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Animal Crossing: If you Missed the Fishing Tourney, how to Participate and Unlock Rewards

We are now just over a week into January and already we have seen heaps of seasonal changes on our islands. Not only that, but the fishing tourney has already taken place yesterday, here is everything you need to know about how you can still take part, unlock special rewards and earn points.

The Tourney takes place on the 9th January, when CJ the beaver will come to visit your island. You will be able to find him on the day of the Tourney in the Plaza, outside Resident Services, he will set up a small kiosk in the area on the day of the event. However don’t worry if you missed it, those who time travel will want to go back to the 9th to play the event still can.

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There will be a window between 9am and 6pm in which the fishing will actually take place, the first time you participate it will be free however there will be a cost of 500 bells for every entry after this.

The Tourney itself is a timed challenge, players will be given a time frame of 3 minutes in which they must catch as many fish as they can before the time runs out. Depending on how many fish you manage to catch will decide how many points you are awarded, CJ will keep you updated with how many points you currently have. Each fish you catch is worth 1 point for the first 3 you catch, however if you catch more than 3 in the 3 minutes you will be given 2 bonus points.

Points earned throughout the Tourney can then be exchanged for exclusive items, so this is a good opportunity for players to use their time wisely througout the day to gather as many points as they can, or they will have to wait until the next Tourney comes around again in order to have the chance to gather these special items.

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Points will be tabulated at the end of each challenge you particpate in, and all points calculated to give you a final figure for the day. Any points that you have left over from any previous tourneys will also be added in.

There are a total of 13 fish themed items to collect, each item is 10 points, however each item will be awarded by CJ at random. The items are:

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

Along with these items, there are also tophies that players will be rewarded with after reaching certain milestones throughout the day. The fishing Trophies are:

  • Bronze – Unlocked when you earn 100 points
  • Silver – Unlocked when you earn 200 points
  • Gold – Unlocked when you earn 300 points

Both Hemispheres will be able to participate in this Tourney, however there will be other Tourneys that take place throughout the year too so don’t worry if you don’t manage to grab all of the items. However this a good start to kick off the new year and get a head start on creating your fishing areas.


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