Gigantica Success for Rob Willingham
16th September 2016

Gigantica is known as a tough lake to crack, but that’s exactly what Rob Willingham managed to do on a recent weeklong session at the French Mecca.

He travelled out to Gigantica with colleagues from Korda, where he works in product support, for their annual social session. Having enjoyed good fortune in recent years, it was no surprise when Rob pulled ball No1 in the tense draw at the start of the week! In doing so, he managed to secure his first-choice swim, the renowned Co’s Point.

Ahead of what was to be a rare seven-day session on Gigantica, our man identified what he hoped was a feeding area 100 yards out from the swim. Marker work revealed smooth, clear ground out there, perfect for a bottom-bait approach. Rob opted to fish snowman hook baits on blowback rigs made from 20lb N-Trap Soft coated braid and size-two Wide Gape X hooks. He baited his rigs with 20mm Krill bottom baits, tipped with 12mm Krill pop-ups – big baits for big fish! A running lead clip with 14 inches of Dark Matter tubing and 3.5oz Distance Casting leads completed the traps.

Rob was sure that the fish would switch onto the Krill, so he baited with between three and four kilos per night, depending on the action that he received. Despite the positive baiting, he can’t have been prepared for the consistent action that the next few days would hold, as he built the swim and amassed a seven-fish hit in the process!

Just 24 hours into the Gigantica session, Rob was away, the result being his biggest fish of the week, the mighty Pips at a massive 57lb 12oz. Sensible baiting and fishing saw him trickle out six more bites, topped by The Clown at 53lb, which saw him installed as top rod for the week! The quality of the fish in Rob’s haul was tremendous; even the smaller specimens were stunning carp, much more reminiscent of English scaleys than French carp!

Well done Rob on your Gigantica success, let’s hope the draw-bag is as favourable next year!


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