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New Kingfisher and Cottage swims

As promised I thought I would share with you some photos showing the fruits of our labour on the new Cottage swim  and Kingfisher’s fishing platform.

The Cottage swim is the only swim across the Cherry Lake complex where guests  require bivvies. It has become increasingly apparent that the previous barked area was not big enough, as some of the mega two man continental style bivvies, seemed to overlap in several directions….and that was before two people with big bivvies want to share the swim.

In response, as I hope you can see by the photo where the picnic bench might give an idea of scale, we have over doubled the bivvy area. This way two anglers should be able to more comfortably put up their individual bivvies as well as some of the monsters fitting in! It will be interesting to see what our guests think when the Cottage re-opens in February. It is currently closed because we are replacing and upgrading the main Cottage bathroom during January.

An even bigger job was re-building Kingfisher’s fishing platform. The final job this week was to finish off the front of the fishing platform. As you can see we have enlarged the fishing area with the elliptical shape. This enlargement and shape means that when feasible three anglers could comfortably fish from this deck. As you can see fishery manager Dave is very pleased with the result. After a break of nearly two months Kingfisher Lodge and Cherry Mere is open for business again!

As you can see in the background we have had to do a lot of tree work. Over the next month we will be planting some 20 new small trees and about 100 shrubs. The aim is to make the opposite river bank a variety of colour and beautiful to look at throughout the year.

The last major job outstanding is the new website. Given I am snowed under with other things at the moment, I will be surprised if we go live before Easter. Watch this space!

Our bookings for the year ahead are going well. We are again ahead of the same time last year. So if you are thinking of booking, please let as know as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! Please e-mail us at info@cherrylakes.co.uk if you want to check dates or call on 01285 869887.

The new Cottage swim is seriously bigger and more comfortable!

The new Cottage swim is seriously bigger and more comfortable!

The new Kingfisher fishing platform. Fishery manager Dave is well pleased with his work!

The new Kingfisher fishing platform. Fishery manager Dave is well pleased with his work!

 

 

Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs re-opens 11 January

Happy New Year from us all here at Cherry Lakes. We hope 2019 is a happy and  healthy year for you and your family….and you also catch a lot of Carp!

One more week and we should have finished all of our heavy work around the fishery.

The fishing platform for Kingfisher Lodge has been re-built and will be finished early next week…..meaning the Lodge and Cherry Springs re-opens next Friday 11 January. This is one week earlier than planned. Given the lake has been closed since late November it will be interesting to see how the lake fishes.

The Cottage swim has been seriously enlarged. Even the biggest bivvies can now fit in. The Cottage though is closed throughout January because we are replacing the main bathroom, so it will be a few weeks before I can share with you an ‘action shot’ of the new swim.

We also have our last two days of tree work next week. We will finish off the major surgery which has been required on Cherry Springs as well as tidying up on Cherry Lake and Cherry Mere. As you can imagine we (and I really mean Dave!) are looking forwards to a rest!

Shaun Fursland and his friend Shane Collard and their respective partners spent the new year period in Pochard Lodge. I know they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very complimentary about Cherry Lakes. They caught steadily throughout their time on Cherry Springs. I think they managed 16 Carp to 21lb. Well done.

Regular George Oakham and his wife Sue stayed in Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool, and whilst he did not catch any monsters (I think 15lb was the biggest) he caught some 3-8 fish per day….which I thought was a very good return. Apologies but no photos to share.

Now that we have comfortably left the winter solstice behind us, it will not be too long before the Cherry Lake Carp get on the feed. In past years some good Carp have been caught in January and February as the fish respond to the increasing light intensity. With the heated Lodges and low prices, a winter trip can be really worthwhile. To whet your appetite I have selected several photos from last winter (which with the ‘Beast from the East’ and all the snow was a cold one), As you can see the Cherry Springs and Cherry Mere Carp are equally attractive in their winter colours as the Cherry Lake Carp!

As always if you fancy a trip to Cherry Lakes either at short notice or as your summer holiday please call us on 01285 869887 to book.

Happy New Year.

Bill Osbourne with the first fish from Cherry Lake in 2018. A PB 30-08 Common.

Bill Osbourne with the first fish from Cherry Lake in January 2018. A PB 30-08 Common.

Michael Quinton with a delightful Mirror Carp of 26-02 from Cherry Springs.

