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2017 Competition Winners

Short Crucian Video category

 

Crucian Pictures Category

Colin Hebb
Winner of the Best Crucian Picture category – Colin Hebb – caught this stunning old crucian carp weighing 1lb 13oz from Mill Farm fishery in Leven on the 2nd June. Colin fished in the margins using a float and a big piece of bread flake in 5ft of water next to a over-hanging bush.

 

Scenic Crucian Waters category

Duncan Hitchings
Duncan Hitchings won the Scenic Crucian Waters cateogry with this lovely shot he took of the sun rising over a small crucian pond near Donhead St Andrew in Wiltshire.

 

Junior category

Grace Sharp
10-year old Grace Sharp’s winning entry to the Juniors with Crucians category. Grace caught this stunning crucian of 2lb 11oz. Grace fished hard to catch a crucian in for Catch a Crucian Month, and what a beautiful specimen she ended up with. Great work Grace!
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Catch A Crucian Month Is Back

For the second year running the Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) have teamed up with the Association of Crucian Anglers who came up with the idea of designating June as ‘Catch a Crucian Month’. They have organised a photo competition with some great prizes to be judged by a panel of leading crucian crusaders including Chris Yates, Hugh Miles from Passion for Angling, the author and crucian expert Peter Rolfe, angling artist Chris Turnbull and big fish specialist Gary Newman.
The competition, which is open to all and will run throughout June, is 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 need to develop specific crucian waters.
Since its launch three years ago the NCCP has inspired interest from all over the country with clubs and fishery owners creating a number of new, bespoke crucian fisheries. They were often helped by the Environment Agency’s fish farm at Calverton who increased their production of true crucians to support these stocking initiatives. Crucian production at Calverton between 2013 and 2016 saw a staggering total of 152,046 DNA tested crucians stocked into 195 separate waters.
Four dark beauties for Richie Martin taken on the float during a stormy day on Harris Lake, Marsh Farm.
New crucian waters include: Little Melton Lakes in Norfolk; Rocklands Mere and Mill Lodge Farm Fishery, both also in Norfolk; Yaddlesthorpe Ponds at Scunthorpe; Grace Lake at Biggleswade; the Moat at Marsworth; the Kinver Freeliners water; Warwick’s Water in Newbury; Holtwood Ponds at Christchurch and Edmonsham Ponds at Wimborne.
Patiently waiting for the float to slide away…. A lovely shot taken by Matthew Fernandez at Stoneham Lakes in Southampton.
Martin Salter, National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust said: “There is no doubt that in less than three years we have achieved a significant turn around in the fortunes of crucians and some of their threatened habitat. Clubs and fishery owners are in regular contact seeking advice on how to create their own bespoke crucian waters managed in accordance with the very best practice from our resident crucian expert Peter Rolfe.
The guys at the EA have been fantastic with their advice and practical support, which has seen over 150,000 true crucians stocked across the country. A species that was in decline as a result of loss of habitat and hybridisation now has a far more secure future thanks in no small part to the endeavours of everyone involved in the National Crucian Conservation Project.”
On the announcement of a second Catch a Crucian Month and photo competition in June of this year Martin Salter said: “This delightful event went down really well last year and it’s great that Bait-Tech and Angling Direct are happy to continue their generous sponsorship. We are making some changes to the categories to offer a new prize for the best short, homemade video capturing the charm of crucian fishing.

HOW TO ENTER

Catch a Crucian Month – June 2017

 Enter our brand new photo and video competition here –  Great prizes to be won

 Welcome to the second Catch a Crucian Month Competition. Most competitions in fishing revolve around catching the biggest or the most fish but this initiative from Britain’s crucian enthusiasts to promote their favourite species is to be judged more on the quality of the photography rather than the size of the captures.

SLR cameras take great shots
SLR cameras take great shots

Entrants will even find some top tips for taking a great fishing photo, which award winning film maker Hugh Miles has kindly produced for the event.

There will be four categories for entries with the best three photos in each going into a final:

Best Crucian Picture
Best Short Crucian video
Best Scenic Picture of a Crucian Water
Best Picture of a Junior with a Crucian

Thanks to some generous sponsorship from Bait-Tech and Angling Direct each of the four main winners gets a £100 Angling Direct tackle voucher, plus a special Bait-Tech bait bucket containing £35 worth of crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives.

Our judges will choose three finalists in each category and all 12 finalists will receive the Bait-Tech bait package and a signed certificate. All appropriate entries will be displayed on the competition website and we are hoping for a great selection for the judges to choose from.

These days smartphones take great pictures too !
These days smartphones take great pictures too !

 The competition will run throughout June and is intended to promote crucians and their conservation, to assist in the recognition of true crucians, to encourage more anglers to take up crucian fishing and to highlight the need to develop specific crucian waters in line with the aims of the National Crucian Conservation Project.

Compact cameras are easy to carry around and take some fantastic shots
Compact cameras are easy to carry around and take some fantastic shots

How to enter

Simply complete the form below to register for the competition, then head out crucian fishing with your camera and get snapping!

REGISTRATIONS OPEN ON MAY 1st

Don’t worry if you’ve not got the latest SLR camera as we’ve seen some great shots taken on a good old smartphone. We have even produced some top tips for taking great fishing photos, which award winning film maker Hugh Miles has kindly produced for the event you can read them HERE

There will be four categories for entries with the best three photos in each going into in a final:

Best Crucian Picture – This could be single ‘bar of gold’, big or small – it doesn’t matter – or a nice catch of crucians beautifully arranged against a lovely backdrop, or even just a gorgeous profile of our favourite fish. The choice is yours!

