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   Old Thread  #184 4 Oct 2020 at 7.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Tom, never thought about that, I'll check
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   Old Thread  #183 4 Oct 2020 at 7.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi. As far as I know peg 21 closed until end of the year. There should be info on Rainbow FB page
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   Old Thread  #182 4 Oct 2020 at 6.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm back on Rainbow next month, does anybody know if peg 21 or any of the others are still closed
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   Old Thread  #181 24 Aug 2020 at 5.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oh right cheers Tom, that is surprising, I was expecting it to be very low
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   Old Thread  #180 24 Aug 2020 at 4.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have a look at Lee Morris stories on FB. He said yesterday that water is quite high...
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   Old Thread  #179 24 Aug 2020 at 4.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi all,

Does anyone know what the water level is like ATM, I heard that they pumped quite a lot out to tackle the fires?
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   Old Thread  #178 10 Aug 2020 at 7.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #177 10 Aug 2020 at 1.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gav sent it to me on messenger so not sure
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   Old Thread  #176 10 Aug 2020 at 10.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How do I access the video, is it possible?
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   Old Thread  #175 10 Aug 2020 at 10.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was that Gav and Broady as they sent me the video?

Still burning on Friday.
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   Old Thread  #174 10 Aug 2020 at 6.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ok if your on the island then
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   Old Thread  #173 9 Aug 2020 at 10.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Photo was taken at the start of fire. Then it came quite close. There was fb video of guys driving through the last bit of a path to the gate...one side completly burnt other untouched
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   Old Thread  #172 9 Aug 2020 at 10.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Blimey that looks bad, am I right in saying that it's not to close to the lake though?
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   Old Thread  #171 9 Aug 2020 at 10.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow.

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   Old Thread  #170 9 Aug 2020 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #169 8 Aug 2020 at 12.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm guessing that it was the surrounding area's, but as I remember from my last trip, Rainbow is surrounded by forests that come right to the back of many pegs. So it's bound to have had an affect on the lake, and for anglers to be evacuated from swims, it must be close.

The scenery is so beautiful and stunning, I dread to think what it looks like right now.

But thankfully nature always bounces back.
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   Old Thread  #168 7 Aug 2020 at 4.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was the fire at the lake or the surrounding area?
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   Old Thread  #167 7 Aug 2020 at 12.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Has anybody got any photo's of the fire damage, or know where I can find any please
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   Old Thread  #166 6 Aug 2020 at 1.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mates out there this week and had a cracking first few days, 7 x30's 2 x 40's up to 48ln and and a 64.12
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   Old Thread  #165 4 Aug 2020 at 3.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had a booking with my mate this year but had already passed it up before the lockdown anyway so never really missed out, different lake but i have a booking for October just hope were not in a second lockdown by then or my next trip is June 2021 on one of the Rainbow regulars new venture Kris Van Looy's the fish are stacking the weight on should be a decent head of 40's and 50's by then.

Good luck with your winter trip.
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   Old Thread  #164 4 Aug 2020 at 3.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Used to fishing big pits, would like the lake to hold a 70 at least. We can send for ourselves aswell. Apart from there were very easy and open we've been also looking at lake bled.
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   Old Thread  #163 4 Aug 2020 at 3.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Unfortunately not. My booking was due last two weeks when it was still closed because of virus. But my friend was there first weeks after reopening and caught plenty.
Water level low as it was extremly hot (42íC when fire started) and still no signs of rain

Waiting for December now
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   Old Thread  #162 4 Aug 2020 at 2.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Are you there now Tom? I had heard it had dropped the level of the lake by a few feet over the course of a few days with them filling up the tanks on the engines from the lake, I know they got evacuated for a night or possibly two as Jacob Fourwood and a few others were posting updates he had mentioned it was fishing very well despite all that was going on.
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   Old Thread  #161 4 Aug 2020 at 2.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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All depends really what kind of venue your after, the type of fishing you like to do? as in from the bank or do you prefer using boats and that type of venue what sort of facilities you are bothered about so drive and survive spit and sawdust or fully inclusive where you can keep your slippers on all week and get fed twice a day, expectations on catches or size, how far your willing to travel.
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   Old Thread  #160 4 Aug 2020 at 1.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not done anything other than abbey mate so I'm not the person to ask
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   Old Thread  #159 4 Aug 2020 at 1.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Where else would you recommend in Europe
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   Old Thread  #158 4 Aug 2020 at 12.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Because that's just how it is, if you dont get asked you've not been chance at all. It's an invite only kind of place, everyone knows that surely...
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   Old Thread  #157 4 Aug 2020 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Why's it so hard to get on ? I'm looking at 2022
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   Old Thread  #156 4 Aug 2020 at 11.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
All good and under control re the fire on the lake. Fish feeding like crazy in few swims

Re bookings...boys are 100% right. Positive thing is,few of my friends took first timers there lately and all off them got their own bookings Just a matter of getting there for the first time

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   Old Thread  #155 4 Aug 2020 at 11.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Dont bother trying . Unless you know someone currently fishing there and can get a place through them , you are frankly pissing in the wind trying to contact him .
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   Old Thread  #154 4 Aug 2020 at 11.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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**** that doesn't sound good, I guess I'll leave it a few week to get back on there feet, what's best way of getting hold of Pascal, phone or email
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   Old Thread  #152 4 Aug 2020 at 10.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Paul Hunt was fooked off along time ago, best of luck getting hold of Pascal, they have had some massive forest fires in the area last week they had to evacuate the lake for a few days 200 firefighters getting the blaze under control.
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Morning lads, who do you contact to book on, do you go through Paul hunt or message Pascal
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   Old Thread  #150 6 May 2020 at 8.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes I did mean Pro Line,

I have just ordered 4 Pro logic alarms for Rainbow, I think the name must have got stuck on my mind
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   Old Thread  #149 6 May 2020 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My good friend Patrick who owns Top Notch Fishing Tackle in Holland and a regular Rainbow angler has sorted something out with Proline they are shipping to Rainbow by the Ton.

