One of my favourite grinds didn't turn out to be that grindy after all - and that was fishing. A large part of it was due to the number of dailies related to fishing.
A more complete guide to Pandarian Fishing can be found at El's Extreme Anglin'. I'm not trying to rehash it, I'm just going to talk about it from the I-love-fishing perspective.
The Anglers are a faction located in Southern Krasarang Wilds. Through a series of dailies you earn reputation and special fishing rewards - AND each completed daily awards you one fishing skill!
There are a number of achievements to be had related to fishing in Pandaria:
Pandaren Angler, how confusing! Just a slight change in spelling...
A few screenshots of me doing my dailies...
|"Navi, I know it's rude to mention a ladies' weight but when you're sinking your raft..."|
|The quest "Who knew fish liked eggs?" means you break an egg in the water and fish it.|
Other dailies require you to do some fishing as well! The Cloud Serpent daily, Snack time, requires you to fish food for your cloud serpent, and that also helps you to level your fishing in a rewarding way.
It wasn't long before I got my max fishing, doing all those dailies. I hardly had to do any extra fishing at all!
However, there are 3 rare fish to be caught as part of the Pandarian Angler. These fish, Flying Tiger Gourami, Mimic Octopus and Spinefish Alpha are special fish with a low drop rate - Wowhead says 2%. I caught the Mimic Octopus in the ocean in a pool on the island where you do your Cloud Serpent dailies, the Flying Tiger Gourami in the Dojani river (actually around the area in the picture above of me sitting on a branch), and Spinefish Alpha at Inkgill Mere in Kun-Lai Summit (big lake in the south east of the zone that has black sha things around it). These fish all give you a quest which is the only way you can become best friends with Nat Pagle. El's Anglin says that you can only catch from open water (ie not in pools) but I could swear I caught my Mimic Octopus in a pool! Next time I'll pay closer attention.
Souglyy told me that she saw the Ghostly Pandaren Fisherman (rare spawn) and he gave her the Ancient Pandaren Fishing Lure! That was pretty exciting! So she was fishing with her lure for a while one night. He spawns in Valley of the Four Winds on the north side of that lake at the border of Vale of Eternal Blossoms. She didn't get any pics though =/
I have 2 more dailies I need for my Locking Down the Docks and I have a loooong way to go for reputation with The Anglers and Nat Pagle... so there will be more fun fishing days ahead for me! I tell you what I look forward to - that Tiny Goldfish (which I totally forgot to buy now that I'm honoured!) and that cool Water Strider mount (exalted) when I get more rep!