Road Lake - Dan Wildbore

“I recently visited The Road Lake at Gigantica, which was my first fishing trip to France. It has never been something that has really interested me before, but this complex seems to differ to many that you see in the press. A lot of the fish look like they have been hand picked Oxfordshire. Plus, it has the added bonus of holding some absolute monsters.

Tom Maker and I made the journey out there for some early spring, late winter action. We were welcomed by the friendly Gigantica bailiffs and guided round The Road Lake. It looked lovely – crystal-clear water with the same, prominent turquoise tinge that the main lake Gigantica is so famous for.

The first night was a success, resulting a lovely 22lb common, a great way to get the session underway.
The first three nights were a bit of a struggle, with the fish not wanting to spend much time out in open water. I managed a couple more, but it was clear that the fish wanted to be in the shallower water.

Consequently, I moved round to Turtles Corner for the remaining two nights. Tactics wise, I kept things simple, fishing all rods on snowman presentations, topped with a 16mm Krill White pop-up. The Road Lake has recently been re-stocked, so most of the scale-perfect carp haven’t even seen a rig yet.

I fished all three rigs up to a tree-lined margin, which ran up from my left. The first night I caught four, including a chunky 28lb common and a 33lb 4oz mirror. The second night was equally as productive, this time catching fish to just over 29lb.

I really enjoyed my stay there, with the bailiffs always providing a laugh and the fishing is great fun. I would love to go back in the warmer months when the fish are even more active and have another go.

I couldn’t recommend this place any higher, if you looking for a venue that offers plenty of action, the chance of catching some beautiful carp and great facilities, then this is the lake for you.”

Dan Wildbore