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Cherry Lakes is now on Instagram!

The hot spell broke over-night with the thunderstorms which swept the country. Predictably the Carp responded with gusto and 20lb plus Carp were reported by the anglers on Cherry Lake, Cherry Mere and Cherry Springs. I will write a detailed update on this week’s catch results over the next day or two.

I am pleased to say that, much belatedly, we are now on Instagram as well as Facebook. So if you want to follow us on Instagram or post your own photos from your own visits to Cherry Lakes, here are the details

instagram@cherrylakesofficial

Tag your photos #cherrylakes for a chance to feature on our feed

I will confess not to really understanding all of this, but Lisa who works with us does and is leading the way on Instagram! Thanks Lisa.

One of our our regular guests and friend is Andy Wells who frequently fishes on Cherry Pool. Andy has his own drone which I asked him to bring along on his last visit. His visit coincided with some good weather, so I hope you like the aerial shot of the Cherry Lakes Complex. I thought this would make a nice change from photos of anglers/Carp! As well as Cherry Lakes you can also have a good view of the neighbouring Wildmoor Fishery.

The Cherry Lakes Complex from the air!

The Cherry Lakes Complex from the air!

Paul Mitchell joins the 30+ club

Paul Mitchell who is staying in Cherry Lake Cottage and on his first visit to Cherry Lakes this week has just smashed his PB with a 31-04 Cherry Lake Mirror Carp. To say he is ‘over the moon’ would be the under-statement of the year! He has also landed another Mirror of 17-04. He is also pleased with his new 30+ club polo shirt as he has become the newest member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club.

Paul has been fishing for short spells and in between resting the swim. An approach which often works in the Cottage swim. The Carp often drift into the area when it is quiet given the lines in the water in front of the Lodges.

Paul has been using the new Cherry Lakes Mixed-Fruit Delight boilies which are working well. The bigger Carp came from underneath the far trees in 4 feet of water. Paul made good use of his hired Bait Boat with it’s depth finder (echo sounder) to get the precise position he wanted and within 90 minutes he was into the big Mirror.

This particular Carp is clearly hungry, as it was caught last week by Tommy Goodwin at 30-12. I hope she keeps on feeding and continues to put on weight and avoids capture for a few months as I do not like to see Carp being caught too often.

Phil Philpott on the other hand is a regular and is staying in Grebe Lodge enjoying some R&R as well as fishing. He has landed two Carp so far including this classically scaled Mirror of 22-04 below. Phil has also had a third Carp, significantly bigger than the the fish photographed below, in his landing net. He is not sure how, or why, but he was slow in picking up the landing net, resulting in the Carp both swimming out of the net and depositing the hook! Phil who is not yet a member of the 30+ club can best be described as being ‘as sick as a Parrot’ and does not want to talk about it!!

The smaller lakes across the complex have been a little slower than normal this weekend which is not surprising given the hotter than forecast weather. Andrew Wells, another regular on a repeat visit to Cherry Pool fishing from Egret Lodge had the best catch. He landed 15 Carp to 15lb. Baiting heavily with pellets and fishing boilies over the top, meant that he comfortably ‘out-fished’ his friend Paul Braddock. Paul will probably bait more heavily next time!

Paul Mitchell was delighted with this 31-04 Mirror which smashed his PB. Well done Paul!

Paul Mitchell was delighted with this 31-04 Mirror which smashed his PB. Well done Paul!

Phil Philpott was a classic beauty of 22-04 from Grebe Lodge

Phil Philpott was a classic beauty of 22-04 from Grebe Lodge

 

 

Tommy Goodwin becomes the newest member of the 30+club

Tommy Goodwin and his father-in -law Bob Burrows of The Basildon Angling Centre  have been staying this week in Cherry Lake Cottage. Their visit has coincided with another spell of very hot weather. Normally I would have expected the fishing to have been very slow, but their result just shows what good angling can produce even in difficult conditions.

The majority of the Carp came from the plateau about 45M out. They baited steadily throughout the week to land 7 Carp including an impressive 30-12 Mirror to Tommy. This Carp is a UK PB for Tommy who can now boast of having caught English Common and Mirror Carp over 30lb. In doing so he has become the latest member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club, and it was nice or me to see him ‘wearing the shirt’ with pride!

As you can see from the photos below, his partner Lucy was very pleased with him!

