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Bait

Boilies

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.

The Top Catchers

We have Mainline Frozen readymade boilies, in 20mm to reduce the attentions of the bream. The most recent bait to dominate Gigantica has been the new HYBRID from Mainline, which is exclusively available at Gigantica. FUSION and NEW GRANGE have both caught very well and are good alternatives although we no longer stock them as HYBRID works so well. 10kg of Mainline is 110 euros and you can leave it in the freezer during your stay so it doesn’t go off.

Pre-Spawning

The best catches in spring 2012 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.

After Spawning

Once the fish have spawned bites will come over larger beds of CELL or NEW GRANGE 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.

Baiting with the Boat

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 Boilies

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.

Bulk Prices

For 50kg or more we drop our price by 5 euro per 10kg to 95 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

Pop ups are available for both baits in 15mm. Plus two of the best from the High Viz range, Pineapple in bright yellow and Fruitella in bright pink, both is 10 and 15mm, these are great for high vis snowman rigs and little pop ups fished as close to the lakebed as possible.

Because we have localised bottom weed bottom baits work far better than pop ups which we feel are too obvious on such a clean flat lakebed. Because of this we have made up some special ‘boosted’ bottom baits, including the ever popular pineapple, strawberry and tutti fruiti, all superb carp catchers and perfect over a spod mix to get the fish to single out your hookbait amongst a carpet of goodies.

All tubs of hookbaits are the same price 7.2 euros, equal to the retail price in the UK.

Mainline Indian Spice and Cell have been the best hookbaits this year.

Pellets

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. 10kg is 24 Euro’s and a 25kg sack is 60 euros. The pellets also work well as hookbaits but only last 4 hours on the hair before the unravel, you can mesh them up or use the predrilled super halibuts we have for sale at 4 euros a pot.

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!

Particles

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 mix is made up of maize, yellow peas, blea (wheat), peanuts, some other small seeds 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! A 10 liter bucket full to the brim weighs just over 10kg and costs 18 euro.

We are now selling fresh Hemp and Tigers as a mix, soaked in lake water (a big edge) and prepared fresh for you. Hemp is at least twice the price of normal particles in France so we are forced to sell it at 25 euro's for a 10 litre bucket full. There is a nice smattering of tigers within making it a great feed on its own or with boilies over the top. The bream do not like beds of hemp in the same way they like pellets so this can be an effective mass baiting approach whilst avoiding mass bream attention.

Please order your bait in advance by contacting Michael at the lake his email address is michael@gigantica-carp.com. During your stay he needs at least 24 hours notice for fresh buckets and please bring your own buckets to store in it.

Particle hookbaits

If you have ‘special’ particle hookbaits soaking in something make Michael 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.