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Richard Harrison and John Foy land PB’s from Grebe Lodge

John Foy and his lovely wife Denise have been visiting Cherry Lakes since 2015 and are amongst our favourite guests. I hope John does not mind me saying that I think it is remarkable that he is still fishing at his age (around 80) given he has real problems with his back and hands. Despite these ‘handicaps’ John loves his fishing and is determined not to give up and in particular his visits to Cherry Lakes. I just hope I still have the desire and determination that John has to still go fishing when I am his age.

John tells me he loves coming once or twice a year to Cherry Lakes from his Manchester home. He describes Cherry Lakes as his fishery ‘Bulls-eye’! A lovely phrase which I have copied here!

On his last visit last week (whilst I was away) John and Denise were accompanied by their Grandson Richard Harrison when they stayed in Grebe Lodge. Richard, who is a good angler who has done well on previous visits to Cherry Lake, is a real help to John whilst he is here. We very much hope Richard is able to get the time off work to accompany him on future visits.

Their trip started with a real bang on Monday as Richard had his first Carp within an hour of casting out and what a fish. He landed his new PB when he landed a Mirror Carp of 35lb. This lovely Mirror was last caught by Tim Barber in early April at 34-04. Most of the Carp were caught off the shallows and margins on a range of baits including Cherry Lake pop ups and Cell boilies.

Richard becomes the second proud owner of the new Cherry Lake 35+ club sweatshirt as well as the latest member of the 30+ club.

Richard and John went on to share a ten Carp catch which included 6 twenties as well as the 35lb Mirror including a PB Common of 29-12 for John. Richard had a lovely fully scaled Mirror of 24lb which I have included below.

Well done to you both and we look forward to seeing you all (John, Denise and Richard) next year

Richard Harrison with his new PB, a Cherry Lake Mirror of 35-00 from Grebe Lodge, supported by Grandad John Foy.

Richard Harrison with his new PB, a Cherry Lake Mirror of 35-00 from Grebe Lodge, supported by Grandad John Foy.

John Foy with his PB 29-12 Common. His hands and the heat make it difficult for John. I do like Richard's sweatshirt!

John Foy with his PB 29-12 Common. His hands and the heat make it difficult for John. I do like Richard’s sweatshirt!

Richard Harrison with a stunning 24lb Fully Scaled Mirror which I think weighed around 24lb.

Richard Harrison with a stunning 24lb Fully Scaled Mirror which I think weighed around 24lb.

 

 

 

Marc Lloyd’s holiday delight. Two PB thirties!

A short term radio silence from me as I took the opportunity to slip off for a week last week. As always my timing is rubbish as I missed some fabulous catches across Cherry Lakes.

Martin Eagle in Pochard Lodge had over 20 Carp to early twenties. We also had reports of a 4-04 Crucian from Cherry Pool (sorry no photo yet). However pride of place goes to Richard Harrison and John Foy (see next story) in Grebe and Marc Lloyd in Cherry Lake Cottage.

Marc Lloyd was on his first visit to Cherry Lakes with his partner Emma and baby Poppy and were staying in Cherry Lake Cottage. Marc started slowly and finished slowly, but boy the 3 middle days of his week long holiday were worthwhile. In total he landed 8 Carp including ‘The Pretty One’ at 33-00 and a Common of 32-12, along with a near Leather of 28-00 all pictured below.

He broke his PB with both of these thirties. I must say catching a brace comprising of a 30+ Mirror and Common is not a bad way of doing so. He nearly matched Paul Silence’s result of last year when he had three thirties, but the 28lb Leather was a near miss! In doing so Marc joins the Cherry Lake 30+ club and automatically enters our free holiday prize draw.

Marc fished several different margins and largely caught on a pop-up over the Cherry Lake spod mix. Marc reported the Carp were all in great condition which I think you can see from the photos.

With Emma enjoying the hot tub and Marc doing so well they have promised to return and it will be a pleasure to see them all again.

We have the following currently available over the next couple of weeks if you fancy a visit. As always call 01285 869887 if you want to book.

