You don't even need a pole to begin fishing. Once you have trained Fishing you can cast and (hopefully) catch fish. If you have decided that you want the extra style points for carrying an actual fishing pole you can buy one from any of these vendors for a few copper.
A fishing pole is two-hand weapon. With the exception of the basic Fishing Pole, each pole provides an enhancement to the players fishing skill. Fishing poles can have minimum player level requirements and minimum fishing skill level requirements. Here's a link to a list of currently obtainable fishing poles.
It's worth noting again that a fishing pole only increases your fishing skill, which decreases your chance of catching junk on open water only. If you are fishing in pools, there is no reason or advantage to equip a fishing pole.
Rare Fishing Poles
Some of us just have to collect things, and anglers collect fishing poles. Here are a few that are out there:
Shellfish Trap located in southwest Desolace. The drop rate isn't so bad, currently around 5-6%.
Bag of Shiny Things from the Fishing Quest Daily in Stormwind and Orgrimmar. They can also be found in Bag of Fishing Treasures from the Fishing Quest Daily in Dalaran. It is a very rare drop.
Bag of Shiny Things from the Fishing Quest Daily in Stormwind and Orgrimmar. They can also be found in Bag of Fishing Treasures from the Fishing Quest Daily in Dalaran. This is a very rare drop.
Anglers have an array of gear and enhancements available to buff their fishing skill and help them fish. Here is a liet of the current gear available for us:
|Boots of the Bay||Feet||+15||Teleport to Booty Bay||Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza|
|Darkmoon Fishing Cap||Head||+5||Summon Shipwreck Debris||Fishing in Darkmoon Island|
|Enchant Gloves - Angler||+5||Enchanting|
|Enchant Gloves - Fishing||+2||Enchanting|
|High Test Eternium Fishing Line||+5||Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and Northrend Daily Fishing Quests|
|Lucky Fishing Hat||Head||+5||Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza|
|Nat's Hat||Head||+5||+150 for 10 mins.||Vendor: Nat Pagle (Best Friend)|
|Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots||Feet||+5||Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza|
|Reinforced Fishing Line||+1||Stendell's Bane|
|Sharpened Tuskarr Spear||Main Hand||+15||Vendor: Nat Pagle (Anglers - Revered)|
|Spun Truesilver Fishing Line||+3||Outland Fishing Daily Quests|
|Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat||Head||+5||Azeroth, Outland, or Northrend Daily Fishing Quests|