A further 8 Carp were landed by the anglers in Grebe and Heron Lodge to make it a good week on Cherry Lake.

Paul Rogers staying in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. Again despite the heat, he landed some 20 Carp including 3 over 20lb to 25-04. Large 20mm boilies over Hemp and Pellets did the trick for him. Well done Paul.

We have the following Lodges still available in July and we are now full for the rest of August. Please call 01285 869887 if you are interested.

Friday 21-24 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Friday 28-31 July. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

Monday 31-04 August. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

Tommy Goodwin and Lucy with an impressive 30-12 Mirror from the Cottage swim

Tommy Goodwin and Lucy with an impressive 30-12 Mirror from the Cottage swim

Tommy Goodwin and Lucy celebrating Tommy becoming the latest member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club!

Tommy Goodwin and Lucy celebrating Tommy becoming the latest member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club!

Paul Rogers with the biggest carp of his week on Cherry Mere, a 25-04 Mirror

Paul Rogers with the biggest carp of his week on Cherry Mere, a 25-04 Mirror

 

 

 

Tim Simmonds lands 7 carp to 27-06 from Heron Lodge

Tim Simmonds fishing from Heron Lodge took advantage of the good conditions this week to land 7 Carp to 27-06. Tim, who has been fishing Cherry Lake for the first time, made the comment at the end of his stay, ”that if could have started again he would have caught a lot more as it took him until Wednesday to work it out”! Next time he says he should catch even more!

Tim, who is clearly an experienced angler, said that all of the Carp caught where all spawned out and were either ‘hollow’ or ‘slim’. Several of the Carp including the 22lb Mirror below were showing signs of their spawning efforts. These marks should hopefully disappear over the next two months as they return to tip-top condition.

Brian and Graham Tinworth are currently having fun on Cherry Springs. After 3 days in Kingfisher Lodge they have landed 18 Carp including two twenties to 23-07. They still have four days to go!

We still have several Lodges available over the next two weeks after which we get busier with August fully booked. So if you fancy a late trip to Cherry Lake call 01285 869887,

Friday 07-10 July Osprey Lodge

Monday 10-14 July Heron Lodge

Tim Simmonds with a 25-04 Mirror from Heron Lodge

Tim Simmonds with a 25-04 Mirror from Heron Lodge

Tim with a 22lb Mirror still showing the signs of her recent spawning efforts!

Tim with a 22lb Mirror still showing the signs of her recent spawning efforts!

 

The good news is the weather is changing!

We have been away for the last week or so in Maderia. We booked the holiday to get some R&R as well as some sun. It turns out that we missed the really hot sweltering spell at home and went some where cooler! We have returned home to more normal English summer conditions with low pressure, rain and much lower temperatures (fortunately?) forecast for the next week or so. The Carp should now get munching!

Needless to say the fishing over the last last ten days has been slower than usual. The Carp have been doing their normal trick in these conditions of ‘taking the Michael’ by cruising around and teasing anglers but showing very little interest in feeding.

The good news though about such a long hot spell is that we can now be confident (but no guarantees!) that the Carp are now pretty much spawned out.

Dave tells me that most anglers did catch one or two last week, but given that everyone seemed to ‘melt in the heat’ including Dave, I don’t have any photos to share with you.

I do know that despite the conditions that Kevin Lane fishing in Kingfisher Lodge was extremely pleased with the 16 Carp he caught to 17lb. It is good to see Cherry Springs return to a bit of form and now that we are post spawning with more normal conditions I am expecting them to get on the feed.

Peter Jones of The Tackle Box fishing shop fame spent a week in Pochard Lodge. He did well despite both the heat and a lot of trips out, to average a Carp or so a day. He was particularly pleased to have stalked a  15lb Mirror Carp in just 18 inches of water. Watching the Carp feed with their tails up over your bait is always very exciting if not bad for your nerves! And real fun when the water boils as the Carp bolts! Well done Peter.

Phil Fry of Angling Technics fame, landed a 24-08 Mirror from Cherry Lake but failed to photo it. You will not be surprised to learn that he caught it using one of his own Bait Boats!

We have the following Cherry Lake Lodges currently available over the next few weeks, so if you fancy a late break please give me a call on 01285 869887

03-07 July. Grebe Lodge

07-10 and 10-14 July Osprey Lodge

As there are no photos from last week, I have ‘re-run’ several favourites of mine taken from Cherry Lake this year to whet your appetite. I hope you like them

Mike and Jo Harris with his new PB, a magnificent Common Carp of 37-04

Mike and Jo Harris with his new PB, a magnificent Common Carp of 37-04

Chris and Linn Hughes. A lovely couple and a lovely Carp!

