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Fishing Buddy

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 174,592 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.0.3
  • 8,065,075 Total Downloads
  • Updated 01/10/2015
  • Created 09/30/2008
  • 6,797 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: 1.4v
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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 1.4v
- Fix for watcher fish counting (thanks ProphetV!)

Version 1.4u
- Add an option to display just the current fish in the watcher (Curse #237)
- Do some fixing around Curse bug #246 (it looks like some addons turn off minimap icons)
- Updated Traditional Chinese (thanks alec65!)

Version 1.4t
- Remove UI freeze when using the Blizz bag sorter
- Add garrison cavedweller fish to "Pagle" fish list (ding on catch, list in watcher)

Version 1.4s
- Add missing file that maanged to not get into source control

Version 1.4r
- Don't use Draenor special baits while doing the Hookshot or introductory fishing quests
- Display lunkers with other quest fish in the watcher

Version 1.4q
- Now that the library is right, make sure we check it correctly for non-English clients

Version 1.4p
- Fix bug in fishing library that was messing up non-English zone lookups

Version 1.4o
- Add an option to control the application of "Draenor bait"
- More work on cleaning up all of the old lure code to handle all of the new situations

Version 1.4n
- The zone based lures should be applied appropriately, including sea scorpion
- Updated French translation (thanks Matisk, Mips, and ckeurk!)
- Updated to latest LibTourist, now knows about garrisons
- Fix Curse bug #243 (switch error while in combat)

Version 1.4m
- Don't try and remember fish schools if we're not sure where we are (Curse Bug #240)

Version 1.4k
- Fix math error in watcher when you are fishing for the first time

Version 1.4j
- Make sure Nat's Hookshot is applied whenever we're doing the Lunker quest
- Use the Worm Supreme, if we need it to get over 950
- Use the latest LibTourist, and notice if we're in the Draenor zones for skill check

Version 1.4i
- One last "boolean instead of 1" error in the locations frame
- Latest version of LibTourist (hacked for 950 skill everywhere)

Version 1.4h
- Actually fix the issue with checkboxes (Curse bug #234)

Version 1.4g
- Subtle fix for checkbox handling in options, use booleans everywhere (Curse bug #234)
- Use the latest version of LibTourist
- French translation updated (thanks Dabeuliou!)

Version 1.4f
- Use the latest version of LibTourist
- Remove Outfitter failure (I may add the tooltips back in later)

Version 1.4e
- Use the latest version of LibBabble-SubZone
- Italian translation reviewed (thanks _YuSaKu_!)
- French translation updated (thanks Dabeuliou!)

Version 1.4d
- Use the latest beta of LibTourist and LibBabble-SubZone for WoD
- Update TOC

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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  • #2928

    I am still trying to figure this one out - FB is certainly trying to use "the smallest lure to get you to the minimu 100% number for this zone" and it seems to be behaving that way for me - but I will keep working on it :-)

  • #2921

    A few things that would greatly improve this addon...


    1) "Totals" - This has to be the biggest thing I'm not liking about what this addon is doing. Changing this would be a BIG improvement!

    Fishing Buddy is counting the [total number of fish caught], and then calculating percentages based on that number. I know it's counting total fish because I watched the number go up THREE integers in ONE catch, on a single catch where I had caught two fish and one bait.

    This is not a true percentage for "DROP-RATES." Drop rates are based on the number of CASTS. What people need to know is how many casts it takes to proc. a particular fish, according to RNG. 

    It's just like when you kill an NPC and it drops several pieces of gear and junk items - the other drops in that kill aren't considered in the drop rate for each [individual] item; yet this is what FB is doing.

    I've been taking logs of my Lunker catches to try to find out the drop-rate (because wowhead is probably wrong, and is often corrected by user data). But when I realized FB isn't counting CASTS (kills), I scraped the percentage aspect of the project, because the data I was accumulating is now useless.


    1b) If the box that stays open on my screen is counting percentages based on items caught, and not casts (kills), then I can only imagine the box that totals all catch percentages (opened from the mini-map) is based on the same thing. Again, the data is useless from the RNG perspective.


    2) I left Talador to go to my garrison. When I returned, all percentages (in the box on my screen) were set back to zero. But as soon as I began fishing, the numbers jumped up. It must be counting what's in my bags because it didn't count Lunkers, which I now had none of because I had turned them in to Nat Pagle at my garrison. Counting what's in your bags, as opposed to just sticking to what was caught from a zone, per session, is not a good idea, because it falsifies the reading if did I something like: sent some fish to an alt, or gave my Lunkers to Nat… and this offset my inventory.


    3) FB doesn't count percentages under 1%. It's reading the Lunkers as a 0% drop. But we all know it's not a ZERO percent drop, because if it was zero, nothing would be dropping, right? It's probably just .5 or something. But because FB doesn't count anything below 1%, we can never know that from this addon. I've looked and haven’t found an addon that I can program to count casts and percentages; but I thought this addon would do that... Just sayin'. Either way, due to point #1 above, this number isn't a true RNG number, based on casts.


