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Richard Mascall lands 74 Carp from Cherry Springs. A new record!

Richard Mascall and his wife Michaela have been on a return visit to Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs this week and he has smashed the record for the most fish caught in one stay.

As flagged in my last update Richard has been catching consistently throughout his stay and  caught an amazing 74 (yes seventy-four Carp). All bar one of his fish has been caught on Cherry Lakes Dairy-Cream boilies. Richard’s tactics have been simple and very effective. He simply casts a single bait to his target spot and then fires 20-30 boilies around the hook bait and sits back to await a run. When he lands one, he simply repeats the process.When I watched him it was even better than this, because he was getting Michaela to go down the bank and she baited over the top of his hook bait. Impressive……..and I am sure I could not persuade Judith to do this for me!

Richard has caught 5 twenties in his catch of 66 Carp, just below the 1:10 rule of thumb target we have. I think this is because the Carp have all been feeding so well on Cherry Springs that the doubles have been beating the twenties to his hook bait. Richard also caught 5 single figure Carp, meaning he has had over 50 doubles! Very well done Richard and Michaela.

Pete Brown has been on his first visit to Cherry Lake over the last week fishing in Grebe Lodge. Given that Cherry Lake has fished slowly for other anglers he has done very well to land 11 Carp throughout his stay. The biggest a 27-08 Mirror and a Ghost Mirror, which his partner Ameila has christened ‘Casper’, of 21-08 are pictured below. His successful tactics was not to fish on the shallows, but off the bottom of the drop off from the long bar. He also caught off the tree line when it was raining. Well done Pete.

We have a few remaining vacancies during October including these listed below. Please call 01285 869887 if you are interested

08-12 October. heron and Grebe Lodges on Cherry Lake

12-15 October. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

19-22 October. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

26-29 October. Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs. Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

Richard Mascall with an attractive Mirror of 20-12 from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs
Richard Mascall with an attractive Mirror of 20-12 from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs
Richard with a stunning Cherry Springs Common of 20-06. the photo does not do this Carp full justice.
Richard with a stunning Cherry Springs Common of 20-06. the photo does not do this Carp full justice.
ete Brown with the biggest of 11 Carp from Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake. A Mirror of 27-08
Pete Brown with the biggest of 11 Carp from Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake. A Mirror of 27-08
Pete Brown with 'Casper' a Koi looking Ghost Mirror of 21-08
Pete Brown with ‘Casper’ a Koi looking Ghost Mirror of 21-08

Wayne Hockley’s perfect 40th birthday!

A quiet weekend on Cherry Lake, which was a little surprising given the lovely weather plus the fact that the other lakes have all fished well. Indeed normally if I nip away for a while, and this weekend I was Best Man at my brother’s wedding, the lake normally produces! The biggest of 5 Carp caught over the weekend was a 27lb Mirror and was landed by Paul Ellis.

The same cannot be said of the other lakes. Richard Mascall in Kingfisher is only half way through a fantastic session in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Mere. So far he has landed an amazing 46 Carp, all on Cherry Lakes Dairy Cream boilies. Of these just three are under 10lb’s! I will make his story the focus of my next update assuming I get some photos.

Wayne Hockley stayed in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere this weekend with his partner and Mum., It was his 40th birthday treat and he was delighted with his present as you can see from his quote below

” Some pictures form my 40th Birthday session on Pochard. What a lovely weekend it has been. I caught 14 fish and lost 3 will definitely be booking to come again. I had 3 fish over 20 pounds 24lb,23lb and 22lb.  All my fish were caught on urban baits. So a massive thank you ” REGARDS Wayne, Linda and Lisa ”

I have selected 4 of the seven photos sent through. All of which showed the Carp being in great condition. See for yourself from the photos below

Wayne with a good looking Mirror of 23lb from Pochard Lodge

Wayne with a good looking Mirror of 23lb from Pochard Lodge

Wayne with a stunning Ghost Common of 22lb from Cherry Mere.

Wayne with a stunning Ghost Common of 22lb from Cherry Mere.

Wayne Hockley with the biggest of his birthday weekend. A 24-02 Mirror from Cherry Mere.

Wayne Hockley with the biggest of his birthday weekend. A 24-02 Mirror from Cherry Mere.

I could not resist including this 19lb Common caught by Wayne

I could not resist including this 19lb Common caught by Wayne

 

 

 

The Perkins family share 47 Carp from Cherry Mere!

As mentioned in my last update, I promised to talk about how the other lakes fished during our holiday absence. In short pretty well with some good captures to report.

