Rods - We recommend fishing rods with a test curve of at least 3.25lb. 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 anywhere from the margins up to 100yds and you will be fine. Sets of Daiwa Infinity X45 3.75tc rods are available for hire, so you don't need to splash out on powerful new rods just for your visit.
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 must be a minimum of 0.40mm (15lb Touchdown), or you can use a Tapered Mainline but the thinnest section must be at least 0.33mm (Tapered Subline 12-40lb).
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 test curve in the region of 4.25lb with a fast recovery. The Daiwa Longbow X45 Spod and Marker combined with the Daiwa Spod Reel are perfect for the job. We have both of these available for hire at the lake.
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 longer range fishing, the helicopter rig is used a lot at Gigantica as it casts so well and rarely tangles. However, we feel the mechanics of the heli-rig do have some limitations for nailing the fish. We regularly get 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, weigh crook, scales and carp care kit. Please ensure you don’t bring these items with you.