:12: in function <[string "*:OnClick"]:1>

    Locals: logout = nil
    (*temporary) = nil
    (*temporary) = "attempt to call field 'WatchUpdate' (a nil value)"
    handlerframe = <unnamed> {
     0 = <userdata>
    RunHandlers = <function> defined @Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\FishingBuddy.lua:438
    resetClickToMove = nil

  • #2275

    That's weird, could you send me your FrameXML.log? Thanks!

  • #2267

    Getting notified of an error on login:

    Date: 2012-10-31 22:49:23 ID: 1 Error occured in: Global Count: 1 Message: ...terface\AddOns\FB_MergeDatabase\FB_MergeDatabase.lua line 270:    attempt to index field 'API' (a nil value) Debug:    ...terface\AddOns\FB_MergeDatabase\FB_MergeDatabase.lua:270: in main chunk Locals: FL = <table> {  GetZoneInfo = <function> defined @Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\Libs\LibFishing-1.0\LibFishing-1.0.lua:740  AddTooltip = <function> defined @Interface\AddOns\FishingBuddy\Libs\LibFishing-1.0\LibFishing-1.0.lua:1028  SetSkillupTable = <function> defined


    Last edited by Sutorix on 11/2/2012 9:00:11 PM
  • #2270

    My fault, I did some code cleanup and broke backward compatibility. There are new versions of all of the supporting FB plugins to go along with the new version.

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