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Mr ‘X’ has the brace of the year! A 39-04 and 36-02.

Every now and gain we have a publicity shy guest who catches a Carp which I would really like to share with you. Just recently we had one of these guests, a very good angler, who happened to have the brace of the year from Cherry Lake.

Mr ‘X’ landed two fabulous Carp amongst a catch of 6 Carp. The biggest fish, a fantastic Mirror, is the biggest Carp caught from Cherry Lake this year at 39-02. This Carp was caught by Wayne Box in early April at 36-10. She has obviously recovered well from spawning and has continued to grow. It looks like it will be a toss up between this Mirror, and the Common known as ‘The Patch’ which was last out at 38-04 to Bradley Palmer in October, as to which will be the first to break the 40lb barrier and possibly break the current Cherry Lake record of 40-04.

Mr ‘X’ was however not satisfied with catching the biggest Carp of the year. He also set a new Cherry Lake record for a Ghost Carp of 36-02. This Ghost Carp was the previous lake record holder for a ‘Ghostie’ at 34lb. She has also been doing well and putting on weight. Well done Mr ‘X’!

We have 3 different Ghost Carp over 30lb. I am not sure how many UK venues can say this…..but we at Cherry Lakes are very proud to do so.

Just in case anyone is not sure of the weights of these particular Carp. I can confirm that fishery manager Dave Bowen weighed the fish personally as well as took the photos.

As regular followers of these updates know, we have over the course of 2017, had 17 different Carp landed, weighed and photographed properly at over 30lb. Indeed during the last few weeks we have had 4 different Carp landed over 35lb.

We believe, based both on the growth rates (which are undoubtedly helped by our on-going feeding programme) that we have been seeing, that Cherry Lake currently holds in excess of 20 Carp over the magic 30lb mark. The fact there are several known ’30′s’ which are not included within the list of 17 caught in 2017 gives us real hope that we can still get to that target of 20 this year but we will need help! Unfortunately however looking at  diary, we are very quiet for the month between 24 November and 22 December. Unless I get some help and bookings pick up, we will fall short of this target.

So to encourage anglers to come to Cherry Lake during this period (24 November to 22 December which I accept can be the most difficult of the winter) and help us get to this ’20 over 30′ mark in 2017, we are cutting our prices. We are also offering late booking discounts before this date on Cherry Lake.

If you visit during this period of 24 November to 22 December  for either a Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday then the cost to hire the Lodge for up to 2 people including one angler is £295. We are also offering late booking discounts up to 24 November on Cherry Lake. If you fancy a crack at a winter 30, then please call us on 01285 869887.

Mr'X' with the biggest Cherry Lake Carp of 2017. A Mirror of 39-04.

Mr’X’ with the biggest Cherry Lake Carp of 2017. A Mirror of 39-04.

The new Cherry Lake Ghost Carp record. Mr 'X' with a 36-02 Ghost Mirror

The new Cherry Lake Ghost Carp record. Mr ‘X’ with a 36-02 Ghost Mirror

 

Malcom Williams sets two new PB’s from Cherry Pool.

For a change, not least because I have two photos to use, It is nice to be able to focus on Cherry Pool in this update.

Cherry Pool is a fabulous winter water and really comes into its own during the colder months. This is partially due to the fact that Cherry Pool is by far the deepest of our four lakes. It is shaped like a steep sided ‘soup bowl’ and goes down to around 17 feet. It also fishes well throughout the year due to the sheer number of fish in the lake. Not only has the ‘Pool’ got a large number of Carp and Bream, it also has considerable numbers of Perch and Roach which will feed even when the Carp and Bream don’t!

Malcolm Williams and his wife Sylvia, who are regulars at Cherry lakes, have just left having had a very enjoyable and productive stay in Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

Malcolm caught Bream and  a lot of Carp including some very impressive specimens including Carp of of 22lb and 19lb pictured below. Boilies fished to the sides and far margins were all that was needed to get the fish ‘hooked’. Malcolm was delighted because the 22lb Common is a new PB. The Ghost Carp was also a PB Ghostie. The Ghostie was a long lean fish which clearly needs to eat even more boilies!  Not a bad weekend indeed for Malcolm.. He is now chomping at the bit to return next year.

Malcolm Williams with his new PB. A Cherry Pool Common of 22lb.

Malcolm Williams with his new PB. A Cherry Pool Common of 22lb.

Malcolm Williams with his new PB Ghost Mirror at 19lb caught from Cherry Pool.

Malcolm Williams with his new PB Ghost Mirror at 19lb caught from Cherry Pool.

 

Marc Campion joins the 30+ club with a 30-01 Ghost Mirror.

Regular followers of this news section know that I love Ghost Carp. Marc Campion has just caught the third different Ghost Mirror over 30lb this year  from Cherry Lake and because I am so excited about it,……… I thought I would do an update straight away!

