Danny Fairbrass had always dreamt of owning his own lake, and in 2008 that became a reality when he bought a 35-acre water in France known as St. Christophe, and which he renamed Gigantica due to the huge carp that lived there.
Since then, Gigantica has become one of the most popular carp fishing holiday complexes in France, with a second lake – the 26 acre Road Lake – being added, as well as a stock pond which is now providing the complex with all the new fish that it needs and preserving the genetics of a strain of carp that have a proven history of growing very large. The stocking policy has been a big success and the new fish have piled on the weight, ensuring that the venue will be producing gigantic carp for many years to come.
Each lake can be fished by up to 12 anglers each week, with the Main Lake being the harder of the two, with a stock of around 700 carp, of which twelve are over 70lb, and four of those top the 80lb mark, and with a lake record of 96lb 8oz. which is a stunning common known as the Immaculate Common.
The Road Lake is a bit easier and is home to fish to 66lb, with a further six carp topping the 60lb mark, another 34 in excess of 50lb, and with new fifties coming through all the time.
The lake is conveniently located just to the north-east of Troyes, near to the town of Brienne-le-Chateau, in a very picturesque area, and is an easy drive of around 250 miles from Calais, taking just four hours.
Once there, a food package is available, providing breakfast and an even meal, and other facilities include toilets and showers; a bait freezer; a tackle shop well stocked with Korda products and Mainline Link and Fyber boilies.
Danny Fairbrass revealed: ‘It had always been a dream of mine to own my own water, as it is for most carp anglers. Seeing the stockies that you’ve reared from eggs getting caught and growing is nearly as good as seeing the big ‘uns on the bank.
‘What we have tried to provide is a venue where people can enjoy their holiday, whilst catching some very big, special carp,’ added Danny, who still regularly fishes the lake himself and enjoys it as much as when he first bought it.
There is an up-to-date online booking calendar showing availability and how many spaces are free each week, but both lakes are very popular so you will normally need to book well in advance, as even during the winter Gigantica is popular.