Michael Quinton with a delightful Mirror Carp of 26-02 from Cherry Springs. January 2018

Drew Beardmore with his biggest of his stay. An impressive Cherry Mere Mirror of 21-03

Drew Beardmore with his biggest of his stay. An impressive Cherry Mere Mirror of 21-03. Feb 2018

 

 

 

 

Karper Vlog @ Cherry Lakes

We hope you had a good Christmas. Personally I eat too much (again) and already I cannot fit into the new clothes that were bought for me for Christmas! Guess what my new year’s resolution is….(again!).

I am very pleased to attach a video blog which Chris Madden from KARPER sent to me just before Christmas. As you can see Chris stayed in the Cottage swim in September with his friend Ben. Whilst the fishing was a little tough and the lake very  atmospheric, Chris did manage to join the 30+ club with a real cracker. Their wives also enjoyed the Cottage’s hot tub.

Given that we are in the depths of winter it is really nice to see how Cherry Lakes looked in the green of summer! See for yourself by clicking on the video below.

Happy New Year.

 

Happy Christmas and a new Kingfisher platform!

Adam Bowyer getting into the Christmas spirit in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Adam Bowyer getting into the Christmas spirit in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly we would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a happy healthy 2019. I hope you like my favourite seasonal photos (inevitably taken in the snow last year) of Adam Bowyer above on Pochard Lodge (he went onto catch several ‘Snow-Carp) with a very festive jumper; and our Dogs Darwin and Preston below by the Christmas Tree (actually a Wellingtonia) on Cherry Lake. I hope you like them.

We have several Lodges on Cherry Lake unusually available for the period from 28 December over the new year period. So if you fancy getting out of the house and some nice clean country air…..give us a call on 01285 869887

Just to show you that the life of a fishery owner is not all glamour and that fisheries do not look after themselves, I thought I would share with you some of the work we have been doing whilst it has been quiet on the guest front.

Most of our time and heavy work has been spent on Cherry Springs. During the autumn, we noticed that the main fishing area in front of Kingfisher Lodge had been  undermined, with the concrete pad on which the astro-turf sits, literally ‘hovering’ in mid-air above the water. This was potentially dangerous, hence the need to shut the lake during November (for approx 8 weeks into mid-January) to undertake the necessary remedial work..

In order to do the work properly we had to lower the water level by approx 2-3 feet. This allowed us to remove part of the old concrete pad, and put in place some 10 Gabions which now form the front rim of the Kingfisher fishing area. This was hard work for the three guys including Dave as we had to fill these Gabions manually as we could not get a digger etc close. ‘Unfortunately my bad back’ made an appearance and all I could do was watch!

As we need these Gabions to settle properly before finishing them and concreting over the top, we have not quite finished yet as you can see in the picture below. It is amazing to think the bottom of these Gabions were fully exposed less than 10 days ago. Since then the water level has already recovered by about a foot. It is not called Cherry Springs for nothing!

With the water level down so low, we had an opportunity to inspect all the banks. What a shock it was to see how much many of the trees opposite the Lodge have also become badly under-mined by bank erosion. Fortunately we rarely get strong north winds, because if we did we would have no doubt have one of these in the lake. To eliminate this risk, we have had to undertake a lot more tree work than anticipated. We will also be planting a lot of scrubs early in the new year as a result!

The new front of Kingfisher Lodge. The water has returned so quickly.

The new front of Kingfisher Lodge. The water has returned so quickly.

Still lots more to do!

Still lots more to do!

Darwin and Preston also getting in the Christmas spirit!

Darwin and Preston also getting in the Christmas spirit!

 

 

Ken O’Connor lands his 6th Cherry Lake 30lb+. A 31-00 winter Common.

As I mentioned in my last update we have had very few guests over the last few weeks. A real shame as the Carp have been seen moving on Cherry Lake as well as the smaller lakes. It has been a good time though to get on with the ‘heavy lifting jobs, principally tree work, bank restoration and swim building. I would say we are over half way through this work which is good news and on track to finish all of this by the end of January. This also includes a brand new main bathroom in the Cottage.

At last some current catches to talk about, with two good fish having been caught over the last 24 hours.

Ken O’Connor and his wife Rosemary  have been coming regularly as guests over the last 5 years or so. Up to this trip, he has previously caught 5 different 30lb+ Carp. He has caught as many as 20 Carp in one visit as well as suffering his share of blanks! Earlier this afternoon, Ken landed another 30lb Carp, his sixth from Cherry Lake, this time with a stunning winter Common of 31lb. He used small baits and took advantage of an empty Cottage swim by fishing towards the house from Heron Lodge. Top angling! I have included below pictures of both this Common and Ken’s 32lb Mirror from the summer.

