The Fishing Tourney is a fish-catching event that occurs throughout the year in the Animal Crossing series. While the principle of the fishing tourney remains the same across the series, each incarnation has different variations.
In the games
In Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+
Summer Fishing Tourney
In Animal Crossing, in June, Chip the beaver will host a fishing tournament every Sunday, where the player can win furniture for record-breaking fish. Chip will give the player a prize for every fish they turn in to him that beats the previous record for the day, however, only fish from the bass family will count for the tourney. Any other fish the player gives him won't count, but he'll still take them if they agree. For each other fish, he'll have some comments about how he likes to cook them.
Unlike in Wild World and City Folk, the player can actually see villagers participating in the tourney. The animals will wear fishing vests and have their bobbers in the water. However, the player will not see any villagers catch any fish.
Start with the smallest fish first in order to maximize the loot; if the player plans to fish on the day of the tourney, they should wake up early in the morning when the big fish are biting. However, fish caught before the tourney can also be turned over to Chip for prizes, so it's a good idea to store fish in advance. If the player has the top record at the end of the day, they will receive a Redd or Lottery (*may require high Feng Shui) item as a gift in the mail. Also, talk to Tortimer at any time during the Tourney to receive the Angler Trophy.
Fall Fishing Tourney
In Wild World
Although the tournament starts at 12 P.M., the player can use any previously caught fish in it. Take the fish to Tortimer, who is outside of the Town Hall. If it is the biggest caught fish that day, the player will receive the prize of a random item. However, a villager may later submit a larger fish, so the player has to keep trying. If at 6 P.M. still have the largest fish caught, the player will win the Fish Trophy, which is mailed to them. If the player doesn't have a fishing rod at the beginning, just talk to Tortimer for a free one. The shark would be the best one to submit to Tortimer because it is the biggest fish (17.6 feet average). If it is winter, the best thing would be to submit a tuna, as sharks cannot be obtained in winter months. A good technique would be to catch a shark and then save it until the fishing tourney arrives.
In City Folk
In City Folk, there are two types of tourneys, with different fish to catch each time. Chip returns to the front of the Town Hall with his tent full of coolers, and is standing eagerly for contestants to bring in fish to be measured, after which he eats the player's submission. Winning the tourneys will get the player a Gold or Silver Trophy, depending on which tourney they entered, and which will arrive by post the next morning. Additionally, the player will receive a piece of common furniture from Chip every time they beat a previous record.
During the tournaments held on the second Saturday of the month, any fish is accepted. The largest fish wins a Gold Trophy.
During the tournaments held on the third Saturday of the month, only specific fish will be accepted in the competition (although Chip will eat any type of fish handed to him). For each of those tourneys, the specific fish is chosen at random from a potential three each month. The prize is a Silver Trophy that Chip sends in the mail.
|3rd||Saturday||January||Dab, Horse Mackerel, Pond Smelt|
|3rd||Saturday||March||Crucian Carp, Loach, Sea Bass|
|3rd||Saturday||May||Black Bass, Red Snapper, Sea Bass|
|3rd||Saturday||November||Black Bass, Carp, Horse Mackerel|
In New Leaf
Due to the new updates to the fishing mechanics, the player will automatically measure the height of the fish they catch upon catching them. The tourney begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 6:00 PM, with the player able to enter Chip's tent in-between the times of 6:00 and 9:00 PM to watch or participate in the award ceremony. When the winners are announced here, the characters who are first, second, and third stand on a plinth, with other villagers looking on. The winners are then given either a Gold, Silver, or Bronze trophy depending on their rank, followed by everyone letting off party poppers to conclude the ceremony. This allows for a photo opportunity using the 3DS internal camera. The next day the winners of the tourney are given a mention on the Bulletin Board, congratulating them on their win.
The player receives random furniture each time they break the current record. If the record was broken with a fish especially big for its species, Chip will comment on this and give the player a Fishing Series item.
If the villagers place and win a trophy, they will receive a trophy item to display in their home or sell. If the player did not attend the ceremony, they can still receive their trophy if they won one the next day when it arrives in the post instead.
In Pocket Camp
In Pocket Camp, the Fishing Tourney is held at either Saltwater Shores or Lost Lure Creek. There are three Tourney fish to catch at each Tourney, but the types of fish that can be caught and count towards total-size goals change with every Tourney, and the Tourney fish available at one Tourney are no longer available after the Tourney ends nor at the next Tourney. Turning in the fish to Chip will lead to him measuring them and rewarding the player for reaching certain total-size goals. There are other tasks regarding the amount of tourney and non-tourney fish caught as well, with rewards counting towards total measurements.
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, the Fishing Tourney is hosted by C.J. and held on the third Saturday of certain months (the months vary depending on whether the island is in the northern or southern hemisphere). In a departure from previous tourneys, the players will have 3 minutes to catch as many fish as they can. Every fish is valued at one point, and can be sold or retrieved from the cooler at the end of the timer. The player will receive 2 bonus points for catching more then 3 fish. 10 points can be redeemed for a random prize, and after a net 100 points C.J. will mail a prize to the players home the next day.
While C.J. is present on the island, he will also buy any other fish that the player wants to sell, and craft models of specific fish if the player can provide him with 3 of that fish in exchange. C.J. will ask the player to catch 3 fish of the same "size" in a row for his showcase. C.J. describes the size he wants by naming a fish of that size as an example; the player must identify the correct silhouette while fishing and only catch fish with the same silhouette size for them to count towards the goal. The fish do not have to be the same species.
|Name||Image||Price (Buy)||Price (Sell)||Source||Variations||Customize?||Size|
|Fish pochette||N/A||210 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
|Fish-print tee||N/A||160 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
|Fish doorplate||N/A||90 Bells||C.J.||N/A||Yes|
|Fresh cooler||N/A||450 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
|Tackle bag||N/A||175 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
|Fish print||N/A||700 Bells||C.J.||N/A||Yes|
|Fish wand||N/A||1,500 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
|Fish drying rack||N/A||750 Bells||C.J.||N/A||Yes|
|Fish rug||N/A||375 Bells||C.J.||N/A|
|Fish umbrella||N/A||80 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
|Fishing-rod stand||N/A||300 Bells||C.J.||N/A|
|Marine pop wall||N/A||805 Bells||C.J.||N/A||No|
- In every game of the series except Pocket Camp, it is possible to submit fish that were not caught during the tourney (such as sharks caught at the Island), yet still fulfill the tourney's requirements (i.e. one type of fish only or all types of fish), making it very easy for the player to win if they plan ahead of time.
- During the pre-release of New Horizons, the Fishing Tourney was hosted by Tom Nook, Timmy and Tommy. The event took place from March 12th, 2020 to March 19th, 2020.