Matthew Forshaw made the most of the few hours he had spare before jetting off on his honeymoon, the result, a Mercers Park 40!
Gareth’s Gigantica Giants
17th October 2018
A super successful staff social at the mighty Gigantica saw Gareth Radley land not one but two of the lakes 60-pounders, making for some great pre-birthday celebrations.
On this year’s annual staff social at Gigantica I considered myself rather lucky with the draw, despite coming 6th, I still managed to lay claim to one of the main central swims, Alcatraz. I decided to fish all three rods on the one spot at 110-yards range, where I presented 20mm Krill Tuff Ones topped with boosted White Ones Pop-Ups.
The action kicked off early, as on the first night I had my first fish in the net, a lovely 22lb common. It was great to be off the mark and I was sure that there was bigger to come, I wasn’t wrong. My next bite came like clockwork at exactly the same time the previous night, but only this time my net wasn’t graced with a low twenty-pounder. What I scooped up was a fish called Two Time, and a new PB at an impressive 64lb 12oz!
Topping the swim up with plenty of 20mm Krill, maize and pellets soaked in Pure Krill Liquid kept the bites coming, and following on from Two Time, I slipped the net under a nice scaly original of 31lb, which is commonly known as the Galatian.
The next series of bleeps my receiver transmitted resulted in me landing a fish known as Shoulders, and at a new top weight of 56lb 4oz! Although the session was coming to a close with me only having one night remaining, the lake still had more in-store for me.
Whilst having lunch on my final day at the lake, my receiver let out its last few bleeps. The swim soon filled up and under the watchful eyes of the rest of the group I led in another of the lake’s larger residents. Once in the net we identified the fish as The Galaxy, a fish that had not been caught for two years! Albeit slightly down in weight at 63lb 4oz, it brought a great end to a great session, all before heading home to celebrate my 40th birthday with my family.