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Gary Owen lands his second 35lb+ Carp from Cherry Lake

Gary Owen is one of a very few of our guests who already has in his possession both a 30+ club polo shirt as well as a 35+ hoody. Gary has been visiting this weekend and has been staying in Grebe Lodge. His patient confident style obviously ‘woos’ the Cherry Lake Carp as you can see below.

As you can see below he has started his most recent visit very well. He landed the second thirty of the year (and the first over 35lb) when he landed this fantastic Ghost Mirror of 35-09 pictured below. This is also the second Ghost Carp over 30lb this year following Leon Sprague’s Ghost Common of 32-13 which was caught last weekend. It is also Gary’s second 35lb+ Carp from Cherry Lake.

It is interesting that two of the 6-7 Ghost Carp over 30lb  in Cherry Lake have already been landed this year, when none of the other 25 Mirror and Common Carp over 30lb+ have been caught yet.  The Ghosties are clearly amongst the first of the bigger Carp to get on the feed and make a mistake. I am not very good at statistics, but I do wonder what the odds of this are…..particularly if the next 30+ is another Ghostie?

Gary also landed a 26-04 Mirror. Successful tactics has been to fish at the bottom of the shelf surrounding the ‘wall’ which creates the shallows. With a strong wind blowing down the lake into the car park end, it appears that the Carp are preferring to stay just off the shallows rather than getting on them,  Well done Gary….let’s see if you can catch any more!

I am hoping that the new Cherry Lakes website will go live sometime next week. If so, I think this is a great fish to ‘see off’ the old website. Watch this space!

If you fancy a chance of getting amongst some of these fabulous Carp, please give us a call on 01285 869887

Gary Owen with a 35-09 Ghost Mirror Carp from Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

Gary Owen with a 35-09 Ghost Mirror Carp from Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

Gary showing his first Carp was no fluke. A 26-04 Mirror from Grebe Lodge.

Gary showing his first Carp was no fluke. A 26-04 Mirror from Grebe Lodge.

 

 

Leon Sprague lands the first 30 of 2019 from Cherry Lake

I am not going to get a day job working in either Technology or Photography as it has taken me all week to work out how to use the photos which Leon Sprague sent to me last Sunday.

Those of you who follow Cherry Lakes on Facebook will have seen that Leon Sprague caught several great looking Carp last weekend including the first 30+ of the year. All I was able to post was a couple of interesting shots of the Carp in the net, one of which is included below.

Weather conditions over last weekend at Cherry Lake can best be described as wild. So much for me recently moaning about a lack of wind! Gale force winds have certainly turned the water over, with many of the Carp now clearly on the move. We have been fairly quiet on Cherry Lake as you would expect of early March which means it takes a while to build up a full picture of where the Carp are and how they are feeding.

Leon Sprague stayed in Osprey Lodge last weekend with his lovely wife Vicki on their first trip to Cherry Lake. Leon is clearly a top class angler and certainly showed me how it is done! Leon chose to fish the middle areas of the lake and spoded out a mix of hemp, sweetcorn and a few crushed boilies onto a couple of interesting features.

Leon  joined the Cherry Lake 30+ club as our 115th member and the first new one of 2019, at the first time of asking, when he caught this fantastic Ghost Common of 32-13 below. This was a PB for a Ghostie for Leon.  He also caught two other stunning Mirrors of 23lb+ and 21lb+. The pictures which were taken by his wife Vicki also show what great condition all these Carp are in and they seem to have come through the winter very well. Leon described them as all being ‘mint’. The 21lb Mirror will be a really impressive big Carp one day

The Ghost Common was caught last March by last years prize draw winner Dan Walden at 31-04. It is good to see that this Carp which I think is a male one, is up almost two pounds in weight.

Leon Sprague  with a stunning Cherry Lake Ghost Common of 32-13

Leon Sprague with a stunning Cherry Lake Ghost Common of 32-13

Leon Sprague with an impressive Cherry Lake Mirror of 21lb from Osprey Lodge

Leon Sprague with an impressive Cherry Lake Mirror of 21lb from Osprey Lodge

Leon Sprague was delighted with his 32-13 Ghost Common from Osprey Lodge

Leon Sprague was delighted with his 32-13 Ghost Common from Osprey Lodge

 

 

 

 

Martin Lee’s amazing few days on Cherry Pool

Martin Lee has been staying this week in Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool. He has been having a whale of a time (they were not actually that big!) despite the very high winds etc.

