Targeting Crucian Carp On An Urban Pool

I’m not a fan of urban fishing and you can see why at the start of the video below. It’s been a number of years since I last fished this pool for crucian carp, and with the species on my mind recently, I felt a return was in order.

I won’t name the venue, for the reason that it is open to all and people do fish it, and the last thing I want to do is to ‘spoil’ their angling by promoting it on-line. If you know it, there’s no harm done.

I was up really early and with no-one else on the pool, I had the pick of the swims. I decided to drop my gear in a place where I have caught lots of crucian carp in the past – always a good starting point when there’s no other information available.

Although it was just a short session, I was expecting more than one solitary roach bite. Even that didn’t produce a fish. I have got the crucian bug at the moment though, so, as they say, watch this space.

I was next to a small group of lily pads. The pool drops off quite sharply and I fished close to the drop-off, a length or so from the bank.

Rod was a 12’ Greys Prodigy TX and the reel was a Shimano DL2500FA, loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon.

Joined by a loop-to-loop knot, there was a five feet length of Ultra Virage fluorocarbon 2.5lb line to a Drennan Super Specialist size 14 hook.

The float was a Drennan 3BB crystal waggler, with most of the shot around the float, so that the bait dropped more naturally through the water.

I alternated hook bait between two red maggots and a grain of sweet corn, feeding both baits by hand.