The Perkins family, Dad Andrew with sons Ben and Luke were on a repeat visit to Cherry Mere staying in Pochard Lodge. Whilst they did well last year they truly had an exceptional visit this time.

Fishing from Monday to Friday, they shared an amazing catch of 47 Carp between them. They fed consistently with the Cherry Lakes Dairy-Cream boilies. Of these 10 Carp were over 20lb, with each angler catching at least one 20lb+. As an old guy, I am pleased to report that Dad Andrew had the biggest Carp, a Mirror of 27-07. However, as you can see from the pictures below, sons Ben with a 25-02 and Luke at 24-05 were not far behind. Well done on an amazing catch to the Perkins team!

Cherry Springs has also been producing some good fish. Peter Webster managed 5 twenties during his stay twice increasing his PB to 25-04. Brian Hamilton also did well when he stayed in Kingfisher Lodge catching consistently throughout his stay landing 28 Carp including  3 over 20lbs including this 25-04 Mirror below.

I have also received a photo, see below, showing Ken Clarke’s 30-02 Mirror caught during his recent stay in Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake. See previous article.

Apologies to anyone who I should have mentioned, but with fishery manager Dave Bowen away this week, I am a bit light on the detail!

Brian Hamilton with an impressive Cherry Springs Mirror of 25-04 caught from Kingfisher Lodge

Brian Hamilton with an impressive Cherry Springs Mirror of 25-04 caught from Kingfisher Lodge

Andrew Perkins was very pleased with the biggest fish of the holiday, a cracking 27-07 Mirror from Cherry Mere

Andrew Perkins was very pleased with the biggest fish of the holiday, a cracking 27-07 Mirror from Cherry Mere

Ben Perkins with a lovely 25-02 Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Ben Perkins with a lovely 25-02 Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Luke Perkins with his biggest of his stay, a Mirror of 24-05.

Luke Perkins with his biggest of his stay, a Mirror of 24-05.

Ken Clarke with his entry into the Cherry Lake 30+ club. A Mirror of 30-02

Ken Clarke with his entry into the Cherry Lake 30+ club. A Mirror of 30-02

 

 

 

 

Seven more thirties to report from Cherry Lake

Apologies for the prolonged radio silence as I have been away. I have missed some good catches by anglers and I will no doubt fail to mention some captures which I would have featured under ‘normal service’. Apologies to any guests who feel they should have been mentioned. I will split the update into two. One for Cherry Lake (see below) and the next for the other lakes. As you can see I have too many good photos to publish!

Over the last three weeks we have had 7 Carp over 30lb reported by 5 guests withe two catching a brace. The running total of different properly photographed and weighed Carp in 2018 now stands at 24.

Father and son team Ken and Kristian Clarke stayed in Heron Lodge for a week and caught consistently throughout their stay. Dad Ken landed a 30-02 Mirror Carp, which I am pleased to say is a new thirty for us. Kristian was not going to be over-shadowed by his Dad so he went and caught two over the magic mark. A lovely Mirror of 30-07 and a Common of 32-08. Both of Kristian’s thirties are pictured below. The Mirror is another new thirty for us in 2018. Mark also landed a Common Carp of 32-08. This is a known thirty but one which is quite elusive and was on it’s first visit to the bank this year. Together both Ken and Kristian increased our running total of different thirties caught in 2018 by three to 23! Both became new members of the 30+ club in doing so. Well done guys.

Andrew Johns spent 4 days in Grebe Lodge and managed to break the 30lb barrier on his first visit to Cherry Lakes with a Mirror of 31-05 and became the 108th member of the exclusive Cherry Lakes 30+ club.. This was also a new thirty for us further increasing the running total for 2018 to 24.

David Reynolds and his lovely wife Julie are good friends and are regulars on their 9th visit to Cherry Lake and stayed this time in Osprey Lodge. David landed 12 Carp during his latest stay including a Ghost Common of 31-15 and a Common of 30-12. Unfortunately the photo of the second Common is not clear enough to allow for accurate recognition so I am assuming this has been out before in 2018, which was the case for the Ghostie.

Chris Madden was on his second visit to Cherry Lakes this weekend staying in Cherry Lake Cottage. Chris joined the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this lovely Mirror (pictured below) of 32-02. Unfortunately I forgot to give him his club polo shirt, sorry Chris please remind me next time!  Chris caught his fish on a snowman rig fishing a KARPER RS boilie topped with an Ultra-Fluro pink Shrimp and Garlic pop up.

