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*                      Animal Crossing(tm) Fishing FAQ                        *
*                               by Cody Gagon                                 *
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*                                Version 0.91                                 *
*                          Last Updated 09/19/2003                            *
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Version 0.91
Added the puns for each fish, and minor addition to Golden Rod section.

Version 0.81.
Minor change to "How to Fish".

Version 0.8.
First write-up of the AC Fishing FAQ.


Table of Contents
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I.       How to Fish
II.      The Golden Rod
III.     Fish Info Chart
IV.      Puns
V.       Credits
VI.      Copyright Notice



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            I. HOW TO FISH


Fishing actually isn't too hard, after you fish for a while. However, to fish,
you must buy a fishing rod from Tom Nook's store. If he isn't selling one, just
go back another day when he is. Once you have your rod, all you need to do is 
find a fish to catch. Look in the ocean (bottom of F-acres), in your town's 
lake, in the river, or in holding ponds (miniature bodies of water not 
connected to the river). If you see a shadow swimming around in the water, you
need to cast your rod out by pressing the A button. Try to cast it upstream 
from the fish, so it will drift downstream and the fish will bite it. If the 
fish doesn't bite, cast upstream and try again until it does bite. Fish nibble 
and bite. A nibble means you feel a small rumble in your controller, and a bite
means your bobber goes underwater and there's a big rumble in your controller.
A fish will only go after your bait 5 times. After the 5th time, the fish will
swim away. So, if you feel 4 nibbles, get ready because the next thing you feel
will be the big bite! This doesn't mean that every fish you catch will nibble 4
times then bite, they can bite on the first try, so just pay attention a few 
times and you'll get the feel of it.
Good luck fishing!



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          II. THE GOLDEN ROD


Getting the golden rod is definitely a very hard task. To get it, you must 
catch all 40 different types of fish in the game. Once you get the golden rod,
fishing becomes easier. The fish are somewhat "attracted" to the lure, so you 
don't need to worry about where you cast the lure. Also, you get a neat 
weathervane put on top of your house, a symbol of your devotion to fishing. 
Once you catch your 40th fish, you need to go talk to all your villagers so 
they can congratulate you! As long as you talk to at least one villager, the 
weathervane will appear on top of your house when you quit and come back. Then,
just save & quit and Tortimer will appear in front of your house to present you 
with your golden rod. Also, look up and you'll see a weathervane shaped like a
fish!



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         III. FISH INFO CHART


NOTE: Lake is the big lake where the fishing tourneys take place. Ponds are the
miniature bodies of water not connected to the river.
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*    NAME       | LOCATION |  SEASON  | TIME OF DAY |SHADOW SIZE|SELLING PRICE*
*               |          |     ^--PEAKS--^        |           |   (bells)   *
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Angelfish       |River*    |May-Oct.  |4 P.M.-9 A.M.|    Small   |    3,000
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Arapaima        |River     |Jul.-Sept.|4 P.M.-9 A.M.|    Huge    |   10,000
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Arowana         |River     |Jun.-Sept.|4 A.M.-9 A.M.|   Medium   |   10,000
                |          |          |4 P.M.-9 P.M.|            |         
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Barbel Steed    |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Large   |      200
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Barred Knifejaw |Ocean     |Mar.-Nov. |4 A.M.-9 A.M.|    Large   |    5,000
                |          |          |4 P.M.-9 P.M.|            |         
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Bass            |River     |All Year  |All Day      |   Medium   |      500
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Bitterling      |River     |Dec.-Feb. |All Day      |    Tiny    |    1,300
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Bluegill        |River     |All Year  |9 A.M.-4 P.M.|    Small   |      120
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Brook Trout     |River     |All Year  |All Day      |   Medium   |      150
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Carp            |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Large   |      300
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Catfish         |River     |May-Oct.  |4 P.M.-9 A.M.|    Large   |      200
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Cherry Salmon   |River     |Mar.-Jun. |4 A.M.-9 A.M.|    Small   |    1,300
                |          |Sept.-Nov.|4 P.M.-9 P.M.|            |         
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Coelacanth**    |Ocean     |All Year  |4 P.M.-9 A.M.| Very Large |   15,000
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Crawfish        |Ponds     |Apr.-Sept.|All Day      |    Tiny    |      250
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Crucian Carp    |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Small   |      120
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Dace            |River     |All Year  |4 P.M.-9 A.M.|   Medium   |      200
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Eel             |River     |Jun.-Sept.|4 P.M.-9 A.M.|   Medium   |    2,000
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Freshwater Goby |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Small   |      300
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Frog            |Ponds     |May-Aug.  |All Day      |    Tiny    |      250
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Giant Catfish   |Lake      |Jun.-Aug. |4 P.M.-9 A.M.| Very Large |    3,000
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Giant Snakehead |Lake      |Jun.-Aug. |9 A.M.-4 P.M.| Very Large |    6,500
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Goldfish        |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Tiny    |    1,300
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Guppy           |River     |Apr.-Nov. |9 A.M.-4 P.M.|    Tiny    |    1,300
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Jellyfish       |Ocean     |2nd  Aug.|All Day      |   Medium   |      100
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Killifish***    |Ponds     |Apr.-Aug. |All Day      |    Tiny    |      300
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Koi             |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Large   |    2,000
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Large Bass      |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Large   |    3,000
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Large Char      |Waterfall |Mar.-Jun. |4 A.M.-9 A.M.|    Large   |   10,000
                |          |Sept.-Nov.|4 P.M.-9 P.M.|            |         
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Loach           |River     |Mar.-May  |All Day      |    Tiny    |      300
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Pale Chub       |River     |All Year  |9 A.M.-4 P.M.|    Small   |      200
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Piranha         |River     |Jun.-Sept.|9 A.M.-4 P.M.|    Small   |    6,500
                |          |          |9 P.M.-4 A.M.|            |         
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Pond Smelt      |River     |Dec.-Feb. |All Day      |    Tiny    |      300
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Popeyed Goldfish|River     |All Year  |9 A.M.-4 P.M.|    Tiny    |    1,300
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Rainbow Trout   |River     |Mar.-Jun. |4 A.M.-9 A.M.|   Medium   |      650
                |          |Sep.-Nov. |4 P.M.-9 P.M.|            |         
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Red Snapper     |Ocean     |All Year  |4 P.M.-9 A.M.|    Large   |    3,000
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Salmon          |River     |September |All Day      |   Medium   |      650
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Sea Bass        |Ocean     |All Year  |All Day      |    Large   |      120
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Small Bass      |River     |All Year  |All Day      |    Small   |      200
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Stringfish      |River     |Dec.-Feb. |4 P.M.-9 A.M.| Very Large |   15,000
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Sweetfish       |River     |Jul.-Sept.|All Day      |   Medium   |    1,300
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* All fish found in the river can also be found in the lake as well.
** The coelacanth can only be found when it is raining (not snowing).
*** The killifish can be found anywhere other than the ocean, but is more 
    common in holding ponds.

