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Fishing Buddy

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 19,654 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.4.8
  • 7,161,138 Total Downloads
  • Updated 08/08/2014
  • Created 09/30/2008
  • 6,618 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: 1.4c
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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 1.4c
- Don't try to summon fishing pets if we're in combat
- Make sure we autoloot things that we're opening automatically
- Better handling when both Angler's Raft and Bipsi's Berg are available
- Fix for Curse bug #231 "Watcher not toggling off automatically"

Version 1.4b
- Get my act together with respect to watch window location (thanks Grizzly_UK!)

Version 1.4a
- More work on keeping the watcher visible and onscreen (using LibWindow)
- Handle version changes and per-player settings correctly
- Fix an issue with LibTourist where it doesn't check for esMX

Version 1.4
- Updated German translation (thanks DirtyHarryGermany!)
- Attempted fix for 64-bit crash bug (#227) by using PLAYER_ALIVE
- Remove invalid frame reference in watcher window (Curse #229)
- Add "/fb fishdata reset" to clear out all fish location data (#127)
- More work on the watcher frame to try and make it stay on screen all the time


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  • #2710

    Ah. Yes -- ckicj-to-move is turned off while "fishing is active". Since you're using the fishing without a pole feature, click-to-move might be okay to leave on.

    I will have to experiment.

  • #2708

    Which version are you using? The beta has some improvements to the watcher that hopefully fix those issues. If you are using the beta, could you file a ticket? :-)



  • #2706
    Fishing Buddy v1.4c Beta 3

    Handle rafts better.

    • Don't try to summon fishing pets if we're in combat
    • Make sure we autoloot things that we're opening automatically
    • Better handling when both Angler's Raft and Bipsi's Berg are available
    • Fix for Curse bug #231 "Watcher not toggling off automatically"



  • #2705
    Fishing Buddy v1.4c Beta 2

    Another bug fix:

    • Don't try to summon fishing pets if we're in combat
    • Make sure we autoloot things that we're opening automatically
    • Fix for Curse bug #231 "Watcher not toggling off automatically"
  • #2704
    Fishing Buddy v1.4c Beta 1

    Some small fixes and feature improvements:

    • Don't try to summon fishing pets if we're in combat
    • Make sure we autoloot things that we're opening automatically



  • #2700
    Fishing Buddy v1.4b
    • Get my act together with respect to watch window location (thanks Grizzly_UK!)

    Thanks to Grizzly_UK's excellent debugging (and sheer sticktoitiveness -- he gets *another* entry in the about box!), I was able to find my glaring error in the watcher location code. Everything should be better now, and no one else should have to reset all their watcher windows on every toon.

    The new version will be available once it runs the gauntlet.

  • #2703

    Excellent is all I can say really! So far I've tested with 22 characters and there's been no sign of a problem with any of them!

    I didn't even know I'd got one entry in the about box, so finding out I've just been awarded a second is just brilliant, thank you very much for that! :)

  • #2694

    After having to reset the watcher on all 41 of my characters after updating to 1.4 I really wasn't expecting any problems when I updated to 1.4a, sadly I couldn't have been more wrong! :(

    Somehow the watcher reset itself to the position it was in prior to updating to 1.4 (even though I'd had to reset the watcher to get it back followed by moving it to the side of my screen when I updated to 1.4) but I figured that was ok, I could live with that. But it didn't end with that, after I'd logged in several characters to do the fishing and cooking dailies in the cities I logged back in with a character to go to Pandaria and do the Anglers dailies. Went to Kun-Lai to fish for the Spinefish Alpha, clicked on FB to equip my gear and the watcher reset itself to the centre of my screen! So I moved it back to the side of the screen and carried on, finished up with that character and logged off. Logged in the next character and the same thing happened, as soon as I clicked on FB to equip my fishing gear the watcher was reset to the centre of my screen! Only this time, when I tried to move the watcher to the side of my screen it stuck to my cursor resulting in an inability to click on anything else, couldn't even click on the "Logout" button! I couldn't figure out how to fix that so I resorted to using Task Manager to shut down WoW! :(

    Restarted WoW and logged back onto that character, fortunately the watcher was sitting in the centre of my screen, so I tried to move it again, same thing happened again, it stuck to my cursor! This time though I called up the FB help and tried a couple of commands, eventually the "/fb fishing stop" command "unlocked" the watcher from my cursor. At that point I simply logged out and exited the game as the servers were about to shut down for maintenance (EU player).