I have also included Michael Gorst’s 29lb Mirror which he caught from Grebe Lodge. As regular readers know I love Ghost carp, and in particular Ghost Mirrors, and I could not resist it! Well done to all the anglers mentioned above

Given how many of our previously caught high 20′s are now coming out over 30lb, plus there are a handful of known thirties which are yet to be included in my catalogue of 2018 30′s, I am raising my target to 30 different 30′s by the year end…..which has a nice ring to it don’t you think! Time will tell!

We have several short term vacancies which are still be available. If you fancy one of these give me a call on 01285 869887

Monday 17-21 September. Cherry Lake Cottage

Monday 24-28 September. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake and Cherry Lake Cottage

Kristian Clarke with the first of two 30's, a 32-08 Common from Heron Lodge

Kristian Clarke with the first of two 30′s, a 32-08 Common from Heron Lodge

Kristian Clarke with his second 30, this time a Mirror of 30-07

Kristian Clarke with his second 30, this time a Mirror of 30-07

Andrew Johns became the 106th member of the 30+ club with this 31-05 Mirror

Andrew Johns became the 106th member of the 30+ club with this 31-05 Mirror

Chris Madden with a 32-02 Mirror Carp taken from the Cottage swim

Chris Madden with a 32-02 Mirror Carp taken from the Cottage swim

Michael Gorst with his 29-00 Ghost Mirror from Grebe Lodge

Michael Gorst with his 29-00 Ghost Mirror from Grebe Lodge

 

 

 

 

Terry Lambert lands the 20th 30lb+ Cherry Lake Carp of 2018

A typical week at Cherry Lakes with some 13 Carp caught by the anglers on Cherry Lake. However to start first with Cherry Pool first for a change.  Jay Peters was on his first visit to Cherry Lakes and stayed in Egret Lodge. He told me that he needed to ‘go home for a rest’ when he was leaving this morning! He caught over 30 Carp and numerous Bream including this very nice 14lb Ghost Common below.

Top rod this week has been Steve Keen fishing from Osprey Lodge. Steve and his lovely wife Donna are amongst our favourite regular guests and it is always a please to see them. Steve always catches from Cherry Lake when he visits. Despite catching 8 Carp this week and plenty on other visits he is desperate to become a member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club. He leaves with his Cherry Lake PB still intact. Better luck next time Steve….you will have to keep coming back!

Steve’s good friend Stuart Chafer stayed in Kingfisher Lodge this week and reported 13 Carp to 18lb. He was pleased to have caught more than Steve, although to be fair Cherry Springs is normally ‘easier’ than Cherry Lake!

Even more ‘frustrating’ for Steve (my words……not his!) is the fact that Terry Lambert, who has been staying for the first time in Cherry Lake Cottage, landed two 30′s from just 3 Carp caught. As you might know from my last update Terry Lambert caught a 31-04 Common earlier in the week. Yesterday morning he made it an impressive brace of 30′s when he landed a 31-08 Mirror. Needless to say he was delighted to catch both a Common and Mirror over 30lb (see below) in the same session. The successful bait was the Cherry Lakes Supreme Fish boilies.

I am also delighted to report that this Carp is the 20th landed so far in 2018 above 30lb’s. The fish was in great condition and is no doubt one of our bigger twenties that are coming through. As mentioned before the long hot summer, particularly coming on the back of a cold winter where the Carp had a good rest, has been good for the Carp feeding. They have recovered from spawning and put on weight more quickly than in more normal summers. We can’t wait to see some of the bigger Carp, some of which we expect to be comfortably over the 40lb barrier.

We still have a few vacancies on Cherry Lake over the next six weeks if you fancy a crack at joining the 30+ club. Please call 01285 869887 to book.

03-07 September. Cherry Lake Cottage

17-21 September. Cherry Lake Cottage

24-28 September. Osprey Lodge and Cherry Lake Cottage

08-12 October. Heron and Grebe Lodges

Terry Lambert with a 31-08 Cherry Lake Mirror from the Cottage. The second of a nice brace of thirties!

Terry Lambert with a 31-08 Cherry Lake Mirror from the Cottage. The second of a nice brace of thirties!

Terry Lambert with his new PB Common. A 31-04 Common from Cherry Lake Cottage. The first of a lovely brace.

Terry Lambert with his new PB Common. A 31-04 Common from Cherry Lake Cottage. The first of a lovely brace.

