Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Fishing Tourney: How to win the gold trophy!

Chip is back, but this time he's hanging out at Lost Lure Creek. Join the Fishing Tourney to earn cool new stuff for your Campsite, like a bubble curtain, sunken treasure chest, and more. This event is very short, lasting just five days. It runs from June 28 - July 3. Here's everything you need to know about how to catch the biggest and most rare fish in Fishing Tourney #3.

Event details

During the Fishing Tourney, you'll catch special fish at Lost Lure Creek (identified by their sparkle). The goal is not to catch all the fish, but to catch a cumulative size of total fish. For each combined size goal you reach, you'll earn a reward. For example, if you reach 250cm in length for all of the Tourney fish you've caught, you'll earn the octopus hat. The longer the length, the more rewards you earn. This is cumulative. Your measurement does not start over each time you have your fish measured.

The best way to reach the highest cumulative size (4,500 cm and up) is to catch as many fish possible during the Tourney.

You'll then talk to Chip, who will measure the current round's catch and reward you with items if you've reached the size goals. Prizes range from River Throw Nets to Arowana fish tanks.

You can also earn rewards by completing Chips Challenges. These are similar to Timed Goals but are specific to fishing. Once you've completed specific goals in Chips Challenge, like catching 8 pale chubs or a Black Bass that is 52.5 cm or larger, you'll earn something special from Chip. Most of these challenges reward items like Tourney River Throw Nets and Leaf Tickets, but Chip will also hand over a few furniture items.

Check in with the Fishing Tourney every three hours

The Fishing Tourney plays out in rounds similar to the way the campground guests move in cycles. In fact, it's the exact same as the visitor cycle. Every three hours you'll be able to fish another round of seven catches.

Tourney Fishing rounds reset at:

  • 2:00 AM
  • 5:00 AM
  • 8:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM
  • 11:00 PM

Talk to your Campsite visitors

Animals in your Campsite will randomly give you Tourney fish. Talk to them every three hours, too. Remember, the time you talk to a Campsite animal starts when you talk to the first one. The three-hour timer starts after that. It's different than the Tourney rounds or the campground visitor movement because the timer resets when you talk to an animal at your Campground.

Rent the Golden Rod

If you've got Leaf Tickets to spare, I highly recommend spending them on renting the Golden Rod. Every single time you fish, you catch two Tourney fish. Every single time. This always doubles the measurements you'll collect in each round.

The Golden Rod costs 80 Leaf Tickets, which is not small potatoes, but if you've been frugal with your Leaf Tickets, you've got a lot to spare. This is the perfect occasion to use them. You'll complete the Tourney and Chip's Challenges much faster and be able to start working on duplicate rewards. If you're hoping for two Special themed furniture items, this is how to get them.

Only fish at Lost Lure Creek for Tourney fish

To be clear, the Fishing Tourney only takes place at Lost Lure Creek. Saltwater Shores will not help you this time.

Catch all the fish, not just the sparkly ones

Because Chip's Challenge includes catching standard fish at Lost Lure Creek, you'll want to catch all the fish you can in the river, not just the ones for the Tourney.

Chip wants a lot of standard fish, so make sure you spend as much time at Lost Lure Creek as you can stand.

Use Tourney River Throw Nets

Those Tourney Throw Nets you get as rewards from the Tourney and from Chip's Challenge? Use them! Use them all up. There is no reason to save them. They don't work on standard fish.

I personally recommend waiting until you've earned a silver trophy before you start using them. It gets more difficult to reach new size goals once you pass that mark.

The great thing about Tourney Throw Nets is that you can use them any time you want, whether you've caught all of the fish in the sea with your fishing rod or not.

I also recommend you don't buy Large Tourney River Throw Nets. They don't produce larger fish, just more of them. Save your Leaf Tickets until toward the end of the Tourney. If you still haven't completed all of the size goals and Chip's Challenges, then you can try to make it by buying larger nets.

The difference is from about four fish with the normal sized Tourney Throw Net to about 10 with a Large Tourney Throw Net

The game will tell you when you've caught all the Fishing Tourney fish for the current round

If you don't see any fish in the water, or you see fish, but they're not sparkling, that doesn't mean the round is over.

You'll get a clear notification in the game in the form of a thought bubble that you've caught all of the fish for that round. You'll be directed to talk to Chip at this point.

That doesn't mean you can't still catch Tourney Fish, though. Don't forget, you can use the Tourney Throw Nets any time you want, whether you've caught all of the fish in the sea with your fishing rod or not.

Use regular River Throw Nets to meet your Black Bass goal

One of Chip's Challenges is to catch a Black Bass that is 52.5 cm or larger. Catching a Black Bass at all is a difficult task in ACPC, but one so large is even harder. For previous Fishing Tourneys, I've successfully caught the large rare fish goal with the first throw of a Throw Net. It's not a guarantee, though. You may not get any Black Bass, or you may get one that's too small. If you have a few nets, it's definitely worth trying.

If you've got a lot of standard Throw Nets in stock, go ahead and give it a try. You might get lucky!

Don't sell your fish in your Market Box

Do yourself a favor and don't drop Yellow Perch, Crucian Carp, or Pale Chub into your Market Box for sale. Guess what? Everyone else is playing the same Fishing Tourney and will have dozens of those fish in their inventory, too. If you run out of room, sell them to the Market for 10 Bells each instead. You don't want to end up with a Market Box full of fish you can't sell.

Any Questions?

Do you have any questions about the Fishing Tourney? Put them in the comments and I'll help you out.

Lory Gil

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