After several years of targetting tench in the spring, I decided to have a change this year and try for crucians. I love crucians and haven't ever fished specifically for them. My biggest was about a pound, caught while float fishing for whatever over 20 years ago, and in recent years they have become more and more rare, as they hybridise with other species like brown goldfish. (Most 'crucians' you see now are nothing of the sort!)
So I have been on a crucian hunt and found a few localish waters that do still contain true crucians. I kind of thought that it's now or never really - I wouldn't be surprised if true crucians are gone in my lifetime.
I've only had one session so far, a couple of days just before the Wingham fish-in. Traditionalists won't like this, but first line of attack was scaled down tench tactics - little method feeders, 2" light braid hooklengths, size 16 hooks and hair-rigged mini fake corn. It worked though! My first attempt produced 3 crucians over the 2 days, all of them bigger than my old PB - first one was a whopper of 3lb 7oz which looked just enormous and beat any expectations I had:
An absolutely amazing fish!
That night I had another just an ounce lighter at 3lb 6oz. They are such beautiful fish aren't they?
Later that night I had another of 2lb 2oz, which I didn't get a photo of.
I will be float fishing for them too, and have also got my pole ready for action
It feels very exciting to have a new challenge (or should that be obsession...?), I'm really looking forward to exploring these waters over the spring and summer and seeing what's there