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Happy New Year: Two free holiday prize draws and 35+ club Hoodies

Happy New Year to everyone who follows these updates. We hope 2018 is a good year for you.

We are very quiet at Cherry Lakes at the moment. This is the time when we try to get some of the more fundamental maintenance work completed. For example this January we are replacing all the shower unit on the original four Lodges as well as spring-cleaning as normal. We are also installing a new kitchen into the Cottage. This is the reason why e do not encourage new customer bookings during January and instead limit bookings to past guests.

We are very much looking forwards to the year ahead. With a reasonable ‘following wind and continuing good health for the Carp’ we expect a number of the upper thirties (which were caught last year) to go comfortably through the 40lb barrier. If one or more of them are caught in the March-May period, then I would expect a new Cherry Lake record. I have a ‘bottle of Champagne’ waiting for the next Cherry Lake record holder!

We are also expecting over 20 different Carp to be caught over 30lb+. We were close in 2017 with 17 different properly weighed and photographed Carp and are more confident for the year ahead. We got off to a good start on New Year’s Day when Bill Osbourne caught a 30-08 Common (which was another new thirty for us) from Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake. Fingers crossed!

As mentioned in our Christmas e mail, on the 30 April 2018 we celebrate our 5th anniversary. Amazingly 5 years have passed since we opened Heron, Osprey, Grebe and Kingfisher Lodges. This last five years has gone very fast. We have certainly learnt a lot; invested so much more money than we ever envisaged; made some great friends; worked hard; and had a lot of fun  as well as shedding a few tears along the way. We are very proud of Cherry Lakes and always appreciate the very positive comments which we get from most of our guests. There is nothing better for us than saying good bye to our guests when they have a smile on their faces having had a good time and leaving promising to return.

We will be running two free prize draws in 2018. The first recognises and celebrates our 5th anniversary. Everybody who books or stays in any of our Lodges or Cherry Lake Cottage before 30 September will be entered automatically into a free prize draw. The winner will be invited to take a free weekend or mid-week break with us before the end of the year.

Since we launched the Cherry Lakes 30+club in 2014, 78 different anglers have caught one or more Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lakes. We expect to comfortably to smash through the 100 30+ club membership barrier in 2018. We also think this significant milestone is worth recognising. So we are going to run another free prize draw for all those anglers who catch a thirty in 2018. The lucky angler will win a free weekend break to be taken by the end of March 2019. Just to whet your appetite i have included three examples of Cherry Lake thirties below.

Our 30+ club Polo shirts are much sought after possessions and we will continue to present these. We are also going to ‘present’ complimentary Cherry Lake 35+ Hoodies and expect these also to become much sought after.

We are now getting the normal new year flurry of bookings. It is good to see that we have many past guests re-booking with us. It is also good to see that a large number of people will also visit us for the first time in 2018. If you are thinking about coming to Cherry Lakes in 2018 and you do not have much flexibility around dates then I would recommend booking soon.

Take care and have fun.

Mike and Jo Harris with his new PB, a magnificent Common Carp of 37-04

Mike and Jo Harris with his new PB, a magnificent Common Carp of 37-04

Peter Rolls with 'The Pretty One' caught from the Cottage swim at 34-04

Peter Rolls with ‘The Pretty One’ caught from the Cottage swim at 34-04

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

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

 

 

Bill Osbourne starts 2018 with a bang. A 30-08 PB Cherry Lake Common

Firstly……..Happy New Year to everyone. We hope 2018 is a happy healthy and successful year for you and your loved ones and that you catch some great fish.

Cherry Lakes has started 2018 with a bang.

Leading the way has been Bill Osbourne who has been fishing from Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake over the last week. I think it would be fair to say that it has been a bit of a struggle for Bill. A struggle which was made worse by the fact that his father joined him for several days and landed two doubles. However Bill stuck to his guns, and fishing a popped up bit of corn tipped with maggots about 7/8 the way across to the far bank, he finally got a take shortly after dark tonight. The 30-08 Common was certainly worth the wait.

As you can see from the photos below the Common was in great condition and was a PB for Bill. He becomes the first new member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club in 2018. We are equally excited because this Common has not been caught before above 30lb’s and is a new thirty for us. Well done Bill…..a great way to start 2018. A stunning first Carp of the year for Cherry Lake.

Michael Quinton has spent the new year period in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs. Over the last few days he has caught 18 Carp including this stunning Mirror of 26-02 below. A fantastic result for the middle of winter and not surprisingly he is promising to come back later in the year.