More charts likely to come soon.

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               IV. Puns

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*      Fish      |      What your character says when you cath the fish       *
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Angelfish        |   "It looks divine!"
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Arapaima         |   "This thing is huge!"
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Arowana          |   "I caught an arowana! It's the golden dragon fish! I
                 |    wonder what it's worth..."
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Barbel Steed     |   "That's funny...It looks more like a fish than a horse."
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Barred Knifejaw  |   "I'm really cut-up over how to turn this into a pun..."
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Bass             |   "If I can catch a drummer, maybe I'll form a band!"
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Bitterling       |   "I wonder what makes this little guy so angry..."
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Bluegill         |   "Don't worry I caught the rest of the fish, too!"
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Brook Trout      |   "I guess that little guy's just trOUT of luck!"
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Carp             |   "Ouch! I hurt my wrist! It might be CARPal-tunnel!"
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Catfish          |   "I think I'll name it Whiskers..."
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Cherry Salmon    |   "It looks so PITiful! Get it? Pit? Oh, never mind."
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Coelacanth       |   "Would you look at that! A living fossil. I didn't know
                 |    they truly existed."
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Crawfish         |   "Check out those pincers!"
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Crucian Carp     |   "Carpe diem!"
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Dace             |   "Daces wild!"
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Eel              |   "I've been told they're rEELy tough to catch (I'm sorry)."
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Freshwater Goby  |   "Go me, goby!"
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Frog             |   "Think I should kiss it? (Ew...it's all warty!)"
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Giant Catfish    |   "I caught a giant catfish! (That's because I used a giant
                 |    mousefish as bait!"
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Giant Snakehead  |   "Yep! A giant snakehead. Who names these things?"
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Goldfish         |   "It's worth its weight in...fish. Great."
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Guppy            |   "He ate an awful lot of bait for being so tiny!"
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Jellyfish        |   "I wonder how it would taste on some toast..."
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Killifish        |   "Killer!"
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Koi              |   "Whoever colored it did a real good job."
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Large Bass       |   "Well, it's pretty big...I guess..."
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Large Char       |   "I wonder what it tastes like CHAR-broiled..."
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Loach            |   "You don't suppose it's Hylian, do you?"
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Pale Chub        |   "Looks like it could use a little sun...and a little diet"
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Piranha          |   "I caught a piranha! Which river is this, anyway? I'm glad
                 |    I didn't take a dip!"
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Pond Smelt       |   "Whew! And I thought the POND smelt bad!"
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Popeyed Goldfish |   "Aw, look... He wants his spinach..."
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Rainbow Trout    |   "Now that's a trout of a different color!"
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Red Snapper      |   "That was a snap! (I really have to stop saying things 
                 |    like that.)"
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Salmon           |   "And it made it all the way back here!Now i feel bad."
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Sea Bass         |   "See? Bass! (Why do I keep saying things like that?)"
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Small Bass       |   "Now, I just need to catch a small bass amp. (Oh, that was
                 |    terrible...)"
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Stringfish       |   "Ohhh, boy! I hooked a stringfish! I was just stringing it
                 |    along..."
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Sweetfish        |   "And let me tell you, that is one SWEET fish!"
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If you see any mistakes, would like to add something, or simply have comments, 
contact me through one of the ways mentioned in the copyright notice.

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              V. CREDITS

Nintendo (for making the Animal Crossing game)
jader201
hoggle 
broi3
darksilverwolfe
bitsy
CJayC (for making GameFAQs in the first place!)
BrodyBro12
MEOteor Storm
littlebabywulf
weasel925



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          VI. COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Copyright 2003 Cody Gagon.

This work may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any web site
or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of 
copyright. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned 
by their respective trademark and copyright holders.

If you see any violation of this copyright notice, please contact me, Cody 
Gagon, at madwolf2k2@hotmail.com, on AIM as WolfLord718, or on YIM as 
cyberwolf718. Do not take it into your own hands. I hope you found this FAQ 
very helpful/informative.