Chris and Linn Hughes. A lovely couple and a lovely Carp! 33-08 Ghost Mirror, the current Cherry lake Ghost carp record holder.

Andy Bolt with a stunning heavily scaled Mirror of 22-04 from Heron Lodge

Andy Bolt with a stunning heavily scaled Mirror of 22-04 from Heron Lodge

 

 

Ben Kirk gets it right!

Ben Kirk has just set a new record for the number of Carp caught during his recent week long stay in Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake. Amazingly Ben landed 24 Carp which is getting on for 10% of the population of the bigger Carp in the lake. Ben has been staying with his Mum Vanessa, wife Claire and baby son Ollie.

With most of the lake’s Carp spawning some two weeks ago the fish, and particularly the male fish, have been on the feed. With the weather heating up, Ben caught most of his Carp between 21-00 to 09.00. He used a Bait boat to consistently keep feeding several places throughout his stay. The successful approach required the use of pellets, crushed Krill boilies and sweetcorn, over which he fished a high visibility pop-up.

Ben landed some 11 twenties in his catch of 24, the rest principally being upper doubles. The biggest fish of the week was the 29-06 Mirror pictured below. This fish was one of a minority of Carp which has yet to spawn (see below), as the majority of the Carp landed by Ben were ‘very flat and hollow’ and were probably their lowest weights of the year. I have also included a shot of Ben with Ollie and a 20-02 Mirror. As regular followers of my updates know I like these shots. Although I was unable to persuade Mum Claire, to let Ollie be photographed in the cradle with a Carp (Andy Pickering style!).

The irony of Ben’s record capture, coupled with Paul Bradley’s 5 carp to 26-04 from Osprey Lodge, is that both Heron Lodge and Cherry Lake Cottage have been empty this week and the fishing has been good.

Some of the Carp on both Cherry Lake and Cherry Mere this week have been spawning again this week. We are hoping that the hot weather which is forecast to last until at least Monday will see the minority of Carp who have not yet spawned ‘do their business’ over the next few days. I would like to say thanks to both Ben and Paul who sensibly pulled their rods in for the 4-5 hours on Thursday morning when the spawning carp were most active.

Gary Owen fished in Pochard Lodge this week with his Dad Robert and Mum Pauline (he had cunningly worked out Cherry Lakes is half way between him and his parents and a great place to meet up!) The fishing was a little slow, but they shared 7 Carp to 21-00, including this stunning Mirror of 21-00 below.

Finally, several of you have said is was helpful highlighting any vacancies over the next 4-6 weeks, so I have listed them below. Please call 01285 869887 if you want one of these!

26-30 June. Pochard Lodge on Cherry Springs (this is next currently available 25 September)

26-30 June. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

03-07 July. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

10-14 and 14-17 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Ben Kirk with the biggest of his amazing catch. A 29-06 Mirror.

Ben Kirk with the biggest of his amazing catch. A 29-06 Mirror.

Ben with his son Ollie and a 20-02 Mirror Carp

Ben with his son Ollie and a 20-02 Mirror Carp

Gary Owen with a stunning Mirror Carp of 21-00 from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Gary Owen with a stunning Mirror Carp of 21-00 from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

 

 

‘Steady as she goes’

Cherry Lake has been fishing steadily since the spawning of two weeks ago. The evidence of the last few weeks suggests to me that most of the Carp did spawn successfully but a minority of fish still have yet to spawn.

The biggest Carp from Cherry Lake recently has been this fabulous 28lb Ghost Mirror below to Cory Hicks. As you can see, this female fish, is still carrying spawn. Hopefully we will get some warm settled weather soon and she can get the ‘relief’ she needs. Cory was very pleased with this fish as he has been after one of Cherry Lake’s big Ghost carp for a while.

Leon Brannigan fishing in Grebe Lodge and Malcolm Quayle fishing in Heron Lodge are neck and neck at 4 Carp each in the ‘race’ to be this week’s top rod! Leon, who is on his first visit to Cherry Lake, has had 4 Carp to 22lb (see picture below). Malcolm has a had a similar number to 24lb including one of our ‘babies’ at 11lb.

