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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

 

 

 

Larry Jackson lands a 31-08 Common from Grebe Lodge

The star this week on Cherry Lake has been Larry Jackson who has been fishing in Grebe Lodge. Larry has worked hard on his first visit to Cherry Lakes and has manged to catch two Carp so far in generally very slow conditions.  A 21-12 Mirror followed by this 31-08 Common pictured below.

Larry caught first night close to the marginal trees and similar to the other anglers on the lake struggled to get a bite.  Last night he changed tactics. He found a small mound just short of the bank, an area which I doubt gets fished much.  Larry baited with pellets and broken Cherry Lake Dairy Cream boilies with a small Dairy Cream wafter over it. An approach which I think is spot on given the current challenging feeding conditions.

At 03.30 last night his rod roared off. The Carp fought well and was safely netted by partner Wendy. The Common Carp went 31-08 on the scales with Larry becoming the 113th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club. Well done Larry.

I was disappointed not to see this Carp, particularly as the photos do not allow full comparison with the other 30+ Commons caught during this year. I think it is a new 30, but cannot tell so I will not add it to the count.

Unusually we have a vacancy in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere for next weekend, Friday 26-29 October. This is our biggest Lodge with two double bedrooms, whilst Cherry Mere has lots of beautiful Carp to 30lb. So if you fancy a late break, please give us a call on 01285 869887

Our next vacancies on Cherry Lake is for Osprey Lodge for the weekends of 02-05 and 09-12 November.Again, please call if you are interested.

Larry Jackson with a 31-08 Cherry Lake Common from Grebe Lodge

Larry Jackson with a 31-08 Cherry Lake Common from Grebe Lodge

Paul Mitchell smashes the Cherry Lake record with a 44lb Mirror Carp

I know it’s an old football cliche…….but we really are over the moon! Why?…..Read on and you’ll see!

The fishing on Cherry Lake has been slowish for several weeks, with the Carp being caught principally being the bigger ones. Last week the lake was for several days quite dead, but with the warm strong southerly I distinctly remember saying to both Paul Mitchell and Malcolm Stone, before I left for a long weekend away with Judith, that the conditions were perfect and it could only be a matter of time before the increasingly active Carp started to feed.

I will start with Malcolm Stone, who has become the 112th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club when he caught a 33-08 Mirror Carp from Heron Lodge, pictured below. This Carp was last caught by Terry Lambert in August at 31-08 and has managed to put on 2lb’s in a couple of months. Well done Malcolm. However as Malcolm knows the real story belongs to Paul Mitchell.

Luckily for me, I needed to nip into Cirencester for 30 minutes before hitting the motorways for our trip away. Literally just as we were leaving Cirencester, I got a call from fishery manager Dave asking me how far had we got? Why I asked? Well Paul Mitchell has just landed an absolute ‘pig’ of a Carp and it weighs 44lb! It is hard to do a handbrake turn in an automatic, and as you can imagine we did and we were soon back at Cherry Lake!

In landing this Carp, Paul smashed the Cherry Lake record which was previously held by a Common of 40-04. He also set a new PB for himself. Regular followers of these updates will recollect that I have been saying that the Carp are all up significantly in weight (so far this year 27 different Carp have been caught over 30lbs) and that we suspected that some of the bigger 30′s could well break the 40lb barrier. I did not imagine however that this Carp (which was weighed by Dave Bowen) would break it so convincingly. I am sure you will understand why Judith, Dave and I were on cloud nine with Paul!

This Carp, which has been named ‘Dick’ (see the e mail received from Paul Mitchell below for explanation), was last out in May at 39-02 when she was caught by Malcolm Dix. She was also caught last October at 39lb. Big fish can put on weight relatively quickly as they have the frames to carry it. I do however think that 5lb is a big weight gain and can be put down to the long hot summer and high water temperatures as well as to our on-going feeding programme. If some of our other bigger thirties have gained a similar amount to ‘Dick’ (5lb or 12%+ if you prefer), then we estimate we have at least three other Carp over 40lb+ in Cherry Lake at the current time. It would be great to see one or two of these landed over the winter.

We receive d a lovely e mail from Paul, which with his permission I have largely included below.

”Mike, Judith and Dave

What a stay. Your venue only keeps on getting better. As you can understand I am  on cloud nine and this will keep me going till at least our next visit .