Monday 28 May -04 June Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake
Friday 01-04 and Monday 04-08 June. Cherry Lake Cottage
Monday 04-08 June. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake
Friday 08-11 June. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake and Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

What a Carp! Marc Lloyd with 'The Pretty One' at 33-00 from the Cottage swim

What a Carp! Marc Lloyd with ‘The Pretty One’ at 33-00 from the Cottage swim

Marc, Emma and baby Poppy with the second  30+. A Common of 32-12

Marc, Emma and baby Poppy with the second 30+. A Common of 32-12

Marc with a rare Leather of 28-00

Marc with a rare Leather of 28-00

 

 

 

 

David Reynolds lands 9 from Cherry Lake

Long term regular guests and friends David and Julie Reynolds have been visiting this week and have taken full advantage of a quiet Cherry Lake. Staying in Grebe Lodge David managed to land 9 Carp, with 6 over twenty pounds to 28-06.

David fished the far margins, including some of Osprey’s water, using a small snowman set up. His biggest was a stunning 28-06 Mirror landed at 01.00 on Tuesday morning. As you can see it is not the best photo, but I thought it was worth including. His smallest was a 13lb beautiful Mirror. This is one of our ‘home bred and grown’ babies so I have included this as well.

David is still a little upset, as he lost his biggest Carp of the week. This was no fault of his own. During the fight the Carp picked up a broken line left by another angler. Unforgivably the weight was still on the line as it had been jammed on the swivel. This weight then got stuck in David’s top rod eye. The inevitable slackening of pressure on the line was all the Carp needed to complete it’s escape. Sorry David and very unlucky!

As David is already a member of the 30+ club, and the fact his biggest Cherry Lake Carp is such a stunner, by way of commiserating with him, I have re-run the photo of his 35-04 stunner from last year.I hope you like it.

The other lakes have all been fishing well with 20′s and plenty of fish being reported by the anglers on Cherry Springs, Cherry Mere and Cherry Pool.

We have been incurring difficulties with our Availability calendar, so for the foreseeable future we have taken it down. If you want to check availability please either e mail me on info@cherrylakes.co.uk or call 01285 869887.

We have the following availability over the next few weeks

Monday 21-25 May.  Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 28-01 June  (Whitsun week) Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 04-08 June. Heron and Osprey Lodges on Cherry Lake

Friday 08-11 June. heron and Osprey Lodges on Cherry Lake.

The Cottage is fully booked throughout June, July and August except for the week of Friday 01-04 June and Monday 04-08 June.

As always if you fancy one of these holiday breaks give us a call on 01285 869887

 

Dave Reynolds was over the moon with this stunning 35-04 Mirror from Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

He can land the thirties! Dave Reynolds was over the moon with this stunning 35-04 Mirror from Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake caught in July 2017.

David Reynolds with his biggest Carp of his latest holiday at Cherry Lakes. A 28-06 Mirror from Grebe Lodge

David Reynolds with his biggest Carp of his latest holiday at Cherry Lakes. A 28-06 Mirror from Grebe Lodge

David with one of our home grown beauties. A 13lb Cherry Lake Mirror

David with one of our home grown beauties. A 13lb Cherry Lake Mirror

 

 

 

 

James Hine’s new PB is a 34-12 Cherry Lake Common. Help please!

I am very pleased to report James Hine’s new PB is a Cherry Lake Common of 34-12, which he caught earlier today. James has been fishing in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake with his good friend Elliot Lee.

When I saw them late yesterday afternoon, the lads were in good spirits despite not having had a bite for 24 hours. With the Cherry Lake Carp cruising all over the lake in the hot-sunshine, they knew the Carp where around and were confident in their location of their baits and rigs. They just needed the Carp to feed!

Around 8pm, the Carp stopped cruising, dropped down in the water and started to feed with three Carp caught in quick succession.  James had a Mirror at 24-06 quickly followed by Elliot with  a classic looking Mirror of 23-05 (see below).

