- "You ever hear of a little something called catch and release? I dunno. I guess it's got its pros and cons. Its nyuks and gravy. But for me, I'm just gonna stick to catch and EAT! It's the greatest!"
- — Chip, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Chip is the beaver that runs the fishing tourneys. His name might come from the dish fish 'n' chips. Chip sets up tent early in the mornings (at 6:00 A.M. sharp, but he will not accept submissions until 9:00 a.m. in City Folk and New Leaf) and waits for players and villagers to bring him different types of fish to measure at the weigh-in station. If an eligible fish is brought, Chip will measure it by chewing it up inch by inch. Every time a fish is brought in that breaks the current tourney record for the day, he will give an item for a prize. If players hold the biggest fish record by 6 p.m., Chip will send an additional reward in the mail. Chip will always post the winner of each tourney to the bulletin board. Although beavers are herbivores, Chip is shown eating the fish. He does not eat special fish, such as the Stringfish, but still accepts them as entries.
Doubutsu no Mori and Animal CrossingEdit
Chip makes his first appearance in Doubutsu no Mori and its GameCube port Animal Crossing as the host of the fishing tourney. In this game, Chip sets up his tent near the mouth of the river, where many other villagers are shown to be fishing. He only accepts types of bass, specifically small bass, bass, and large bass, and will not accept any other kind of fish. If the player gives him a Sea Bass, Chip will comment on the fact that it is a "bass", but not the kind he is looking for. Fishing Tourneys occur one Saturday a month in all months except June, July, August, and September.
In Doubutsu no Mori e+, Chip will give the player a free fishing rod if they do not have one in their inventory.
Animal Crossing: City FolkEdit
Although absent in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Chip makes a return in Animal Crossing: City Folk, once again as the host of the fishing tourney. In this game, Chip now sets his stand at the Town Hall, instead of the river mouth, and now accepts any kind of fish given to him. However, he will still give the player a specific category of fish to find for him, such as freshwater or saltwater fish. If the player manages to catch every type of fish, he will give the player a golden fishing rod. Chip's voice is notably deeper in this game compared to Animal Crossing, and sounds more similar to a cranky villager.
Animal Crossing: New LeafEdit
Chip once again appears in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and now hands out furniture from the Fish series when a large-record fish is given to him by the player. Furthermore, he no longer sets his stand in front of the Town Hall, but instead in the Event Plaza. Chip hosts the awards ceremony between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., handing out gold, silver and bronze trophies to the winners. Just as in City Folk, Chip will give the player a golden fishing rod if they show to him that they have caught every type of fish.
Animal Crossing: Pocket CampEdit
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Chip once again is featured as host of the fishing tourneys. However, he will only accept "tourney fish" that is used specifically for the tourney, and will also measure all of the player's fish at once, adding it to a "total size" instead of an individual measurement. If the player catches a certain measurement of fish, Chip will provide the player a prize based on how much length they achieved, including a trophy that is sent to the player after the tourney is concluded. Chip also hosts various tasks known as "Chip Challenges", and will provide more prizes once each task is completed.