Hook baits and loose feeding
When it comes to hook baits look no further than small hookable pellets, corn, mini boilies or casters. I base my feed around fishmeal groundbaits, with my preferred mix being dark in colour. I add very little feed to this and add just a small handful of 2mm pellets. I like to rely heavily on the strong fishmeal scent from this mix to attract crucians into the swim to feed.
My preferred hook bait are small hookable pellets. These baits have accounted for 95% of my crucians. I always take a few change baits with me such as corn and small 10mm boilies just in case.
Feeding is very important when crucian fishing, many anglers rely on a light baiting approach. I prefer the complete opposite with a more positive approach and feed heavily in a bid to attract the cucians to dine. Using a little feed but lots of attraction in my groundbait mix allows me to do this, and this approach throws what has been written in the crucian textbook completely out of the window. Due to the range I fish at, commonly 20-30 yards, I use a spod to introduce my groundbait. There is no doubt crucians are attracted to the sound of a spod hitting the water. Many times I have had received bites in shallow water whilst spodding directly over the top of a hookbait. Often when a swim goes quiet, a few spods of bait will see the action continue. Ring the dinner bell and the results will follow!
I prefer to adopt a positive approach when targeting crucians and I like to attack and build a swim as much and as quickly as possible. At the start of each session I will often lay down a nice bed of feed to attract numbers of fish into the swim. The lakes on the Marsh Farm Complex are packed with tench, which means you can get through plenty of bait at times. I have often found that it pays to persist if tench catching lots of tench as once the crucians arrive they will often feed in earniest and multiple catches can be common.