This morning things got even better for James when he landed a cracking 34-12 Common. The successful approach for all three of their fish was a boilie topped with a pink piece of corn. In doing so James has become the latest member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club and is automatically entered into the 30+ club free holiday prize draw. Well done James.

This is a very distinctive Common which I thought I recognised but cannot find in my records for 30+ Carp. It certainly did not come out at above 30lb in 2017 at least according to my records.  I would like to track the progress of this Common but I need your HELP. I would be very grateful if any of our pasts guests could let me know if they have caught this distinctively marked Common. If so when and at what weight. A photo would be great.

This is the sixth different 30lb+ Carp to be caught from Cherry Lake this year. Of these 3 were landed in 2017 as 30′s, but three of them are new 30′s including this 34-12 Common. I am of course delighted with this. If I add these 3 new 30′s just to the 17 different 30′s landed last year then we have at least 20 30′s swimming around in Cherry Lake at the moment including I suspect several above 40lb.

If you fancy a crack at these fantastic fish, including 4 Ghost carp above the magic 30lb weight, then give me a call on 01285 869887. We still have a number of vacancies in May…..

07-11 May. Heron and Osprey Lodges on Cherry Lake

14-18 May. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

18-21 May. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

21-25 May. Heron and Osprey Lodges on Cherry Lake

James Hine was very pleased with his new PB, a 34-12 Cherry Lake Common

James Hine was very pleased with his new PB, a 34-12 Cherry Lake Common

The other side of James Hine's 34-12 Common caught from Osprey Lodge

The other side of James Hine’s 34-12 Common caught from Osprey Lodge

Elliot Lee with an evening caught 23-06 Cherry Lake Mirror from Osprey Lodge

Elliot Lee with an evening caught 23-06 Cherry Lake Mirror from Osprey Lodge

 

 

 

We are celebrating our 5th Anniversary. It makes me nostalgic!

We have been celebrating our 5th birthday this weekend and were delighted on Friday to share a glass of ‘Prosecco’ with both our arriving guests as well as the Cherry Lakes team pictured below.

The last 5 years have gone amazingly quickly since we opened the original 4 Lodges (Heron, Osprey and Grebe on Cherry Lake and Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs) in May 2013. We like to think we have been successful in creating one of the UK’s premier Carp fishing holiday venues. One thing is for sure is that it would not have been possible without the support of our guests, many of whom have become regular visitors and friends to Judith, Dave and myself. We would like to thank everybody who has visited Cherry Lakes over these five years and we hope to see you all again over the next five years!

Running a small business like this would not be possible without our team here at Cherry Lakes. Our team of house keepers (Lisa, Nadia and Rhian) and our cleaners (Eco-Klean) do an amazing job of ensuring the Lodges and Cottage are always well turned out despite the fact they only have 3 hours to turn them all around on a Monday and Friday. A special thanks to Tania and Chris (not pictured) who have been our cleaners since the beginning.

Our fishery manager Dave Bowen has also been with us from the very beginning, including during a very busy 2012 when we put in place our Otter Fencing, and much of the basic infrastructure needed before we could commence building the Lodges. He is a superstar who not only loves the place as much as we do, but he also manages the business for us when we go on holiday including moving into our house and cleaning up after our dogs! Thanks so much Dave, we could not have done it without you.

Looking back over the last 5 years or so has made me feel very nostalgic. Looking back the most interesting project was the creation of Cherry Lake, So I thought I would share with you four photos to give you a snap-shot of how Cherry Lake was re-created our of an old quite heavily silted and pretty featureless gravel pit. See below

The Cherry Lakes team. From left to right...Nadia, Rhian, Lisa, Mike, Judith,Dave, Mel and Tania

The Cherry Lakes team. From left to right…Nadia, Rhian, Lisa, Mike, Judith,Dave, Mel and Tania

This first shot shows the posts for the decking on Heron Lodge. In the background you can see a recently drained Cherry Lake. The thick layers of almost liquid silt being covered by mountains of weed. The core drainage trench around the lake had already been dug. Other than this trench it was essentially flat and feature less.

