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How to Compete in the Fishing Tourney

Seren Morgan-Roberts


This page offers information on the Fishing Tourneys and how to compete in them. The Fishing Tourneys are always held on the second saturday of January, April, July and October, in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

The Fishing Tourney

The Fishing Tourney is held by C.J., who you’ll find at the Plaza with a fishing stall. The tourney runs all day until 6pm. Your first go at the tourney is free, but after that you’ll need to pay 500 bells to enter.

The aim of the Fishing Tourney is to catch as many fish as possible in 3 minutes. All the fish you catch will also be sent to C.J.‘s cooler at his fishing stall, so you don’t have to worry about filling up your pockets.

Catch as many fish as you can in 3 minutes!

You earn one point for each fish. If you catch more than 3 fish during the 3 minutes, you’ll receive 2 extra bonus points, which means your total point count will be the number of fish you caught plus 2. You can then redeem the points for special fishing related rewards!

You can also sell the fish you caught for extra money! C.J. will buy your fish for 1.5 times the usual price. The Fishing Tourney is a great way to make a lot of bells as you can sell all the fish you catch.

C.J.’s Rewards

Everytime you earn 10 points you’ll be able to use them to earn one prize.

  • Fish-Print Tee
  • Fish Pochette
  • Tackle Bag
  • Fish Umbrella
  • Fish Rug
  • Marine Pop Wall
  • Fish Print
  • Fish Doorplate
  • Anchor Statue
  • Fish-Drying Rack
  • Fresh Cooler
  • Fishing-Rod Stand
  • Fish Wand

The fishing rod stand reward is great for decorating beachy areas.

Fishing Trophies

If you catch enough fish and earn lots of points, you’ll be able to earn some fancy fishing trophies.

  • Bronze Trophy - 100 points
  • Silver Trophy - 200 points
  • Gold Trophy - 300 points
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    Social simulation
  • Guide Release
    7 August 2020
  • Last Updated
    20 January 2022
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  • Guide Author
    Seren Morgan-Roberts

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