Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduces a bunch of new characters who will visit your island to peddle a specific item or service. This includes the turnip-selling pig Daisy Mae, the bug-collecting chameleon Flick, and the seasports fanatic beaver C.J. Like many visitors, C.J. will randomly appear on your island to talk about the exciting world of competitive fishing as well as host the Fishing Tourney event on selected days.

In this guide, we’ll show you where to sign up for the event, how to get Fishing Tourney rewards and the best practices for catching a lot of fish quickly. We’ll also be diving into C.J.’s other services and highlighting what items he has to offer. If you would like to learn more about island living, check out our ACNH tips and tricks guide to help get you started.

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How To Get Fishing Tourney Rewards

How To Get Fishing Tourney Rewards

Every three months, C.J. will host an event on your island called the Fishing Tourney, which sees you attempting to catch as many fish as you can in less than three minutes. The event runs from 9am-6pm, and you’ll know it’s happening when Isabelle mentions it during morning announcements, the music on your island changes, and or you notice C.J. standing with a cooler in front of the Resident Services building. Here is a list of all the Fishing Tourney event dates for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres:

  • January 11
  • April 11
  • July 11
  • October 10

How To Enter C.J.'s Fishing Tourney

Animal Crossing How To Enter CJs Fishing Tourney

To enter the Fishing Tourney, approach C.J. and say you want to participate for 500 Bells or for free if it’s your first time. Afterward, the timer will begin and you can start earning points. For every fish you catch, you’ll be awarded one point, and if you manage to catch more than three fish, you’ll receive two additional points. You can participate as many times as you wish during the day until the event ends at 6pm.

Fishing Tourney Rewards

Animal Crossing Fishing Tourney Rewards

Once you collect at least 10 points, C.J. will give you a random fish-related reward ranging from clothing to decorative items. Here is a complete list of every Fishing Tourney reward:

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

If you manage to reach 100, 200, or 300 points during the event, C.J. will celebrate your achievement by mailing you a special Bronze, Silver, or Gold Fish Trophy.

How To Catch A Lot of Fish

Animal Crossing How To Catch A Lot of Fish

If you want to earn as many points as you can during the Fishing Tourney, you’re going to have to do some preparation. The first step is to get fish to spawn more quickly by using Fish Bait, which is crafted using Manila Clams dug up on the beach with your shovel. Don’t worry if you’re low on inventory space since any fish caught during the event get sent directly to C.J.’s cooler.

With your pockets now stuffed with Fish Bait, start the event and run to the nearest body of water to start the clock. Keep throwing fish bait in the water and catching any fish that appear until time runs out. Once the round is done, you can either retrieve your fish from the cooler or sell them to C.J. for 1.5x the normal value.

How To Sell Fish To C.J.

Animal Crossing How To Sell Fish To C.J.

Serving as the replacement for Chip from previous Animal Crossing games, C.J. does more than just organize the Fishing Tourney. In between event dates, he’ll randomly appear on your island in the morning and stick around until 5am the next day when your island resets. Approach him, and he’ll offer to buy any amount of fish you have for sale at 1.5x the normal value.

However, unlike his bug-collecting counterpart Flick, C.J. will ask you to complete a fishing challenge before buying any of your fish. Challenges are randomized and typically include straightforward objectives such as ‘catch five fish in a row’ or ‘catch three fish of the same size.’ Once you’ve completed his task, C.J. will begin accepting fish. 

While you can sell any fish to him at a higher price tag than Nook’s Cranny, some are naturally more valuable than others. Depending on what time of day it is and which month you’re in, some fish won’t be available. Here is a list of every fish from cheapest to most expensive as well as the price C.J. will pay for each:

  • Horse Mackerel – 225 Bells
  • Crucian Carp – 240 Bells
  • Bluegill – 270 Bells
  • Pale Chub – 300 Bells
  • Crawfish – 300 Bells
  • Anchovy – 300 Bells
  • Dace – 360 Bells
  • Dab – 450 Bells
  • Carp – 450 Bells
  • Yellow Perch – 450 Bells
  • Black Bass – 600 Bells
  • Loach – 600 Bells
  • Sea Bass – 600 Bells
  • Freshwater Goby – 600 Bells
  • Squid – 750 Bells
  • Catfish – 1,200 Bells
  • Olive Flounder – 1,200 Bells
  • Bitterling – 1,350 Bells
  • Cherry Salmon – 1,500 Bells
  • Sea Butterfly – 1,500 Bells
  • Goldfish – 1,950 Bells
  • Red Snapper – 4,500 Bells
  • Barred Knifejaw – 5,000 Bells
  • Koi – 6,000 Bells
  • Tuna – 10,500 Bells
  • Oarfish – 13,500 Bells
  • Sturgeon – 15,000 Bells

How To Commission Art From C.J.

Animal Crossing How To Commission Art From C.J.

In addition to hosting the Fish Tourney and buying up for all your aquatic specimens, C.J. can create a model of any fish to display in your home or outdoors. To commission art from C.J., you’ll have to catch three of the same fish you wish to have turned into a figure. Once you have all three, approach him and request to have a fish immortalized as a statue, at which point you’ll be able to make your selection. 

It’s important to remember that you won’t get any Bells from this transaction, and the fish you pick will be lost forever. C.J. will also double-check to make sure you’re serious about the commission right at the end, giving you one last chance to quit if you’ve changed your mind.

Your statue will arrive in the mail the following day, along with a letter from C.J. Keep in mind, you can only have one sculpture commissioned at a time. Therefore, we recommend storing any fish you want to have turned into a model until C.J. comes to visit.

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