Rox Makes a Big Splash in Rainbow Reservoir, CT – Kayak Fishing Trip Report

Fished cranks, spinner baits, never threw my dingers at all. Picked up the Drop Shot rod, and it was off to the races. Not sure how many fish were caught today. Lots of Perch, and Sunnies, Smallmouth bass and a few Largemouth bass.Funny thing, I was hooking smallies and right in the middle of them, I got slammed.............But the fish would not come up.

First of all, here’s a must see video that Rox shot from the cockpit of her fishing kayak while she’s seal launching it:

And for all of Rox’ fans, here is her latest kayak fishing trip report, a must read for any bass yak angler:

I went to Rainbow Res Sept 18th from 1pm till 4:30pm.
They are drawing it down again, to fix the repairs they did last Year when they drew it down in Oct, 2009.
I am praying they get it right this time.

Water temps were 67 to 70 degrees. Wind was on and off, partly to mostly cloudy.

Fished cranks, spinner baits, never threw my dingers at all. Picked up the Drop Shot rod, and it was off to the races.
Not sure how many fish were caught today. Lots of Perch, and Sunnies,  smallmouth bass and a few largemouth bass.

Funny thing, I was hooking smallies and right in the middle of them, I got slammed………….But the fish would not come up.
Kept digging in until it pooped out. Turned out to be a largemouth bass, but it felt so strange on the end of my line.
I was only in 6′ of water.
I had anchored up in 5 1/2′ of water, then the next thing I knew, I was in 3′ of water, but never moved.
And a new Island rose up to my left, that wasn’t there earlier???
That’s when I realized, they were drawing water down some more!!!
Time to leave then………………………… I get back to were I slide in………………. And it was new Fresh mud, 2′ of it.

So I paddled at full speed and was able to get the tips of my yak up on the mud, and walked out above the worst of the mud.
Then a voice behind me said… “need a Hand”
I thanked the fellow for helping pull the yak up to my launching point.
The fish Gods will repay him for that Muddy good deed.

Fishing kayak on the bank of Rainbow reservoir, ConnecticutI took a video of my slide in, but it still doesn’t show just how steep the bank is, that is until I hit the water…. It Was Cool!

Life is Good!

Tight Lines and Paddle safe all.
Rox

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8 Comments

  1. admin

    Rox, that’s a great movie and a great report!
    I’ve done seal launching many times, and I can tell the bank in your video is very steep.
    If it weren’t that steep it would have been impossible for your W500 to travel such a distance propelled by gravity alone, and make such a big splash when hitting the water! 😀
    Yoav

  2. warren

    duh, the pic shows how steep the bank is
    great vid!

  3. Pete

    Amazing story! Just thinking about getting stranded in the middle of a mud lake…
    That video is serious kayaking action! 😀
    Leaning backward when seal launching can reduce splashing. Also, I’ve noticed that pouring water on the ground in front of the kayak reduces friction, and makes the descent faster – and more fun,

    Pete

  4. Gary Rankel

    Hi Rox…………..Glad you got some help escaping the mud – must be a pretty small impoundment for the water to go down that fast. We just worry about mud on low tide around here.

  5. Mike Ratigan

    Rox, Great video and nice catch. Your deck is higher than mine so my fish finder would have gotten soaked. Did they plug the hole in the reservoir? We should get a group of W fishermen, er should I say fisherpeople, together for a weekend of fishing somewhere. Maybe the Adirondacks.

  6. April

    I liked the movie, but the part of the story about the mud was scary – like a nightmare, or a horror movie 😀

    April

  7. Rox

    Thanks everyone. 🙂
    Gary,
    Rainbow is 240 acres, but when they open up those gates, they can drain it down pretty quickly, at a rate of 6′ per hour.

    So it doesn’t take long to empty, or to fill it back up.

    It is also the Farmington river, which runs from Colebrook/HogsBack res on the Mass/CT line, all the way to the Mighty Ct River in Windsor Ct.

    I don’t think I could lean back any further, unless I sat on the pontoons. 🙂

    It was pretty steep, and I was moving faster with this entry than the other day.

    But it wasn’t as bad as it seemed, none of my gear got wet, and my sponge soaked up the excess. 🙂

    Tight Lines and Paddle safe all.
    Rox

  8. zebrafish

    Interesting situation with that mud… it could happen during low tide as well – not always possible to walk, if the mud is sticky. maybe poling is the answer??

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