THIRD TIME LUCKY, AS THEY SAY (Crucian carp) – Blog entry 617

Some anglers appear to despise carp and they use all sorts of derogatory names to describe them. Personally, I love my carp fishing and that includes bivvying up, putting the rods on a pod and waiting for a take. However there is one species of carp that is not only my favourite but is usually fished for in a totally different way, and of course you know what that is already from the title of this week’s blog.

Returning my favourite carp species
Returning my favourite carp species

Crucian carp are one of our least widespread species. Unlike the likes of roach and perch, for example, you can’t just more or less go anywhere and catch them. In my wider area there are just a handful of venues that contain crucian carp – one or two well-known ones and the others not so. So just in case anyone asks me where I was fishing, in this particular instance there is a publicity ban anyway; therefore fending off awkward questions that often lead to, ‘and just one more thing, which peg were you in?’, are out of my hands.

A crucian in the margins after being released
A crucian in the margins after being released

One thing about fishing in general and certainly for crucians on this venue, is that location is the key. That was proved by the fact that my first two sessions were blanks. On the first one I had a definite crucian tap but it didn’t develop. Anyone who has fished for them will be aware that certainly at the best of times they can be finicky. On the second outing though I didn’t even have the excitement of a pluck as my quiver tip remained motionless.

They don't grow big but they're definitely beautiful
They don’t grow big but they’re definitely beautiful

I was fishing a single grain of corn with 2.5lb fluorocarbon hooklength. For the third and final session though I not only switched to a different part of the lake but also ‘stepped-up’ to more traditional carp-style approach using a small SBS Baits lobworm popped-up boilie as I was fishing at distance. It worked and I caught, as you can see from the photographs. Obviously I was among the fish and that’s the first box that you have to tick. I spent the whole night as well, as opposed to short evening sessions previously. (Published May 9 2015)