Huge crucian falls in just 20 seconds


Duncan Charman continued his early assault on this season’s Drennan Cup competition with the capture of this new personal-best crucian carp at 4lb 1oz.

The fish, which beats his old best of 3lb 13oz caught from Godalming AS’s Marsh Farm, is the latest in a series of specimens the Aldershot, Hants-based photographer has taken in the past two months – a list which includes a float-caught 10lb 3oz tench, a bag of 2lb-plus Frensham rudd and two huge river eels.

Duncan targeted CEMEX Angling’s Eversley Lake in Yateley to tempt his prize within 20 seconds of casting out at the start of his latest overnight trip.

The bite came from the margin of an island that he had been baiting with Sonubaits hemp. He fished scalded pellets moulded around a Method feeder and a hair-rigged grain of Sonu tutti-frutti corn, balanced with a grain of trimmed-down Korum fake corn.

“I’m hitting a purple patch at the moment. I’m putting a lot of effort in and, while I’m not catching loads of fish, I am hitting my targets,” Duncan told Angling Times.

“I retained the fish so that scale samples could be taken for DNA testing. Although fish scientist Alwyne Wheeler tested Adrian Eve’s record fish, caught from the same venue a decade ago, and announced it a true crucian, CEMEX is keen to use the latest technology to verify the stocks,” explained Duncan, who plans to carry on fishing for crucians and grass carp until later in the season, before switching his attention to specimen perch and chub from the Thames and the Lea in a bid to keep his Drennan Cup campaign on track.

The big crucian, Duncan’s only significant fish of the session, was taken on a short 7lb fluorocarbon hooklink and a size 12 Drennan Super Specialist hook.