It occurs to me that fishing rods should probably have some sort of bait usage for them to work properly and catch fish. I thought maggots would be a good choice for this use.
Zombies drop feathers right now, and notch has planned on changing that for a while. I think maggots would be a good drop for zombies, as they ARE rotting bodies that have been reanimated (theoretically), it would make sense that some small critter has been eating away at them. As for other drop places (since zombies are a bit dangerous to chase after for bait) I was also thinking that maggots could have a small chance of dropping out of Dirt blocks when you dig them out, similar to finding earthworms in soil or something.
As for use in fishing, you can hook mobs and players like normal without wasting your bait (pulling mobs and players to you outside of the water), but when the floater bobs in the water, your bait count will subtract by one. No matter what happens now, you've lost that bait, but if you catch the fish in time, obviously you get the fish. I'm thinking maybe the fishing rod could only lose damage when you hook something and not when you pull it out prematurely or are just flinging it around for fun (or accidentally.) This would prevent the rod from wasting its health too fast. This change would probably be a fair tradeoff since getting bait would be a bit of a chore.
Another balance fix may be simply letting the rod still catch without bait, but reducing the chance drastically. This would promote the retrieval of bait, while not making the rod useless in the absence of bait.
(I may add pictures later if people like this idea, but I can't guarantee they'll look good :tongue.gif: )
will is right. maybe if fish had something over cooked pork, like they stacked or they healed more, or pigs were less frequent.
if any of the already mentioned things happened it would be a good idea.
Jeb hinted in those two new videos that when animals are persistent there might be much less of a chance of more spawning, I'm not sure how that will work, but maybe that will be the balance to pork that will make this idea more plausible...