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Connecticut’s Fishin’ Factory 3, 2018 Carp Tournament Lands Big…

The 2018 Fishin’ Factory 3’s highly anticipated Carp Tournament, spanning from October 11th-14th, brought in a number of carp ready anglers. Organized by Connecticut local Kyle Carlson, Pete Aarristad from CT DEEP, and former tournament head David Moore the Connecticut River was ready for 4 days of hooking into quality carp of all types. Anglers had randomly drawn fishing locations, along a 20+ mile stretch of the Connecticut River between Hartford and East Haddam, where they would be fishing for the next 4 days. Special permission was granted by all towns involved to use their lands for this event. At the start of the tournament participants were met with the effects of a southern tropical storm that hit Connecticut with torrential downpours. Creating heavy river flow, high waters, floating debris, and poor visibility, which would only worsen over the following days. This created an unexpected challenge for anglers looking to hook into a winning carp.

Ray Strong with a 25.8lb Common Carp

Being a catch and release tournament, the safety of each fish was a main focal point pushed by the tournament heads. All anglers were required to use landing mats, tight woven mesh or rubber nets, and weigh slings. All landed carp were sacked up in the water alive and anglers would call to have one of the three weigh marshals, Pat Schunk, Lee Hurn, or myself, drive to them and verify their fish. This enabled each marshal to have a hand in the release of all carp and make sure they swam away healthy and ready to be caught again.


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