This Carp obviously likes feeding in the winter. As far as I can tell, this Common has not been caught since early January when she was caught by Bill Osbourne at 30-08. Perhaps it is shy and only feeds when the other Carp are less active?

Steve Bell has been on his first visit to Cherry Lakes for three years this weekend and decided to stay in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. He was quickly off the mark with two Carp in the early hours including this 26lb Mirror.

Well done to both Steve and Ken. As they say ‘you have to be in it….to win it’ and ‘you can’t catch anything with your rods hung-up’.

If you fancy your chances give us a call on 01285 869887

Ken O'Connor with his sixth Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake. This time a stunning 31-00 Common from Heron Lodge.

Ken O’Connor with his sixth Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake. This time a stunning 31-00 Common from Heron Lodge.

Ken O Conner with his fifth Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake. This time it is a 32-08 Mirror from Heron Lodge.

Ken O Conner with his fifth Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake. This time it is a 32-08 Mirror from Heron Lodge.

Steve Bell with a well earned 26lb Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Steve Bell with a well earned 26lb Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

 

 

  

Cherry Lake Thirties Report and prize draw winner.

We have been celebrating our 5th Anniversary this year since the opening of the Cherry Lake Lodges in May 2103. As regular followers of these updates are aware, we have run two free prize draws this year as part of our 5 year celebrations.

The first prize draw was made at the end of September and was for every guest who had visited between January and September 2108. Paul Jennings was the lucky winner and he has already claimed his prize and visited!

We have also been running a second prize draw for the whole of 2018, this time every angler who caught a thirty pound plus Carp was included. Given we are now very quiet until the end of the year, we have decided to close this ‘draw competition’ a month early.

Now before I reveal the lucky winner, first some facts. As far as I can tell, from looking back through the Carp reported to me, the following points are accurate…..

In total 51 Carp over 30lb were caught, weighed and photographed Of these 50 were caught from Cherry Lake plus Steve Keen’s 30-12 Mirror from Cherry Springs in October

A total of 40 different anglers shared these 51 Carp. Many of these were PB’s. Steve Shepherd was the ‘top 30′s rod’ with 4 caught over two visits.

Of these 51 Carp, 28 different Carp over 30lb can be positively identified. Of these captures 11 were over 35lb!

The new Cherry Lake record of 44lb Mirror, was landed by Paul Mitchell in October.(See picture below)

The biggest Common landed was by Steve Shepherd at 38-12 (pictured below)

Five different Ghost Carp over 30lb including the biggest a 37-12 Ghost Mirror also to Steve Shepherd (pictured below)

The long hot summer, coupled with our on-going feeding programme, was clearly a good one for the Carp. The weights of most of the Carp were all significantly up. As well as the bigger Carp doing well we have seen some excellent growth from the ‘smaller twenties’ and expect many of these to continue to grow well in 2019.

Currently we think we have some 35 Carp in Cherry Lake over 30lb, of which we think at least 3 are over 40lb. The best chance of catching one of these Carp, or indeed some of the other bigger thirties, above 40lb+ will be in the January to May period as they build up to spawn.

Next year, we will be offering a free break at Cherry Lake for anyone who catches a 40lb Carp which has been weighed and photographed by ourselves. You never know…..it could be you!

I am delighted to confirm that Dan Walden, who caught a 31-08 Ghost Common during his visit to Cherry Lake last April (see photo below), is the lucky winner of this year’s ‘thirties’ prize draw. Well done Dan we look forward to seeing you back at Cherry Lakes soon.

Dan Walden with a magnificent 31-04 Ghost Common from Osprey Lodge. This year's winner of the Cherry Lakes 30's free prize draw'.

Dan Walden with a magnificent 31-04 Ghost Common from Osprey Lodge. This year’s winner of the Cherry Lakes 30′s free prize draw’.

Paul Mitchell was 'over the moon' with his new PB and Cherry Lake record. A 44lb monster Mirror Carp.

Paul Mitchell was ‘over the moon’ with his new PB and Cherry Lake record. A 44lb monster Mirror Carp.

Steve Shepherd with the new Cherry Lake record Ghost Carp. a stunner of 37-12

Steve Shepherd with the new Cherry Lake record Ghost Carp. a stunner of 37-12

Steve Shepherd with his new PB. The Patch at 38-12. What a cracking male Carp!

Steve Shepherd with his new PB. The Patch at 38-12. What a cracking male Carp!

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Bowyer keeps catching in the winter.

We have been very quiet her at Cherry Lakes since my last update. The combination of very few anglers and the poor conditions means I have little to update you on……..other than Adam Bowyers recent trip.

