So what could be done to retain players imo?
There already is a bonus to lower level players for catching fish and they dont seem to be affected by the 30 minute - 1 hour timer that cuts the bite rate down to nothing. They seem to have fun and many times out catch me in places like belaya and kouri. Somewhere around level 30 is where that stops, not sure exactly but we've all experienced it and then the real grind sets in and many players stop having fun so they quit.
Outside the bug fixes and DCs here's what I think should happen:
1. More active fishing spots on maps, e.g. ladoga I go there and its always dead except for 1 spot sometimes 2. Tuba is a different story, you can usually find many spots with many different fish to catch but its a challenge to find due to map size, having to rent a boat and the time it takes to find the right spot. Then you find that sweet fishing hole and you get 1 hour and the bite rate falls off the cliff. Infuriating.
2. Adjust the bite rate cut off period to where you can at least fish a spot for 2 or 3 hours before it slows down. 30 minutes or 1 hour is ridiculously annoying, and I hate having to change locations and often entire tackle setups so quickly.
That's really it, if those changes were implemented it would bring back some players who quit, and restore some of the addictive fun this game used to have, while making the silver grind more tolerable.
/wasting my time