It is good to see that the fish being caught are in good conditions and looking terrific in their winter colours. Late November and the run up to Christmas has been a cold period at Cherry Lakes. The lakes have all frozen several times (sometimes despite the aerators as the air temperature dropped to minus 12C), and this is the first time the lakes have frozen before Christmas in the 5 years Cherry Lakes has been open. Needless to say the Carp went ‘missing’ during this period. They have had a good rest.

Since just before Christmas we have had a lot of rain. This has resulted in the surface water temperatures increasing from around 1C to nearly 6C. The lake water levels have also been increasing. This steady increase in water temperatures coupled lowish pressure has caused some of the Carp in Cherry Lake, and many of the Carp in the more heavily stocked smaller lakes to begin feeding again. Unless we get another really cold snap, I expect the winter Carp fishing to continue to be worthwhile for the next 6 weeks or so before really kicking into gear from Mid-February when the increasing light intensity always seems to get them moving.

If you fancy some winter carp fishing whilst enjoying the warmth and comfort of the Lodges (the ‘best bivvy in the world!’) then please give us a call on 01285 869887

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 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.

 

Adam Bowyer braves the snow to get his trophy shot!

Adam Bowyer has been on his own at Cherry Lakes this weekend. The only angler to brave the cold! He is very glad he did and has proved you can catch in almost any conditions.

Adam, who is a very capable angler, and has visited Cherry Lakes successfully in the winter before, favours the smaller lakes in the winter. As he says, in the winter it can be hard to find the Carp…….and on the smaller lakes you know they cannot be too far away.

Adam’s hard work certainly paid off as he has now got one of the real trophy shots of Carp fishing……a Carp in the snow. Adam has been fishing with small high visibility pop-ups fished just off the bottom. He has been moving his baits around regularly trying to find them. He caught this lovely Cherry Mere Carp of 18-08 from Pochard Lodge this afternoon and was unlucky enough to lose a second carp at the net.

As you can see from the photos below, this Mirror was in pristine condition in her winter colours. Her weight was almost immaterial (18-08). Simply catching a Carp in the snow (and you can see from the photos that it was still lightly snowing) is a fantastic achievement which does not come along too often. If you also look closely at the photos, you can also see Adam’s snowman with its carrot nose!

Well done Adam. Really top angling and well deserved. Winter Carp fishing is all about ‘who dares….wins!’.

Adam Bennett with a prized photo. a Cherry Mere Mirror Carp of 18-08 caught whilst it was snowing!

Adam Bowyer with a prized photo. a Cherry Mere Mirror Carp of 18-08 caught whilst it was snowing!

Adam Bennett with his snow fish. An 18-08 Mirror Carp from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

Adam Bowyer with his snow fish. An 18-08 Mirror Carp from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere

 

 

 

Stephen Preston gets amongst them on Cherry Mere.

My first post for nearly a month. The radio silence has principally been down to a real slow down in the number of anglers visiting Cherry Lakes coupled with the cold weather in November. The fact that I have also been working away means that I have been missing some of the action and have lazily not produced an update. Sorry!

As always at this time of the year, Cherry Lake slows right down for a month or so and can then start picking up around Christmas. The smaller lakes are always more productive, principally because these lakes are more heavily stocked. I think it is also because the angler is always ‘much closer’ to the fish. On Cherry Lake, the fish may be at the other end of the lake and out of reach. This is never the case on the smaller lakes where the angler can always reach the Carp.

Stephen Preston, who last winter did very well on Cherry Springs when he stayed in Kingfisher Lodge, decided this year to give Pochard Lodge a go. Stephen’s visit this week has been well timed. The temperatures have been a little higher with no frosts for about a week. He has so far managed 5 Carp from Cherry Mere including a stunning ‘wood-carving’ Mirror of 19-02 and a Ghost Mirror of 14-08 which looked great in her winter colours. He also lost a further two.

Stephen has tried a number of different spots ( a good winter tactic is to move regularly until you find the fish) fishing with small PVA bags filled with pellets and crushed boilies. Small 10-12mm hookbaits doing the trick! Well done Stephen.

If you fancy a trip before Christmas, we have plenty of vacancies in what must be the ultimate ‘winter bivvy’ (Lodges!) and may be able to sort you out a little deal. If so please call 01285 869887

Stephen Preston with a stunning Cherry Mere Mirror of 19-02. The biggest of five winter Carp to date.

Stephen Preston with a stunning Cherry Mere Mirror of 19-02. The biggest of five winter Carp to date.

Stephen Preston with a Ghost Mirror of 14-08 looking very distinctive in her winter colours.

Stephen Preston with a Ghost Mirror of 14-08 looking very distinctive in her winter colours.

Stephen Preston with a Cherry Mere Common of 16-08.

Stephen Preston with a Cherry Mere Common of 16-08.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Cherry Mere on form!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tench stocked into the exclusive lakes

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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