Marc has been staying this weekend in Grebe Lodge with his wife Leigh-Ann. So far he has managed three Carp to his small precisely positioned wafters. Two of his Carp to date have come from the deep channel close in, with the third, the Ghost Mirror coming from close to the reed bed. Fishery manager Dave Bowen was on hand to weigh and photograph this beauty at 30-01. Dave said the Carp was in great condition which I think comes across in the photos below.

Marc and Leigh-Ann have been regular guests over the last few years and it is the first time Marc has broken the 30lb mark at Cherry Lakes. The Ghost Mirror which is a PB, represents in my opinion the best possible way to join the 30+ club! Well done Marc.

The Cherry Lake Carp have been doing very well this year and have been putting on good weight gains. As well as anglers baits we feed regularly a combination of boilies , pellets and spod mix. They clearly like it. This Ghost Mirror was not only the third different Ghost Mirror to reach the magic 30lb+ mark, she was also the 17th different properly photographed and weighed Carp over 30lb in 2017.

I might be getting greedy, but I am still hopeful that we will record 20 Carp beyond this weight (30lb+) in 2017, We are still waiting to see several fish which we know will be over 30lb, let alone any other fish, like this Ghostie, coming through the ranks to breach the 30lb mark. Fingers crossed!

We have lots of vacancies in the second half of November and December, so if you fancy your own crack at joining the 30+ club and helping us to get to the ’20 over 30′ mark please call us on 01285 869887

Marc Campion was delighted with this 30-01 Ghost Mirror. The third different Ghost Mirror over 30lb this year.

Marc Campion was delighted with this 30-01 Ghost Mirror. The third different Ghost Mirror over 30lb this year.

Marc Campion with his entry ticket into the Cherry Lake 30+ club! A 30-01 Ghost Mirror

Marc Campion with his entry ticket into the Cherry Lake 30+ club! A 30-01 Ghost Mirror

 

 

Cherry Mere on form!

I will start this update on Cherry Mere this week. As you can see Andy Rushton and Keith Waddington had a very successful stay, despite the falling temperatures. They shared some 21 Carp between them some real beauties including a fabulous 18lb Ghost Common and a 26-08 Mirror pictured below.

They used a range of baits, principally boilies and pellets, with the 26-08 Mirror coming on anchored crust about 18″ below the surface. I have to take my ‘hat off’ to Keith for even daring to try this in November…..he was well rewarded with his new PB! Well done guys!

The Cherry Lake anglers all managed at least one Carp each. Cherry Springs was also relatively slow which I think shows how well the lads did on Cherry Mere

Keith was delighted with this stunning 18lb Ghost Common from Cherry Mere

Keith was delighted with this stunning 18lb Ghost Common from Cherry Mere

Keith Waddington with his new PB, a Cherry Mere Mirror of 26-08

Keith Waddington with his new PB, a Cherry Mere Mirror of 26-08

 

16th different 30 of the year from Cherry Lake. Shelf-life boilies banned.

I am delighted to confirm that our good friend Greg Harwar (who was a great help with Sunday’s stocking activity) landed just before dawn on Sunday morning the 16th different carp over the magic 30lb+ mark properly photographed in 2017.

The fish came from the middle of the lake on a small boilie over crushed boilies. Typical of this time of the year, the indicators simply pulled tight and did not quickly drop back which is what you would expect from a ‘line-bite’. At this time of the year I think it is always worth closely investigating these short ‘pulls’ which I would be inclined to strike on Cherry Lake ever time. Greg quickly struck to find this hard fighting Mirror on the end of his line. Greg who is a regular at Cherry Lakes had not previously landed a thirty from Cherry Lake and was delighted to have become the latest member of the 30+ club.

We have been expressing our general dislike of shelf life boilies for some while now. Why?…well they are often of poor quality, are frequently old and do not break down very easily on the bottom. In short they are frequently of dubious nutritional quality. Most of our guests seem to prefer to use the better quality freezer baits which are normally of higher nutritional value to the Carp and have the advantage that they break down easily in the water. Meaning that if the Carp don’t eat them the smaller fish and microbes etc can. This process takes a lot longer for shelf life’s with baits simply sitting on the bottom for a long period. As a result we are now banning the use of all shelf life boilies effective from 01 January 2018.

We will continue to allow anglers to use shelf life boilies as hook baits and pop-ups but not as feed. This applies to crushed boilies as well as whole ones.

Given that each of the Lodges and the Cottage have a freezer, there is no reason why anglers cannot bring their own freezer baits. For those who like to bring a lot of their own boilies, we also have several large ‘over-flow’ freezers that guests can use if the Lodge/Cottage freezer is full. For guests who do not want to bring freezer baits with them, the Tackle Den angling shop is less than a mile which stocks several leading freezer boilie brands. We also stock a range of our own high quality freezer baits, which we also feed to the Carp, which can both be ordered in advance as well as whilst guests are at Cherry Lakes.

