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Crucian Carp

Crucian Carp - Carassius carassius

The Crucian Carp whilst of the same family as the Common Carp is different in that it doesn't have barbules and rarely reaches a weight above 3lb. It is generally found in ponds and lakes where it has the distinct advantage over many species in that it can survive in poor water quality with little oxygen and high levels of other gases whereupon other species would not. The Crucian is mainly a bottom feeder although it can be found feeding at all levels and often picking from the surface during sunny days.

Identification
The Crucian Carp can be distinguished from it's relative, the Goldfish, by it's colour being dark brownish across the back , golden or greyish green sides and a yellowish or white belly. Also the dorsal fin which is convex on the Crucian where as on the Goldfish, tends to be more concave. The leading hard ray of the dorsal fin has around 30 small barbs compared to the Goldfish's 10 - 15. Crucian Carp when kept in the same pond as it's larger relatives can and often interbreed with the Common, Mirror or Leather Carp which in turn can present the angler with some confusion to the fishes identity, not to mention the fish itself!

BRITISH RECORD -  4lb 9oz 9 drams - Martin Bowler - Summer Pit, Cemex Angling, Yateley. 1990.


RECOMMENDED TACKLE

POLE: The Club Korum Elements CS Series poles are strong enough for crucians.

ROD: Club Korum and CS Series float rods are perfect for crucian fishing. For big specimen hunters fishing bolt rig style, the Neoteric XS Twin Top is an ideal rod, and the 13ft Neoteric XS Power Float will tame even record breakers!

REEL: The Club Korum float reels will suit crucian carp fishing, but the KZ-R is a better choice for larger venues fishing for larger crucians.

LINE: Use at least a 6lb main line to help absorb the lunges of those better fish. A 4lb hooklink will be enough on most occasions, but scale down if the fish are being finicky.

HOOKS: A size 16 should be ideal, but scale down when the crucians are being cagey.

TACTICS: On the float, small baits like sweetcorn and casters are a superb option. If bolt rigging, maggot feeders are a good approach as are small PVA bags of micro pellets and breadcrumb.

 

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