Father and son team Andy and Darrell Smith have been staying in Pochard Lodge this week, their fourth visit to cherry Lakes. After a slow day or so, they have powered on and have landed around 20 Carp to 24lb (see the picture of Andy below). They have reported losing more than normal. Fishery manager Dave says he thinks that the Carp’s mouths get softer after spawning with hook holds not being as good. Whilst I am not sure about this, increasing the hook size and amending either the length of your rig or hair in my experience often helps.

Sean Rajnis has been on his first visit to Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool and he has been ‘hauling’! He has landed over 50 Carp and Bream, including at least 20 doubles to 20lb. He is coming back!

Cherry Springs has been proving quite difficult over the last couple of weeks. The Carp have also spawned and have been active and obviously feeding this week. We are convinced they are on naturals (initially spawn and now blood worm) as they are largely ignoring boilies. Maggots have proved to be the difference although as always this bait is not selective.

Cory Hicks with a 28lb Ghost Mirror which has yet to spawn.

Cory Hicks with a 28lb Ghost Mirror which has yet to spawn.

Leon Brannigan with a 22lb Mirror from Grebe Lodge

Leon Brannigan with a 22lb Mirror from Grebe Lodge

Andy Smith with the biggest of the week from Pochard Lodge. A 24lb Mirror

Andy Smith with the biggest of the week from Pochard Lodge. A 24lb Mirror

 

Egret Lodge cancellation and late availability update

As regular followers of this section know, where we get a genuine cancellation, we do our best to re-sell the Lodge to get the best possible refund for the unfortunate guest.

Egret Lodge, with the exception of 28-31 July, is sold out until the end of September. Unfortunately due to illness, we have just had a cancellation for Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool for the weekend of 23-26 June. So if you fancy a trip and a deal please call us on 01285 869887.

Just to whet your appetite, I have re-run some past photos of guests  and their captures on Cherry Pool.

We are getting many enquiries for booked dates across the summer, most of which we are disappointing, so to help you, I thought I would list those remaining over the next few months

12-16 June. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

19-23 June. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

26-30 June. Cherry Lake Cottage and Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

03-07 July. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

28-31 July. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

31 July to 04 August. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

07-11 August. Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Please call 01285 869887 if you would like to book.

Gavin Kennedy 3-08 Cherry Pool Crucian caught whilst staying in Egret Lodge.

Gavin Kennedy 3-08 Cherry Pool Crucian caught whilst staying in Egret Lodge.

Andrew Wells with a Koi carp of 11lb from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Andrew Wells with a Koi carp of 11lb from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Luke Williams with the biggest of his 20 +Carp from Cherry Pool. A delightful Common of 20-02

Luke Williams with the biggest of his 20 +Carp from Cherry Pool. A delightful Common of 20-02

 

 

 

The Campion’s share 49 Carp from Cherry Mere

Fishing couple Marc and Leigh-Ann Campion have been on a return holiday this week and have been staying in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere along with Leigh-Ann’s mother and Brother. They have just left having enjoyed a fabulous week’s fishing.

Marc and Leigh-Ann kept switching methods during the week to very much keep their bite indicators ‘moving’. In quieter times, they would fish the ‘Method’ or Sweetcorn. This enabled them to pick up some of the smaller Carp. In fact they were very pleased to land some 28 Carp between 1 and 6lb. I was delighted when they showed me the detailed list of captures and their weights. This confirmed to me that we have a good number of Carp coming through between 3 years old (11 were between 4-6lb), 2 years (12 between 2-4lb) and 1 year old (7 under 2lb). Our challenge is to keep feeding them to ensure they grow at a reasonable rate.

Marc and Leigh-Ann also caught 19 Carp over 10lbs including a 21-12 to Marc (his biggest so far from Cherry Lakes) and two new PB’s for Leigh-Ann, a 16-04 Mirror and a 20-08 Common. As you can see from the photos below, Leigh-Ann was delighted with these two fish. I was particularly pleased with the 16-04 Mirror because she was wearing one of our sweatshirts! The bigger Carp all came to bolies. the successful tactic was to feed heavily with boilies (I think Marc fished with a Krill bolies) throughout the week (some 15kg was fired out).

As you can see from the photos, the Carp are showing some signs of their exertions during last week’s spawning.

