Angling from Hartford to Haddam, Connecticut Carp fishing tournament winner will take home $100K

(WTNH)–From Hartford to Haddam, 100 straight hours of fishing on the Connecticut River will determine who’s going to take $100,000.

It’s the first-ever Connecticut Carp Open Fishing Tournament.

East Hartford’s Mike Hudak has been fishing since he was a kid, and he knows a thing or two about reeling in the big one. Hudak owns the state record for biggest carp caught in Connecticut–at 43 pounds, 12 ounces.

“What day is it Wednesday?” he asked. “I don’t even know anymore. We got three hours of sleep, the fish are biting all night. It’s a marathon for sure.”

David Moore is the tournament organizer, and he’s pretty excited about it.

“This is primetime, and it works out great for us because it’s kind of in between summer and winter, and there’s a little bit of a lull out there, so we can kind of come in when everything is quiet,” he said.

Between 30 and 40 anglers are spread out in 50 different spots along the banks of the river. Hudak and a friend of his are set up in Middletown for the next few days.

They’ve been pulling in fish day and night.

“We’re using corn, boolies, which are flavored dough balls essentially,” Hudak said. “They’re boiled, so they are pretty hard and firm, chick peas, tiger nuts, cracked corn, all kinds of stuff.”

Hudak is camping out here for the week. He bought a grill, a couple of coolers, tents and chairs. He could leave and come back if he wanted to, but that’s not a part of the plan.

“Like I said, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to hit the big fish, so we’re sticking straight through it,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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