Crack­ing cru­cians Dis­cover the tac­tics be­hind big­gest fish of the sea­son

Se­cret venue yields 3lb 13oz giant in dou­ble-quick time

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THIS is the pic­ture of the big­gest true cru­cian of the sea­son. It topped the scales at 3lb 13oz and was banked by Ko­rum-backed spe­cial­ist Ed Matthews.

The spec­i­men came from a lit­tle-known venue in Shrop­shire that Ed him­self stocked with the species seven years ago.

He started his short af­ter­noon ses­sion at Sut­ton Carp Syn­di­cate in style with a brace of im­pres­sive fish of 3lb 4oz and 3lb 2oz, but the best was yet to come. After re­bait­ing his spot with balls of ground­bait laced with pel­lets and then re­cast­ing his sim­ple feeder rigs over the top, it wasn’t long be­fore the huge fish sucked up an 8mm Sonubaits ooz­ing pineap­ple boilie. Ed said: “I was so chuffed to have two three pounders I called my mate to come and take pic­tures and, as we were get­ting the shots, my rod rat­tled off again. “As soon as it was in the net I could tell it was much big­ger as it was much rounder with a higher back. I was over­whelmed, as I stocked these cru­cians when they were around 1in long and cared for them for so many years just hop­ing one day that they’d weigh over 3lb.

“Now it’s got me won­der­ing just how big they could go.

His ses­sion-to-re­mem­ber also pro­duced fish weigh­ing 2lb 10oz and 2lb 5oz, which were all taken on rigs that fea­tured Ko­rum Easy Feed­ers that were packed with 2mm pel­lets.

There are very few venues in the UK that hold gen­uine cru­cians be­cause of the hy­bridi­s­a­tion that oc­curs with other fish.

Ed’s a sup­porter of the Na­tional Cru­cian Con­ser­va­tion Pro­ject (NCCP) which helps pro­mote and pro­tect the fu­ture of true cru­cians. Now he says he hopes the fish he’s nur­tured will help in­spire other fish­ery own­ers and man­agers to in­crease the spread of this pop­u­lar but de­clin­ing species.

“The ex­cit­ing thing about this catch is how young the fish look. I hope the lake pro­duces many more like it in what is a test­ing time for cru­cians,” he said.

“Their growth shows what’s pos­si­ble. I just hope that what I’ve done helps in­spire oth­ers to do the same and get on board with ini­tia­tives like the NCCP to play their part in see­ing num­bers of this won­der­ful species in­crease across the coun­try.”

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