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Last Updated January 8, 2019

Fishin'Factory 3 2019 Carp Open

2019 Fishin’ Factory 3 CT Carp Open




This is a Big Fish and Big 4 Event – ONLY cyprinus carpio count. 


Registration must be paid in full ($400 per person) by 10/11/19. 


Limited to the first 40 teams/peg spots (Maybe flexible depending on quantity of pegs that get approved)


Anglers may fish as partners (2 anglers) or individually. This designation must be determined when registering and cannot be changed - once a choice has been made - for the entire event. 


The draw will start at check in with every team drawing a draw order number out of a hat. Whoever draws # 1 will get first draw of peg locations and so on. When their draw order number is called they will draw 2 peg locations from a hat and announce which peg they want to fish. This procedure will progress until all anglers have chosen their pegs. Should an angler opt to choose neither of the drawn pegs, they can return to the end of the line and redraw 2 more pegs and a choice will then be made. Anglers arriving during the draw will wait until the draw is finalized then draw 2 and choose a peg. If a paid angler(s) is not present at the draw a proxy peg will be drawn for them after all anglers have drawn. Angler’s pegs are reserved even if they choose not to fish the full 24/7. Anglers will be given 30 seconds to decide on a peg. If time expires both pegs will be put back into the pot.


Moving Day Rule

Starting Wednesday at 7:00am anglers may move to an unoccupied/open peg. It’s a first come first serve basis. If two teams arrive to declare a peg at the same time, the team which drew last at the initial peg draw will have priority to choose that peg, excluding absentee draws for late peg draw arrivals. This option ends Wednesday at 1:00pm. No pre-baiting in non-occupied pegs is allowed. Teams or individuals must call in to relinquish their drawn peg and call in to declare their new peg they have moved to.


Anglers need to stay in a relatively close proximity to the peg area, 10-15 yards either side is suggested. If anglers are fishing further away from the marked peg any fishing that is caught will not count. CT DEEP, CT State Parks and applicable municipalities rules apply. Special permission has been granted to fish 24/7 in all pegs prior to this event!


Any angler that leaves trash or debris in their swim will receive a lifetime ban from any event in the future and any potential littering or applicable fines will be imposed. All participants are expected to apply good sportsmanship and common sense during this event. Any questions should be asked prior to the peg draw. 


Fish need to be over 22lbs to make the Big 4 board. Anglers need to determine the weight before calling a marshal making sure it will qualify for the Big 4 board. We will be posting updates via the Facebook event group a few times a day for anglers to stay in the know on where they stand. The last few hours of the tournament will once again be blacked out to keep some suspense for the awards ceremony. 


A potential CT state record will be a priority. 


Peg arrival time on Tuesday October 15th is no earlier than 6:00am. 

No baiting or fishing until 8:00am on Tuesday, October 15th. 

Plumbing and peg assessment can start upon arrival. 


Half Way to another occupied peg - Peg 1 Peg 2







Draw a straight line 90° - Half way between









General Rules: 

The week prior to the event anglers may not fish or bait up any areas designated as permissible for the event. (Thursday October 7th) Anglers may research, check depths, locations as they choose up until the time of the peg draw on Sunday. All pegs will be marked by Sunday afternoon, October 13th.


All standard rules apply: 

-One hook per rod 

-Fish friendly nets required

-Unhooking mats required

-Fish must be released in good health to be counted

-No open fires 

-Tripods and weigh slings on a peg for weighing procedures. Marshals will have them as well just in case.

-Keep sacks to hold fish for marshals, 1 fish per sack 

-NO boats 

-Personal toilets required in areas that do not have public restroom facilities 

-All sturgeon must be released immediately if caught and are not to be removed from the water

-All tournament staff and their immediate families are not eligible to participate or win any cash or prizes connected in any way.


Any fish that has appeared to have been snagged more than 2 inches outside the mouth will not count.




Big Fish Winner - $4,000 

Big 4 First Place - $4,800

Big 4 Second Place - $3,600

Big 4 Third Place - $2,800

Big 4 Fourth Place - $1,800

Big Mirror - $500 

Big Fantail - $100 Fishin’ Factory 3 Gift Card


Total Prize Pool: $17,500*


*This prize pool is based off of a projected 50 anglers signing up. If 51+ anglers register, then all additional entry money will be divided up evenly amongst Big Fish and Big 4 winners. This event will be ran as a nonprofit with all excess entry money getting dumped back into the payout structure. If tournament is canceled, all paid entrants will receive a full refund within 10 days of announcement. 


 The angler determined to establish the new CT state record during the event by the CT DEEP would be the winner of the bonus $25,000. All ties will be decided/broken by the next largest fish captured in all categories. The $25,000 ultimate winner will be subjected to a lie detector test, which is standard procedure for these types of events. CT DEEP officials will know the location of all events participants and will be checking on participants from time to time along with the marshals. Record fish captures require both event marshal (or tournament director) and CT DEEP official present to be eligible!




Cannot participate in the fishing aspects of the competition. They can assist in netting fish, baiting/spombing, and campsite duties only. Tournament staff reserves the right to use photographs and video footage of anglers and the event for any marketing purposes such as media, advertising and social media. 

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