HATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s best fisherman are competing this week for a $100,000 top prize at the Connecticut Carp Open Fishing Tournament.
The top prize will be awarded to the angler who certifies the new Connecticut state record for catching the largest carp from the Connecticut River during the 100-hour competition. The tournament began Monday morning, and continues through Friday of this week.
According to officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the current Connecticut record is 43 pounds, 12 ounces. That record was established by local fisherman Michael Hudak, who is competing in this contest.
The tournament is a catch-and-release competition along the banks of the Connecticut River in a 50-mile stretch; from Hartford’s Charter Oak Landing, to Haddam Meadows State Park.
“We love the Connecticut River fishery. It has proven to be an excellent water for large healthy and strong carp,” said David Moore, Connecticut Carp Open Tournament Director. “The overall hospitality of the greater Hartford area is genuine, and the local businesses and media have been very welcoming.”
Tournament officials say fisherman are expected from South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and of course Connecticut will compete, including several anglers who have competed on a world-level. In addition to the state record prize, over $15,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
For more information on the Connecticut Carp Open, visit them online.