Check out the patch notes for the v19 Winter Mischief update here: http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/news/article/55464/winter-mischief-v19
Golden fish are way too rare
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I am not exaggerating when I say that I have caught over 18,000 fish with a golden lure active the entire time, and I have not seen a single exceptional golden fish. As far as gold fish go, I've caught around 500 commons, 33 rares, and 0 exceptionals. I was beginning to wonder if they were bugged, or if the exceptional fish were just broken. Less than 1 in 18,000 is just a little too rare, if you ask me.