Average air temperature (Fahrenheit) in November 2011: 43
Number of miles of Connecticut River in New Hampshire: 255
Number of bridges crossing the Connecticut River registered with the National Register of Historic Places: 10
Year of earliest permanent European settlement (Fort #4 in what is now Charlestown, NH): 1743
Lures to pack:
An assortment of tubes, football and shaky head jigs, drop shot sinkers and hooks, accompanying soft plastics, and blade baits should be all you need for a successful outing. Football jigs, such as the Jim Moynagh Football Head Jig from All-Terrain Tackle, in 3/8 and 1/2 ounce, are a necessity for the rocks you will often encounter. Shaky head jigs such as those from VMC or Strike King are great for focusing on shallower water areas, as are Owner’s Jig Rigs. Make sure to bring some larger drop shot weights for deeper areas.
Local tournament angler Sean Graves recommends the following blade baits: Silver Buddy, Heddon Sonics and Binsky. He uses 1/4- to 3/4-ounce baits depending on the depth he is fishing and how strong the current is. For tubes, he suggests Berkley Power Tubes or Bass Pro Shops Tender Tubes.