Animal Crossing New Horizons Fishing Tourney: prizes, points and trophies explained

By Alex Donaldson, Saturday, 11 April 2020 11:15 GMT

The day is here – the first fishing tourney in Animal Crossing New Horizons has arrived! But is it worth spending hours of your day catching fish? Here we list the prizes, points and trophy rewards, just in case you’re curious.

The world of Animal Crossing New Horizons is always based around the real world and the real calendar, and today, April 11, is a special day: CJ has come to town to host the fishing tourney, the first of its kind on the island getaway location of New Horizons. This is a different event to the ongoing Bunny Day shenanigans. The fishing tourney will happen again, but this day is your first opportunity – not to mention only opportunity for a while – to get involved and get some of the unique fishing tourney prizes.

Fishing Tourney Time, Rules and how to participate

The Animal Crossing Fishing Tourney is pretty simple, all told: it takes place on April 11 from 9am your local time until 6pm your local time. CJ, who you’ve probably met before occasionally visiting the island to satisfy his outright obsession with fish, will be back – but this time he’s hanging out in the town square complete with a little stand to promote the fishing tournament.

To participate, all you have to do is speak to CJ and he’ll enter you in. The first time is free, but after that you’ll have to pay 500 bells for each and every time you want to enter. A fishing tourney ‘entry’ is basically a timed event: you have three minutes to catch as many fish as you possibly can, and at the end of the three minutes you’ll be rewarded points for how many you’ve caught.

The rules are pretty simple in that you can’t actually ‘cheat’ – you’re free to use fish bait if you have it. We highly suggest digging up a hunch of Manila Clam on the beach and crafting to turn them into fish bait. Stockpiling Fishing Rods isn’t a bad idea either – it’s just a shame it’s not possible to get the golden fishing rod yet.

How to win the Fishing Tourney, earn points and get prizes in Animal Crossing New Horizons

The tournament in New Horizons is different from the past Animal Crossing Fishing Tourney events. Previously, the size and breed of fish you catch would be factored into how many points you’d earn; in new Horizons it’s all about quantity rather than quality, however. Each and every fish you catch is worth one point, and you’ll get a bonus two points if you catch more than three fish in each three-minute fishing session you enter into.

At the end of the tournament points will be counted up and somebody will win the various prizes. There are Bronze, Silver and Gold trophies, and getting the trophies is based on your cumulative points total across the entire day’s worth of fishing. You don’t need to worry about inventory space while fishing, as all fish are automatically teleported back to CJ once caught.

As well as the trophies, the points you earn can be traded for special unique fishing tourney prizes. Each item costs a certain amount, and unless you’re willing to catch hundreds of fish you probably won’t be able to get all of the items – so choose wisely. On top of that, CJ will offer to buy any fish you catch – and he’ll buy them at a little more than the going rate for fish prices at Nook’s Cranny. Here’s all the prizes:

Fishing Tourney Prize list: all prizes for participating

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

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