It was may 2012 when i first laid eyes on rainbow lake (burstwick) around the same time carp fishing started to appeal to me, shortly after i did my first session on there not knowing what to expect, obviously it ended in a blank.
After my first session on the lake it was always in the back of my mind no matter where i was fishing i wanted to be back there.
If you land a fish over 20 25 or 30lb you recieve a hoody for free with the lakes name on it and then the weight (20 25 or 30), also if you so happen to catch the biggest fish of the year you receive a years free fishing jan-jan of the next year
So in march of this year i packed my gear and headed off to rainbow lake i chose to fish swim 1 the year before it had being " the hot swim" so i was told (although i didn't realize that the year before all the snags had being taken out) i found 2 spots which seemed to be solid gravel spots everywhere else had weed in some form on the bottom so i thought i must of found a place the carp visit regularly, i cast out 2 rigs to the spots catapulted a few freebies (cell) to the spots and sat back n held my breathe hoping for my first rainbow lake carp. As the sun began to set one of the regulars came into my swim an we ended up having a lengthy talk about the lake in which he told me it wasn't an easy lake especially at this time of the year an that he had being on for 11 days and hadn't had a carp only bream, he wished my luck with the rest of my 24 hour session and i returned to my bivvy made a brew and started to contemplate the reality that i might not get a fish not only only this session but not for a while. Evening soon became night and night to morning. I had blanked but i wasnt going to give up not without a fight
Skipping my previous session in which resulted n another blank on swim 1 i decided to go in 2 the owner came round and told me about a gap in the over hanging trees on the far bank which was about a 50 yard cast and told me that it was a really good spot as the carp love to swim around it, so cast 2 rigs out that i had refined from previous sessions basically my version of a hinged stiff rig the hook baits where milky toffee pop ups soaked in almond goo my first 2 casts where bang on the money and i proceeded to lay the area with about 1/2 3/4 of a kilo of cell. It got to about 6pm and i decided i wanted to recast the rods with fresh hook baits on i ventured out the bivvy and find the thickest fog screen i had ever seen, with the fear of losing my spot or eve snapping off against my better judgement i decided to leave my rods in and sleep on them that night.
5am the next day i was awoke by a screaming mxr+ receiver i ran outside struck my rod and i was in after a short battle my landing net was under my first rainbow lake carp i couldnt believe it
sorry about the picture quality i had to take a video screen shot the weight was 11lb 12oz i slipped the fish back recast the rig hit the clip and once again it was a perfect cast.
I put the rest of my kilo of cell in and went back to sleep, i was awoke at aprox 9am by john the owner with my breakfast i ordered the night before and told him about my result and showed him the photo and he told me it was 1 of 4 identical looking commons he left to do his morning rounds and i retired to the bivvy absolutely buzzing with a result on my third session even if it wasn't one of lakes bigger residents a couple of hours passed and once again the mxr+ began to sing, so once more i was in battle with what turned out to be a bigger fish
This one weight 17lb 6oz
Hour and half later this one graced my landing net at 16lb 8oz
i went home with a smile on my face having landed 3 fish in 24 hours from what i consider to be the hardest lake around
This was my fifth night of the year and now we are in June, still on cloud 9 after the session previous, after having the 3 fish out of 2 i opted to return and see if i could persuade another to take my hook baits. I had to wait 23 hours for carp number 4
11lb 2oz of original rainbow mirror carp i was happy as out ( regardless of what my face says lol)
For the next 6 weeks i managed to do 4 over nighters with no success what so ever.