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    Default Chick peas for crucians ...

    Do you think crucians will take them,I ask because the lakes in fishing have lots of roach and they are continually lacking at pellets,corn,meat etc.
    I know the-fee used to use them for roach,don't mind reasonable fish taking them,but not two ouncers...
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    Default re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    A plea to change the title has been pm'd...

    Many thanks Peter,the title was altered before Jerry posted,as I'm sure he would have hung,drawn and quartered me,lol...
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    Default Re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    Never used them for crues Alan. IMO there are quite a few more reliable baits............
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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    Default Re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    Yes,I like maggot,caster,corn,meat,bread and pellet,but there seems to be an issue,all are susceptible to small fish whittling away at them,6mms hard pellet has worked best this far,which certainly wouldn't be my go to bait for crus...

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    Default Re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    I like chick peas as a bait. They don't always work but are a useful addition to ones armoury. I curry mine and had at least a couple of crucians last week.

    Tinned chick peas are often a little soft for hair rigging or hooking and are variable in their softness with some being perfect. I eat a lot of curried chick peas myself so always have some on the go and if they are soft when the tin is opened it's a chick pea curry for tea. I cannot lose!

    Laguna on this forum sells them called red and yellow chicks at very reasonable prices and they last for months. I am currently using the yellow variant with a little curry powder added. They stay on the hair better than any others.

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    Worth a try, but in my experience bunched Maggots or Casters (joint first choice baits) catch the best Crucians, followed by 4mm pellets as a distant second. Problem being as you have identified, these are great Roach baits too. Add to that an 18 or 16 hook and you are asking for loads of small silvers.

    Personally I like to find a peg that's nestled between two lily beds. I look at it as if there are three areas like a clock, 10-12-2.

    I feed into 12, normally brown crumb, casters, dead Maggots and some micro pellets in the hopes of drawing the brave small fish to there. I take turns fishing 10, 2 and beyond 12 all about 2-3ft from where I'm feeding in 12.

    My theory is that the bigger more wary fish will sit here and pick up bits, so while I keep feeding steadily in to 12 I trickle tiny amounts of hook bait in to these three zones as and when I'm fishing them. I still get some tidgers but I also pick up the expected quarry along with bigger roach.

    It's one of the only times I will actively choose a dirt cheap whip over any other tackle and I will fish it dead bottom with a telltale shot close to the bait or sometimes I go a little off bottom of it's warmer. The float is the lightest pole float I can get away with, weighted right down so it's just showing.

    My alternative to this is an old cheap and soft green hollow glass "boys" rod which I have had for years since getting it from a car boot when I was about 10 for I think 50p I pair this with a little Strike Right Hydraflow "pin" that was also under £1 from memory. I use 3lb line straight through and little home made common reed floats.

    The whip is more effective but the old green rod and rubbish pin is loads more fun.

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    Default Re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    I have never done any good with chick peas for crucians or any other fish may be i have just been unlucky using it.

    I have had good catches of crucians using mini marshmallows about 10mm size the ones that they put in coffee £1 a bag from supermarkets

    Large maze is another good bait, bigger and harder than sweetcorn and easy to flavour if you need too hair rig two together
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    Default Re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    Having fished the two southern 'Meccas' for big crucians over many years in the past, also gravel pits and the tricky little unfished farm/woodland ponds where I'm located now there is one thing that I believe is possibly more important than the actual bait if you want to catch the big ones. As crucians feed almost vertically I feel that unless that you have at least a couple of inches of hook length laying on the deck you are minimising your chances.
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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    While I'm thinking about it, the Japanese have turned Crucian fishing into an absolute art.... Called Herabuna, they use suprisingly long and incredibly decorative floats and make pastes from either wheat/semolina gluten or from powdered mash potato (smash) of all things.

    The rods are really thin and flexible poles with the line fixed directly to a rope flick tip called a Lillian. The rod, landing net handle and chair rod arm are normally all made of the same very decrative bamboo and look stunning.

    I quite fancy getting a Herabuna setup at some point and having a go. Follow the link below for a stylised video by Daiwa Japan


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    Default Re: Chick peas for crucians ...

    And the answer to my question,no crucians don't like chick peas...

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