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CARP CHAT
Revealed! Winners of ‘Catch a Crucian’
Photographic Competition 2019 announced
After some superb photographs and
some very tight judging decisions, the
Angling Trust can announce the winners and runners-up of the fourth
annual Catch a Crucian Photographic
Competition, organised in conjunction with the National Crucian Conservation Project.
This year the competition was run
throughout June, July and August and
again sponsored by Bait Tech and
Angling Direct. The top results in
each category are:
Ian Gould caught this lovely 2lbplus crucian on the very unorthodox
method of fly fishing with a sedge! It
was part of an amazing bag of 13 2lbplus crucians from a club lake in
Cheshire, with the others caught on
the more traditional approach of waggler and sweetcorn.
River Fernandez, aged four, from
Southampton, with a 2.2lb crucian
caught float fishing with double red
maggot, caught from Stoneham Lakes
on the Eastleigh and District club
ticket. She was fishing with her dad,
Matthew Fernandez.
“Into the night” – Leigh Goodgame
took this atmospheric picture of a
small Wiltshire crucian water with the
night stars above.
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Thanks to generous sponsorship,
the winners of each category will
receive a £100 Angling Direct voucher
to spend on the tackle or bait of their
choice, and the top three entries in
each category will receive a bucket of
special crucian groundbaits, pellets
and additives from Bait-Tech. We are
particularly grateful to both our sponsors for their continued support, without which the competition wouldn’t
be possible.
In 2016, the Angling Trust and the
National Crucian Conservation Project teamed up with the Association
of Crucian Anglers who conceived
the idea of designating June as ‘Catch
a Crucian Month’. The competition
was designed to promote crucians as
a species, to assist in the recognition
of true crucians, to encourage more
anglers to take up crucian fishing and
to highlight the immediate need to
develop specific crucian waters in
line with the aims of the National
Crucian Conservation Project. After
another successful competition in
2018, the decision was made to run it
again this year to once again promote
crucian fishing throughout the country.
Entries were judged by a panel of
crucian enthusiasts: leading expert
on crucian carp in the UK, Peter Rolfe,
Passion for Angling filmmaker and
crucian conservationist, Hugh Miles;
well-respected specimen angler and
founder of the National Crucian Conservation Project, Chris Turnbull and
big-fish angler and globetrotter, Gary
Newman.
Chris Turnbull said: “As the instigator of the original idea of the Angling
Trust’s National Crucian Conservation Project, I find it hugely gratifying
to see how far this campaign has
come along and be able to judge photographs in this competition from
crucian fisheries that did not exist
only a few years ago.”
J o h n C h e y n e, A n g l i n g T r u s t
National Regions Manager who manages entries into the Catch a Crucian
competition, added: “It’s been fantastic to be involved in helping to run the
competition this year. The success of
the National Crucian Conservation
Project has been inspiring and proves
what can be achieved when anglers
work together. It will be brilliant to
inform the winners, as I’m sure they
will be delighted with the generous
prizes supplied by Angling Direct and
Bait-Tech plus a copy of Peter Rolfe’s
new book Always Summer and a
chance to fish his delightful private
crucian water in Wiltshire!”
Full Winners and Runners-Up
List:
Best Crucian Picture:
1st – Ian Gould.
2 n d – D a v i d C o w d r y. D a v i d
amassed a great catch of over 20 crucians during an evening session at
Common Pond in Bungay, Suffolk
using traditional tackle and floatfished corn next to a bed of lilies.
3rd – An interesting study of the
flank of a crucian caught from a Wiltshire stillwater and taken by Leigh
Goodgame.
Best Junior Picture:
1st – River Fernandez, who was
fishing with her dad Matthew Fernandez.
2nd – Six-year-old Lennon Poole,
who caught his first crucian of the
year from Cudmore Fisheries in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Lennon fished a
small method feeder with 2mm pellets and dead maggots as a hookbait.
Lennon caught his first crucian last
year at the same venue, and they are
now his favourite species!
3rd – Dexter Allen with a thumping
2lb1oz crucian from his local club
water that was close to beating the
club record. Dexter used float-fished
sweetcorn.
Best Scenic Picture:
1st – Leigh Goodgame.
2nd – David Redwood – with a picture taken while fishing at a small,
picturesque estate lake in Wiltshire.
3rd – Joe Coleman’s sunny August
morning on Johnsons. n





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