Crucian Carp fishing

Crucian Carp

A more beautiful fish would be hard to find. The buttery golden coloration has always been one of most attractive traits of this lovable fish. Second only to the Tench in terms of its good looks and appeal, the Crucian Carp is, and always has been a favourite of many anglers and not just carp anglers. All fisherman cant help but admire this fish. Like Tench, True Crucian Carp are a relatively slow growing fish when compared to Common and Mirror carp. It will take crucians 2-3 year to reach a size of 4 to 6 inches.

The true Crucian Carp is now scarce and only resides in only a handful of fisheries. Hybridisation with other species such as goldfish and common, carp has meant the pure strain has been diluted in many lakes and ponds. Crucian carp are most at home in slow moving rivers canals and ponds. Their natural diet includes plants, insects and larvae.

Key differences between the true Crucian Carp (Carassius carassius) and the Goldfish Carassius auratus auratus)

Crucian Carp

 

Goldfish

Baits for Crucian Carp

Baits to catch Crucian carp include: Bread, Maggots, Casters, Worms, Sweetcorn, Luncheon meat and Pellets.

Crucian Carp UK record

Johnsons Lake a Godalming Angling Society is now the home of the British Record Crucian Carp, a fish weighing 4lb 10oz. Accepted by the British Record Fish Committee as the new record. The record holders are Steve Frapwell and Mike James.

Crucian Carp Record

Rigs to catch Crucian Carp

Because Crucian rigs need to be sensitive due to the way they feed, no presentation is better suited than float fishing. Setting the float rig up so that even the slightest pick up by the fish will register allows you to judge when to strike or when to not.

Lines should be quite light, around 2lb breaking strain is fine. Floats should be small and unobtrusive. This will also allow you to use minimal shot, helping the delicate nature of the presentation. A size 14 or 16 hook is ideal and will hold a worm, grain or two of corn or a few maggots.