Jay Peters was delighted with this lovely 14lb Ghost Common from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

Jay Peters was delighted with this lovely 14lb Ghost Common from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

 

 

 

 

 

More PB’s to report!

It now feels very different here at Cherry Lakes to the conditions just a week ago. The heat wave is long forgotten, as heavy rain has already started to turn the grass green as well as cause the water temperatures to start to drop.

Last week was a good one across the complex with all anglers reporting good captures and a relaxing holiday. The Taylor’s who stayed in Pochard Lodge clearly enjoyed themselves and are promising to return next year. Hardly surprising given that both Paul (Dad) with a 20-04 Fully Scaled Mirror) and daughter Grace (with a 10-02 Common) both caught Personal Bests. As you can see from the photo below, Grace (age 12) was particularly pleased. Well done to you both.

Graham Cresswell stayed in Kingfisher Lodge with his wife Judith on Cherry Springs. He has gradually picked up his catch rate throughout the week as he has worked things out. So far he has caught 25, Carp including 18 doubles and a 27-01 Mirror. Unfortunately the photos of the Mirror (caught in the dark) did not work out. I did however like the ‘action’ shot of Graham on the fishing area of Kingfisher Lodge

The fishing on Cherry Lake this weekend has been a little slower than recently. The heavy rain and cool wind has dropped the water temperatures quite quickly with the Carp not really liking it. Lee Capper in Osprey Lodge has had 4 Carp during his stay including two good Commons of 27lb+ and 26lb+.

Terry Lambert  who is staying in Cherry Lake Cottage was delighted with his first Cherry Lake Carp this morning when he landed a 31-08 Common. A new PB Common for him and our 105th member of the 30+ club. Well done to both Lee and Terry.

Grace Taylor was delighted with her new PB. A Common of 10-02 from Cherry Mere

Grace Taylor was delighted with her new PB. A Common of 10-02 from Cherry Mere

Graham Cresswell enjoying Cherry Springs! Judith's view from Kingfisher Lodge!

Graham Cresswell enjoying Cherry Springs! Judith’s view from Kingfisher Lodge!

Terry Lambert with his new PB Common. A 31-08 Common from Cherry Lake Cottage.

Terry Lambert with his new PB Common. A 31-08 Common from Cherry Lake Cottage.

 

 

‘The Peach’ at 31-14 is our 19th 30lb+ of 2018

I was going to focus this week’s update by talking about Jacob Gale’s great session on Cherry Springs last week  but given Matthew Blinston’s results over the last 24 hours, he has to ‘share the glory’!

Jacob was fishing  last week in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs for the first time. His words from his e mail to me sums his trip up succinctly  “I really enjoyed my stay at Cherry Lakes and had 13 fish in total. I am sure I’ll be back again soon”. His two biggest were a night caught Mirror of 26-04 and this stunning ‘Linear’ below of 21-02. What a cracking fish. Well done Jacob.

Matthew Blinston has been on a return trip to Cherry Lake Cottage with his family this week. Matthew has been principally fishing over-night and into the morning. Family trips meaning his swim gets a rest for much of the day. This tactic often seems to work. The last 24 hours has been good to Matthew as he has landed good looking Carp of 21-02, 27-04  (see below) and ‘The Peach’ at 31-14. In doing so, Matthew became the 104th member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club.

We are extremely pleased to see ‘The Peach’. She is a much sought after Ghost Mirror, and this is the first time she has been landed over 30lb’s. This brings our total of properly photographed and weighed Carp over 30lbs+ this year to 19.

The Peach was last caught by Neil Ash in April this year at 29-06. Comparing photos shows just how much she has grown over this period and looks even bigger than the very honest  31-14 that she was weighed at.

As I mentioned in my last update, the Cherry Lake Carp have been on the feed for the last few weeks and we have responded by feeding heavily during the twice weekly change over periods (Judith says the Carp are like me…..the more I eat….the more I want)! This has resulted in our upper twenties not only recovering from spawning but also putting on weight. As well as being very evident in ‘The Peach’, the fact we had three other new 30′s last week augers extremely well for the future. I might even have to revise up my view that we have at least 25 Carp over thirty pounds in Cherry Lake at the moment. With several more months of good feeding time left, the Carp should continue to grow and put on weight . I expect the lake record of 40-04 to be broken over the next six months. Time will tell!

 

Matthew Blinston with 'The Peach' at 31-14 from Cherry Lake Cottage

Matthew Blinston with ‘The Peach’ at 31-14 from Cherry Lake Cottage

Matthew Blinston with a 27-08 Cherry Lake Mirror which has clearly been on the feed!

