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 was sponsored by Dynamite Baits, Angling Direct and The Medlar Press. Thanks to this generous sponsorship, the winners of each category will receive a £100 Angling Direct voucher to spend on the tackle or bait of their choice as well as a copy of Crucian expert – Peter Rolfe’s new book Always Summer and the top three entries in each category will receive a great package of Dynamite Baits perfect for crucians. We are particularly grateful to 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.”
John Cheyne, Angling Trust 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 Dynamite Baits 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 caught this lovely 2lb+ crucian on the very unorthodox method of fly fishing with a sedge! It was part of an amazing bag of thirteen 2lb+ crucians from a club lake in Cheshire, with the others caught on the more traditional approach of waggler and sweetcorn.
2nd This classical shot was taken by David Cowdry. David amassed a great catch of over 20 crucians during an evening session at Common Pond in Bungay, Suffolk, using traditional tackle and float-fished 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 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.
2nd 6-year old Lennon Poole 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 “Into the night” Leigh Goodgame took this atmospheric picture of a small Wiltshire crucian water with the night stars above.
2nd David Redwood took this lovely shot while fishing at a small, picturesque estate lake in Wiltshire.
3rd Sunny August morning on Johnsons taken by Joe Coleman