The fish, well I still cannot believe it …..44 lbs. Sorry mike I may have got it wrong, autumn is definitely a good time of year now!

The fish showed a few hours before capture  so I put out a CC Moore live system 18mm boilie topped with a piece of fake pink corn, and this certainly did the trick. It was unbelievably the last boilie in the bag after I had crumbed about a dozen into the bait boat, along with your own boilies as crumb and whole and a few handfuls of pellet.

The take was slow and steamed off steadily. The fight was not very long really about 10 mins but I knew It was big when I tried to turn it. When I saw the tail I was speechless and all I could think is how am I going to land it, but I did. When I put it into the sling I knew it was much bigger than my last 30 but did not expect the scales to settle at 44lbs when Dave kindly weighed it for me on your scales. When Dave weighed the mirror I think he did the same as me and had to check the scales.

My only thought was about Dick Walker and his 44lb record which  stood for 28 years , I was bought up reading about this man, I did not realise until checking when I got home that he would have been 100 years old this year.Please name that fish Dick. So apt. 

Cherry Lakes in the 2 years I have been coming has to me got better and better and I do not think it will be long before this 44lb record will  be broken, all the fish seem to be growing well and fast. How long before we see a fifty?????

Many thanks for all the efforts you all put in to make this holiday venue a dream, you are all so friendly and it is so private, Cherry Lakes is a credit to you all.” Paul and Wendy.

Thank you Paul for your kind words which are much appreciated. Now whilst I do not normally like naming fish, given this fish is the new lake record holder and the symmetry with Dick Walkers 44lb record and his 100th birthday….then I don’t see how we could say no. So ‘Dick’ it is.

I am not convinced the photos really capture how big this Carp is. Certainly when I first looked down on her in the retainer, her shoulders were as wide a s a Dolphins!  She was truely awesome to see in the flesh and worth the hand-break turn!

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 called ‘Dick’.

Malcolm Stone became the 111th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club when he landed this 33-08 Mirror from Heron Lodge

Malcolm Stone became the 112th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club when he landed this 33-08 Mirror from Heron Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Shepherd finishes with three 30lb+ Carp

The fishing has continued to be below par over the last week or so across all of our lakes. The combination of high pressure and falling temperatures resulting in the Carp playing harder to catch than normal.

As normal, Carp continue to be caught on our smaller exclusive lakes. The best return this weekend being from Mark Swaite who stayed in Pochard Lodge. From memory he landed 12 Carp, including three over 20lb’s. He had most success by feeding boilies extensively around the middle part of the lake and on Sunday manged six. Sorry but I do not have any photos of Mark’s fish. I have however included a Cherry Mere photo below. This one was sent to me by Sandra Pike showing her son’s new PB which was caught at the end of September. Andrew was delighted with his 21-04 Common.

Cherry Lake was very quiet this weekend with only one Carp being landed. A lovely fully scaled Mirror of 18lb to Steve Shepherd in Heron Lodge. Following his amazing exploits last Tuesday (a 37-12 Ghost Mirror, a 31-04 Mirror and a 29-06 Common- see my last update for full details), Steve did manage one other fish. On Thursday he landed his third 30+ of his trip when he landed this 33-04 Common below. I think this Common was last out in May at a similar weight.

In catching his third Carp over 30lb’s in one trip, Steve joins a very exclusive group of anglers who have landed 3 x 30+ Carp in one go. Well done Steve. His wife Helen reminded me that Steve has now got four chances of being ‘pulled out of the hat’, when we do the prize draw for a free holiday break for all those anglers that have caught a Cherry Lakes 30+ in 2018. This prize draw will take place  just before Christmas.

Regular followers of these updates will recollect that we said we would run two prize draws to celebrate Cherry Lakes 5th anniversary. We have also just undertaken the prize draw for all the guests who visited Cherry Lakes during 2018 up to the end of September. I am pleased to confirm that Paul Jennings was the winner of this draw and will be visiting us in November to ‘claim his prize’!

Steve Shepherd with the third thirty of his trip. A 33-04 Common.

Steve Shepherd with the third thirty of his trip. A 33-04 Common.

