With $100,000 on the line, the state's first carp open fishing tournament started on Monday with 40 anglers competing for the top prize.
These anglers will head to the banks of the Connecticut River for the week-long competition. One of those competitors is Avon resident Iain Sorrell.
Sorrell said he is hoping his 50 years of fishing experience will serve him well in the CARPTS 2015 Connecticut Carp Open. He was set up at Great River Park in East Hartford on Monday morning.
“It's a highly competitive sport when it becomes a tournament clearly. But, we all enjoy kind of sharing in the experience,” Sorrell said. “It's quite grueling. It's a 100 hours and you're on the bank day and night."
These 40 anglers will spend the next 100 hours fishing to win the grand prize. To reel in that $100,000 cash prize, someone must break the state record, which stands at 43 pounds and 12 ounces.
“The gentleman is a local here from the Hartford area,” said Kathleen Ori with Carp Tournament Series. “And he is here hoping to keep his title and better it for the $100,000."
“It would be nice to break that state record,” Angler Shawn Warner, of New York, said.
The catch-and-release tournament stretches 50 miles from Charter Oak Landing in Hartford to Haddam Meadows State Park.
Warner and his partner were also setup in East Hartford on Monday morning.
“You gotta fish this a little bit just to see what happens and if doesn't produce we might move,” Warner said. “But, you throw a lot of bait in there. You got a lot of money involved in that bait, so it's hard to throw bait and then take off."
Warner said win or lose, he is looking forward to a good few days on the water and just waiting for the fish to bite.
“They're fun to catch,” Warner said. “They're a big fish. They put up a fight."
The tournament runs through Friday.
If no one breaks the state record, $3,500 will be awarded to the angler who catches the biggest fish.
For information on the CARPTS 2015 Connecticut Carp Open, click here.
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