One of Adam Bowyer’s claims to fame is that he is one of a very select band of Carp Anglers who has caught a Carp in the snow…..or ‘Snow Carp’ if you prefer. Some of you may recollect that Adam had a successful trip to Pochard Lodge last December when he caught this 18-08 Mirror ‘Snow Carp’ from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere last December. See below.

Adam has just finished a return visit last weekend to Pochard Lodge. Despite arriving in the last of the recent period of cold weather and high pressure, Adam managed to catch 5 Carp including the 20-04 Mirror below. I always like family shots, so I have included one of Adam and  Tanya with their new baby Rosie…….along with one of our home grown babies, a lovely Mirror of around 7lb.

With the weather changing and set for a period of low pressure and warm winds, It is disappointing that we are so quiet over the next couple of weeks. Even if you don’t fancy the more challenging  Cherry Lake, Cherry Mere (Pochard Lodge) and Cherry Pool (Egret Lodge) can normally be relied on to give anglers a chance of a winter Carp or two. So if you fancy a late break at Cherry Lakes please give us a call on 01285 869887

Adam and Tanya Bowyer with their baby Rosie and with one of ours!

Adam and Tanya Bowyer with their baby Rosie and with one of ours!

Adam Bowyer with a great trophy shot. An 18-08 Mirror in the snow!

Adam Bowyer with a great trophy shot. An 18-08 Mirror in the snow!

Adam with the biggest of 5 Carp, a 20-04 Cherry Mere Mirror

Adam with the biggest of 5 Carp, a 20-04 Cherry Mere Mirror

 

 

Several nice surprises!

We have been away for the last few of weeks and hence the absence of any news from Cherry Lakes. The change of the seasons has been very marked to our eyes . The trees still had most of their leaves when we left and the primary colour around the lakes was green. The trees have now largely lost all of their leaves with the primary colour shifting to brown/yellow as everything else like the leaves and reeds are dying off.

The fishing on Cherry Lake has slowed up considerably as a result of several hard frosts around the end of October. The biggest Carp over the period was a 29lb Mirror. A young fast growing an attractive Mirror according to Dave (sorry no photo). It feels like we are entering the early part of winter, where fishing is often at it’s slowest. The Carp are still catchable but it is slow growing. Small baits are often the key.

We will continue to feed regularly with boilies in the run up to Christmas. The best way to keep the Carp feeding at this time of the year is to ensure bait continues to be introduced regularly. Given that the number of anglers visiting is low, we want to ensure the Carp have access to a regular supply of bait and there is something available for them when they do want to feed. We have plenty of vacancies if you fancy a challenge as well as some fresh Gloucestershire air! Call me on the usual number 01285 868887 if you fancy a short break.

As I have said before , I think the Lodges really do excel when it comes to winter Carp fishing. My ‘hard core’ fishing days, where you have to lie on a bedchair in a bivvy for the 15-16 hours of darkness (not forgetting most of the daylight hours when it is too cold/wet to be outside) and cold, are now behind me. The Lodges eliminate the long hours of boredom and are supremely comfortable. My idea of sensible winter fishing! With only a few anglers booked on over the coming weeks I might even get my own rods out!

Personally, and particularly this side of mid-January, I think the small exclusive lakes are much better choices than Cherry Lake for all but the most committed big Carp angler. The higher stocking density and smaller lake sizes mean that your baits are never too far from Carp. The higher stocking density also means that they have to compete to feed, even in the depths of winter. Hence you have a good chance of action on these lakes almost regardless of the weather.

Over the last few weeks the smaller lakes have been the most productive, with anglers reporting some good catches. Graham Dixon on his first visit to Cherry Lakes caught 8 Carp to 29lb, including this 22-08 Mirror below from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere despite the frost.  Joshua Rose followed this up a week later with a number of good Cherry Mere Carp including this stunner of 24-06 below.

We also had two very unusual catches whilst we were away. Our good friends and regular guests Malcolm and Sylvia Williams stayed in Egret Lodge in early November and caught 20+ Carp during their stay including this Koi Carp below of 20lb. This is one of a small number of Koi’s in Cherry Pool which are often seen but rarely caught. Indeed I have not seen this one on the bank before. Well done Malcolm.

Even more amazing to Dave and I, was Flavio De Jesus’s catch from Grebe Lodge. A very long 25lb Pike snatched his boilie when he was reeling his bait in. Before this capture I would have sworn that there were no Pike in Cherry Lake. We have not seen this Pike in the water, we did not find any Pike when the lake was drained in 2012 and we have not stocked any? So I am at a loss to explain it’s presence. Regardless, and as Pike do, it has thrived on neglect as well as a diet of Perch and possibly some small Carp. Well done Flavio!