Andrew Pike with his 21-04 PB Common from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Lake

Andrew Pike with his 21-04 PB Common from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Lake

 

 

Steve Shepherd smashes the Cherry Lake Ghost Carp record

Steve Shepherd and his lovely wife Helen returned to Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake for their second visit of the year yesterday (Monday), and he quickly picked up where he left off earlier in the year.

In March, Steve managed three Carp including ‘The Patch’ at 38-12 pictured below. In catching this Common (which has not been caught since) he smashed his PB by 10lb and claimed his 35+ club Hoody. In fact when he turned up on Monday he was wearing his Hoody with pride. This was obviously noticed by the Cherry Lake Carp because they have really performed for him during the first 24 hours of his stay!

Steve decided to concentrate on a couple of clear spots around the middle of the lake. Interesting these spots were still as clear as they had been in March. He baited these areas and fished pop-ups over them. This shows the value of writing down distances (number of wraps and line) in a fishing book.I need to because I don’t seem to be able to remember anything these days!.

His first Carp came at 02.00 this morning and was a Common of 29-06. This was followed at first light by a chunky Mirror of 31-04. It was a real pleasure to get the early morning call and to be able to be there to both weigh and photograph this fish for Steve. I was even more pleased because I did not recognise this Carp as one of our known thirties. Indeed having since compared photos I can confirm this is our 26th different Carp over 30lb this year.

At 11.00 Steve caught his third Carp in some 9 hours, and his second thirty of his visit! As you can see he smashed the Cherry Lake record for Ghost Carp, with this Ghost Mirror of 37-12. This is one of two big ‘missing’ Ghosties which had not previously put in an ‘appearance’ this year. She was last caught in October 2018 at 36-02, and despite obviously feeding well she has avoided capture so far this year. Her capture represented the 27th different Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake for the year.

I am confident we now have well over 30 x 30′s in Cherry Lake. Time will tell if we can meet this ‘symmetrical round number’ within proven captures before the year end. Given the strong weight gains coming through, we also think we have at least 3 Carp which should be currently over 40lb including ‘The Patch’ landed by Steve earlier this year. We just want to see them on the bank!

Well done Steve on an amazing start to your week. Top angling! Let’s see if you can land one of the bigger Carp and break the 40lb barrier!

We have the following Cherry Lake Lodges still available for the weekend of 12-15 October if you fancy a visit. Please call 01285 869887 to book

12-15 October. Osprey and Grebe Lodges

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 the second of his morning brace. a Cherry Lake Mirror of 31-04

Steve Shepherd with the second of his morning brace. a Cherry Lake Mirror of 31-04

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

Steve Shepherd with his PB. The Patch caught in March 2018 at 38-12. What a cracking male Carp!

 

 

 

Quality Carp as Autumn arrives!

It certainly feels like autumn has arrived here at Cherry Lakes. Whilst the days have been nice and bright, and warm in the sunshine, three light frosts, high pressure and a northerly wind has ensured some tough conditions this week.This was certainly the case on Cherry Lake where it felt like all the Carp had packed their bags and flown off somewhere warmer! Four anglers reported just one fish on the bank and three lost or missed. Tough going indeed.

The one fish that was caught was however well worth catching. We have been waiting to see the Carp photographed below for a while. This long leather like Mirror has not been seen since he (at least I think it is a he!) was landed last October by Greg Harwar at 31-04. This time he was caught by Neil Carey from the Cottage swim at 33-08. Cherry Lakes fish supreme boilie tipped with a pink slice of pop up did the trick for Neil, who was very happy with his efforts. This brings the total of different Carp caught this year over 30lb from Cherry Lake to 25.

It is interesting to note that Cherry Lake has fished very slowly over the last week following the sharp shift in weather conditions and move to high pressure. All three of the Carp caught have been thirties, arguably reinforcing my point in the last update that it is often the bigger fish that feed first in poor conditions. It is even more ironic that the 33-08 Carp, which is at best only caught once a year, gets caught when most of the Carp are clearly not feeding. I think the expression is ‘go figure’!

It is just as well Neil is not a cricketer otherwise he might have been superstitious about becoming the 111th (Nelson!) member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club. Hopefully his new 30+ club polo shirt will bring him good Carp fishing luck!

