17th December 2014
Paul Gower wrote from Essex, where there are plans to create a crucian pond.
First of all I must congratulate you on the superb web site, well done. I help run a sixteen man syndicate in Essex, we have a 3-4 acre lake which is mainly carp and pike plus abundance of silver fish. Also we have a pond of about half acre, which is only fished by myself and one or two others, and this is my reason for contacting you. Not having caught a Crucian, for many years and upon hearing they are in decline, we would like to do our bit, details of the pond are as follows, half acre man made in 1995, clay bottom, 3-4 feet depth with Lily pads, Norfolk reed and rushes > with plenty of weed around the margins. At the present time the stock is as follows, 12 > Common/Mirror Carp to about 7lb which are being moved to the main lake along with a couple of Koi, about 20-30 Tench to about 5lb Perch to about 3-4lb then plenty of Roach and Rudd.
Any tips on stocking of true Crucians would be appreciated, such as numbers etc, also a farm where we can purchase which is close to Essex if possible.
P.S. My other half has purchased your latest book for me for Christmas.
Hi, Paul. Thank you for your kind comments on the website - I'll pass them on to the man who does the work!
Well done on getting rid of the carp. Just make sure you have them all because if you accidentally leave in one or two they'll probably feel very frustrated sexually and will cross breed with the crucians out of desperation!
You won't find it easy to establish crucians in a lake such as you describe, even without the carp. The perch will target the stockees unless they're at least 6" - 8" (at a guess) and the roach will almost certainly limit crucian breeding success so recruitment will be poor. It's a classic mixed fishery problem and the best solution is to stock annually with crucians big enough to be safe from the perch. In this way you spread the cost and end up with a crucian population of mixed sizes, which makes the fishing more interesting perhaps. Of course if you have deep pockets you can make a really big stocking at the outset.
On the Facebook ACA site you'll find a reference to John Wall Fisheries (or Google them). I've had fish from them in the past and they provide the real thing though it's good practice to ask them to confirm the fish and perhaps look at a couple of pics to be sure. The EA fish farm at Calverton are supporting the crucian conservation movement and may be worth a call, though the fish may be too small for your particular needs.
Get back to me if I can help further, which I'm always delighted to do.