I think the official line in France is that the lakes can re-open as of the 12th of May whether Rainbow will your guess is as good as mine, a few French friends who own Chatilliers Delphine and JP posted this on their page yesterday.
Just need the travel bans to relax now and I'm sure trips booked in the next few months might well be going on.
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   Old Thread  #148 6 May 2020 at 5.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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you mean Pro Line?
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   Old Thread  #147 6 May 2020 at 1.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I heard that Pro Logic are supplying Rainbow with some free bait
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   Old Thread  #146 23 Apr 2020 at 2.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree. Fish are probably shocked there are no lines and no movement in water for such a long time.Should be mental first few weeks when reopen
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   Old Thread  #145 22 Apr 2020 at 10.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think that we have already worked that out fella
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   Old Thread  #144 22 Apr 2020 at 10.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Think you will find it who you no that will get you a place on there
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   Old Thread  #143 22 Apr 2020 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's just my opinion, but I think that things will be back to normal in two or three months. The fish are not getting any bait so they will be down on weight, but ravenous when Pascal opens and fishing is allowed again
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   Old Thread  #141 22 Apr 2020 at 9.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Do you really think guys,it could be closed in winter? I accepted I wont go in June,but was confident Decemer will happen...

What about feeding the fish? You think they will be ok without tons of boilies we usually put this time of year?

Keep safe
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   Old Thread  #140 22 Apr 2020 at 9.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you stay 2 metres apart I am sure you will be welcome!
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   Old Thread  #139 22 Apr 2020 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I bet you are regretting that now pal, have you not got anybody who fishes there that wants some company for a trip, to make the tea, cook the food and be general dogs body for a fortnight, that's pretty much what I did to keep my mate happy, and he has asked me if I want to go again, so something worked.

I don't normally brown nose but when it comes to Rainbow
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   Old Thread  #138 22 Apr 2020 at 8.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My mate asked me to go a few years ago but I turned it down Was way too busy with work
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I'm supposed to be on the island again in November fingers crossed.

And last time I was there I got chatting to a really nice bloke who I have kept in touch with, anyway he asked me out of the blue if I have got a van and could I go at short notice in Sept/Oct if his mate can't make it
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My friend had a trip in Easter and one in August which most likely will be cancelled also,but he has another booked for November Jammy basket
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My mate is supposed to be there for two weeks in June, I think that he has resided to to fact that I ain't going to happen.

He is sure that Pascal won't have opened the lake back up by then, even if he does, the borders will still probably be shut.

I've got a trip in November, I'm preying that all this Covid-19 ***** will be over by then
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   Old Thread  #134 22 Apr 2020 at 12.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
You need a friend who has regular weeks booked over a year and try to get on one. And most bookings are for 2 weeks. Great place to fish.
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   Old Thread  #133 20 Apr 2020 at 11.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'll second that, tried for ages to get a trip.

Then eventually a mate who has been going for ages took me because his regular partner had to drop out at the last minute.

You would be bettor off trying to find someone that fishes there and jump in on a trip if you can

I've just read through all my posts on this thread, I'm never going to get a prize for my writing skills
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   Old Thread  #132 20 Apr 2020 at 9.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Invitation only Iím afraid........
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   Old Thread  #131 20 Apr 2020 at 9.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can anyone please advise which site is the best check on Rainbow lake with prices etc
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   Old Thread  #130 6 Jan 2020 at 2.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Richie, yes you did tell me, I was really just inviting you to tell everybody else.
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   Old Thread  #129 5 Jan 2020 at 9.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's about the size of it buddy, and why I am gagging to get back on there at some point, soon I hope!!!!
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   Old Thread  #128 5 Jan 2020 at 6.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I think thats the beauty and key to this lake(and probably few others)...no matter whats happening around the lake,whats the weather like,you can get a take of 70 or 80 pounder any minute

Good luck
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It's looking like it might be November before I get the chance to go back, if at all, so I've now resigned to the fact that there isn't much point in me asking how pegs around the lake fish in the warmer months

But thanks for all you help guys
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   Old Thread  #126 4 Jan 2020 at 7.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Happy new year to you too, not forgetting Kathy of course. I thought I'd told you what we had. I had 7 fish and Wayne had 3. Biggest was 67lb to me. I fished on the left of the swim.
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Blimey Rich, I never knew it was that easy there, I have never seen you catch so many fish in a week and I have been on a lake a few times with you!

Happy New Year to you and Pat! x
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   Old Thread  #124 4 Jan 2020 at 6.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I fished 12 in May 2017. First and only time on the lake. Everyone said we would struggle but the anglers from the week before did not turn up so it had been rested for a week. Ended up with 10 fish between us including a pb twice for me and 1 for my partner.
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   Old Thread  #123 3 Jan 2020 at 8.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im far from being an expert,just my observations

I always fish 2 weeks May/June as well. Last year for example I was in 12 and everybody told me to stay home...weather was on my side and the fish still kept around the peg and I cought.

For me,so called ātop pegsí getting burnt out and same goes with hot spots. Sometimes when you use prodding stick in these spots you actually hitting the leads,not the firm ground

Sumer pegs again...if its warm or pre spawning and youíre in 21- you may have problem to keep 4 rods in water! People catch sixty! fish a week sometimes...thats few years worth for me

If you want to know anything else just ask. Iíll try to help or at least put you in a right direction
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   Old Thread  #122 3 Jan 2020 at 7.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done buddy. I think that in your case it's more about the quality than the quantity.

It's really surprising how some parts of the lake just shut down, when I was there 19 was doing a few fish and I had a few on the RH side of the island too.

Do you every fish it when it's warmer, I was wondering what pegs you think are better at other times of the year, sounds like you know so much more about the lake than most do.
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   Old Thread  #121 3 Jan 2020 at 7.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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7 in total. Leaving today in the afternoon
Island blanked...19also unless they got something in the night. It slowed down after New Yearís party...
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How many did you have in the end Tom?
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Lee has the right spotsmans figure for darts but I doubt he would want to take Tom on at football as he might lose.



