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October 15, 2018:
Chris at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown blamed lousy weather for his not having a lengthy report. On the day we talked, which was Saturday, he did say that participants in the 2018 Fishin' Factory 3 Carp Open on the Connecticut River held October 11-14 were fighting the elements—wind, rain, and cold air temperatures—as well as river conditions—high, fast, grass-filled flow—but some nice scores had already been posted. Leaders at that time with the rest of Saturday and Sunday remaining in the contest were Norbert Samok and Laslo Kovacs with an aggregate 106.1 pounds, a total which included the largest mirror carp and largest fantail carp banked so far. Chris will have final results for next week's column. Chris predicted smallmouth bass fishing at Candlewood Lake would get much better as water temperatures drop. He also told us he'd seen a photo of a nice tiger muskie taken at Lake Lillinonah.



Previous Reports

  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    Chris at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown heard that largemouth bass at Candlewood Lake continue to hit plastics along grass lines, but smallmouth bass remain elusive. One of his buddies put in a full day targeting smallies and ended up with just three. The bronzies were suspended eighteen and nineteen feet down over thirty feet of water. Chris also heard that the mouth of the Connecticut River is loaded with big hickory shad. However, he still hasn't picked up any recent reports of hickories in coves or main stem farther north. Carp action in the river is steady, and everyone's expecting impressive results in that big time tournament, the 2018 Fishin' Factory Connecticut Carp Open on the Connecticut River, to be held October 11-14. Forty anglers have signed up to participate.

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    From Chris at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown we heard that smallmouth bass fishing at Candlewood Lake has been slow. Action with largemouths, on the other hand, has been very good for anglers flippin' plastics into the grass. Chris also said the store's been selling lots of Whopper Ploppers to bassmen working numerous lakes and ponds. It's a hot item right now and could get even hotter. The fire tiger pattern, he predicts, will be a big hit with pike. Speaking of, even though the Connecticut River was blown out last week, pike fishermen continued buying lots of large shiners—two or three dozen at a time—leading Chris to conclude that pike action's good (most likely in the Haddam Meadows section and Mattabesset River) despite tough conditions. Crappie fishing at Wethersfield Cove, White Oaks Cove, and the discharge channel of the old power plant in Haddam should be good too. However, for the second or third week in a row Chris did not hear news of hickory shad in the main stem or coves. The difficult and dangerous river conditions may be the reason for lack of reports. Recent trout stockings have rekindled interest in trout fishing. Saturday morning Chris sold four containers of mealworms to customers heading out to fish for autumn stockies. In closing Chris reminded readers that the 2018 Fishin' Factory 3 Connecticut Carp Open will be held the weekend of October 11-14. Anyone interested in participating in the contest can sign up at Fishin' Factory 3 or call the store at 860-344-9139 for details.

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    Chris at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown let us know that on Sunday, September 16, he weighed-in a new state record white catfish. The whisker wearer scaled 13.05 pounds and was caught in the Connecticut River. Unfortunately, Chris couldn't remember the angler's name, but that information along with additional details should be made available by the DEEP any time now. The previous record white cat weighed 12 pounds, 12 ounces and was taken in the Connecticut River in Middletown by John Shatas in 1999. Chris also mentioned he's still selling large shiners "like crazy" to anglers who he's convinced are catching pike in the Connecticut River and Mattabesset River. Also, fishermen who will be competing in the 2018 Fishin' Factory Connecticut Carp Open on the Connecticut River are pre-fishing their spots, but they're not saying anything. The tournament is scheduled for October 11-14. If you're interested in participating, you can sign up at the store or call 860-344-9139 for details. If you need bait and tackle, Fishin' Factory 3 carries a full line of Euro-style carp fishing equipment and baits.

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    Chris at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown let us know that hickory shad are being caught in Wethersfield Cove. The feisty herring are hitting any shiny freshwater-size lure including Willow Leafs and Chris' favorite, a small Kastmaster, and they're a blast on light or ultralight gear. Pike guys are coming into the store on a regular basis to buy large shiners leading Chris to conclude that the fall pike bite has started. However, the only first-hand report came from a young man who has been targeting northerns all summer long and finally caught his first ever—a 30-incher—on a Whopper Plopper at Harbor Park in Middletown. The same angler also caught smallmouth bass on the same lure at the same place. Chris also reminded readers that as the Connecticut River cools, carp action will improve. Indeed, carpin' on the Conn should be at peak level by the time the 2018 Fishin' Factory 3 Connecticut Carp Open is held the weekend of October 11-14. (Anyone interested in participating in the contest can sign up at Fishin' Factory 3 or call the store at 860-344-9139 for details.)

Fishin' Factory 3

Fishin' Factory 3
238 East Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
phone: 860-344-9139


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