Matthew Blinston with a 27-08 Cherry Lake Mirror which has clearly been on the feed!

Jacob Gale with a stunning 21-04 Linear Mirror from Cherry Springs

Jacob Gale with a stunning 21-04 Linear Mirror from Cherry Springs

 

 

 

 

Wow! Three new 30′s this week!

Judith and I slipped away for a few days this week and as always the bigger Carp on Cherry Lake put in an appearance when I am away! The good news is that fishery manager Dave Bowen was on hand to both weigh the Carp and photograph them.

In short we had three new 30′s out this week, one each to three different anglers resulting in two new members of the 30+ club.

Paul Mitchell had been staying in Cherry Lake Cottage and was on his second visit to Cherry Lakes. Last year he joined the 30+ club when he landed a 31-04 mirror to set a new PB. This year he landed another thirty to equal his PB, another Mirror of 31-04. Having compared the photos it was both a different Carp to his Mirror of last year as well as the 16th different 30lb+ Carp of the year from Cherry Lake.

Paul caught a further 6 Carp, all 20′s between 24-08 to 27-00 including a Ghost Mirror of 26-09. Paul was delighted with his holiday at Cherry Lakes and he is already planning his return next year.

Mike Jarvis and his wife Helen stayed in Grebe Lodge over the last week and enjoyed his first visit to Cherry Lake. He landed 7 Carp including two PB’s. The first a 26-08 Ghost Mirror, which was followed several days later by his new PB, a Common of 30-08. Mike used the Cherry Lakes Fish Supreme boilies. Fishery manager Dave was very excited when he called me about this Common as it is another new 30 for Cherry Lake and the 17th different 30+ caught in 2018. In doing so Mike Jarvis became the 102nd member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club.

Craig Salvin is the 103rd member of the club. Craig was also on his first visit to Cherry Lake and stayed in Heron Lodge. Together with his Dad Andrew, they shared  an impressive 13 Carp between them over their four day stay. The biggest was Craig’s heavily scaled Mirror of 30-04. As this was another Carp breaking the 30+ barrier we were almost as excited by Craig to see this one on the bank.

The Cherry Lake Carp are clearly feeding well judging by the good level of recent captures and the level of feed which we are putting into the Lake. It is good to see that after such a vigorous spawning season that they are now putting on weight again. My best guess is that we have around 25 Carp over 30lb in Cherry Lake at the moment, which is around 10% of the total stock.

Jacob Gale also had a good stay on Cherry Springs. He has sent me a lot of good photos and I will use these in my next update.

Well done to Paul Mitchell, Mike Jarvis and Jacob Gale on your excellent catch returns as well as three new thirties. Cheers guys!

Paul Mitchell equaled his Cherry Lake PB with this 31-04 Mirror from the Cherry Lake Cottage swim.

Paul Mitchell equaled his Cherry Lake PB with this 31-04 Mirror from the Cherry Lake Cottage swim.

Mike Jarvis with his new PB, a new Cherry Lake 30+ Common of 30-08 from Grebe Lodge

Mike Jarvis with his new PB, a new Cherry Lake 30+ Common of 30-08 from Grebe Lodge

Craig Salvin became the 103rd member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this 30-04 Mirror

Craig Salvin became the 103rd member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this 30-04 Mirror

 

 

Vince Rolfe lands two PB’s and becomes the 101st memebr of the 30+ club.

A good weekend across the complex as the weather breaks, for a while at least. As well as some welcome rain, and boy can you hear the plants ‘drinking’ it all up, best of all we have had a welcome ‘dose of wind’ with over 48 hours of a good strong south westerly.

I am not sure about the impact of the wind on the smaller lakes because the wind is not able to get much water moving due to the tree cover and limited surface area. However on Cherry Lake, with the wind blowing directly up the lake towards the house, a strong wind is able to create significant under tow. This is great, not only because it oxygenates the water, it aslo helps to turn the water over and taken some of the heat out of the water. All of which I think is good for the water and the Carp.

All of our guests this weekend have been happy with some good catches. Over 20 Carp, including two twenties to 25lb have been caught from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs. The Brassington brothers, Sam and Joe, shared thirty Carp to high doubles from Cherry Pool. Even more impressive was the 2-02 Roach caught on a boilie!