The view from Heron as we start to clean up and feature Cherry Lake

The view from Heron as we start to clean up and feature Cherry Lake

We were so surprised by how much silt there was. The only way forward was to capture it all in several key areas with the added advantage of creating some great features. It was fascinating watching the machines push tonnes and tonnes of silt behind the sand/gravel bar which is largely now in the water of Grebe Lodge. The smell was horrible!

This is how we created the 'shallows' and captured tons of silt!

This is how we created the ‘shallows’ and captured tons of silt!

This shot from Osprey Lodge shows sand bar which rise some 4 feet from the normal lake bed. As you might be able to make it, the area behind is now completely full of silt. We had stopped pumping the water at this stage which was steadily returning. It is a shot which though does show the additional ‘plateau’ features which now exist in both Osprey and Grebe Lodge’s water.

The bar capturing the silt and the view from a fledgling Grebe Lodge

The bar capturing the silt and the view from a fledgling Osprey Lodge

My final shot below is a repeat view from Heron Lodge, which was taken some two weeks or so after the original one above in December 2012. The concrete platform for Heron Lodge is rather dull. What is interesting to see is how much the lake had been cleaned up and re-freshed and how many ‘fishy features had been added. Fishery manager Dave and I had great fun standing in the bottom of the lake designing our own lake. A real Carp fishers dream!

Thank you again for visiting and your interest in Cherry Lakes.

A very different view from Heron Lodge and a 'brand new' Cherry Lake

A very different view from Heron Lodge and a ‘brand new’ Cherry Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Grace shows it pays to start young!

Grandad Steve Shelley fished this week with his Grandson Jack Grace (age 6), as the Grace family spent four days in the Cottage. The Cottage was the place to be this weekend with plenty of Carp in evidence particularly from Wednesday onwards. In truth the Carp were more cruising than feeding. Steve and Jack did well to land three Carp to 24-08 as you can see from the photos below.

I will confess to being a little nervous about the thought of a 6 year old handling my ‘prized Carp’. I happened to be around when Jack, under close supervision from Steve, landed his 18lb Mirror. I have to say he did really well and handled the Carp much better than some of our adult guests. Well done to you both and we look forward to seeing the Grace family again in the future.

Four other Carp along with a couple lost were reported from Cherry Lake to 27-04. Sorry no photo of a lovely Common.

Dean Goode stayed in Pochard Lodge this week. The fishing slowed down a little on Cherry Mere this week, after the 30 Carp catch enjoyed last weekend by Keith Barrick and John Oliver (see last post). Dean worked at it and was delighted with his results. An 18lb Common was a new PB for him. He smashed this on Thursday night with a 26-08 Mirror. As you can see from the photos below he absolutely ‘loved’ this Carp! Well done Dean.

We have the following vacancies in May. As always call 01285 869887 if you fancy a trip.

Monday May 07-11 Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 14-18 May Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake. Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs.

Friday 18-21 May. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Monday 21-25 May. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Cherry Lake Cottage is also available for Monday 21-25 May due to a cancellation.

Jack Grace with an 18lb Mirror from the Cottage. Well done son!

Jack Grace with an 18lb Mirror from the Cottage. Well done son!

Grandad Steve Shelley and Grandson Jack Grace with a 24-08  Cherry Lake Mirror

Grandad Steve Shelley and Grandson Jack Grace with a 24-08 Cherry Lake Mirror

Dean Goode with his new PB. A cracking 26-08 Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Dean Goode with his new PB. A cracking 26-08 Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

'Kissy-kissy'. Dean was clearly in love with this Carp!

‘Kissy-kissy’. Dean was clearly in love with this Carp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Mere produces 30 Carp in a weekend!

A tough weekend across the complex with some freezing weather. A cold northerly adding to the cooling of the water with the Carp responding as they normally do when water temperatures suddenly fall…..they go off the feed! I keep saying it, but the forecast is good from this weekend. Hopefully Spring is really here this time.