    4) I've been logging the amount of time elapsed between catches. This way I can add up all the numbers (time) when I'm done farming the 200 Lucky Coins for Nat's booty, and then post the [active fishing hours] it takes to fish up all the Lunkers. It might be a nice feature to have a built in stop watch? And maybe be able to keep track of [active] fishing time? This would involve the add-on being able to tell if you’ve gone a few seconds (maybe 10 sec) without casting, but I think it would be kinda a nice feature to make this add-on even more useful.


    Last edited by TheRealJamesDevlin on 1/17/2015 7:06:21 AM
  • #2923

    Not the author, but for point #3. FB does count percentages below 1%. See

  • #2932

    I just thought I'd add, If you put in a feature to count the number of casts, so as to get a better RNG count, you might want to program it to disregard casts that have been canceled out within two seconds. (Generally I have never caught a fish in under four seconds).

    The reason is: If you're trying to cast into a school, It may take several attempts to get your bobber to land in the school. Each cast that is canceled out (re-cast) would give a false total [cast-number] if all casts were counted, regardless if they were successful or not.

    Or it could count only casts that resulted in some king of catch.

    (I have a feeling you're going to get a lot more comments and suggestions now that Draenor added some nice things to get from fishing. But... each suggestion can potentially improve the addon. :D )

  • #2927

    Thank you all for jumping in an defending my math :-)

    FB keeps *everything* -- I make herculean efforts to make sure your data survives even after a major rewrite. The Watcher displays both "total count of this fish in this subzone" and "total fish caught in this subzone since you got here and started fishing" (there is a new option that just shows the fish caught in the current subzone session).

    You are right, though, FB does all of its math using "total things caught" and not "total casts" -- mostly because I have never thought about it that way :-)

    I will add some options for using casts as the "total" for percentage calculation and not fishes, plus one for the precision of the percentages displayed :-)

  • #2926

    The box doesn't reset when you leave the zone.
    In this screenshot:

    The grey text is records of all previous+current fishing sessions while the white text is records from just the current fishing session, then again at the top the gold text is total of current+all previous while the green is just the current. Leaving the zone or relogging will start a new session,

    It records per subzone catches, subzone as in if the name above the minimap changes FB will record that as a new area. If you cast 100 lines in Shattrath, leave and return later, those 100 catches will still be there.

    If you cast 100 lines in Shattrath, then go to Tuurem and cast a further 100, each area will have 100 casts each recorded.

    If its resetting, check that this ( option isnt ticked under the Watcher options as this will cause it to display current session only data. If thats unticked then the problem is unrelated to FB and is most likely that WoW is unable to save addon data. If your using win7/8 take ownership of the WoW folder or run the client as an administrator and see if it starts saving properly.

    Last edited by kiingy on 1/15/2015 1:39:08 AM
  • #2925

    Thank you for replying. =)

    Yeah that box does count lower percentages. However, to get an accurate percentage you need a much larger sample size.

    Because that box (in the photo) is reset every time you leave the zone and start fishing again, you get an overall very low sample size. If I caught only two lunkers before leaving the zone (which could take me two hours), I only have two as a sample—I would have to stand there and fish up 100 Lunkers, in one zone, without logging out or switching zones (and God forbid I DC!), in order to get a sample of 100.

    The box accessed through the mini-map keeps track of zone catches longer, but that box doesn't count anything below 1%. Therefor there is nothing that keeps logs for long periods of time, through several fishing sessions, that also counts fractional percentages.

    Last edited by TheRealJamesDevlin on 1/13/2015 8:23:10 PM
  • #2919

    FB don't save my fishing data properly. When I go to the waters I already fished before, I don't see my catches count, only '-1.$%' for every fish. I tried to reinstall addon, disable all other addons, I remove my whole WTF folder. Sadly nothing help, while I'm fishing, fish counts shows like they should, but when I log out and log in, I only see this '-1.$%'.

  • #2920

    I will take a look -- that's weird. Thanks!

  • #2924

    Thank You for the fix, now is fine again:)

  • #2915

    Ty for FB!!

    I recently discovered errors in the FB tracker, and narrowed it down to this addon: EasyLoot (

    Basically, when Easyloot picks up fish, FB is unable to take them into account and are never logged. Once Easyloot is disabled, FB was once again able to log fish properly.

    Last edited by Howlin on 1/7/2015 8:56:48 AM
  • #2916

    I will look at this, but if someone else "autoloots" before FB gets there, no fish can be found :-(

  • #2918

    Yeah that is what I realised and disabled EasyLoot till the problem is sorted :)

    Ty again btw, I have been using FB for a very long time and it has always been examplary :)

  • #2914

    The Fish Watcher seems to reset itself every time I log (Current fish only disabled)

    Last edited by Malfious on 1/6/2015 1:11:39 PM
  • #2917

    Thanks for the report! I will look into this.

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