Cherry Lake has fished well amazingly well this week, given the spawning of last week. Regular Jim Killeen  had his best trip to date and landed 8 Carp to 23lb from Grebe Lodge (these were mainly male Carp which typically seem to get on the feed the quickest after spawning). Steve Keen in Osprey Lodge landed three to 24-08 in Osprey, whilst Barry Gammon also landed three including a 33lb Mirror at 01.00 on Thursday morning from The Cottage swim. Unfortunately because of the hour the photos of this Carp were not the best and Dave was unable to confirm whether this was a new thirty for this year or not. As regular followers of these updates are aware we have good photos of 13 different thirties landed so far in 2017.

We continue to have a few Lodges remaining in June and July on Cherry Lake, so it is not too late to book  if you fancy a quick holiday break.

Leigh-Ann with the first of her two PB's. A 16-04 Mirror. I like the sweatshirt!

Leigh-Ann with the first of her two PB’s. A 16-04 Mirror. I like the sweatshirt!

Marc Campion with the biggest of their week, a Mirror of 21-12

Marc Campion with the biggest of their week, a Mirror of 21-12

Leigh-Ann with her new PB, a Common of 20-08. She was delighted with this one!

Leigh-Ann with her new PB, a Common of 20-08. She was delighted with this one!

 

 

Cherry Lakes Carp Spawning update

The Cherry Lakes Carp this week, in tandem I imagine with a lot of other lakes around the country, have been busily ‘at it’ this week. The hot weather of the last few days along with high over-night temperatures have produced the consistent water temperatures needed at this time of the year for the Carp to spawn. Given that I am frequently asked about whether the Carp have spawned or not, I thought I would give you a detailed update.

The first lake to start was Cherry Mere on Tuesday morning. The sheltered nature of this lake and the fact it is the shallowest often means that it has the warmest water at this time of the year. After three days of spawning other than the odd couple of fish, spawning activity appears to have finished. We are hopeful that the Carp will have fully spawned out and that will be it for this year.

Th Cherry Pool have also been enjoying themselves over the last few days and similar to Cherry Mere appear to have largely finished. The spawning Carp are easier to observe on Cherry Pool than the other lakes and for me the last few days has been quiet an experience.

In previous years, given I have been often working away, I have normally missed much of this spectacle, this year has however been different. It has been a somewhat disconcerting experience for me. The Carp really do not care when they are spawning and almost have a ‘Salmon like obsession’ to get it done! I literally watched some Carp damage themselves on tree roots and saw many scales lost in the bargain. My beautiful and good conditioned carp have literally become a bit battered over-night! They will no doubt show the scars for the next few months whilst they recover their energy and repair themselves.

Equally fascinating was at first watching the Bream, of all sizes, move into the shallows (some even seemed to get in-between mating Carp) and feed with gay abandon on the Carp spawn. Within a day of spawning the Carp also seemed to be re-visiting the sites of spawning to also feast on this high -protein and rich (I assume) diet.

The Carp on Cherry Spring were also spawning over 3 days this week, although not in the numbers that we would expect. In the past the Cherry Springs Carp have often spawned more of a night than during the day and we are hopeful this has been the case again this year. If not they will no doubt be trying again.

The Cherry Lake Carp started spawning on Thursday and have had an orgy lasting about 36 hours. They have interestingly enough been spawning in a variety of areas around the lake. Under the trees particularly on the west and north banks has been popular as well as the reed bed opposite Heron Lodge (as you can see from the photo below they have successfully flattened some of it). They have also spawned heavily on the clay bar in front of the house and occasionally in open water. The weather has now changed (Saturday)and is much cooler. I am unclear as to whether the Cherry Lake Carp are fully spawned out or whether some of them will try again when the conditions are next right. I hope they have.

In past years, where the weather has not been so consistent, the Carp have had three separate attempts to spawn. When this happens the Carp get a lot more stressed out and we inevitably loose some fish. If they have become ‘spawned out’ this week, then the Carp will recover more quickly and both Carp and anglers will have a better summer and I will have a less stressful time!

I tried pitifully to capture the Carp spawning. A combination of not having the right camera and spending time watching rather than photographing patiently the activity of the Carp, means that I did not get any really good shots. These two were the best I could manage. Still they make a change from the normal ‘trophy’ shots!

A Ghost Carp enjoying playing with some friends!

A Ghost Carp enjoying playing with some friends!

Carp spawning

Carp spawning

Smashed reeds. Paying the price for a good time!

Smashed reeds. Paying the price for a good time!