Well done on the Scar common Tom great Christmas present, good job you asked Lee round he's had plenty of practice lifting lumps out the water ask him about when Teddy broke his leg in peg 16 at Christmas and we lifted him out of the water bearing in mind Teddy being about 20 stone at the time, I was fishing in 17 Lee had a fish on at the time as well.👍
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   Old Thread  #118 25 Dec 2019 at 12.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Merry Christmas

Its my second winter on 14 and it usually produce some big fish,not many of them. Right is definitey better(deeper) but I just put one rod on the left,as night was super warm and next few days its going to be sunny

16 no fish
17 a few(44lb biggest)
18 has a few,dont know the weigts
11 was playing their first fish earlier today
19 nothing
Island nothing- week before there was Rainbow regular and very well known angler,cought 1 small carp and left on Friday. Its not as hot swim as it used to be I think...thats just my observation
6 two fish (26kg biggest)
5 two fish (23kg biggest)
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   Old Thread  #117 25 Dec 2019 at 12.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well Happy Christmas to you all out there at the lake

When I was there at the end of November there was a bloke that I got chatting with at the shower block who was in 14, he said that he had a 70 while his mate was up the club house , he also said that one side of the swim is better than the other and that thy were going to swap for the second week. Good mates!

I noticed that the fish seemed to be on the move towards the areas of 18,17,16 and 14 as it got colder, is that usually the case for Rainbow?

I think that the island was good at the beginning of November but a bit hit and miss towards the end?
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   Old Thread  #116 25 Dec 2019 at 8.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done on the superb common, donīt take Lee on at darts, you will lose money!
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   Old Thread  #115 25 Dec 2019 at 2.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Peg 14. Stil have 10 days left,so lets see what will happen
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Just out of interest what peg did you have it from?

One hell of a common that. I saw the photo's on FB
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   Old Thread  #113 24 Dec 2019 at 9.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
All correct. Couldnít sort out the fish without Leeís help...just couldnít lift it from the water

Apparently,it picks up the weight at the beggining of the year...lets hope it will get back to 90lb+...
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The report I have seen was that it was 88lbs 6ozs from the photographer and a very experienced carp angler, apparently that fish is about 6 to 8lbs below itīs normal weight.
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   Old Thread  #111 24 Dec 2019 at 9.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My m8 Lee Ward took the photos, shame all he has caught so far is a 58 (pastie) common! Still got nearly 4 weeks there though to get amongst the monsters!
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Well done buddy, absolutely fantastic result
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   Old Thread  #108 24 Dec 2019 at 7.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
That would be me I guess...

Amazing feeling
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Rainbows biggest resident 'Scar' has been banked at a massive weight of 86lb 2oz
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Yeah your right there bud, that is another way of looking at it. The regular Rainbow anglers seem to get the right swims booked for the right time of year, and always seem to have the big hits, and then the not so regular anglers pick up the scraps long after the fish have moved into other parts of the lake.

It's not good angling at all but baits are fished in ridiculous spots to try and get a bite, they should know better, but caution is thrown to the wind, fish safety out the window in the hope of catching.

If they get caught they will get banned before getting a look in at the good pegs!

It sort of happened to us on our trip we fished the later part of November on the island and caught 10 fish between us, we stuck to our guns but I do think that we were just catching the odd straggler moving through, where as the the guys on the previous weeks had twice that many, and then the guy who set up in 18 for the last week of November, where the fish had obviously moved to had about 15 fish in the first four days of his week.

Coincidentally he was one of the regular well know anglers lol!

Unfortunately I think that a lot of guys are prepared to keep fishing at Rainbow in the not so good swims until they get their face know and move up the ranks so to speak.

God knows what the answer is though, maybe it pays to became a bit more famous before trying to fish at Rainbow lol?
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   Old Thread  #105 17 Dec 2019 at 8.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I think the problem with rainbow is the fish are not difficult to catch as long as you are in the right swim at the right time of year. When your not it can be a real ball ache and people who are going there with the idea that they are going to have it off when in reality you havenít got a chance in hell.
This i think is when the real extreme stuff starts happening because people see the catch reports and think they should be hauling when the fish have been hammered the week before and retreated back into the snags.
My first trip I was in swim 1 and I could see and hear fish moving in the finger bays around the back of the bird hide, I went down there in the boat to have a look and the snags were savage but what I also noticed were hooks screwed into the trees where people had obviously been fishing down there.
There were some big catches going on round the lake and went to swims 18 and 19 where my mates were fishing and they actually caught fish whilst I was there by baiting short of the snags and everything locked down tight, these boys do 3-4 trips a year and have been going for 16 odd years and really know the lake well.as I said they were in the right swims for the time of year and will have the going swims booked for the next couple of years, this is why you see the same old faces making the big catches.
I turned away two trips this year because I knew I would struggle as the swims have no form at the time of year and Iím not prepared to subsidise other peoples angling.
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Just to add to my last post,

I think that the cost, logistics and whatever of removing all those snags, trees, etc would be mind blowing when all that needs to be done is to educate the anglers, maybe make up a set of rules about what is acceptable etc.

If it falls on deaf ears then ban em and let somebody who will fish it properly have a go.

I'm sure that there might be one or two people out there that would like a trip to Rainbow
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Pascals favorite phrase is au naturel, by all accounts he doesn't do anything to the swims for that reason either.

Like all avenues in fishing there is always going to be the idiots that have this fish at all costs mentality. Rainbow is extreme fishing and to my mind it's so easy to forget all about fish safety and go overboard to catch. I think that people get so side tracked with what's gone into preparing for the trip, how much it has all cost, etc, etc they just can't bare the thought of not catching many or even blanking.

I did hear a few whispers that Pascal and his two sons Max and Paul are banning anyone for this sort of fishing, no matter who they are should they hear about it, but like anything, if nobody says anything it will carry on.

I did quite a lot of research about tackle and stuff before my trip, and to be honest I was a bit shocked at the lengths that some people will go to just to put a fish on the bank. But as always with my fishing common sense prevailed and I used tackle that I thought was a better balance for the job.