The exception to the general slowness this weekend has been Cherry Mere, where Keith Barrick and John Oliver shared a 30 Carp bonanza including 5 over twenty pounds. I believe John just pipped Keith with a score of 16-14. He also caught four twenties including the 22lb Ghost Common pictured below. The successful tactic was to avoid the margins, which are normally productive, but to feed quite heavily with boilies (throwing stick/catapult) in the middle.

Cherry Lake was hard going given the sharp drop in temperatures and cold winds with just 4 Carp landed to 28lb and several lost. Cherry Springs was not much better with 4 Carp to regular James Hine to 17lb.

Cherry Mere has been our most productive and consistent lake throughout the winter and Spring so far. I think this is largely down to the Carp stocks, but also because the lake is very sheltered from cold winds. Cherry Mere is always worth a go.

May is looking quieter this year than last. I am sure this is down to the weather rather than our new availability calendar. We have the following currently available in May. So with the weather promising at last to pick up and if you are getting desperate for some warmer weather and to get your rods out…..give us a call on 01285 869887

Monday 07-11 May. Heron and Osprey Lodges on Cherry Lake

Monday 14-18 May. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake. Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs

Friday 18-21 May. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Monday 21-25 May. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake. Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Tony Oliver with the biggest of four twenties he landed in a weekend from Pochard Lodge. A 22-00 Ghost Common.

Tony Oliver with the biggest of four twenties he landed in a weekend from Pochard Lodge. A 22-00 Ghost Common.

Keith Barrick with a very attractive Cherry Mere Mirror of 20-00

Keith Barrick with a very attractive Cherry Mere Mirror of 20-00

 

 

 

‘The Peach’ at 29-06 and a 32lb Common

I mentioned in my last update when talking about Neil Ash’s lovely Ghost Mirror of 25-04 that Cherry Lake has a good number of Ghosties bigger than his one. In truth I was thinking about the four known 30′s rather than ‘The Peach’. Well I am delighted to report that Neil caught ‘The Peach’ on Sunday night at 29-06 from Grebe Lodge (which I think is about it’s highest ever weight). He was delighted with both this beautiful Carp as well as the fact he caught a brace of upper 20 Ghosties! Extremely well done Neil.

Lee Wright in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake has been this week’s top rod with 8 Carp including 4 over 25lb (26lb-pictured below, 27lb, 28lb and 29-04) plus a 32-05 Common being landed. There is a long story behind why I did not get to see this fish which I will not bore you about. Whilst not the best photo, it is fortunately good enough for me to recognise it as the same Common caught last May by Paul Sillence at 30-12. As a result Lee becomes the latest new member of the 30+ club and is automatically entered into the 30+ club free prize draw. Lee has done well by consistently baiting the middle of the lake.

I am also pleased to report that all of the other anglers on Cherry Lake have caught this week with a total of 13 landed so far. Of these only three have been below 20lb which I think is an excellent average weight. Dean Knott in the Cottage was very pleased with his 28-08 Mirror which he landed at 01.00 last night from the Cottage swim.

Graham Barker in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Mere was very pleased with a 26-08 Mirror he landed from Cherry Springs.

We still have some availability for May and June. If you fancy a crack at the Cherry Lake Carp please check availability on the website http://www.cherrylakes.co.uk/availability/

Neil Ash with the fabulous Ghost Mirror known as 'The Peach' at 29-06

Neil Ash with the fabulous Ghost Mirror known as ‘The Peach’ at 29-06

Lee Wright joins the 30+ club with this 32-05 Common from Osprey Lodge

Lee Wright joins the 30+ club with this 32-05 Common from Osprey Lodge

Lee Wright with a cracking 26-04 Common from Osprey Lodge. the picture was taken by fishery manager Dave Bowen

Lee Wright with a cracking 26-04 Common from Osprey Lodge. the picture was taken by fishery manager Dave Bowen

 

 

 

 

What a difference a week makes!

Unbelievable as it sounds, because I don’t often get ‘my legs out’, I have been walking around in shorts for the last couple of days. It really does feel like the height of summer here at Cherry Lakes.

