Here's good mate Tommy Duncan Dunlop's account of his recent capture of Rainbow lakes monster common:
I arrived by plane in to Bordeaux on the Friday, then met up with Colin 'The Welsh Wizard' Richards who was my fishing partner for this May session in Swim 5 at Rainbow Lake.
Discussions started about Eric's Common from the start and we had a bet that if either of us caught it then they would have to pay the hotel, food and drinks bill!
Colin got off to a flyer by catching a cracking 64lb common on the Sunday.
Before I went to Rainbow I did my homework and knew of a few spots the big common had been caught from. Shaun MacSpadden caught this great fish around the same time last year and was kind enough to share his info with me, as did a few others,
During the first week my fishing was pretty slow with just two fish on my right hand side of the swim.
On the Monday, after a shopping trip, all the rods went back out, changing two spots as I’d seen fish move in the new area.
As I travelled out by plane I didn't have much bait with me and I'd been saving Solar's new Seafood Takeaway boilies for my second week, in case I did move the rods around a bit. All the spots got a kilo of the change bait, then it was a question of sitting back to see what would happen.
‘Big Fish’ Thursday had me in the boat at 12.30 a.m. and a 65lb 10oz common ended up in my photo album.
Then, around 1.30 p.m., rod three was away, but this time the bend on the rod was totally different, and the thoughts of my target fish entered my mind. Every time I went to the clubhouse where there are three pictures of Eric's Common, I kissed my finger and touched its photo, and as I played the fish I knew this had to be the one. When this monster popped up it was confirmed.
Before I came away I made a promise to my Mum, who sadly isn't here any more, that if she could help me catch it then it would not come out of the water, and it didn't. Arjen and Tony came round to do the photos we weighed it in the water. It weighed 85lb, and all photos were taken in the water.
Thanks to Pascal, Nadine, Paul and Max for always making me feel so welcome at Rainbow Lake; Martin Locke and all the guys at Solar Tackle; my new tackle sponsors Nash, Diem and ATT.
The successful set-up was Solar size 2, 101 hook, 40lb unleaded hook link and leader, Shimano reel loaded with 25lb Nash Bullitt braid, and H-Gun rods, Kev Garrett lead in 10oz.
Hookbait was a small Brazil nut topped by a solar Dairy Cream pop-up, fished over Solar new Seafood Takeaway boilies. Thanks to Colin Richards and Arjen who helped make it such a memorable trip....
Tommy Duncan Dunlop
Chatting to Tommy recently he mentioned that this capture makes it his third different eighty pounder to date:
82lb 10ozs Nov 2011
80lb 8ozs Nov 2011
85lb May 2013, all from Rainbow lake.
So being a previous World Carp Champion in 2009, and now with the 3 x 80lb'ers on his CV, at 39, we wondered whether there's anyone else with that sort of catch record around?