Cherry Lake has produced for all of our guests. The biggest of the weekend have been caught by Vince Rolfe in Heron. Vince has been on his fourth visit to Cherry Lake this weekend with his wife Sue. He set a new PB early on Sunday morning with a stunning 28-12 Mirror. I was very pleased to see this particular fish as it is a long time since I last saw her. Vince followed up early on Monday morning with a second PB of his weekend when he landed a 32-02 Common. In doing so he became the 101st member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club. Well done Vince and thoroughly deserved.

Matt Howgate who stayed in Osprey Lodge  landed 3 Carp, all twenties including these two pictured below. A night caught Mirror of 28-04 and a Common of 24-02. Disappointingly Matt has lost more than he has caught. My suspicion is that he was paying the price for not dropping his leads on the take. Given the weed in the lake is probably reaching its peak, the Carp know to try and get their heads down in it. If the lead is still on, it will collect some weed which changes the angle from the rod to the hook. When it does it is more likely that the barbless hook will be shed and the fish lost. The heavier the lead, the easier it is for it to be lost on the take. If you are using a baitboat then I think a 4oz lead is ideal. If the lead is only lightly locked on by the tail rubber then the lead with a heavy weight will be jettisoned 90% of the time.

 

Vince Rolfe with his new PB, a cracking Cherry Lake Mirror of 28-12 from Heron Lodge

Vince Rolfe with his new PB, a cracking Cherry Lake Mirror of 28-12 from Heron Lodge

Vince Rolfe beat his PB for a second time with this 32-02 Cherry Lake Common

Vince Rolfe beat his PB for a second time with this 32-02 Cherry Lake Common

 

Matt Howgate aided by son Luke, with a 28-04 Mirror from Osprey Lodge

Matt Howgate aided by son Luke, with a 28-04 Mirror from Osprey Lodge
Matt and Luke Howgate with a mint 24-02 Cherry Lake Common

Matt and Luke Howgate with a mint 24-02 Cherry Lake Common

 

 

38-04 and 35-04 Mirrors for Tom Nixon-Taylor as he lands thirty!

As mentioned in an earlier update, Tom Nixon-Taylor had an amazing stay in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake and I promised a dedicated story once I got some photos. Well Tom has gone better than just photos, he has made a video too! This can be found on You Tube and is titled ‘Cherry Lakes Cirencester carp fishing 2018′. It is hosted by Karper TV. You can also hopefully see it by clicking on the link below.

https://youtu.be/JXhfTPOru0c

It is worth watching because Tom tells the story of an amazing ten days on Cherry Lake when he caught 30 Carp (around 10% of the Carp in Cherry Lake) including two upper thirties. A 38-04 and 35-04 Mirror, both of which are pictured below.

Whilst Tom is ‘only’ 16, he is a very accomplished and very keen angler. He is also a natural in front of the camera. The video is particularly helpful because he takes time to explain some of his successful tactics. Impressively given that he was catching regularly, he was not afraid to experiment. Indeed both of the thirties came after he changed tactics……and up to this point he had already caught over 20 Carp. He explains this is detail on the video.

To show that Tom’s catch was no flash in the pan. He did very well on his first trip to Cherry Lakes, which he made with his Grandparents last year, when he caught well including landing a Mirror of 35-04. Amazingly it was the same fish that he caught this year at 38-04 to set his new PB. Tom was already a member of the 30+ club, but he was pleased to get his 35+ hoody!

It is interesting how sometimes it is the smaller carp which feed and/or dominate an area and other times when it is only the big Carp which pick up your baits. I kept saying to Tom, That he was ‘unlucky’ given the high proportion of doubles (most of which I think were male fish), and that if kept catching he would get through to the bigger fish. He certainly proved my point because over his last couple of days he had four 26′s plus the two thirties in the last 10 Carp that he caught.

I have been spoilt for choice for photos as Tom kindly sent me through some great shots. As well as the two thirties I have included a couple of my favourites below.

Tom, what can I say….other than well done. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Tom Nixon-Taylor with his new PB. A terrific Cherry Lake Mirror of 38-04

Tom Nixon-Taylor with his new PB. A terrific Cherry Lake Mirror of 38-04

Tom with the second of two thirties over 35lb. This time with a 35-04 Mirror from Osprey Lodge.

Tom with the second of two thirties over 35lb. This time with a 35-04 Mirror from Osprey Lodge.

Tom with a lovely Cherry Lake Common of 24-04

Tom with a lovely Cherry Lake Common of 24-04

Tom with one for the future. A heavily scaled Mirror of 17-08

Tom with one for the future. A heavily scaled Mirror of 17-08