I wouldn't stop fishing there because of what some anglers do, just so long as my conscience is clear, and if I get the chance to put somebody right great I would, but if they choose not to take any notice, well
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   Old Thread  #102 16 Dec 2019 at 7.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Watching KE videos i do often wonder why most of the fallen tree's / snags are not removed etc making the fishing a lot safer........Any idea's why Pascal doesnt get this done......
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   Old Thread  #101 16 Dec 2019 at 7.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can well understand how you feel I was shocked at some of the things I saw

including someone hand line a fish into the net he was using a 30 foot 80llb solar unleaded leader
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   Old Thread  #100 16 Dec 2019 at 5.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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For me the style of fishing being employed is a big one and the kit being used there these days, I think I mentioned it earlier in the thread some of the things I have pulled out or up with my pole and grapple the fish stand no chance, untold amounts of kit getting lost on a weekly basis by the fish at all cost anglers add to that some of the methods employed it is all getting ludicrous, by it's very nature Rainbow is a snaggy lake your going to lose a few but some of the guys are gearing up for towing in Sharks not carp it's all got pretty stupid TBF, I'll fish upto snags by that at least a few metres away, some of the anglers now are getting in and out of boats to get through snags and out the other end madness, when you have been enough and you see some of the antics the newer anglers get upto because they believe thats standard angling for Rainbow it curls your toes, I remember a few years ago one of the better named anglers and I won't name names took someone on his first trip pretty much left him to it after telling him where he should be fishing I had enough on the first day watching from the next swim along when he had had 7 takes in one spot and pulled for a break on everyone I had to go and put him right.
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   Old Thread  #99 13 Dec 2019 at 7.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Blimey you've been really lucky, that works out at about 3 trips a year.

You must know loads of the regulars at Rainbow?
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   Old Thread  #98 13 Dec 2019 at 5.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Out of interest, what has changed in recent years?
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I've fished it around 30 times with several friends since 2008, I had a trip next year in 17 & 18 but given my side of the trip up for another friend to go.

TBH it doesn't appeal to me as much anymore a lot has changed in recent years and I have been going less and less, Rainbow has been very popular from way before I started going but it's surprising how much it has changed in my time, Ive had some great trips and some good memories of the place but I could take it or leave it now.
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   Old Thread  #96 13 Dec 2019 at 10.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So when are you fishing at Rainbow next mate? Who do you fish with?
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Misses doesn't shop in Tesco's, aside from that the driving leaves me wiped out travelling the Calais route i'd rather pay the extra to avoid driving through the night or taking an extra day at either end of the trip to recover.
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Fair comment buddy, I know where you are coming from.
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   Old Thread  #93 12 Dec 2019 at 7.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iím really not going to mention the type of estates I grew up on.
And tbh, I have made some mistakes in my past that in a way Iím still paying for now.

I guess I was just trying to say that you can be the bigger and better man by not being violent and deal with this prat in a different way.
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   Old Thread  #92 12 Dec 2019 at 7.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So you come face to face with the bloke who nicked your bait and you do nothing lol, you obviously didn't grow up in the same kind of neighbourhood as me

On reflection maybe you're right, it's probably much better to name and shame him as a bait thief.

I feel like I have said all that I can on this bait stealing business, damned if I do, and damned if I don't

I'll just sit back, say nothing and wait for the fireworks once pascal gets wind of it
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If enough people are being tucked up by this bait thief, get Pascal to install multiple discreet CCTV's in the bait freezer room, to keep tabs on who & when people are going in the freezer, to catch the culprit red handed, and ban them.
Just an idea.

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   Old Thread  #90 12 Dec 2019 at 5.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As much as it would make you feel better, giving the guy a smack in the head wonít do you any favours.
It could of course even land you in trouble with the authorities which no one wants.

If you really want retribution then bide your time buddy. If the guy is as lousy as you say he is, he will eventually hang himself.

Otherwise, get in touch with Kevin Ellis to send out a coded message in one of his videos. Practically every angler in the UK and Europe appears to watch his videos. Iím sure the guy will get the message then!
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   Old Thread  #89 12 Dec 2019 at 4.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thatís my dilemma exactly bud.

Iím worried about rocking the boat at Rainbow and Pascal believing him not me, because Iím more of a newbie and he Is more well know, and itís just sour grapes on my part and ban me instead!

Apparently this bloke thinks that he is untouchable as well.

I Know quite a few of the regulars, and they Are all pointing the finger at the same bloke So he is on borrowed time anyway once one or two them speak to Pascal🤫🤫

Plus I will have my pound of flesh should I bump into him👊👊



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   Old Thread  #88 12 Dec 2019 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Certainly tarred your experience of a very successful trip .
Thing is if you out him publicly on here it could jeopardise any future trips you may lucky enough to get ( by rocking the boat )
Itís certainly a semi closed shop with regular faces .
Personally I would name the thieving ****
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Why if this is happening regularly and the culprit is known has nothing been done..
Theiving scumbag needs a good hiding 🤬
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   Old Thread  #86 12 Dec 2019 at 1.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
And if you get a 100 quids worth of bait nicked from the freezer while you are there it makes the trip even more expensive FFS
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Cash in Tesco vouchers for tunnel tickets and tunnel costs nothing.
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It was worse when they had the fire that shut the bridge and converging lanes, I never go that route anymore.
Portsmouth to Caen ferry on the overnight crossing, get a cabin have a nice kip, breakfast on the boat and a leisurely 7 hour drive down to Rainbow, makes much more sense when your making a single crossing unless you add discounts or block bookings on the train which I wouldn't get to use.

Ferry route
Portsmouth - Caen = £500 but depends on time of year and how early it's booked average with a cabin both ways
Tolls = 66 euro
2 tanks of fuel = £160
Driving time both ways 18 hours

Tunnel Route
Crossing £220ish depends on how early I book
Tolls 140/150 euro
Almost 4 tanks of fuel £300
Driving time both ways 32 hours


If you want to save 186 miles of tolls both ways on a decent road take junction 30 Poitier sud then follow sign for Angouleme jumping on the N10 brings you out just north of Bordeaux at Jct 39a/b only adds about 15 minutes on the journey but cuts the tolls down by 68 euros worth the extra 30 minutes for the round trip.