Best Short Crucian video – We are looking for videos of no more than 90 seconds in length that either feature a great crucian capture, get across the essence of what crucian fishing is all about or in some other way promotes fishing for crucians. All entries should be submitted direct to james.champkin@anglingtrust.net via www.wetransfer.com with a covering note stating where the video was taken. All suitable videos entered will be uploaded to the Angling Trust Youtube channel and by submitting an entry you are agreeing to this.

 Best Scenic Picture of a Crucian Water – Crucian fishing is as much about the scene and the atmosphere as it is about fishing. A red-topped float quivering amongst an explosion of pinhead bubbles; the mist rising off the water from a secluded and timeless pond; or the setting sun lighting up the lilies and casting shadows over the water as the fish begin to stir. A good picture can convey so many of the reasons we love fishing for crucians.

Best Picture of a Junior with a Crucian – There are few images to rival the sense of wonderment on a youngsters face as they hold or return a particularly beautiful fish. We want kids to share our love of crucians so why not take yours, or your friends, down to the local crucian pond as see if you can capture that magic moment.

Prizes

Thanks to some generous sponsorship from Bait-Tech and Angling Direct, each of the four main winners will receive a £100 Angling Direct tackle voucher plus a special Bait-Tech bait bucket containing £35 worth of crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives.

If you are a winner you could get your hands on some fantastic Bait-Tech Baits
If you are a winner you could get your hands on some fantastic Bait-Tech Baits

Our judges will choose three finalists in each category and all 12 finalists will receive the Bait-Tech bait package and a signed certificate.

£100 to spend in here looks fun ! Thanks Angling Direct.
£100 to spend in here looks fun ! Thanks Angling Direct.

Rules

  1. The competition is open to all UK residents with the exception of Angling Trust employees
  2. All fish and scenes entered must be taken in the UK during the month of June 2017
  3. Only true crucians will be considered and entrants are encouraged to visually check for signs of hybridisation using the information here before submitting entries – Crucian ID Guide on Angling Trust Website
  4. The photo or video must be taken by the person entering
  5. We can only accept digital images.
  6. You can enter a maximum of four photos.  Make sure the file size of each is at least 1Mb. There is no restriction on the file size of videos, but they must be no longer than 2 minutes in length.
  7. Include your name, address and date of birth with each entry.
  8. The closing date of the competition is July 15th 2016
  9. Judging will take place within 2 weeks of the closing date and we’ll contact all prize-winners within 21 days.
  10. The Angling Trust will not accept responsibility for lost or damaged entries.
  11. The copyright of the entire image/video must belong to the entrant.
  12. All suitable entries will be published on the Catch a Crucian website. Suitable videos will be uploaded to the Angling Trust Youtube channel.
  13. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs/videos that they submit. By entering the competition entrants grant the Organisers a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, and publish images/videos entered into the competition.
  14. Media will be allowed to publish images entered  free of charge for the purpose of promoting the photography competition without express permission from the photographer. The Organisers will try to ensure all images used by the media are credited to the photographer.

TO ENTER COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW. ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED YOU WILL BE SENT AN EMAIL EXPLAINING HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO/PHOTOS

We are hoping that this competition will create a renewed interest in true crucians and their habitat, both of which are under threat from changing agricultural practices and through thoughtless stocking policies which are resulting in more and more hybridisation. We are particularly grateful to our sponsors at Bait-Tech, Angling Direct and M Press and to our esteemed panel of judges for making this competition possible.

About The Crucian Project

 

Over the last 30 or so years, the beautiful Crucian carp has had a very tough time. It’s traditional habitat of small ponds and shallow weedy stillwaters have been disappearing all too fast, as farmers fill in ancient farm ponds and urban sprawl and new housing replaces small lakes and village ponds. They have been under threat from other fish too, as the huge rise in the amount of king carp introductions leaves little room for the Crucian. Common and Carp and Mirror Carp out compete the smaller more timid crucian and lakes that were once full of the beautiful little golden fish are now devoid of them. Ornamental fish too put the Crucian under threat due to hybridisation leaving waters filled with muddy coloured brown goldfish rather than the stunning golden Crucian.

 

The threat to this amazing native British fish was all too real but thankfully a few very concerned anglers got together and started to talk about how things might change. The National Crucian Conservation Project was the brainchild of angling artist Chris Turnbull and he along with Crucian expert Peter Rolfe, Dr Carl Sayer of university College London, Russell Robertson of the Environment Agency, Martin Salter of Angling Trust and a number of other anglers and fisheries experts started pulling together the threads of a plan.

 

(l to r) Martin Salter, Gordon Copp (CEFAS),Malcolm Richardson (Godalming AS), Daniel Jefferies (University of Hull), Mike Holcombe (Godalming AS), Chris Turnbull, Dr Carl Sayer, Mark Owen (Head of Freshwater - Angling Trust)
(l to r) Martin Salter, Gordon Copp (CEFAS),Malcolm Richardson (Godalming AS), Daniel Jefferies (University of Hull), Mike Holcombe (Godalming AS), Chris Turnbull, Dr Carl Sayer, Mark Owen (Head of Freshwater – Angling Trust)

Over the last 12 months, clubs have got on board and beautiful bespoke crucian venues have been created. In total the Environment Agency have stocked around 60,000 crucians into 20 fisheries around the country and it looks like there will be a similar number stocked in the next 12 months. It’s an absolutely brilliant result, but we’re not stopping there !

Crucian group

For more information about the Project take a look at the Campaign pages on the Angling Trust website HERE