    I then checked the characters FishingBuddy.lua file (the one in the characters SavedVariables folder) and compared it to others. The character who'd had the watcher reset in Kun-Lai had a second "WatcherLocation" entry which was different to the original one under the "Settings" and a "Version" line. For all the characters that I hadn't logged in they were all missing the second "WatcherLocation" entry and the "Version" line, whereas those I had logged in (but hadn't changed the watcher) just had the second "WatcherLocation" entry but without the "X" and "Y" lines and the "Version" line. I've now edited all my characters FishingBuddy.lua file and added those settings as well as changing the first "WatcherLocation" entry under "Settings" to match the second one. Unfortunately I can't test anything now as the servers are down for maintenance so I'll have to wait until they're back up in about 7 hours. :(

    I really hope I don't have any more problems with FB, I'm starting to wish I'd never updated to 1.4 in the first place because before that it was all working fine! :(

  • #2695

    Darn it, that shouldn't be happening. I will investigate immediately. I am so sorry!

  • #2702

    The new version will:

    1. Transform the old values into the new format
    2. Remove the "old" entry

    So everything should be nice and clean (and less confusing) now!

  • #2701

    Aha! Excellent news, just happy that you were able to find the issue! :)

    Having tested 1.4b with another 11 characters (different 11 to the 11 I used yesterday) I can report that the watcher is now behaving just fine and is showing in the new location I placed it after updating to 1.4. I've also checked each of those characters SavedVariables\FishingBuddy.lua file and I see that the original ["WatcherLocation"] values are auto-removed in favour of the new ones! Hopefully this is the last of the problems related to the watcher! :)

    Last edited by Grizzly_UK on 5/22/2014 4:19:27 PM
  • #2699

    Nope, it wasn't making sense because people tend to see what they expect to see :-)

    I have found the issue (by *really* looking :-) and have a fix in the works.

    Thank you for all your reporting (and for bearing with me!)


  • #2698

    What isn't making sense? The info in my posts or what I'm reporting? If there's anything you need clarification on then please do ask and I'll do my best to provide better/more details. Would a copy of one of my characters FishingBuddy.lua files help?

  • #2697

    This is not making sense to me -- so I'm hoping something obvious jumps out at me. Thanks for hanging in there while I figure this out!

  • #2696

    Would the two "WatcherLocation" entries in the characters FishingBuddy.lua file result in possible problems? The reason I'm asking is that when I checked the FishingBuddy.lua file for the character that had the watcher reset when I clicked to equip my fishing gear the two "WatcherLocation" entries had different values for the "Y" settings, the first (original one) showed ["y"] = -291.0082616572377, but the second (new 1.4a one) showed ["y"] = -178.4102934831544, with both having the same ["x"] = 0, value. Wondering if that may have caused some sort of confusion within FB, although that wouldn't explain why the watcher didn't reset when I first logged that character in and did the fishing daily in Stormwind (catch 8 Hardened Walleye).

    That at least explains why the watcher for those characters that I did log in with had their watcher display in the previous (prior to 1.4) location, FB was simply pulling that info from each characters FishingBuddy.lua file, which would then mean that the watcher location settings from 1.4 weren't being saved to that file.

    Ah well, still got another hour and a half to wait until the servers come back up so that I can see what happens now that I've edited every characters FishingBuddy.lua file, but once I've been able to check with several characters I'll post back with whatever the results are. Also, if there's any other information that you may need from me then do please ask as I'm not at all sure as to what sort of info or details you may need.

    QUICK UPDATE: Been able to check with 6 characters so far, the first 4 were fine, no problems with the watcher, it displayed where expected. However, for the last 2 the watcher was displayed in the "old" position, even though I'd edited every characters FishingBuddy.lua file and changed both "WatcherLocation" "y" values to ["y"] = -178.4102934831544, I even double-checked the files while in-game and the values hadn't changed, but somehow the watcher for those 2 characters was positioned at ["y"] = -291.0082616572377, so where the heck is FB pulling that value from on those 2 characters?

    UPDATE 2: I've now checked 11 characters, done some fishing with each of them and only 4 had no problems, the remaining 7 all had the watcher positioned at the old ["y"] = -291.0082616572377, despite having edited each characters FishingBuddy.lua file and changing that value to ["y"] = -178.4102934831544, before I started playing today! My guess is that all my other characters will have the same thing happen with the watcher and I'll have to manually move the watcher to the new postion for each of the remaining 30 characters. :(

    Last edited by Grizzly_UK on 5/21/2014 4:06:46 PM
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