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Yeah, same for us too, always breath a sigh of relief when we see the cow island, you sort of know that you have made it!

Think I will turn the Sat Nav off at Rouen next time and do the route from memory, and hope that one day the French build a route pťriphťrique

I was looking forward to seeing all the graffiti on the walls opposite the rail yard, but the Sat Nav didn't take us that way this bloody time
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Been that way about 10 times and always a different way.......
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Easy,Going, down the hill, across the bridge, Rail yards on right, couple of roundabouts,onto motorway, turn left following signs to Le Mans!
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You can add three quarters of an hour onto your journey if the Sat Nav throws a wobbly in Rouen like it does most times when you drive through there.
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About 575 miles
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Cheers for that 👍
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Not sure how far it is bud but itís a good 10 hour drive
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How far is the drive to rainbow from Calais
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Whoís he going with ?
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Name and shame him my friend is out there 3 times next year and would be good to warn him and others 👍
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It happened when I was out there, not to me fortunately but everyone seemed to know who it was.
This fella seems to be notorious for it but nobody says anything.
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I'm sorry to hear that bud, what the **** is wrong with these *****

I was warned that it happens so I set a trap and caught somebody red handed. he won't be getting away with it one way or another trust me.

I've fished loads of times in France at venues with communal freezers for bait, this is the first time I have ever experienced this, and to be honest it's made me feel so sad that on probably what is considered to be the best carp lake in the world, anglers can't trust each other. I always thought that fishing was a great leveler with fishermen treating each other like family, BIG MISTAKE

If I get to go again, I won't be taking any chances that's for sure, something I hate doing but I will air dry and keep it in my swim, or put it in bags chained to the freezers, how bloody sad!

My pal is going to speak to Pascal and his sons Paul and Max about installing some proper CCTV in and around the clubhouse too
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Happened to me a few times in the last few years a good friend of mine had 30 kilo taken on his first week when he was there for two weeks.
I have my theories on it and why it goes on.
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it happens more often than you think...
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but if it was stolen it has broken the code of conduct, the golden rule that we anglers should be sticking to, we don't steal from each other do we?

If it was stolen ban the **** you don't need people like that.
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Thought that it might be worth mentioning on here.

One thing that did spoil my trip slightly was that I had 15k of bait taken from the freezer while I was there.

I'm sure that it happened on the Friday/Saturday change over half way through our stay, whether somebody took it by mistake or it got stolen I don't know?

At the end of the day it didn't affect my trip, I wasn't catching a load of fish and I had plenty of bait in my swim for the rest of my time fishing. It's not a huge amount of bait and it certainly won't cost a fortune to buy some more, but if it was stolen it has broken the code of conduct, the golden rule that we anglers should be sticking to, we don't steal from each other do we?

I do know who it was now that I am home, and even though I have given him the opportunity to message me he hasn't been in touch yet to tell me that it was a mistake, so I am now assuming that he stole it so I am really looking forward to bumping into him next year, or if I don't get the chance to go, I will certainly be letting people know who he is.

I was told before I went that this happens so I set some little traps just in case. It took me a long time to calm down when it happened, I'm not a happy bunny when sh** like this happens to me, but there's an old saying 'every dog has his day'
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Cheers bud,

It was tough but I absolutely loved every minute of it
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Any fish caught this time of year you work for at Rainbow these days, well done.
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It really was mate, even though we did struggle and the conditions could have been better for us.

I'm just gagging to go back, Rainbow is awesome! I can see why so many people say that its the greatest lake in the world to fish.

I feel truly honored to have had the opportunity to fish such a magical place
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Sounds like a fantastic trip! Well done.
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Well I got back from Rainbow yesterday, and even though the trip back was an absolute nightmare, spending 2 hours stuck in traffic on the M25, my experience at the lake was truly awesome.

I managed 7 fish, 4x40 2x50 and a 62, all commons, and all stunning fish that battled their socks of while I was playing them from the boat. Some at night in the pitch black, and some in really windy conditions out in the lake. For those who think that Rainbow is an easy place to fish, your in for a shock!

The lake was fishing proper moody. We had loads of rain and gale force winds, and when it wasn't doing that it went cold!

It seemed that the majority of the fish had moved through the swim into the deeper water of peg 19/18 and 17 just before we started fishing, with just a few stragglers coming out around the rest of the lake, although some of them being big ones.

The island is a mind blowing swim, probably 10 acres of water between 2 anglers. There are are so many spots to fish to, you could probably get away with twenty rods! you are fishing from a very small island, and i mean small, out in the middle of the lake, exposed to the wind. it's covered in roots, very difficult to get your bivvy pegs in, an impossible to get anywhere level,. most of the time you have big puddles in and around you bivvy, but other than that it's fine lol!

I'm preying that my pal invites my on one of his trips in the not to distant. I must have told him at least 20 times that if he is stuck for someone to fill a place I can go at the drop of a hat

Ironically on the morning that we packed up the sun came out, with just a few light showers and we even had a Rainbow over Rainbow
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Kev's latest video was uploaded earlier , island swim for 2 weeks , part 1
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Been some real big fish the last couple of days 👍
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I think he might still be there Greg.
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How did you get on anything been out
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Thanks for the reply,

That makes sense, French fish do seem to grow big and not live so long like over here in the UK

Somebody told me that there is a big fish called Scar now, and a common that has been named Mr Taylor, after the great Alan Taylor. but other than that I wasn't sure wether there are any others or any of the other named fish were still about.

I leave for Rainbow first thing in the morning so thanks everyone for all your input. Hopefully I will catch a few while I am there
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Practically all of them from the era of fish you would of fished for when you last fished the place but plenty more that have come through the ranks.
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Does anybody know which of the bigger fish have now died in Rainbow now?