I apologise if this decision disappoints some of our guests and causes some confusion in the future, but Just for the avoidance of doubt, we have taken this decision because we think that it is in the best interest of the Carp and all of our guests. We do everything we can to ensure that our fish are in the best possible condition, are healthy and growing. Good quality food supplied both by ourselves and our angler guests is central to this. I hope you all understand and are able to support this decision.

Just for the avoidance of doubt, we have taken this decision because we think that it is in the best interest of the Carp and all guests.

Greg Harwar joined the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this impressive Cherry Lake Mirror of 31-02

Greg Harwar joined the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this impressive Cherry Lake Mirror of 31-02

 

Tench stocked into the exclusive lakes

As promised I have included below several of the photos of the Carp caught when Richard Mascall  fished on Cherry Springs last week. I would like to thank Richard for sending these photos through so quickly as you would be surprised by how many broken ”I’ll send them through when I get home” promises that I have had!

This was Richard’s, and wife Michaela’s, first visit to Cherry Lakes and they enjoyed staying in Kingfisher Lodge. Richard caught some 21 Carp, including three over 20b, including this 27-02 Mirror pictured below. This particular Carp has grown by 5lb since being stocked two years ago. Whilst this is not dramatic, I am pleased with this steady growth rate given the large number of Carp (c450) in Cherry Springs. Some 10 of Richard’s Carp weighed over 15lb, including this distinctive 19-08 Mirror Carp pictured with Michaela below.

Changing the subject from Carp for a second, we have today just stocked just short of 100 Tench into the three exclusively booked lakes (Cherry Springs, Cherry Mere and Cherry Pool). Tench unlike Carp are very slow growing. These little beauties were believe it or not 5 years old. They should hopefully do well in these lakes and not suffer too much from predation and become 2-3lb fish over the next few years.  When added to the existing Tench stocks, I am expecting that visiting anglers can now target this species more effectively in the future. Sometimes it is nice to have a float rod out (quill float if you like Mr Crabtree style!) whilst you are waiting for your alarms to go. Time will tell!

 

Some of the delightful Tench stocked today into the exclusive lakes...Cherry Springs, Cherry Mere and Cherry Pool

Some of the delightful Tench stocked today into the exclusive lakes…Cherry Springs, Cherry Mere and Cherry Pool

Richard Mascall with the biggest of 21 carp from Cherry Springs. A 27-02 Mirror

Richard Mascall with the biggest of 21 carp from Cherry Springs. A 27-02 Mirror

Richard with wife Michaela and a distinctive 19-08 Cherry Springs Mirror

Richard with wife Michaela and a distinctive 19-08 Cherry Springs Mirror

 

 

28-15 Cottage Mirror to Jonathan Hoult

Jonathan Hoult stayed in the Cottage this week and fished with David Bousfield  . When I saw him this morning he was not sure whether to be pleased with his first visit to Cherry Lake because he had caught this 28-15 Mirror carp below OR be disappointed because he lost a much bigger Carp….clearly 30+……. at the net yesterday. On balance though I think he was pleased and said he was already planning to come back.

Fishing partner David struggled until Thursday evening when he caught a 20lb Mirror on a washed out Cherry Lake bait, to be followed by a 23lb Mirror just  30mins before packing up time this morning! David’s fish also I believe came on the Cherry Lakes ‘Mixed Fruit Delight’ boilies.

Ben Daws who was fishing Cherry Lake for the first time enjoyed his visit and landed a 26lb Carp.

Richard Mascall had an excellent few days in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs. Indeed it was so good that he has already booked a week next September. He landed 21 Carp over 3 days including a 27lb and two 21lb Mirrors. He also had a further 8 Carp over 15lb. Cherry Lakes Fish Supreme boilies did the trick for him. I will add any good photos to my next update when I hopefully get them from Richard.

David Baysfield with a Cherry Lake Mirror of 28-15 from the Cottage swim.

Jonathan Hoult with a Cherry Lake Mirror of 28-15 from the Cottage swim.

Two upper thirties from Cherry Lake

As some of you may have guessed I have been away from Cherry Lakes for a couple of weeks and hence the slow down in news updates. As always some of the bigger Carp seem to get caught when I am not here. This time was no exception.

The smaller lakes across the complex have been producing very well in my absence with both plenty of carp and many over 20lb being caught. Thank you to all the anglers who let me have their catch reports and photos. It is always great for me to see how the Carp are doing.

Cherry Lake has produced some cracking Carp including the two upper 30′s below to the two newest members of the Cherry Lake 30+ club.

