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Winners of ‘Catch a Crucian Month’ Photographic Competition Announced

28.07.17

Grace Sharp - Crucian Month 2017 Junior Winner
Grace Sharp's winning entry into the Junior Anglers with Crucians category - a stunning crucian she caught from a tough lake.

After some superb photographs and some very tight judging decisions, the winners and runners-up of the second national Catch a Crucian Month Photographic Competition, which was run throughout June and sponsored by Bait-Tech and Angling Direct, have now been announced.

The winners of each category are:

Best Crucian Picture
Colin Hebb – a stunning old crucian about to be slipped back into Mill Farm fishery in Leven. Colin fished in the margins using a float and a piece of bread flake near an over-hanging bush.

Best Junior Picture
Grace Sharp – a grinning 10-year old Grace holding an absolutely gorgeous specimen crucian that she caught from a tough lake.

Best Scenic Picture
Duncan Hitchings – a lovely shot showing the sun rising over a small crucian pond near Donhead St Andrew in Wiltshire.

Best Short Crucian Video
Stuart Harris – a beautiful video entitled Abshot Gold: available here.

Colin Hebb - Crucian Month 2017 Crucian Pictures Winner
Colin Hebb's winning entry into the Crucian Pictures category - a fine fish he caught from Mill Farm Fishery in Leven.

Duncan Hitchings - Crucian Month 2017 Scenic Winner
Duncan Hitching's winning entry into the Scenic Crucian Waters category - the sun rising over a small crucian pond in Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire.

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 a special hand-made presentation crucian float from renowned float-maker Andrew Field. All 12 of the finalists will receive a bucket of special crucian groundbaits, pellets and additives from Bait-Tech. We are particularly grateful to all our sponsors for their support.

In 2016 the Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) 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 such a successful initiative last year the decision was made to run the competition again in 2017.

Entries were judged by a panel of crucian enthusiasts: leading expert on crucian carp in the UK, Peter Rolfe; well-respected specimen angler and founder of the National Crucian Conservation Project, Chris Turnbull; Passion for Angling filmmaker Hugh Miles; angling writer and big fish specialist Gary Newman; and famous author and vintage tackle aficionado Chris Yates.

Chris Turnbull, founder of the NCCP, said: “Crucians are a most loved summer species that over a fairly short space of time became very rare indeed. Efforts to conserve them have really taken off since the National Crucian Conservation Project was set up, and now their future is looking increasingly promising. What a great idea this photo competition is as part of the process of bringing crucians back to the place they surely belong – cherished at the heart of angling.”

Hugh Miles added: “Congratulations to all the contestants in this year’s contest. The improved quality of the images shows that the entrants are not just enjoying catching crucians but are really appreciating their beauty and the wonderful places they live. I’m sure that our charismatic golden wonders will benefit for years to come and will remain a joy for all of us to share.”

James Champkin, Angling Trust Campaigns Officer who managed entries into Catch a Crucian Month, said: “It’s fantastic that with continued support from our sponsors we managed to organise the Catch a Crucian Month competition again in 2017. As a keen crucian angler it’s been inspiring to see so many pictures of fine looking crucians being sent in from waters all around the country. What’s been particularly encouraging is the number of entries into the junior category because we need more young anglers to get enthusiastic about catching crucians if we’re to have any hope of conserving them for the future”.

Peter Rolfe, the UK’s leading expert on crucians and author of the crucian bible Crock of Gold, concluded: “I’ve really enjoyed judging for this competition again. For the second year it has given us an opportunity to highlight the joys of fishing for crucians. The photographs demonstrate the pleasures we all share. Everyone should be a winner!”

Stuart Harris' winning entry into the Short Crucian Videos category - a video entitled Abshot Gold.

Notes
All of this year’s entries can be viewed at www.catchacrucian.wordpress.com

Find out more about the National Crucian Conservation Project here.

Full Winners List

Best Crucian Picture:
1st Colin Hebb – a stunning old crucian about to be slipped back into Mill Farm fishery in Leven. Colin fished in the margins using a float and a piece of bread flake near an over-hanging bush

2nd Mike Berridge – a traditional photograph showing a chunky crucian lying in an old net beside a vintage cane rod, centrepin reel and quill float.

3rd Ollie Cater – another traditional shot showing a gorgeous golden crucian that Ollie caught from an “old estate lake” using float-fished sweetcorn. The photograph shows the crucian lying on an unhooking mat beside a vintage centrepin and tiny float.

Best Junior Picture:
1st Grace Sharp – a grinning 10-year old Grace holding an absolutely gorgeous specimen crucian that she caught from a tough lake.

2nd Trinity Ball – 8-year old Trinity cradling a dark crucian that she caught from Kingstanding Pools in Burton-on-Trent under the expert coaching guidance of Peter Fieldhouse from Burton Mutual AA.

3rd Oscar Highe – 5-year old Oscar assembled a superb bag of crucians by fishing a waggler float with maggots and casters close in at Mill Farm Lodge fishery in Norfolk.

Best Scenic Picture:
1st Duncan Hitchings – a lovely shot showing the sun rising over a small crucian pond near Donhead St Andrew in Wiltshire.

2nd David Redwood – a picture-perfect crucian fishing location: a beautiful lake hidden among the rolling hillts of South Wiltshire, near Shaftesbury. The photo shows a pair of swans drifting along the lake with their cygnets.

3rd Gary Boyce – a traditional Norfolk farm pond at Mill Lodge Farm Fishery in Norfolk; one of the crucian’s last remaining strongholds.

Best Short Crucian Video:
1st Stuart Harris – a video entitled Abshot Gold: available here.

2nd Steve Mottershead – a video made at Abshot Pond: available here.

3rd Colin Hebb – a video entitled The Crucian Carp: available here.



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