I don't think I can recall the last time I've genuinely been THIS excited. It definitely does get more interesting the higher up in level you get, however everyone must remember that fishing itself was rebuilt to be a fun class to play, not a die-hard gathering profession focused solely around profit such as mining/botany.
Half the excitement of fishing comes from not knowing what you'll catch next. It's definitely good to go without some system telling you where to fish for what, we had that in v1.0 and it was a garbage system. People would abuse it and farm for hours to get 10k of the same fish for seal turn-ins. I myself have well over 40k fish between my retainers. Poor gals, dealin' with the stench of year ol' fish.