Week Commencing: Sat 20/11/2021
When in France do as the “French” do!!......
After a very slow week previous surely this week had to do a few more fish!! We had a few regulars and a few newbies to the venue this week so after a chilly old walk round it was time to get back in the warm clubhouse for a brew and the draw. We were due chilly easterly winds blowing across the lake and with the fish still being active in the evenings let’s keep our fingers crossed for a better week !!!.....so here we go!!........
Now this first gentleman is certainly no stranger to the Gigantica complex. Steve French was last here only a few weeks ago and had a monster session in “Treeline” so guess where he went when had the choice again this time!? Yep…..straight back in there and decided to adopt the exact same approach on this occasion. Fishing out at 17 wraps with all 3 rods into the open water. Baiting 10mm boilie around 3 to 5k a day of Sticky Manilla, Mainline Cell and CC More Live System all at the back of the area from the bank. Steve loves a solid bag and all the rods were deployed with Milky Malt white dumbells as hookbaits. It didn’t take long before the first bit of action when on the very first night he landed 2 fish, his first ever repeat capture for the first with “Bbay Pawprint at 37lb 4oz followed a few hours later with an un named stocky at 24lb now called “Lines” with its distinct lines of tight scales along its right flank. What a start and the next few nights all produced fish too. On average a fish a night with some mid 20 stockies until midweek. On the Wednesday in the early hours produced Steves last fish of the week but it was also the biggest at 40lb 4oz, a fish named “James” a beautiful mirror. One thing that Steve does on a regular basis is pre plan, he has an approach for every swim of the lake and he knows that this approach in a different swim may not work but by putting his watercraft and carp fishing experience into play time after time and fishing each swim chosen to its full potential makes him one of the most consistant anglers on the complex. Massive congratulations my friend, yet again a fantastic result and if that wind hadn’t changed, I think we would have seen even more on the bank. You made the most of the opportunity when the fish were in front of you and I take my hat off to you !!! Let’s see how you get on when you return in January !!!........so long ………….
First timer to “The Big G” is a young German named Luis Niedergassel who decided to chose “Big Southerly” fishing 1 rod down to the left hand snags and 2 out to the drop off at 25 ½ wraps. Having seen some of Luis’s back catalogue of fish it was clear from the off this guy could fish. Luis loves Loops and Booms and that was the approach for the week. Fishing over his choice of boilie chops and maize it was the 25 ½ spot that managed to get him his first ever Gigantica carp! A fish of 28lb named “Double Gill”. A well-deserved fish as Luis put in maximum effort all week, again that 3k on average bait introduced daily and fishing tight to the spot was the recipe for success. This was to be the only capture from Big Southerly but Luis was more than happy and is eager to return back to where dreams happen…..till next time pal keep those German carp coming and…..i still can’t pronounce your surname haha…..
Over in “Bobs Beach” was Malcolm Mitchel who adopted a very similar tactic to Steve next door in Treeline, Malcolm chose to fish out at 16 ½ wraps towards “Stink” Combi and wafter hook-baits was the plan of attack and Malcolm hit the ball running when on the Monday morning at 9am he landed a 2021 stocky by the name of “TM1” at 19lb. Now although there were fish showing in the evenings unfortunately this was the only action for the week for Malcolm. A truly lovely guy and top angler that on this occasion wasn’t to be a monster session but the blank was avoided and we shall see you next time on the bank my friend.
You may be thinking we haven’t mentioned “Co’s Point” yet, well…..hold your horses as its up next and who frequents this legendary peg this week?, none other than the legend himself Mr Chris Clarke. You will know this name if you search through the Gigantica archives as Chris is a regular. His approach never changes, he will fish THE spots in every swim, tight, accurate with his preferred Sticky Manilla and maize approach. Week after week he produces fish when all seems lost he produces results. This week he chose to fish 31 wraps to the flat oak which is limits to Co’s as there are the tyres beyond this area. A solid bag was the the approach with combi rigs and manilla hard hooker wafters or a krill wafter in the solid bag.On the second evening the 3 to 5 k of bait tight to the spot kicked in and produced a beautiful fish named “Half Moonscale” at 36lb 12oz. Unfortunately, frustration came into the week after that as Chris lost 3 fish. One thing for sure was that they were in that area and it was unfortunate that no more were landed and one of them felt like a good en (they always do don’t they those lost fish?). Yet again a solid weeks angling though and we were due another week with Chris next week so let’s see where he ends up next time.
With 8 fish landed the lake certainly was showing signs of waking up so lets hope they are starting to acclimatise to the colder water temperatures!!!!
Until next time guys n gals, tight lines, be lucky and bag a chunk!!!!!