Crucian Carp attempt

Imperium

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Afternoon chaps,
One of my club waters has a small pit that has previously held the British Crucian carp record. It was once famous for a big old leather carp which has sadly passed and is now seldom fished as the leather is gone as a target.

the stocks are low and it’s a challenging lake. I intend to fish it for the crucian stocks that remain and target the larger specimens. It’s estimated they go very close to 5lb and as the previous British record fish is thought to still be alive and well in the lake, I am planning a few days crucian fishing

I have always caught crucians when match fishing or by accident when targeting other fish - haven’t ever noticed a pattern or any reasoning behind the catches specific to them

has anyone Ever fished specifically for Crucians before with any success/any tips/baits or tactics that work particularly well?
 

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The only time I seemed to get exclusively crucians was during a match when using paste. Most of the fish I had were crucians. But it was not intentional and I don't know I could repeat it.

There are crucians in my favourite club lake and they just appear or not as the mood takes them. Some days I have had over twenty, others not one. I once had three around the 2lb mark from the margins one after the other (not the same fish) and then they were gone again.

Good luck.
 

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One of 2 methods:

standard light float fishing with sensitive floats and small baits or

method feeder, short hooklink bolt rig. Small boilies or pellets on the hook.

the latter way is how the successful specialist anglers catch them. Google it - there are various articles etc etc.
 

Me and my lad

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would add or summarise, margin, cover and paste = crucians. Oh and scaled down terminal gear. We have a crucian match at one of the local ponds. If the bait is too big tench, cap and bream nick it.
 

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Soft baits - paste, home-prepared expander pellets (softer than shop bought), very small cubes of cat-meat
All baits that really need to be presented on the pole as they're difficult to cast any distance.
If fishing the float be prepared to strike at the slightest indication - at a pond I used to fish the bites would often be a half-inch dip of the bristle - if you failed to hit it your bait would be gone.

All the above refers to standard sized crucians - up to a pound or so - tactics for specimen sized fish could be completely different.

Simon
 

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Pole... close range preferably to cover but failing that look at the base of the near shelf, Soft pellet hookbait, fish dead depth, dot your float right down and lift at any movement, trickle feed micro’s
 

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This is how I caught a few earlier this year, was just using Corn and Maggot but it's an 'easy' water.

 

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I've only ever caught a few and they were all on a maggot feeder rig with double red maggot on a size 16 I think was the hook size.
IME probably the most finicky species.
 

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Afternoon chaps

has anyone Ever fished specifically for Crucians before with any success/any tips/baits or tactics that work particularly well?

This thread inspired me to try and catch an enjoyable species. So with light rigs and fresh paste I ventured out in the wind. I found a great swim with a llodgeat the side of me offering shelter from the gusts. Sat back from the from of the peg and fed a small pinch of micro pellet. I had a few early skimmers that gave crucian style bites with dips and bobs before sliding away...and then the target species arrived. Not big and certainly not specimen samples, the biggest was a pound. However, I felt at ease with the world and happy to be part of this great forum. Inspired indeed
 

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One odd thing about monster crucians, brought home to me by fishing with Pete Rolfe, is that an individual fish can be resident in a single swim, even a particular part of a single swim, so if that crucian is still around you need to find out EXACTLY where it has been previously caught.
 

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This thread inspired me to try and catch an enjoyable species. So with light rigs and fresh paste I ventured out in the wind. I found a great swim with a llodgeat the side of me offering shelter from the gusts. Sat back from the from of the peg and fed a small pinch of micro pellet. I had a few early skimmers that gave crucian style bites with dips and bobs before sliding away...and then the target species arrived. Not big and certainly not specimen samples, the biggest was a pound. However, I felt at ease with the world and happy to be part of this great forum. Inspired indeed
This thread inspired me to try and catch an enjoyable species. So with light rigs and fresh paste I ventured out in the wind. I found a great swim with a llodgeat the side of me offering shelter from the gusts. Sat back from the from of the peg and fed a small pinch of micro pellet. I had a few early skimmers that gave crucian style bites with dips and bobs before sliding away...and then the target species arrived. Not big and certainly not specimen samples, the biggest was a pound. However, I felt at ease with the world and happy to be part of this great forum. Inspired indeed

That’s awesome. This is what I love about fishing and forums like these! Awesome net of fish. There is something very special about crucians for me. Perhaps it’s because it triggers memories of fishing with my late grandad as a child and seeing the golden hue of a crucian warms me up a little inside.
It’s certainly proper old school fishing
 

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I used to fish for crucians a lot, but many years ago. Killer bait was always a small piece of soft bread paste.
 
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