in case it hasnt been said.... FISHING is AWESOME. I didnt fish in xi, but crafted like crazy, now i think I might do fishing fulltime. Dont believe the skeptics.... its very very fun, and not hard once u get used to how it works.
I agree with the Fishing. I really like the system a lot. My only slight disappointment feeling is having to random choose one of zone 1 thru 5 to hope for a "hook". Then again... that is very much like real life fishing, so it is understandable.
This may be completely placebo effect, but when trying to hook fish that are your level or above, the random zones 1-5 "hook" becomes more random. However, once I began acquiring skill and started catching fish that were below my level, I could just select the middle zone and catch them every time.
As for the "reeling in" that system is actually very very simplistic and I like it a lot.
The BEST part of fishing is that if you catch a fish, you are guaranteed about 180-220 skillup points. If you hook a fish but do not reel it in, you get about 90-110 skillup points.
It's superb that it is not completely random "hope and wish for a .1" skillup. You have a goal 957 skill to get rank 2, you catch 5 fish, boom you're rank 2. That pre-determined certainty is excellent.