A trip to Rainbow Lake is always something special. The whole atmosphere, makeup of the lake and the sheer size of some of the carp swimming around there makes it an awesome venue to tackle.
In my years fishing the lake we have been battered by everything from savage storms to subzero degrees and ice in winter, so nothing is left circumstance when it comes to rods, fishing tackle and general gear and when the buzzer finally sounds, only the toughest hooks, line and end-tackle will do when the battle with potential monsters commences.
The area of the lake we were fishing consisted of open water spots, with plateaus and gullies and of course some shallower but very snaggy areas littered with fallen trees. The first night was quiet and I was the only one to get any rods out as Michael was to knackered after the long 24 hour drive, so he chose to get everything ready and get the rigs out in the morning after a nights rest. I didn’t take more than two hours before his rig, fishing in a channel, was picked up by an angry 43 lb mirror, which was in the net after a difficult battle between some sunken trees. A quick bite that gave a taste of what was to come – during the next week the takes came at a steady pace, most being nice fish over 30 lb, with a 62 lb plus common as the biggest. The majority of the bites were coming of the rods fishing close to snags in water around 10 to 12 feet. The weather had been extraordinarily hot for the time of year and switched around two days after we arrived. This change got the fish feeding but after a week of dropping temperatures and rain, the water had cooled down massively and the takes started to slow down at the beginning of our second week. The rods that had been producing takes everyday were suddenly silent, even though we were still hearing a lot of fish boshing out in the dark hours. Most of the showing carp where concentrated in the open and deeper water but the 3 rods fishing there had only produced 4 bites, giving an indication that there was loads of carp sitting in the middle water but not interested in feeding. On the Sunday morning one of the rods fishing on a plateau, was off twice within a couple of hours and my hopes for the last weeks fishing started to rise. But unfortunately everything fell silent after this and nothing happened for the rest of the day. By the following morning nothing had happened and the conditions were perfect for a bite – one of these lovely autumn mornings, where the scent of the nature, water and leaves is strong on the misty air – suddenly the tip of the rod fishing on the plateau bent over, and the buzzer sounded – signalling a take. I quickly grabbed the rod and straight away I could feel it was a better fish, no head shaking or quick bolts, just a steady heavy bend in the rod. I quickly got in the boat and out over the carp applying max pressure to get It away from the bottom. In my experience you can’t afford to give the carp too much slack, as you never know what obstacles are hiding on the bottom of Rainbow Lake. After a few minutes of towing the boat the fish surfaced for a second, just showing a broadside of scales before powering back into the depths. After what seemed like a life time of being towed around by a big dog, the fish finally gave up and I could coax the huge fish into the waiting net. I broke up the net and with a sure grip I slowly returned to the bank where Michael was getting everything ready for weighing and photos. On the scales the big mirror went 36,3 kilo just over 80lbs! What a massive fish and in awesome condition for its size. After a quick photo session it powered off a strong back into the murky depths. The rest of the week went buy with a take or so every day with a couple of bigger fish in between with a 57 mirror as the biggest, but then it was ok – I had been lucky enough to catch the fish I came for and will be back in the future. We managed a total of 30 banked carp with 9 x 40s 4x 50s 1 x 60 and the 80 lb common as the biggest.
I have used my Century 13″ NG 3lb SUs for over 7 years on my trips abroad and I am sure that the will be my number one rod for many many years to come….