A real contrast from just a week ago when Scott Saunders and his friend Elliot fished in the Cottage swim (apologies guys I should have mentioned you in my last update having done so well and sending through some great photos…..but I was away blanking in Belgium!). As you can see from the photo below the trees were virtually bare and they were well wrapped up. They did land 5 Carp including 3 x 28lbers, two Mirrors and a Common along with a two further Carp around 22lb.

This weekend the fish are spending all day cruising and enjoying the sun. We have been seeing some of the bigger Carp, several of which look very heavy. Fingers crossed some of these get landed over the next few weeks. I will be very disappointed if we do not see a good few thirties out over the next month and hopefully we will break the lake record which currently stands at 40-04. Time will tell.

Neil Ash, who is on a return visit to Cherry Lake in Grebe Lodge has had the biggest Carp so far this weekend, a Common of 27-11 which followed this stunning night caught 25-04 Ghost Mirror. I just love these ‘Ghosties’ and there about ten more Ghosties bigger than this one.

So far this weekend Keith Williams, who is on his first visit to Cherry Lake and is staying in Heron Lodge, is the top rod. He has landed 3 Carp over 20lb including Mirrors of 24-08 and 24-00. Sorry Keith no space for the photos….yet!

 

A lovely 28lb Common from the Cottage swim. What a difference a week makes!

Elliot with a lovely 28lb Common from the Cottage swim. What a difference a week makes!

Neil Ash with a 27-11 Common from Grebe Lodge. Just look how the trees have come on and the light clothing!

Neil Ash with a 27-11 Common from Grebe Lodge. Just look how the trees have come on and the light clothing!

Neil Ash with a stunning Cherry Lake Ghost Mirror of 25-04

Neil Ash with a stunning Cherry Lake Ghost Mirror of 25-04

 

 

 

 

Tom Chitson enjoys a brace of Upper Twenty Commons

A good week on Cherry Lake with the Carp now finally ‘woken up’ from their winter slumber and have gone straight into full on ‘sun-bathing’ mode. Our weather is truly mad!

A total of 12 Carp have been landed this week from Cherry Lake including 7 over 20lb’s to 29-08.

Top rod this week has been Tom Chitson who fished in the Cottage swim and has been on his first visit to Cherry Lakes.  Feeding some 5KG of the Cherry Lakes Bio-Cream boilie, he landed 5 Carp including a brace of cracking upper twenty Commons of 29-08 and 27-04. Tom was very pleased with his efforts and has promised to return next year. His partner and Mother are glad because they liked the Cottage’s hot-tub!

The hot weather of the last two days ha been great for fish spotting on all of the lakes. Walking around Cherry Pool with fishery manager Dave today, we could count well over 200 Carp. An incredible figure given you cannot see more than a foot below the surface! Cherry Springs was equally ‘black with fish’. With the weather due to change from tomorrow (Saturday) we are hoping to see some excellent catch the fish feed hard ahead of spawning.

Me….what have i been up to? I had my first venture abroad Carp fishing for a good few years. Together with my good friend Chris Hughes we visited a lake in Belgium. In short it was hard work with the Carp not really playing ball. Chris did extremely well to stalk a big thirty pounder as well as catch a Grass Carp. I did manage a 16lb Bream which is a PB! I did wonder whether this was big enough to save me from a blank?!  Judith says NO and that it is my way of showing ‘empathy’ with all of our guests who have blanked at Cherry Lakes! Well I certainly know how they all feel (and I was in a bivvy with a bad back!).

We have the following vacancies over the next few weeks if you can spare the time and want a quick holiday break. Please call 01285 869887 to book

23-27 April. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

30-04 May. Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

07-11 May. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

11-14 May. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

Tom Chitson with his biggest of 5 Cherry Lake Carp. A 29-08 Common from the Cottage swim.

Tom Chitson with his biggest of 5 Cherry Lake Carp. A 29-08 Common from the Cottage swim.

Tom Chitson with the second of his brace of upper  20's Commons. A 27-02 beauty.

Tom Chitson with the second of his brace of upper 20′s Commons. A 27-02 beauty.