The big Common known as ‘The Patch ‘ came out at his highest weight so far this year at 38-04. This is also the biggest Carp reported so far this year from Cherry Lake.  This fish has such a fabulous frame that I very much hope that the next time we see ‘him’ in the Spring it could be above the current Cherry Lake record which stands at 40-04. This Carp was caught by Bradley Palmer who was on his first ever visit to Cherry Lake with his good friend Ben Davies when they fished Heron Lodge together during October. It was also I think the only Carp that Bradley caught that weekend! I am also pleased to say that Ben also managed to catch one, a new PB, a cracking heavily scaled Mirror of 24-14. A good trip I would say! Both are pictured below.

‘The Pretty One’ has also come out during October, up 2lb on her last capture at 36-08. What a fish she is. Absolutely stunning. All the more so in the late afternoon light. The fortunate angler this time was Zac Rastall, who when I spoke to him was still delighted about catching such a fabulous fish. He also landed Mirrors of 28-06, 21-12 and a lovely home grown Ghost Common of 10lb. Not a bad way to spend his 30th birthday!

With the weather staying mild, and prices reducing in November an again in December, if you fancy a trip to Cherry Lakes just give us a call on 01285 869887. You can also check availability on the website at  http://www.cherrylakes.co.uk/availability/

Bradley Palmer was delighted with catching 'The Patch' at 38-04. A good way to join the 30+ club.

Bradley Palmer was delighted with catching ‘The Patch’ at 38-04. A good way to join the 30+ club.

Ben Davies with his new PB. An impressive heavily scaled Mirror of 24-14

Ben Davies with his new PB. An impressive heavily scaled Mirror of 24-14

Zac Rastall with the perfect 30th birthday present. 'The Pretty One' at 36-02 from Heron Lodge

Zac Rastall with the perfect 30th birthday present. ‘The Pretty One’ at 36-02 from Heron Lodge

 

 

 

 

Dave and Martin’s Holiday bliss

I thought i would concentrate this update on two of this week’s guests who have done extremely well fishing wise and had a great holiday break.

Dave Smalley fished in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake last week. His first visit to Cherry Lakes. Dave applied himself well and quickly worked out where the Carp were feeding. He also chose to use our Cherry Lakes Mixed Fruit Delight boilies fished over some pellets and sweetcorn. In total Dave landed 6 Carp including four twenties to (I think) 25-08 and i have picked two of them below.

Martin Eagle and his wife Suzanne are regular guests and spent this week in Pochard Lodge. So far, and he has still got 36 hours to go, he has landed 26 Carp including 16 doubles and three 20′s to 22lb. I have picked out his best photo of a cracking 18lb Mirror below.

Well done to both Dave and Martin.

All of the complex lakes are producing well and I am hoping for good things throughout October, particularly as the two week forecast until mid-October looks good.

Dave Smalley with a 23-08 Ghost Mirror from Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

Dave Smalley with a 23-08 Ghost Mirror from Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

Dave with a stocky Cherry Lake Common of 24-06

Dave with a stocky Cherry Lake Common of 24-06

Martin Eagle with a stunning Cherry Mere Mirror of 18lb

Martin Eagle with a stunning Cherry Mere Mirror of 18lb

 

 

Late Cottage cancellation

We have had a late cancellation in the Cottage for this weekend ( Friday 29 September to 02 October) and the coming week (Monday 02-06 October). Given the very late notice we are offering both of these dates at around half the normal price at £400 each. So if you fancy a break give us a call on 01285 869887.

The Cottage is also still available from 06-20 October and is offering late booking discounts for these dates.

As some of you know we have just gone live with our new Availability calendar and we generally have more scope for last minute availability in the winter months. Please see  http://www.cherrylakes.co.uk/availability/

It is a shame that the Cottage might be empty this weekend because it has already produced two cracking fish to first timer Daniel Cook this week. Daniel has landed a lovely 22lb Common followed by this 27-08 Mirror below. Daniel is doing particularly well as he is not constantly fishing.

All the other anglers on Cherry Lake have also already seen action so far this week (Wednesday) with two fish a piece to Osprey and Grebe Lodges including this good looking Mirror of 23-04 to Lee Capper in Grebe Lodge.

All of the other lakes are also fishing well with big smiles on all of our guests faces!

Daniel Cook was clearly very pleased with this cracking 27-08 Mirror. Not bad on his first visit to Cherry Lake Cottage!

Daniel Cook was clearly very pleased with this cracking 27-08 Mirror. Not bad on his first visit to Cherry Lake Cottage!

Lee Capper with his first Cherry Lake twenty. A 23-04 Mirror from Grebe Lodge.

Lee Capper with his first Cherry Lake twenty. A 23-04 Mirror from Grebe Lodge.