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Catch A Monster This Spring - Danny Fairbrass

After the incredible response of people gagging to fish Gigantica through the winter, we have another offer for you. This time around, we are offering half-price trips through April.

As you may or may not be aware, we are now allowing people to fish through the winter months for free, when the lake is normally deserted, without paying a penny. So, as a result, it has made the fish more active and in this mild weather Gigantica is fishing better than ever!

Our last fish of the season came in November in the shape of a fish known as Shparky, weighing in at a staggering 73lb. Incredibly, Shparky was on the missing list for three years and had put on an impressive 22lb during that time. We keep super-accurate records here at Gigantica, so we know which fish have gone missing and can guesstimate their weight gains based on captures like that of Shparky.

At the present time, I estimate our current stock is…



Two eighties: Fudgies, The German


Six seventies: The Galaxy, Drop Tail, Single Scale, Chunky, The Target, Spence’s

Thirteen sixties: The 43, Brutus, Cluster, Discus, Mr Angry, Robert’s Fish, Split Pec, The Immaculate, Ziggy Stardust, Nude-Patch Common, Pips, The Freak, Singles Mate… plus, a whole host of thirties, forties and fifties.

Gigantica has a large amount of stunning scaly carp, which along with the superb-quality big ones, sets it apart from most other waters in France. These beautiful creatures live in 35 acres of aquamarine-coloured, super-clear water, so you may think it's easy, and believe me it can feel easy in the right swim at the right time of year, but it can also be a head-banger. 



Fishing in spring suits those who specialise in setting little traps, especially in the margins and the corners where the water is shallower. This year for the first time our bailiff Michael Mack has been raking margin spots on the left and right of every possible swim. The tiny gaps he has created in the trees means you can swing out a marker rod onto the raked area and then cast down to it from the swim, this tactic produced all of the first bites off the bottom last spring and with Mike’s extra efforts to make and bait spots I think this year will produce loads more margin action.

Out in open water zigs catch a lot of fish in spring; so all good zig anglers have a great chance of snatching a few. Our biggest resident, Fudgies, got caught at 76lb last March and Drop Tail came out in spring ’12 at 72lb, both caught on the zig rigs. If you haven’t used them before our bailiffing team will be happy to show you how it’s done. This advice resulted in Fudgies’ falling to an angler who had never used them before. At Gigantica we now pride ourselves on passing on the very best fish catching info and tactics.

Gigantica used to have great winter form; Tim Paisley had a great session there back in 2007. Sadly, since we have owned the lake, the winters have been harsh, so few people have ventured across the channel, which has obviously effected the spring action. This year is a total contrast, frosts have been isolated with great daytime temperatures; the water is still only 8 degrees at the bottom and the fish are showing, but with no one fishing for them, who knows what could get caught. I photographed Single Scale for my mate, Billy at 78lb in December 2011. So, the bigger ones do get caught at this time of year and it seems to always throw a few surprises up.



In our first free winter week the lake has done two cracking fish from two opposite sides of the lake, The Beach and Stink. So, when April comes around, they will be well and truly on the feed and at their biggest weights.

The price through April weeks are £270 from 12am Saturday, until the following Saturday. The mouthwatering food package is included in the price, which means that you’ll get a breakfast roll brought to your swim and an evening meal as well.

If you are interested in coming out, then please don’t hesitate and call us on 01268 820 440.





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