Animal Crossing Fishing Tourney guide – Prizes, tips and more

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Animal Crossing’s first fishing tourney event of 2022 will take place this Saturday.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ first New Year’s show is about to arrive. The game’s fishing tourney returns this Saturday, January 8, giving you another chance to earn trophies and other exclusive prizes. Here’s everything you need to know about the event.

When is the fishing tourney?


fishing tourney organized January 8 From 9 am to 6 pm your time

How does the event work?

While the fishing tourney has been a staple of the Animal Crossing series since its initial installment, the event works a little differently at New Horizons than in previous games. To enter the contest, first speak to CJ at the plaza in your city. After paying a small entry fee of 500 bells, you’ll have three minutes to reel in as many fish as you can.

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After the time has elapsed, come back to the Chief Justice and he will match the number of points you earned based on how many fish you were able to catch. If you are able to land three or more fish before the time runs out, you will receive one point for each fish, with additional points awarded.

The points you earn can be redeemed for special fish-themed items from CJ’s, like tackle bags and fish umbrellas. If you hit certain milestones you will also get a special trophy. You can re-enter the tournament as many times as you want until the event ends at 6 PM

What are the rewards?

For every 10 points you earn, CJ will gift you a special fish-themed item that cannot be obtained outside of a fishing tourney. You can’t choose which items to spend your points on, as they will be given at random, but you will receive one of each before CJ starts giving you duplicates. See the full list of awards here:

  • anchor statue
  • fish door plate
  • fish drying rack
  • fish pouch
  • fish print tee
  • fishing rod stand
  • fish back
  • fish umbrella
  • fish stick
  • fresh cooler
  • nautical pop wall
  • tackle bag

As mentioned, you’ll also take home a special fishing trophy when you’ve reached certain point milestones. Here are all the trophies and the total number of points you need to earn to get them:

  • Bronze Fish Trophy (Sent to your home after scoring 100 points)
  • Silver Fish Trophy (Sent to your home after you score 200 points)
  • Gold Fish Trophy (Sent to your home after you score 300 points)

fishing tourney tips

While you can participate in a fishing tourney alone, you will be more effective if you work together with a friend for the event. The number of fish each player has caught will be added together at the end of the round, making it much easier to earn points and earn rewards.

It’s also a good idea to prepare for a fishing tourney by preparing plenty of bait before the event. With this bait, you can just camp and fish in one place, instead of running around your island in search of fish eggs. CJ will buy any fish you catch for the same increased rate he usually pays when you visit the island, making this a good opportunity to rake in a few extra bells as well.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ big 2.0 update arrived back in November and introduced a variety of new items and features to the game, including gyroids, Brewster’s Cafe and cooking. In addition to the free update, Nintendo released a paid DLC expansion called happy home paradisewhich is free to use for Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Customer.

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