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.
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Summer Fishing Tourney
In Animal Crossing during June, Chip the beaver will host a fishing tournament every Sunday where you can win furniture for record-breaking fish. Chip will give you a prize for every fish you 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 you give him won't count but he'll still take them off your hands if you 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 your smallest fish first in order to maximize the loot; if you plan to fish on the day of the tourney, 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 of the Tourney. If you have the top record at the end of the day, you 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
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Although the tournament starts at 12 P.M., you 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, you get the prize of a random item. However, a villager may later submit a larger fish, so you have to keep trying. If at 6 P.M. you still have the largest fish caught, you will win the Fish Trophy, which is mailed to you. If you don'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 some winter months. A good technique would be to catch a shark and then save it until the fishing tourney arrives.
Animal Crossing: City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, there are two types of tourney, with different fish available in each. 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 your submission. Winning the tourneys will get you a Gold or Silver Trophy, dependent on which tourney you entered, and which will arrive by post the next morning. Additionally, you will receive a piece of common furniture from Chip everytime you 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.
|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|
Animal Crossing: 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 6:00PM, with the player able to enter Chip's tent in-between the times of 6:00 and 9:00PM 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 winner of the tourney is given a mention on the Bulletin Board congratulating them on their win.
The player receives random furniture each time he or she breaks the current record. In particular, if the record was broken with a fish specially big for its species, Chip will comment this and always give the player a Fishing Series item.
Even if the villagers win a trophy, they will not recieve the actual 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 every game of the series, it's possible to submit fish that were not caught during the tourney (such as sharks caught at the Island) , making it very easy for the player to win if they plan ahead of time.