I never ever imagine that I am going to be lucky enough to catch one of the big uns, but you never know.

I read an article in an old Carp World that I found about Martin Locke catching The Steve Briggs fish, what an awesome read, but I think that that fish may be dead now?

It's really starting to sink in just how lucky I am that this trip to Rainbow has come my way, It's a very special place and I am feeling so honored to be asked, I have heard stories of lads who try for ages to get the chance, I am so grateful l to my mate for asking me, he has been going for years building up a good relationship with Pascal the owner, I had no idea.

He's my best friend now, just in case I get asked to go again
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Cheers for that mate, to be honest I think that I have got it sussed now, the island peg is knit one pearl one on the left side, especially the one down the Chocolate box channel, and the right has quite a few open water spots. Hope to be on that side!

I spoke to my buddy who I am going with and he said that Pascal has messed up with the dates, he now starts fishing on the Saturday before I go and his other mate can't make it, so just to help him out lol, I am going to be there for two and a half weeks

If I am on the left I will use some of the more beefed up gear, but at the end of the day it's down to my pal which side I am on because it is his trip
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   Old Thread  #54 22 Oct 2019 at 7.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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To get it back on track again... It also depends on the peg you in. Some people still cast and land fish to the bank on Rainbow,and last or before last capture of the Scarface(biggest in the lake) was after casting the rig out.

On the other hand,if you fish snaggy peg(most of them) then tackle that was mentioned is required.

If you need any more info I will do my best,to point you in the right direction
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You know when you get that feeling that a thread is starting to drift into the gutter.

And you realize that some people on here just don't seem to want a sensible conversation about a subject.

I love a bit of banter myself, but then I also like to be serious at time as well

Hay ho, it takes all sorts but bassets make the best
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You forgot the piano wire
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I know, your sister told me 😉
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I have been doing a bit of research, a lot of it does sound a tad OTT to me.

I made the joke about a bigger boat in the film Jaws as a joke but some anglers are actually using the heavy gear at Rainbow, for carp!!!

It certainly wasnít like that on my previous trips🤔🤔
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I use the following.

50lb braid.
45lb mono leader
45lb leadless leadcore leader.
25lb Jelleywire hooklink
size 8 swivels
size 2/4 hooks.
15 & 18mm baits.
4, 6, 8, 10 and 12oz leads

Some of the line/leader materials being used down there now are absolutely ridiculous.
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70lb leadcore.
60lb braid.
80lb swivels
size 2 hooks.
20mm baits.
10oz leads


What was it that bloke said in the jaws film "we are going to need a bigger boat"
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Anyway, anybody know how the bottle floats are used on rainbow these days, looks like it may have changed since the last time I was there, and I think that Mr Koypoo ate most of the ones I made, Avid make em now?

They're pretty self explanatory they come with the line stops and rubber beads for either side of the clip on float but I do shorten the elastic on the bottle as I find it about twice the length of what is needed.
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Oh dear............................is that what you call a sense of humor down south. If so you need help mate

And a great name, Mr Magoo, love it, I used to watch you on the telly years ago before a got a mobile phone
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I was going to tell you how the floats work but decided to take your advice and switch off my phone and just go fishing, bye 👋
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Exactly mate.You would be suprised how many different tactics work there for different anglers But yes,in the summer only boilies for me-winter I love particles there

Good luck and enjoy it
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Yonny can you please stop making so much sense....itís getting boring
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I wasn't talking about me personally fella, most of the time my phone is switched off and left in my motor.

There are so many anglers staring at there phone all the time when they are fishing these days!

I just use it to check in with the missus from time to time, under the

Anyway, anybody know how the bottle floats are used on rainbow these days, looks like it may have changed since the last time I was there, and I think that Mr Koypoo ate most of the ones I made, Avid make em now?

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I was just thinking about how nice it used to be when you could go fishing without worrying about phones, social media, whats in the mags and stuff like that.

That's in your head mate. It's only a problem if you acknowledge it. I can and do go fishing without worrying about phones, social media, whats in the mags and stuff like that. It's awesome, you should try it
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I wasn't being sarcastic fella, I was just thinking about how nice it used to be when you could go fishing without worrying about phones, social media, whats in the mags and stuff like that.

It is nice to be able to travel from country to country in Europe, and no I don't think that it will change to much, only thing I see is more customs checks and delays at the ports, but at the end of the day, France relies heavily on it's tourist industry and holiday makers from the UK, so we shall see
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I can't make out if you're being sarcastic there or not...............
One of the big reasons Brexit is happening is because people are able to travel so freely from one country to another.
Will it effect your fishing in France ? Well you"ll need a passport to get in and out, a driving licence and insurance. So no, no change then.
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Spot on, but please stop interfering with 'Project Fear', you're unsettling the sheeple.
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It's such a shame that life has changed so much, we are not able to travel between countries like we used to without going through so much red tape. And it is about to get a lot worse I think!

Everything to do with fishing these days is all over the internet.

I for one am guilty of reaching for my laptop every time I need find out about something to do with the sport.

I remember back in the day when I used to go fishing with no phone, internet or bugger all.

Happy times that we have all forgotten about now
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Hmmmm , I went in and out of France , Holland , and Spain before "freedom of movement " , they took my money that I spent , because there was life , and history before the EU and the internet 😛
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dont think anyone will know for sure until it happens
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Going off topic a little,

Does anybody know how things will change going in and out of France if this Brexit thing happens please?
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Theres a list of anglers who get first pick of dates/swims every year, certain anglers get loads. One angler walked out the office with 26 different weeks one year. watch the facebook page and you`ll see who goes loads of times. We have been going for 12 years, 2 separate week bookings, never picked a swim or time only ever took what was offered, usually the unpopular swims. Swim double booked once, ended up in the only swim available in March, 14, was told to write down dates and swims for next year, never heard a thing. Last trip was March 2019 was told book was opening November 2019 for 2021 as 2020 was fully booked. Already reading that people already have booking for 2021. Very fortunate to have fished the lake and caught what was the 2 biggest fish in the lake but looking like history now.
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Tom,

I've been told to avoid particles like the plague.

