Peder Lichtenberg banks a huge Rainbow Lake common!

Rainbow lake regular Peder Lichtenberg enjoyed a fantastic two week winter session at the famous venue, culminating in the capture of this magnificent 77lb 4oz common!

His trip got off to a fairly slow start with conditions being far from ideal, but eventually he managed to get the fish feeding and landed a 53lb mirror, before a change of swim resulted in the big ‘un along with a number of smaller fish up to 43lb.

Peder revealed: “For me Rainbow Lake has always been something special – the whole atmosphere, topography of the lake and the sheer size of the carp swimming around in there makes it an awesome venue to tackle. Nothing is left to chance and only the strongest tackle will suffice.

“This trip would be spread over two different swims, and although the weather was mild there had been frosts the week before and the water had cooled down a fair bit. I put four rigs out in the deeper water, spreading them around the swim, and as expected the fishing was slow as we weren’t seeing or hearing any signs of carp in the area. But after three days I had my first take and that resulted in a hard-fighting mirror of 53lb. This proved to be the only take we had that week, and a move into a different swim was a very welcome change.

“After getting set up I placed three rods against the back of an island, fishing up to a mass of fallen trees, and the fourth one was placed on a raised bar in open water. The following morning I had a take on one of the island rods, and after a quick battle I had a 30lb mirror in the net, which was very welcome after the slow fishing the previous week.

“I quickly got that rod back in position and decided to leave the other rods alone for another day, so as not to spook anything that was left in the swim. But unfortunately that was the last bit of action for a couple of days.

“After dark I was hearing fish boshing out over a deeper area, in about 30ft of water, and with no action for three days, I decided to move one rod there and managed to find a hard spot where the bar that I was fishing on flattened out before becoming silty. I lowered the rig and scattered a handful of boilies around it.

“The rod had only been in the water for five hours before it was away and after a good battle from the bank I landed a 43lb common. After getting that rod back out and having had a quick result on it, I decided to take a chance and move one of my snag rods onto a slightly raised, hard area, in 28ft of water, and again, I just scattered a few handfuls of boilies around it.

“That paid off as the next morning that rod was away and this time it was a more serious fish, as there were no head shakes or quick bolts, just a steady bend in the rod and a heavy weight on the other end. I applied maximum pressure to get it away from the bottom, as in my experience you can’t afford to give them too much line as you never know what obstacles might be down there.

“The fish came close to the bank quite quickly but then decided to stay deep, and as soon as I managed to gain a few yards of line it would take them back again, but after what seemed like a lifetime of being towed around by it, I was finally able to coax it into the waiting net.

“It was a massive common in awesome condition and the scales settled on a weight of 35.1kg, or 77lb 4oz, and after a few photos it powered off into the murky depths. The last few days produced a few more fish, all hard-fighting mid-30 commons, and we ended up leaving a day early due to hearing about all the demonstrations and road blocks planned around Paris – the 20 hour drive home was long enough without getting stuck in all that!

“All of my fish fell to a combi-rig which takes a bit of time to tie up but works very well. I use nine inches of 45lb Dura-Kord with a loop spliced in each end, but to stiffen it and create a boom effect I insert a length of 0.65mm Boom and use that as a core. This is fished in conjunction with a D-rig Kicker and a Kontinental hook, which can easily be changed and I can re-use the main body of the rig.

“Incredibly strong gear is needed on a demanding lake like Rainbow, and my set-up was completed with 50lb Apex main line, with two rod lengths of 60lb XT Snag Leader and 2m of 70lb XT Kable leadcore with a Hybrid lead clip.”