Category Archives: Crucian Carp

Two 4lb Crucians For Matthew

Matthew Fernandez managed to land two 4lb 2oz crucians and a third just under at 3lb 10oz during a 48-hour session on a southern venue.


Matthew managed to drop into a favored swim, despite the lake being very busy with other anglers. Opting to fish at a range of 25 yards he fished two rods, both with 35g In-line Flat Method Feeders and short 7lb Micro Braid hook links with size 16 Wide Gape Specialist hooks baited with either a single white Buoyant Caster or a 7mm Dynamite baits boilie.

“It was slow going on the crucian front, but numerous tench and a 30lb mirror carp kept me busy until my target species came along. By the end of the session, I had landed three crucians weighing 4lb 2oz, 4lb 2oz and 3lb 10oz. A great result considering how tough it had been fishing.”

Matthew won a weekly Drennan Cup Award for his capture in the 18th April issue of Angling Times.

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Ryan’s 4lb 1oz Crucian

Ryan Hayden managed this impressive 4lb 1oz crucian on his first session targeting the species with fellow big-fish specialist Jamie Cartwright.


After waiting for the ideal moment to go and fish for them, a week of warmer weather, and most importantly, warmer nights came. With my chosen venue being very shallow I knew the water temperatures would rise and hopefully spur a few of the resident crucians into feeding.

Due to the lake being quite busy with carp anglers, we arrived at the venue first thing and surprisingly there were a couple of free swims in a corner with the warm wind pushing straight into it. Without any hesitation, I headed back for my gear, not quite believing these swims were free!

To start with I cast out a lead, not really to gauge the depth as I already had an idea, but to make sure the bottom was not covered in debris. With other anglers around me fishing at 30-35 yards, I opted to fish slightly shorter at around 25 yards in the hope that any fish moving closer in would come across my baited area first.

To start off I introduced three Spombs of pure groundbait, mixed with a lot of additives. This would hopefully draw some fish into the area, but not actually feed them too much. The only feed being that in the feeder.

The majority of anglers on the venue targeting the crucians and tench use In-line Flat Method Feeders, which are very effective, but with the amount of small fish present I felt it was perhaps not the best option as the feeder could be attacked from all angles, possibly leaving an empty feeder. I still opted to fish with a ‘bolt-rig’ setup but with a slightly different feeder, a Drennan Pellet Feeder to be exact. This would allow me to have only one access point for the fish to get at the feed. I hoped this would slow down the smaller fish and also meant that when a crucian did come along, it should have a much greater chance of picking up the hook bait.

Within the feeder, I used a mixture of micro pellet and crushed halibut pellets, which were dampened down with water mixed with additives. These held in the feeder really well with a light squeeze of the thumb and allowed me to bury the rest of the hooklink within the feeder, which in turn shortened the already short 3in hooklink.

For my hook bait, I opted for something that would stand out and catch the attention of any crucians. For this, I used a single grain of the smallest ESP buoyant corn, which sank very slowly and was almost weightless combined with a size 16 Wide Gape Specialist hook and 6lb Sinkbraid.

The session began very slow, with the odd tench rolling and carp crashing at distance. Then, all of a sudden, Jamie’s rod was away seconds after having cast out. A small tench was the culprit. No sooner had it slid over the net, my rod was also away, screaming off taking line off the baitrunner!

My first thoughts were that it was another tench, but as it come closer and closer it just became a heavy weight. When it popped up just out from the rod tip I could see it was a huge crucian and the biggest I had ever seen before! A quick scoop with the net and it was mine!

I stood there staring down into the net saying to Jamie that it looked huge. I had only ever seen crucians up to around 2lb before, so was unsure just quite how big it was. By the look on Jamie’s face as he lifted the fish out of the net and onto the mat I knew it was a big fish. “That’s definitely a three”, he muttered. As he lifted the scales I could not believe it when he said the words, “Four pound, one ounce!”

I would have never imagined my first bite on a new venue would have been not only from my target species but one of the very fish I hoped to catch one day! A fish of a lifetime, and to share it with a good friend made it all the more special. Your turn next time, Jamie!

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3lb 4oz Crucian On Groundbait Method Feeder

Kevin Sanders caught two personal best crucians at the weekend from Johnson’s Lake in Surrey.


kevin-sanders-pb-crucian2“I had eight crucians in total with one bang on 3lb and then the biggest at 3lb 4oz,” he explains. “The other six were all 2lbers, including four fish weighing 2lb 12oz. I also had several tench to 5lb and a couple of lovely rudd weighing 1lb 8oz.

“All fish fell to the groundbait Method Feeder, 3.3lb Supplex Flourocarbon hook link and a size 12 Barbless Wide Gape Super Specialist hook. The hook bait was a single Buoyant Caster.”

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Quality Tench And Crucians

Daniel Everitt had his best ever start to the traditional coarse fishing season after landing four crucians over 2lb and 12 tench up to 6lb from a Warwickshire reservoir.


He opted for a super sensitive float setup with a No4 Glow Tip Antenna float with the cocking shot set just off the bottom to detect tiny lift bites. Main line was 4.4lb Float Fish to a size 16/3.8lb barbless Wide Gape Pellet hooks to nylon.

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