The bream are an absolute nightmare if they move in on your bait, they are huge and will demolish your baited spot in no time, plus it's a pain having to re set you trap if you catch one, but hey if they work for you
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I noticed it really depends on the peg and time.Sometimes they are just there even when I only use boilies,other times I use lots of particles and have no problem...
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I've only fished rainbow the once
but I didn't blank big smile ! and it was a big tick off my bucket list and thought Pascal was a really nice bloke the lake has an amazing feel to it

I doubt I will ever fish it again I did have an invite since but turned it down as it clashed with my holiday but it's a nice memory I have now to old and skint to ever fish it again
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Sounds to me like Pascals law is spreading, GREAT!

It is nice to know for a change that nobody, not even the A lister's are above it

There are so many so called top anglers that we mere mortals are brainwashed into looking up to, if everyone knew what they got up to in there quest to get another photo of a big carp for an article to promote tackle or even themselves, I think angler would see them in a totally different light

I must stress that it's not all, and some do get a massive buzz from putting a bit back into fishing for the public.

I don't get sucked into half what goes on behind the scenes in angling, having worked in the trade, and been a carp angler for more years than I care to remember, I've seen it all, and know what goes on. there are far more anglers that get caught on new tackle than fish that's for sure
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Nope, even 'A list / celebrity' anglers cannot break the rules.

I know of one 'high profile' sponsored angler on his first... and last/only trip to Rainbow, witnessed by a friend of mine, and other anglers on, at the time, taking the p1$$, and wondered why he couldn't get back on

some people may think there are above the rainbow rules, reality check - you are not.

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Best commercial fishery in France in my opinion yes some of the swims could be better but then Pascal likes it the way it is and it is his lake after all, I think it was 7 x 70+ out last week without all the others, mate of mine has just finished 13 nights for 59 fish and 8 were over 50lb 6 over 60lb and one 70+ a quarter of his catch were over 50lb not many other commercial lakes if any in France can compare to that.
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It sounds like a very well run lake to me.

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How it actually works is you hand dates and swims in that you would like if they are available then bingo if not you possibly get the date not the swim or the other way around or if neither date or swim are available you get what's available.

Even Anglers that have been going for 20 years are only being given 2 bookings a year but because they have mates getting bookings they share the trips so it seems that they have quite a few bookings or there quite regularly.
Ken and Jackie are about the only couple I know that get the same dates and swims every year other than the regular Christmas weeks and anglers who are there every Christmas, you have to remember that Ken and Jackie have been going for a month a year in swim 11 for over around 20/25 years they've earn't that right in my book.
Many a big named angler have been kicked off Rainbow you'd be surprised, one thing Pascal doesn't do is discriminate.
I have been going to Rainbow since 2008 done around 30 one or two week trips and never had my own booking I do not even entertain asking Pascal for one, ask on a bad day and you have no hope of a booking, I see it all the time a new angler gets on a trip and spends the week badgering him or the boys for a booking generally your never going to get one going about it like this I've even seen them asking the first morning before even leaving the lodge to start fishing never going to happen, do it the right way and you may get offered one by the end of the week.

I was finishing a two week trip when Rob hales and his party where in the clubhouse Friday night having a jolly prior to fishing Saturday people on his booking were Des Taylor, Len Arbury, Chris Tarrant and a few others, on getting round the club house Saturday morning they were all at the BBQ set looking sheepish they were about to get a red card when the mate I fish with who has been going to Rainbow since 1998 Saw Rob they have been friends for a lot longer and he asked if he could have a word with Pascal and calm it all down they were allowed to fish but their card was marked, one of the above was the cause for annoying Pascal I wont say on here why but it's funny how he never returned and wrote a goodbye Rainbow article the following month saying he had just about done everything he needed at Rainbow and it was time to move on, Paisley dropped a big clanger once was about to get his marching orders that was close to don't ever come back, it's not all what you think down there, I've seen antics by big named anglers at Rainbow that if Pascal found them at it they would be through the gate no questions asked.
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What Iím led to believe and have also been told is that you book to fish rainbow and pascal tells you what swim you are fishing,whether that the same for the guys who fish there often I donít know.

My friend is going 3 times next year but this has been booked for about 3 years I believe and yes he did invite me to go once but I was busy with work so turned it down 😱😜👍
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   Old Thread  #19 8 Oct 2019 at 8.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Even well know anglers are getting chucked off, the ones who fish it regular have more sense than to break the rules.

There were two lads who fish for a well known tackle company, they had sacked a fish over night so that they could take better pics in the morning. Pascal caught them and booted em off.

I know that this is going to sound controversial but everyone had the chance to fish at Rainbow all those years ago when it wasn't so well known, there are still quite a few that keep going back because they have built up good friendships with Pascal.

The thing that pisses me off is that the more well know anglers seem to get straight on there, because they know somebody who knows somebody, who knows somebody, that fishes Rainbow

Isn't that the case in all walks of carp angling these days, I'm glad that I am an unknown

My mate is one of those people that has been going to Rainbow for years, I feel honored to think that he asked me if I wanted share the later part of his trip
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   Old Thread  #18 8 Oct 2019 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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come on, people gave more for less
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   Old Thread  #17 8 Oct 2019 at 1.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Your mates not after another mate is he by any chance ? 🤔
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   Old Thread  #16 8 Oct 2019 at 3.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Apart from the A list I presume
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   Old Thread  #14 6 Oct 2019 at 8.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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but i have it on good authority that Pascal is banning a few people if he gets wind of any bad angling on there.

Pascal is firm, but fair, and doesn't tolerate fools from what I have been told, by a few regulars.
TBH I cannot blame him, as he is simply protecting his lake and it's assets.

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   Old Thread  #13 5 Oct 2019 at 7.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I know mate, I've been there and seen it, but as i said, it sort of put me off a bit as it's not how I like to catch em.

