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The Fisherman has teamed up with the Black Hawk to bring New England anglers a shot at some great prizes for catching a specially-tagged trout this spring.
By Toby Lapinski
Tags: freshwater

Following the success of last year’s tagged trout promotion on Opening Day in Connecticut, Capt. Greg Dubrule of Black Hawk Sportfishing has teamed up with Rowledge Pond Aquaculture once again and expanded the promotion for 2016 both in geographic area as well as prizes to be won.

While last year was the first time running the tagged trout program here in Connecticut, Capt. Greg is no stranger to fish tagging challenges. For many years he created an manages the “Saltwater Round-Up” event, sponsored by Mitchell Reels, which tagged saltwater fish from the Chesapeake Bay to Cape Cod. These tagged fish, of a wide variety of species, carried a reward from $25 to $100,000 a piece when recaptured. He governor of Connecticut even came down and personally tagged the $100,000 bluefish named “Mighty Mitch.” This was an extremely popular event and drew anglers from far and wide to try their luck at catching their very own pay day fish. He took this knowledge and experience and seamlessly translated it to an awesome freshwater event that is sure to continue to grow in years to come.

As noted, 2015 was the first time that Capt. Greg ran the tagged fish promotion with trout here in New England. With little more than word of mouth and a few well-placed announcements (like right here in The Fisherman Magazine), a buzz began to build as Opening Day fast approached on April 11, 2015 in Connecticut. Numerous trout were tagged and released in the Farmington River area including two large trout worth $1,000 each. And to make things even better, if the lucky angler also happened to have signed up for the Black Hawk’s free email newsletter in advance of Opening Day, then a bonus $4,000 would be awarded for a Grand Prize of $5,000! That’s not too shabby.

Last year's event was a huge success, and this year is going to even bigger with more fish and more prizes up for grabs!

Captain Greg and his daughter, Heather, spent opening day on the Farmington River spreading the word of the tagged fish, taking pictures and mingling with both local fishermen and merchants who all benefitted from the experience. As Captain Greg said, “Anglers were in a frizzy as they flocked to the area from across the state of Connecticut and beyond!” The event was a huge success which exceeded all expectations.

Well, low and behold, one of the two big-dollar fish was in fact caught on opening day! The lucky angler was Richard Pasko of Torrington, CT. Richard was also a subscriber to the Black Hawk’s newsletter so he got the full pay out of $5,000.

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