If you couldn't tell by their supercilious name, the Culinarian's Guild are a finicky bunch, particularly the persnickety Master Lyngsath.
So when he comes asking for Shadow Catfish, no other fish will do, even if I kindly explain that fishing one out involves an arduous journey to Fallgourd Float followed by grueling labor. Naturally, I thought of you for the task.
This will likely require a bit of "fishwheeling," if you know what I mean, though I imagine you do not as I just invented that word. It means catching fish to use as bait for a fish, then recasting that fish as bait for a yet larger fish.
In my wisdom, I have deemed that your fishing prowess, land-faring acumen, and physical presence directly in front of me qualify you as the ideal candidate for the job.
I have no doubts you'll be more than amply capable of fishwheeling or any other new terms I see fit to conjure up, for that matter.
Simply use Crayfish Balls to catch a Striped Goby, then recast that to catch the Shadow Catfish.
Take it from the inventor of fishwheeling: since the Striped Goby will become your lure, you'll want to catch the biggest, shiniest one you can find.
A long journey lies ahead of you, and I fear the guild will not be the same in your absence, but I choose to think of it not as losing a friend, but gaining a Shadow Catfish.
Fishwheeling, or Mooching as it is more widely known, involves catching a HQ fish and then recasting your line with the fish still on it in an attempt to land even larger prey. A high Perception rating will increase your chances of catching a HQ fish.
You'll find the catfish you seek at Fallgourd Float in the North Shroud. Mayhap it's a tad presumptuous to say you'll find it, but that's where it is, at any rate.
(You turn in a Shadow Catfish.)
Post Turn-In Dialogue:
Even crotchety old Lyngsath will crack a smile when he glimpses that fish.
They say never to look a gift fish in the mouth, but one can't help but stare at that gaping grimace--it looks like it could swallow a person!
I'm sure the fish of Gridania are none too displeased to see this one leave the water.
Lore has it that Yarzons often covet the fish, attacking fishermen in hopes of stealing the catch. Suppose I should've warned you about that ahead of time.
Still, I don't see what all the fuss is about. For the lengths one need travel and dangers one need brave, the fish tastes little better than mud!
Pssht! Pardon me, but perhaps I might persuade you to prepare them in a proper bath? Water washes off the waste you can wipe away, but the invisible vapors only vanish with vinegar! You must mind the mud you can't see.
I'll have to try that sometime. Speaking of the mud you can't see, where did you come out of all of a sudden!?
A good guildmaster gusts in and goes out like a gale. Now you see me, now you don't!
Actually, I still see you standing right there.
But that is neither here nor there. There are few fisherman who could haul in the catch you did today, Player.
Frankly, I've started to wonder how we ever got along without you.