I certainly wouldn't judge anyone else who fishes like that and I Know that if done properly it's quite safe for the fish. It just seems like a crazy way to do it. and I have to say that some lads do get carried away when they see fish showing in an area far down a channel and around a few corners. it's like anything in fishing, there are the idiots and the experts, but i have it on good authority that Pascal is banning a few people if he gets wind of any bad angling on there. apparently one bloke had all his booking canceled because he was over heard in the clubhouse taking about how many fish he had lost in the snags

I wont be doing to much of that, I much prefer to fish the open water spots which is why i jumped at the chance to fish the island as there are loads of them, my mate who I am going with is the knit one pearl one expert
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   Old Thread  #12 5 Oct 2019 at 6.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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poles hooks screwed into the trees, down channels, around corners, over snags and 300yds from the bank. Mind blowing what some people will do to catch!

Think you will find that very much still happens there! when you first hear about it sounds shocking but when you watch it done its fairly straight forward.....
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   Old Thread  #11 5 Oct 2019 at 6.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good luck fella! Keep us updated!
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Hopefully this will be a regular thing for me now, my pal books swims every year, I know he has got bookings for 2020 and 2021 already.

And I am well aware of just how difficult it is to get to fish at Rainbow these days after making a few calls today, so I am gob smacked that my pal asked me. I'm just wondering what I am going to have to do to repay him lol.

By all accounts Pascal only lets people on that he knows and are good anglers. A lot of people get banned these days for breaking his more fish safe rules, and there are nets, slings and mats in all the swims, plus you have to double up with someone for more safety in the boats.

Makes good sense to me. fish safety is also top of my list. it sort of put me off when I used to go a few years ago, there were quite a few lads back then that did some crazy things to put a fish on the bank, poles hooks screwed into the trees, down channels, around corners, over snags and 300yds from the bank. Mind blowing what some people will do to catch!
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Do you not get bothered by the Bream?
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   Old Thread  #8 4 Oct 2019 at 3.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just on the bait front...I would definitely take/use a lot of particles. Im usually there Christmas/New Year time and always get good results using hemp,partiblend and just topping up with boilies

Good luck and just enjoy it
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   Old Thread  #7 4 Oct 2019 at 10.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Right swim at the wrong time can be a bummer but hey your at Rainbow so anything can happen, nice way to do the trip as well only having to travel the long trip home which if you've caught goes a lot quicker, best of luck hop you catch a Donkey.
I'm not back until June next year and I haven't been now since May 18 it will be the longest gap for me getting back to Rainbow but it will make it that much sweeter.
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my pal said that he will set his bivvy up in the middle of the swim and just space out his rods where ever, and I can put my rods where I fancy, so I'm guessing that I will put my Bivvy to the right and fish mostly to the right, I think that it looks less dodgy with the snaggy spots, but I will wait and have a look. I watched a clip of some guy putting a rod up the chocolate box channel to the left, which I remember fishing from 11, and the very end of it in 6.

The trouble was with my last trips i was in the right swim at the wrong time of year if that makes sense?
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Thanks for the reply carpstar I'm on cloud 9 to be honest!

I've always wanted to go and fish at Rainbow again, and when me pal called me to see if I wanted to share the island with him I nearly took his hand off!

I'm actually going to be there fro 10 days, he has got the swim booked for 3 weeks, i am fishing for the second part, he said that I can fly to Bordeaux and he will come and pick me up, he is taking my gear for me as well, and then I will jump in with him on the way back. If Carlsberg did fishing trips!

I have had a look at the Jungle hooks in size 1 and 2, they look good, and I'm going to use some no lead lead core for a hook link, PB do a brilliant one that I looked at. It looks to me that as it was before, you don't have to be overly fussy with your rigs, and I am going to take mainline Active 8 for bait.

I've also ordered 1500m of 50lb braid, and I am looking at some back rests that lock down the rods.

My pal said that he has got floats, poles, hooks and stuff for trees if I need anything. he is an absolute diamond, I haven,t even got to take any cooking gear, just my tackle, bivvy, bed and bank sticks! Oh and a chair to sit on and a change of clothes. camera, hopefully I will need my camera.
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Lucky Sod.
Do you know if your fishing the left or right of the swim? the reason I ask is the right is a lot easier than the left for all the Rainbow furniture, if your on the right really all you need is bottles floats I personally try not to use them at Rainbow unless it's absolutely necessary, if your on the left you will want the full shebang.

Avid bottle floats are available these days which a lot use now or you make your own with some pop top bottles and pole elastic for pennies, Hooks size 1, 2 or 4 if it's not a desperately snaggy swim, I have used Nash Twisters, Ashima Goliath, Carp R Us Centurions Or Fox size 1 wide gape X, a lot still use Solar 101's but I find them a bit springy in the wire personally but that doesn't discount the thousands of carp that get caught on them there, last trip I used PB's Jungle Hooks in a size 2 they do them in a size 1 as well (always trying new hooks out at Rainbow as it is the ultimate test for any hook).

Braid your choice but I prefer sinking in 40/50lb test, mono leader again your choice 45 to 60lb is good enough, I use PB products 45lb shield personally, leadless plenty out there for me PB again, this is no advertisement for PB they just make products that are better suited for Rainbow a European company with products suited for fishing bigger wilder environments.

The front/right side of the swim is easy to fish in comparison to the left, dont forget to take a toilet it's not like the rest of the swims where most anglers **** in the woods behind them, dirty *******s.
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Kevin Ellis is on here and also has posted some great videos of rainbow on YouTube 👍
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Rainbow is a beast of its own! I'd advise getting on YouTube and getting some research done on there.
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Hi all,

I'm fishing at Rainbow lake in November on the island for a week, I was really hoping that there might be somebody on here that may be able to give me a bit of advice on how to fish it.

I was lucky enough to go on three trips there in the past but the last one was about 5 yrs ago, so I have forgot more than I learnt back then.

Hooks, leads, hook link, braided line, floats, hooks for the trees, the list goes on, there is so much new kit about now

And don't get me started on what bait to take
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