Keep cru­cians for fish­ing’s next gen­er­a­tion

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

ONE of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries of fish­ing was on a small pond close to my house where all of the locals used to catch cru­cians.

The same water was also home to thou­sands of tiny perch, and un­skilled an­gler that I was I could only ever catch these lit­tle pests.

The cru­cians av­er­aged around 1lb but they were pris­tine ex­am­ples of the species and I was so excited when I first fluked one. To this day it still sits up there as one of my most mem­o­rable an­gling achieve­ments.

Nowa­days the same pond is still there but it is a shadow of its for­mer self. It is now full of mir­rors and com­mons, and the cru­cians are long gone.

I hope the on­go­ing cam­paigns to pro­mote this beau­ti­ful species help show the new gen­er­a­tion of fish­ery own­ers and an­glers that cru­cians are worth con­sid­er­ing. Steven Lan­g­ley, Wilt­shire

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