So far this week, and this is without fishing through the night, he has landed a very impressive 37 Carp to 19-05. He has also had Perch to 1-08 in between the Carp action. Personally I think this is an amazing catch given it is only mid-March and shows again what a great little lake Cherry Pool is throughout the year.

As you can see from the photos below, Martin also caught a lovely Ghost Carp of 15-06 as well as a lean looking Mirror of 19-06 in the only period of good weather all week. Well done Martin.

Regular, and good friend, Brian Hamilton has been staying in Pochard Lodge this week and has also had a hat full (possibly a reference to Brian’s dodgy head wear….what do you think?!). I think he has had around a dozen Carp including three twenties including this 25lb Mirror below. This Carp still had some of it’s winter mucus on (suggesting it had only recently ‘woken up’) and a 21-05 Mirror. Well done Brian.

We have had a late cancellation for Kingfisher Lodge this weekend 15-18 March. So if you fancy a very last minute break please call me on 01285 869887 for a great deal. First come first served.

Martin Lee with the biggest of 37 Carp! A 19-05 Mirror Carp from Cherry Pool.

Martin Lee with the biggest of 37 Carp! A 19-05 Mirror Carp from Cherry Pool.

Martin Lee with a lovely Ghost Common of 15-06 from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

Martin Lee with a lovely Ghost Common of 15-06 from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

Brian Hamilton with a very impressive Mirror of 25lb from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Brian Hamilton with a very impressive Mirror of 25lb from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Brian Hamiton with the second of three twenties. This time with a Mirror of 21-05.

Brian Hamilton with the second of three twenties. This time with a Mirror of 21-05.

 

 

 

 

Cottage springs into life!

I am relieved that the weather has changed and that we have been getting some wind and rain this weekend. I cannot remember such a long period, particularly in winter where we have had so little wind! Whilst we have enjoyed the mild record breaking days of the last couple of weeks, I am not sure the Carp in Cherry Lake have been so keen on the bright still days, cold frosty nights and misty mornings! I think (hope) the Carp are about to get going properly….although Judith keeps reminding me that it is still early in the year and I am just being impatient.

We have seen the odd Carp start to show this weekend as well as some signs of feeding…..which is a real improvement on the last 10 days. David Carter has been staying in the Cottage this weekend, braving the elements from his bivvy, and has been in the right place to take advantage of the change.So far he has had a lovely heavily scaled Mirror of 23lb as well as disappointingly losing one. With the warm south westerly wind blowing down the lake into the house bank, he is well placed to benefit from another pick up or two. I hope to be asked to take some more photos!

Talking about the Cottage, as regular followers of my updates will know, we upgraded the main bathroom during January. Judith has been regularly ‘reminding me’ that I have not published any photos of the new bathroom or indeed the kitchen which we upgraded last winter. So for a peaceful life I have included a few shots below of our recent Cottage upgrades. I don’t think though that I could get a job as an ‘estate agent’ photographer!

I am looking forwards to publishing photos of the first thirty of the year and it will be interesting to see which one it is. With 27 different Cherry Lake Carp over 30lb caught last year to choose from  I should run a sweep-stake!  Dave and I have a little side bet. My money is on ‘The Patch’ which was caught last March by Steve Shepherd (see below). I expect this time he will be over 40lb+.

David Carter was very pleased with this heavily scaled Cherry Lake Mirror of 23lb from the Cottage swim.

David Carter was very pleased with this heavily scaled Cherry Lake Mirror of 23lb from the Cottage swim.

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 caught in March 2018. What a cracking male Carp!

 

The new Cottage main bathroom.

The new Cottage main bathroom. The shower on the left is a large double size one.
The other side of the Cottage main bathroom looking from the door!

The other side of the Cottage main bathroom looking from the door!

