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Gigantica stocking offers the chance of a prize worth £3,000!

Here’s your chance to win a fabulous prize, including £1,000 worth of tackle, a holiday, and a day on the bank with a top angler, simply by catching a fish!

The long-term future of the famous Gigantica complex has already been secured via the breeding and rearing of its own stock fish, preserving the strains of carp which have grown to huge proportions, and significantly reducing the risks associated with stocking new fish.

The Main Lake at the popular French holiday venue was stocked with 37 carp up to 13lb (a fish named Hector) back on November 6 and 7 2016, and as the progeny of the existing stock, a number of which have topped 70lb - including the big ‘un known as Fudgy’s, which has reached 86lb 8oz - the future looks very bright for the lake!

Now you also have a chance to benefit from this stocking, as we are giving you the chance to win an amazing prize worth over £3,000 in total!

A bounty has been placed on the heads of the new stockies – all of which were photographed on both sides at the time of stocking – and will be won by whoever catches the first authenticated one at a weight of 20lb or above.

The prize consists £1,000 worth of fantastic Korda tackle, plus a week holiday for two people at Gigantica, and if that wasn’t enough already, you will also get a 48 hour tuition session with carp catching machine Darrell Peck.

Despite being just three summers old, several of the stock fish have already reached double-figures, with the largest being a beautiful, chunky mirror of 13lb that was named Hector. Given the growth rates that are being achieved, a number of these stockies should top the 20lb mark this year, which bodes very well for them growing on to be the big ‘uns of the future as they are already well ahead of the weight you would expect them to be at this age.

Gigantica boss Danny Fairbrass, who helped to stock the fish, enthused: “This is the first ever stocking of fish since we’ve had the lake, and it’s been a very long to get here.

“The stock ponds were built five years ago, and the fish went in three years ago when we collected eggs out of the main lake with the help of Simon Scott, and ever since we’ve been grading and thinning them out, and have kept feeding them. Bearing in mind in England, a three year old C3 fish is around 6lb, if it is a big one, so to have four C3 fish over 10lb is amazing, and Simon Scott reckons they should at least double their weight within the first year in the Main Lake, and I reckon they should be 30s within a couple of years or so.

“We now have 37 new fish in the Main Lake, which we’ve never previously stocked in the eight years that we’ve had it, and the reason for that is, any time you put new fish in there’s a risk of killing what you’ve already got. But by taking them out as eggs and growing them on-site, so they’ve never been mixed with anything else, we kept everything as bio-secure as possible,” he added.

Gigantica bailiff Adrian ‘Buzz’ Burrett has been heavily involved with getting the fish to where they are today, explaining: “It’s a very proud moment to see those fish come from tiny eggs all the way through to now, and we’ve been feeding them every breakfast and evening, and sometimes in-between which has been a bit of a task, but to see them now makes it all worthwhile.”

To be in with a chance of claiming the bounty, all you need to do is come and fish Gigantica Main Lake, and if you are lucky enough to catch one of the smaller fish, make sure you get it checked by a bailiff to see if it is one of the stockies, and if it is the first one to be caught over 20lb, then you can claim the prize.

For full details on the Gigantica complex, including how to book a trip, check out: http://www.gigantica-carp.com

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