Rods - We recommend fishing rods with a test curve of at least 3.5lb. This will give you the option of fishing all the swims effectively. It is better to be the master of a stiffer set of rods than reduce your options when you get a good draw. Come prepared to fish from the margins out to 120yds and you will be fine. We hire out sets of 12ft Daiwa Infinity X45 3.75tc rods, so there's no need to splash out on new rods for the trip.
Reels and Line - We recommend the use of a big pit type reel with a large spool that is filled up to the rim. Line diameter is a minimum of 0.40mm (15lb Touchdown), or you can use a tapered main line, but the thinnest section must be at least 0.33mm (Tapered Longchuck 12-30lb).
Baiting Up - A good quality spod rod and reel loaded with braid are an essential requirement. We quite regularly see people 'cheap out' in this department and struggle to get the bait out time after time. We recommend a rod with a test curve in the region of 4.25lb with a fast recovery. The Daiwa Longbow X45 Spod and Marker or Korda Kaizen Spod rod combined with the Daiwa Spod Reel are perfect for the job. We have the Daiwa Spod Rod and Reels available for hire at the lake if required.
Terminal Tackle - The deep clear waters of Gigantica are not only beautiful, but they allow your terminal tackle to stick out like a sore thumb if consideration isn’t given to matching it to the lakebed. We recommend the use of gravel/clay coloured components. Big, strong, sharp hooks are the name of the game. Size 4 Kamakura Barbless have been used a lot with great success since their release. Fish confidently and use efficient rigs which you have total faith in. Don’t be tempted to try a new 'wonder rig' when you visit.
For long-range fishing, the helicopter rig is used a lot at Gigantica as it casts so well and causes very few tangles. However, we feel the mechanics of the heli-rig do have some limitations for nailing the fish. We regularly have anglers telling us of occurrences where they had what appeared to be a pick-up, but it didn’t develop into a full-blown run. A running lead system (as opposed to semi-fixed) definitely helps solve this problem.
Carp Care Equipment - We take our biosecurity very seriously at Gigantica and provide you with all the equipment needed to land, weigh and care for the carp you catch. This includes a landing net, unhooking mat, weigh sling/retainer and weigh crook. Please ensure you don’t bring these items with you. We do require a €50 deposit for these items, which will be returned to you at the end of the week when the kit is returned undamaged.
You are required to bring your own scales, we recommend bringing the 120lb Korda scales or simular.