The Cottage kitchen was upgraded in January 18.

The Cottage kitchen was upgraded in January 18.

 

 

 

 

Bethany Orr lands her PB from Cherry Springs and gets a kiss!

Bethany Orr has been fishing in Kingfisher Lodge with her partner James Rangeley this weekend, and when I saw them this morning Bethany had a particularly big smile on her face.

Whilst checking in on Friday, Judith said to Bethany that lady anglers often do well and out fish their male companions. Now given Bethany is also 6 month pregnant and was fishing with 6 foot rods, we suspected there would be some sort of alignment of the stars…and it proved to be the case.

Between them they have landed 6 Carp this weekend, with James having four of them. This morning though, in the heavy mist, Bethany caught a fabulous Mirror Carp of 25-02. A new PB! As you can see the Carp is in great condition, which evidently the same could have been said about the other ones caught. It is also good to see how well and confidently Bethany was holding the Carp and I loved the self timer ‘kissing shot’. Well done to you both.

Callum Longland has been fishing in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere this weekend. Feeding a combination of the Cherry Lakes Dairy Cream boilies and Hempseed, he has had 8 Carp so far this weekend including two of 21-08 and 20-08. The 21-08 Carp came during the night, whilst the other 20 was much more sociable putting in an appearance during the day. As you can see below this was a stunning Carp which Callum looks well pleased with. Top angling!

I have taken the opportunity to get my rods out with my good friend Chris this weekend as Cherry Lake continues to be very quiet. The first time for me in nearly two years! Whilst it is clear that the Carp are starting to move…they are enjoying the sunny afternoons. The high pressure seems to put them off. That’s my excuse as we have not yet even had a pick up!

With March just around the corner, and a few more anglers on Cherry Lake, I am looking forwards to the first 30lb+ of the year.

Bethany Orr with her new PB a 25-02 Mirror Carp from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs

Bethany Orr with her new PB a 25-02 Mirror Carp from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs

Bethany and James celebrating her new PB!

Bethany and James celebrating her new PB!

Calum Longland with a fantastic Mirror of 20-08 from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere.

Calum Longland with a fantastic Mirror of 20-08 from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere.

 

 

 

 

The Carp are waking up and are catchable!

Along with most of the south, the weather has been very mild for the last couple of weeks with several nice bright days and no hard frosts. As a result we are seeing more signs of fish activity across all our of our lakes.

Frustratingly given the weather we are not as busy as I would like, particularly on Cherry Lake, to see how active the Carp are. Sometimes fishery manager Dave has the best job in the world……as he has been paid to go fishing for a couple of days this week! He dropped into Osprey Lodge as we are quiet after saying that he had done all his jobs!.

I am pleased to say that as a result 3 Carp have seen the bottom of the landing net this week. Two of these were Carp of 23lb+ including this good looking almost fully scaled Mirror of 23-08 below. The successful tactics were small baits fished around the middle of the lake. Dave also mentioned that he thought the Carp were feeding towards the far bank area but he could not get a pick up there.

Gary Hockham returned to Pochard Lodge this week and was delighted to catch a new PB, a lovely Mirror of 27-08. I got a call on Wednesday from Dave telling me about this fish which Dave said was stunning and in great condition. Dave also said that he weighed the Carp himself. She certainly looks good in her winter colours.

It is sometimes hard to judge weights of Carp from photos, often the way they are held can make a big difference. It is interesting to compare the two photos below. Dave’s fish looks bigger because he is holding the Carp in a ‘classic pose’ style, whilst Gary is holding it close to his body. The weights though are correct.

If you fancy getting your rods out for a late break or want to book  a holiday for later in the year, please give us a call on 01285 869887

Dave with a 23-08 Mirror Carp from Cherry Lake. He has the best job in the world!

Dave with a 23-08 Mirror Carp from Cherry Lake. He has the best job in the world!