Malcolm Williams a 20lb Koi Carp from Cherrry Pool making a rare visit to the bank.

Malcolm Williams a 20lb Koi Carp from Cherrry Pool making a rare visit to the bank.

Flavio with a big surprise! A 25lb unknown Cherry Lake Pike

Flavio with a big surprise! A 25lb unknown Cherry Lake Pike

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Rose with an attractive Cherry Mere Carp of 24-06

Joshua Rose with an attractive Cherry Mere Carp of 24-06

Graham Dixon with a 22-06 Mirror from Cherry Mere

Graham Dixon with a 22-06 Mirror from Cherry Mere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Keen smashes the Cherry Springs lake record with a 30-12 Mirror

I am absolutely delighted to report that regular guest Steve Keen has just smashed the Cherry Springs lake record. Shortly after dark tonight he landed a 30-12 Mirror.

The fishing has been very painful across all the lakes this week with the continuing high pressure and cool nights putting the Carp off. As I have mentioned before, it is often the bigger Carp that get caught when conditions are slow. Steve has certainly proved this point today.

As well as landing his record breaker, he ha also landed a very attractive Mirror Carp of 24-02. A cracking brace at anytime, and certainly when the other lakes are fishing poorly. The successful bait was our Dairy Cream boilies fished over a good scattering of boilies which had been fired out using a throwing stick. Excellent angling and extremely well done Steve.

Steve becomes the 114th member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club and the first angler to land a properly weighed (I did it myself!) Carp over 30lb from Cherry Springs.

Cherry Springs, which can be a little moody at times through the summer months, is normally a good water to fish in difficult conditions because it is heavily stocked with some 400+ Carp in around 1.5 acres. It is generally a reliable winter water and is always worth a go. Some past guests have even caught from Cherry Springs when half of the lake is frozen!

Given our lakeside Lodges are the best ‘bivvies’ in the world, why not give Kingfisher Lodge, or indeed any of our other Lodges, a go this winter?

Steve Keen with his new Cherry Springs lake record, a 30-12 Mirror from Kingfisher Lodge

Steve Keen with his new Cherry Springs lake record, a 30-12 Mirror from Kingfisher Lodge

Steve Keen with a stunning Cherry Springs Mirror of 24-02

Steve Keen with a stunning Cherry Springs Mirror of 24-02

 

 

 

Neil Rowe lands 6 from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

The difficult conditions continue. Personally I am sick of the almost continuous run of high pressure which we have experiencing for months. We really could do with some proper rain with the lakes being very low and the River Churn barely flowing. If we have a dry winter we could have a real problem next year. Currently the high pressure is making life difficult for our current guests. Still bright days and cold clear nights are always a challenge especially as we get well into autumn.

This weekend the smaller lakes all produced some fish to our guests, albeit in smaller numbers than would normally be expected. Top rod on these lakes this weekend was Neil Rowe, who fished on Cherry Mere from Pochard Lodge with Stephen Hayes. Neil had 6 Carp to 23lb including these beautiful Mirror and Ghost Common Carp below. Indeed Neil’s Ghostie looks more like a Goldfish! Stephen interestingly also had an attractive Ghost Common of 16lb. Despite the conditions Neil’s successful tactic was to bait heavily with Cell boilies using a throwing stick to spread it around.

Cherry Lake was typically slow given the conditions with two Carp landed, and frustratingly two Carp lost, including this very good looking and  great shaped Mirror of 26-08 to Howard Carter fishing from the Cottage.

Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere remains available for a last minute booking for this weekend 26-29 October and Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake is available for the weekends of 02-05 and 09-12 November. Please call 01285 869887 if you are interested.

Howard Carter with the weekend's biggest Carp from Cherry Lake. A stunning Mirror of 26-08

Howard Carter with the weekend’s biggest Carp from Cherry Lake. A stunning Mirror of 26-08

Neil Rowe with a beautiful Mirror Carp from Cherry Mere

Neil Rowe with a beautiful Mirror Carp from Cherry Mere

This 14-04 Ghost Common caught by Neil Rowe from Cherry Mere looks more like a Goldfish!

This 14-04 Ghost Common caught by Neil Rowe from Cherry Mere looks more like a Goldfish!

Stephen Hayes with a Ghost Common of 16-00 from Cherry Mere

Stephen Hayes with a Ghost Common of 16-00 from Cherry Mere