The fishing system is scheduled for some major improvements.
Here is an outline of the changes you can expect to see.
* New action-oriented system
-The rod will begin to shake wildly when something takes the bait.
-Countering the movement of the rod will reduce the stamina of your intended catch.
-A catch is best reeled in when its stamina is close to zero, so much more attention is required when compared to the current fishing system.
-In accordance with these changes, fishing skill will rise at twice the rate of the current system.
* Strengthening of lower-level fishing rods
-Lower-level rods such as the willow rod will become much more durable.
-Other new characteristics will determine the type of rod best suited for catching certain types of fish.
* Increased effects of fishing skill
-The method for comparing fishing skill and the level of the fish will be improved, making it easier for those with higher fishing skill to catch high-level fish.
* Other changes
-Everyone will gain a new "fishing instinct."
-The "instinct" of those with higher fishing skill will be more accurate.
FINAL FANTASY XI Development Team (2/10/2005)