Gary Hockham with his new PB. A 27-08 from Cherry Mere

Gary Hockham with his new PB. A 27-08 from Cherry Mere

 

Cherry Springs wakes up for Mark Hoggins

Mark Hoggins has been on his first visit to Cherry Lakes this weekend with his partner Jemma Griffiths. Mark and Jemma have been staying in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Mere

Mark has been sensibly fishing with small baits including maggots. He has caught a Tench of 2-3lb, some Perch as well as three nice Carp to date. The biggest being a good looking Common of 19-07. A fair result given that Mark has been enjoying the weekend break and has not been fishing all of the time.

As you can see from the pictures below the Carp look good in their winter colours. I particularly like the vivid colours of the smaller Common. It is good to see that the fish in this lake are now moving and have become catchable again after a winter shut down.

With only one guest fishing on Cherry Lake, and with just a few ‘bleeps’ reported, it is difficult to tell how much the Carp are moving. My feeling is that they are increasingly catchable. If you fancy a last minute break to see if you can catch one from Cherry Lake then give me a call on 01285 869887. With over 30 Carp over 30lb’s and probably three over 40lbs, plus our lovely warm Lodges…the ultimate winter bivvies….. it has got to be worth a go!

Mark Hoggins with the biggest Carp of his visit. A good looking Common of 19-07

Mark Hoggins with the biggest Carp of his visit. A good looking Common of 19-07

Mark with a heavily scaled Mirror of 16-06 from Cherry Springs

Mark with a heavily scaled Mirror of 16-06 from Cherry Springs

A very pretty Common of 9-04 in it's winter colours

A very pretty Common of 9-04 in it’s winter colours

The ‘curse’ of the non-angling guest’

We are back……. and apologies for the radio silence over the last few weeks. Thanks to everyone who booked whilst we were away and had to wait for confirmations etc….normal service has now resumed!

We have been away on an extended holiday to Vietnam (highly recommended) and Thailand (principally a beach break with a couple of days fishing thrown in!).

This year we were joined on our trip by our good friends Karl and Liz Little. I persuaded Karl, who is a non-fisherman to join me on one of my days at Top Cats in Koi Samui. Now one of my fishing goals is to catch a Siamese Carp over 100lb. In the past I have caught them to around the 80lb mark, but never one over 100lb. Now I bet you can already sense what is coming……

As you would expect we took turns on the rods with Karl starting. He was off the mark within minutes with a Siamese Carp of around 55lb and predictably he was over the moon. Unusually, and this was the first time in over 8 visits to Thailand, I developed a stomach problem. It was my turn on the rods, when I had to answer an urgent call of nature. Of course the inevitable happened, one of the rods roared off, and I returned to find Karl playing a good fish. Long story short, Karl landed a Siamese Carp for which he was given a weight of 100lb. I was unsure whether to be very pleased for him….or bitter that was my fish! As you can see he was very pleased…..and so was I for him! My friend Chris describes this outcome as being almost inevitable and calls it the ‘curse of the non-angling guest’!

I caught a lot of Carp, between 30-60lb and the fishing was mad and exciting as always. I did manage a new species for me. The pretty fish below is strangely named as a a ‘Black Shark Minnow’.

Our holiday was well timed in that we missed some horrible cold weather and a lot of snow in the UK. As a result I do not have a lots of photos of winter Carp to share with you. The smaller lakes of Cherry Mere and Cherry Pool have produced, with both Cherry Lake and Springs switching off with the weather. I hope you like fishery manager Dave’s artistic photo of Pochard Lodge in the snow!

With the weather now warmer, wetter and windy, coupled with the days getting longer, I would expect the Carp to be getting a bit more active and starting to feed on most days. If you are itching to go fishing, I think it will be increasingly worth your while over the next few weeks. If you do, please call 01285 869887 as we have plenty of vacancies.

Karl Little with a Siamese Carp of 100lb. Well done and not bad for a non-angler!

Karl Little with a Siamese Carp of 100lb. Well done and not bad for a non-angler!

A new specie for me...'Black Shark Minnow'!

A new specie for me…’Black Shark Minnow’!

An artistic shot of Pochard Lodge in the snow. The aerators did their job in keeping much of the ice away!

An artistic shot of Pochard Lodge in the snow. The aerators did their job in keeping much of the ice away!

 

 

 

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