I know some of you may be a bit fed up with fish related topics, but don’t tell me anything. This is the third installment of my epic fish feast experiment and we move on to the final fish needed to cook it. Nettles are found in Wintergrasp, Ulduar, Dragonblight but mostly in Sholzar Basin. Many guides on this fish suggest going to the heart of the Sholzar Basin, where the ghost fish fishing hunt takes place. While it is true that this place generally has around 3 groups, they do not respawn fast enough to be classified as an efficient place to catch them.
There are two sensible options for the routes to follow. One is to start in the heart of the rivers and descend through one of its 4 tributaries. The second option is the one I used and involves starting at the northern end of the Sholzar basin at Bittertide Lake. The lake is large enough to provide enough pools for an average speed angler to constantly circle around it. If you find that the ponds are not appearing fast enough for you, then you always have the option of following the southern tributary leading to Rivers Heart as it usually contains 2-3 ponds. The main reason I decided to make my route around the lake is that my character is a miner and at the west end of the lake there are 3 mining nodes that at any moment could generate a tasty titanium ore or some rich saronite deposits.
Fishing for 200 of these beauties took 104 minutes and came with 81g of materials and pygmy suckling pig. Now, when we analyze the sale of fish and its cooked variants, we come to a somewhat disappointing conclusion. Not only does raw fish sell for less than the other two fish used in the fish feast, but once we add spices from the north, it actually loses value.
Raw fish sells for 1g31 on my server (if you can find buyers). Adding in some flavorful Northren spices makes it a Spicy Blue Nettle and it comes with a decent +40 critical rating and a + 4- stamina bonus. Unfortunately, not many people value the critical rating over other benefits and the value of cooked fish is around 1g9s. Unless you intend to use this food on yourself in forays or are leveling up your culinary skills, there is very little reason to cook this fish. Which is a bit embarrassing for those who spend a lot of time growing items like saronite ore in the Sholzar Basin and might have appreciated a break from the grind.
That’s the end of the individual fishing parts of the Feast of Fish Epic Item Set. Below we cover Northern Spices and how they can be used to line your pockets with loads of lovely and greedy gold.