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.
Animal Crossing (GCN) and Animal Forest e+Edit
Summer Fishing TourneyEdit
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. 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. It's a good idea to store fish in advance of the Tourney. If you have the record at the end of the day you will receive an additional gift in the mail. Talk to Tortimer at any time during the Tourney to recieve the Angler Trophy.
Fall Fishing TourneyEdit
The Fishing Tourney reappears every Sunday in November. See above for info.
Animal Crossing: Wild WorldEdit
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.
Animal Crossing: City FolkEdit
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 LeafEdit
The winners are announced inside Chip's tent. The characters who are first, second and third stand on a plinth, with other villagers looking on. When they are announced, they will let off party poppers with the winners smiling and Chip looking forward. This allows for a photo opportunity.