Please bring only fresh/frozen boilies, we have large freezers on site to store your bait (max 20kg per angler) during your session so if you don’t use it you can take it home again. Please bring it in 5kg bags so it fits in our freezer. 20kg duffel bags will not be accepted!
We do not allow shelf life boilies because they generally have a lower nutritional content and take much longer to break down if they are not eaten. Shelf life hookbaits are allowed like pop ups or glugged bottom baits because they are not being fed.
We have Mainline Frozen readymade boilies, in 18mm to reduce the attentions of the bream. To find out the latest type of boilie available onsite please get in touch with us, either by phone or email. We rotate the available bait yearly to keep the fish interested at our lakes. 10kg of Mainline is 130 euros and you can leave it in the freezer during your stay so it doesn’t go off.
The best catches in spring have come on Zigs. Before the fish spawn, bites on the bottom come over small amounts of bait, or on Zigs, small black foam has been the best hookbait. Putting out 5kg on day one is suicide in March, April and May. At this time of year 10kg will last all week. Start with 1/2 kilo and build up if you get bites! Remember singles and zigs will often be the best bet.
Once the fish have spawned bites will come over larger beds of BOILIES that are topped up regularly, if you are fishing only with boilies we suggest at least 20kg for the week post-spawning (Junly onwards) starting with 3-5kg in one large area on day 1, after every fish feed another ½-1kg, providing this can be done from the bank, the fish will tolerate feeding over their heads when they are‘having it’ because the water is 20 feet deep.
It makes the job far easier and boat hire starts at 30 euros inc life jacket. Use the boat wisely and it will enhance your captures. Use it carelessly and it could cause a blank! Don't go out at first light, its the best time for a bite and don't go out at known feeding times, this changes from swim to swim depending on the time of year. For example The Alamo is a great night swim so make sure your baiting is done before dinner ie about 4pm. You can return after dinner and get bites immediately so this is the worst time to bait up. In contrast Alcatraz is a better day swim so leave baiting up till last light in preparation for the next morning. Going out boating the day in this swim can stop the feeding! Always ask the bailiffs the best times and quantities to bait up when you have chosen your swim.
One major mistake that is made every week is to continue feeding when not getting bites. All you will be doing is putting bait on top of bait! The golden rule is; IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A BITE FOR 3 DAYS - STOP BAITING UP!
Sit on your hands even take the lines out for 12 hours, its your best chance of a bite! Whatever happens do not put in any more bait until you get your first bite from a Carp or a Bream, that means most of it is now gone!
Other decent boilies will work, Nash, Essential Baits and Bait Works have all caught lots of fish. For some reason CC Moores has not been accepted by the fish? Its great bait and catches loads elsewhere, but our fish are not taken by it, weird!
At all costs avoid Mainline rolled by rolling services, unless you have confidence in their bait. They are not all bad but some rolling companies CELL is nothing like the real thing and results on it are poor. Also much of it is too soft and will split out the stick. Our Mainline is made harder and usually in 20mm by the boys at Mainline, so we know its first grade and perfect for the job.
For 50kg or more we drop our price by 5 euro per 10kg to 125 euro. If you don't use it all simply take it home! Poor quality bait will ruin your chances so if in doubt get it from us, it’s one less thing to worry about.
Pop Ups and Wafters are available on site to complement the current stocked boilies. All tubs of hookbaits are the same price 9 euros, which equals the retail price in the UK. We have available a lake exclusive Banoffee Wafter bait, which has produced numerous fish in recent times.
In the past a carp feed pellet which is primarily vegetable based has been sold to the anglers in huge quantities and as a result the fish have seen it as almost their natural food. We are continuing to sell the pellet and recommend it as part of your feed. A 25kg sack is 60 euros.
Please do not bring your own pellets for loose feeding, this is so we can control the level of fish oils our carp ingest thus maintaining a healthy stock of fish that grow steadily and consistently. You may bring your own pellets for PVA bags providing you make the fishery manager aware of them at the start of the week. If you are found to be feeding with your own pellets you may be asked to leave!
Only particles prepared by us may be used at Gigantica, this is to stop excessive use of Tiger Nuts and to make sure properly prepared particles are used. We understand that tigers are a great bait but they need to be used in tiny quantities to stop any malnutrition to the fish and also to reduce the risk of spreading infection. The same tiger nut can be eaten several times because the fish do not really digest them, this means bacteria in the gut can be passed from fish to fish in extreme cases. In 2008 before our rules took effect anglers where using a kilo of tigers per rod per day even if they were not getting bites, crazy! Fish were still crapping out tigers when they were caught a month after the end of the season, that’s a month since a single tiger was put in the lake.
Our own mixed particle mix is made up of maize, hemp and a small sprinkling of tigers just for hookbaits. This gives the fish an excellent source of vegetable protein, lots energy and lots of roughage for good digestion, just like us having fresh veg every day! 5kg costs 10 Euro. Hemp is at least twice the price of normal particles in France so we are forced to sell it at 15 euro's for 5kg. Particles can be an effective as a mass baiting approach to catch our carp. Please order your bait in advance by phone or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. During your stay we need at least 24 hours notice for fresh particles and please bring your own buckets to store it in.
If you have ‘special’ particle hookbaits soaking in something make our bailiffs aware of them at the outset and we then have no problem with you using them, the same goes for Brazils. Please do not abuse our policy, if you are found feeding your own particles you WILL be asked to leave, we take our fishes health that seriously.
If you are spodding or putting bait out with one of our 6 boats we recommend you use a mix of whole and chopped boilies plus particles. A 10 liter bucket of particles plus a couple of kilos of boilies will give you two full 10 liter buckets, enough for 2 or even 3 days. Fishing maize, boilies, plastic, drilled pellets or tigers over the top gives loads of options and once the favored hookbait is found we recommend you swop all rods to that.