Obviously there is troubling news about fishing and while we don't know any absolutes yet, the general sense we are getting from Yoshi can't be interpreted in any way other than it's going casual. On this thread I am hoping for constructive criticism towards the future of XIV fishing...
With that said, I hope to come up with some ways we can suggest on the Beta forums to make fishing still worth while (in the event out suspicions are confirmed .)
My first idea is this:
It's obvious they want to move fishing away from the RMT trade because they are collecting all day and then flooding the market with craft items/crystals/fish etc. To combat this, why not offer a wide range of gear/items/etc that can be gained only my catching fish or other objects that are obtained via fishing. Then with those fish or other items, you turn them into an NPC which give you access to a wide array of RARE/EX items... (a la Lu Shangs except this time, it can't be traded.)
This accomplishes two major goals.
A. It keeps fishing a vitale part of the game
B. It eliminates the incentive for fish bots
In order to accomplish this however, they must also make whatever is caught out of the water Rare/Ex. To accomplish this, I was thinking you have some item in the water (similar to the boots and pots that were caught in XI) that in this instance are traded to the NPC. In XIV as an example we call these items "Sea Relics" or whatever they want to call them... They can even add lore behind them, for example, they are relics of the old world lost to the see during the last apocalypse. Now some antique guild is out to collect them, in exchange for rewards... Of course these are rare, and should only be caught maybe 1/30 casts (or whatever their balancing team decides.)
Anyways here is my first idea... please let me know what you think! Once I refine this idea a bit more I'm hoping we can collectively put our voices together on the beta forums to save/improve the trade we love :)