Martin and Suzanne Eagle, who are good friends and regulars at Cherry Lakes, have been staying in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs this week. The fishing started slow, which was not surprising given the weather conditions. Having read about Richard Mascall’s amazing recent haul of 74 carp on our Dairy-Cream boilie, Martin has sensibly been using this bait. Unusually Martin has fed the same couple of spots all week consistently with Hempseed (with just a few boilies over the top). As a result he has managed to build his catch rate progressively through the week. Amazingly of the 7 fish caught today, five have been over 20lb. He has had 7 twenties out of a total catch to date of around 15. He has had three over 26lb, two of which are shown below.

When Richard Mascall recently caught so many from Cherry Springs(74), some 60+ of these Carp were doubles. I remember  saying to Richard that the smaller Carp(doubles) were not giving the bigger ones the chance to find the bait. This week it is clearly the bigger fish which have been feeding.

I think it is primarily the fishing conditions, rather than the hempseed which has obviously played it’s part, that has resulted in the bigger Carp feeding first. Hence Martin’s amazing average. For those of you familiar with the ‘baiting Pyramid’ theory (I think this was first written about by Mike Wilson…someone please correct me if this is wrong….in short the bigger fish move the smaller ones out of the way….particularly when feeding on particles) you might argue some of this theory is also reflected in Martin’s results. Either way, well done Martin…..top angling.

We have a few vacancies remaining in October. Please call if you fancy any of these

08-12 October. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

12-15 October. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

26-29 October. Osprey and Grebe Lodges on Cherry Lake. Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere.

Neil Carey became the 111th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this Mirror of 33-08

Neil Carey became the 111th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this Mirror of 33-08

Martin Eagle with a stunning Cherry Springs Mirror of 26-03

Martin Eagle with a stunning Cherry Springs Mirror of 26-03

Martin Eagle with another stunner of 26-04 from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs

Martin Eagle with another stunner of 26-04 from Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs

 

 

Brian Hamilton and Vince Jewitt join the 30+ club

A very different weekend at Cherry Lakes. With a very welcome (from a water level perspective) two day monsoon followed by a cold night, the water temperatures have dropped this weekend with the fishing slowing up on all lakes except Cherry Pool.

Richard Tweed fishing from Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool had over 20 Carp to 16-04 as well as a range of species on the method feeder, whilst Jack Gardiner landed 8 to 19-04 from Cherry Springs.

The fishing on Cherry Lake was quite tough. Whilst the Carp were frequently showing they did not appear to be feeding for the anglers. The anglers in the Lodges were not too worried and did not complain about the rain, because as one of them said to me ‘the Lodges are the best bivvies in the world’. Their partners certainly agreed whilst sitting in the warm and out of the rain!

We did however have two Carp landed from Cherry Lake. It is often the case when fishing is slow that it is the bigger Carp which are most likely to turn up. This weekend proved to be the case with two anglers joining the 30+ club as the 109th and 110th members.

We are particularly pleased as one of these Carp is another new thirtiy for us and further evidence of good weight gains and growth rates achieved through such a long hot summer. This brings the total of different thirties from Cherry Lake this year to 24.

Our good friend Brian Hamilton stayed in Osprey Lodge this weekend and has visited Cherry Lakes many times. He previously has never broken the 30lb+ mark. He did so on Sunday morning when he caught this Mirror below at 30-08. A new PB for Brian. As you can see it was very wet at the time. Fishery manager Dave Bowen did the honours with the photos and weighing. This Carp cam from the near margin on a small boilie wrapped in paste. Well done Brian for trying and succeeding on something different.

Vince Jewitt by contrast was on his first visit to Cherry Lakes. A present from his partner Becky Howland. Having struggled for most of the weekend, Vince decided to focus on the middle for his final night where he had seen some signs of carp activity. He is so glad that he did as at 02.00 on Monday morning (night) he landed a 30-12 Mirror.

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

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

12-15 October. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

19-22 October. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

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

Brian Hamilton with his new PB, a 30-08 Cherry Lake Mirror caught in the rain.

Brian Hamilton with his new PB, a 30-08 Cherry Lake Mirror caught in the rain.

Vince Jewitt joined the Cherry Lake 30+ club as our 110th member with this 30-12 Mirror.

Vince Jewitt joined the Cherry Lake 30+ club as our 110th member with this 30-12 Mirror.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12-15 October. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

19-22 October. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

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

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

Wayne Hockley’s perfect 40th birthday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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