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Nearly there as we record the 98th and 99th members of the 30+ club!

The headline says it all! We are now so close to the magic 100th member of the Cherry Lakes club as this week has seen two new to Cherry Lake guests catch a 30+ Carp.

The 98th member is Ian Blackwell who has been staying in the Cottage this week with his family. Fishing primarily at either end of the day around family days out, Ian was delighted when he landed the ‘Pretty One’ at 35-04. Regular readers will know that this Carp came out last week to Gary Owen at a very similar weight. This time I got to see her….and she looked in great condition and every ounce of 35lbs as you can see from the picture below. The successful bait was the Cherry Lakes fish supreme boilie fished ‘snowman’ style.

The 99th member is Damien Baker. Damien has been fishing from Grebe Lodge and has landed four Carp so far including Mirrors of 26-08, 24-04 and 21lb as well as ‘The Scuff Common’ at 32-04 also pictured below.  Well done to both Damien and Ian who were both very pleased with their respective 30+ polo shirt and 35+ hoody..

We now have the Champagne on ice and look forward to celebrating the 100th member of the club (well at least one glass of the bubbly-stuff!).

We have also had some good fish being caught from the other lakes across the complex this week. Andy Marshall sent through the photo of this impressive 28lb Mirror from Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. Judging by the ‘frame’ of this fish, if sh keeps eating the boilies, she should make 30lb+ in the not too distant future.

Neil Flack who has been staying in Kingfisher Lodge landed this stunning 22lb Mirror below just as I was passing, after photographing Damien’s big one. As both Neil’s and Andy’s are both well worth seeing, I have indulged myself with four photos today. I hope you enjoy them all.

We have two Lodges on Cherry Lake remaining between now and 17 September. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake is available for 10-13 August. We have also just had a cancellation for Heron Lodge for 13-17 August. please call 01285 869887 if you are interested in either of these.

Ian Blackwell was delighted to catch the stunning 'Pretty One' from the Cottage swim.

Ian Blackwell was delighted to catch the stunning ‘Pretty One’ from the Cottage swim.

Damien Baker became the 99th member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club when he landed the 'Scuff Common' at 32-04 from Grebe Lodge

Damien Baker became the 99th member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club when he landed the ‘Scuff Common’ at 32-04 from Grebe Lodge

Andy Marshall with a 28lb Cherry Mere Mirror. The biggest of his trip to date.

Andy Marshall with a 28lb Cherry Mere Mirror. The biggest of his trip to date.

Neil Flack with a lovely 22lb Mirror from Cherry Springs

Neil Flack with a lovely 22lb Mirror from Cherry Springs

 

 

 

 

Gary Owen catches ‘The Pretty One’ at 35-13

I have been away for the last week and typically have missed some good fishing despite (or maybe because of) the heat.

Brian Round stayed in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs last weekend. He caught 22 Carp including several over 20lb to 26-08. Sorry but I don’t have any photos to share. Well done Brian.

All of the anglers last week caught on Cherry Lake. Top rod by some distance was Gary Owen fishing from Grebe Lodge. Gary, who is one of our regulars, and has caught a good number of Carp from Cherry Lake but has until this trip a Cherry Lake 30+ had avoided him.

As you can see from the photos below Gary has well and truly ‘broken his duck’. He is now the proud owner of both a Cherry Lake  30+ polo shirt as well as a 35+ club sweatshirt. A rare brace indeed!

Cunningly Gary first caught a 30-04 Ghost Carp at 00.30 on Tuesday morning. In doing so Gary became the 97th different member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club and received his 30+ polo shirt. This Ghost Carp was also 16th different Carp over 30lb caught from Cherry Lake this year.

Having landed several more Carp over twenty pounds on his snowman presentation which was positioned on the shallows, Gary then went one better on Thursday when he landed this stunning 35-13 Mirror known as ‘The Pretty One’ for obvious reasons. In doing so Gary also broke his previous PB by nearly three pounds.  I cannot think of a better looking Carp to be anyone’s PB….fantastic! Gary also qualified for a 35+ club Sweatshirt which he is proudly displaying below. Well done Gary, you thoroughly deserve such a great result.

‘The Pretty One’ was last out in May to Marc Lloyd when she weighed 33lb. It is good to see her doing so well and look forward to the day when she breaks the 40lb barrier. She certainly has the frame to do so.

We still have several vacancies remaining between now and mid-September, so if you fancy any of the dates below please call us on 01285 869887

27-30 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

10-13 August. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

17-20 August and 31-03 September. Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool

03-07 September. Cherry Lake Cottage.

Gary Owen proudly displaying both his 35+ Hoody and 30+ club polo shirt. Well deserved!

Gary Owen proudly displaying both his 35+ Hoody and 30+ club polo shirt. Well deserved!

Gary Owen smashed his PB with 'the Pretty One' at 35-13

Gary Owen smashed his PB with ‘the Pretty One’ at 35-13

Gary Owen became the 97th member of the 30+ club with this 30-04 Ghost Mirror.

Gary Owen became the 97th member of the 30+ club with this 30-04 Ghost Mirror.

 

 

 

Griffin brothers have fun!

Hot on the heels of my last update, I have news about our 96th member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club and some good catches.

The Griffin family have been staying this week in the Cottage and Heron Lodge. Robert Griffin has been fishing from the Cottage swim and has so far landed 6 Carp including a good looking Mirror of 28lb, pictured below, and a Fully Scaled Mirror of 20-08.

Robert has been ‘trumped’ by his brother John, fishing from Heron Lodge….not by the number caught, as John has landed three Carp…but by the fact that John has landed mirror Carp of 32-12 and 28-01. It will be interesting to see what the final result will be! keep it up lads!

Chris and Jason Cousins recently had a great weekend break in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. They landed some 12 Carp including this 22lb Mirror to Chris below. They sent me some great photos but due to all the Carp being caught I cannot use more than 1 of them! Thanks for sending the photos to me and well done to you both.

As indicated yesterday we still have a Cherry Lake Lodge available next Monday 09-13 July. Please call 01285 869887 if you fancy a late break.

John Griffin became the 96th member of the 30+ club with this cracking 32-12 Mirror

John Griffin became the 96th member of the 30+ club with this cracking 32-12 Mirror

John Griffin with another lovely Mirror of 28-01 from Heron Lodge

John Griffin with another lovely Mirror of 28-01 from Heron Lodge

Robert Griffin also likes 28lb Cherry Lake Mirror Carp!

Robert Griffin also likes 28lb Cherry Lake Mirror Carp!

Chris Cousins and a 22lb Mirror from Cherry Mere

Chris Cousins and a 22lb Mirror from Cherry Mere

 

 

 

 

Daniel Duncan becomes the 95th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club

Daniel Duncan, who is staying in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake, is on his first visit to Cherry Lake. He got off to a fast start by having a 25lb Mirror and has today (Wednesday) followed this up by becoming the 95th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club.

We are getting increasingly excited ( I know this sounds a little sad and  clearly reflects my age!) by the countdown to achieving the 100th member landmark.

Daniel landed this 33-08 Mirror around 11.00 following a good fight. This Carp was the same one as caught recently by Ken O’Connor at 32-08. This indicates to me that the Carp are now feeding to recover some of the weight lost by spawning despite the heat. It is funny how a Carp which goes uncaught for 9 months then gets caught twice in a relatively short period.

This Carp is not the only one feeding hard. In total we have had 12 Carp caught since Monday. I hope to get some photos and will include more information in my next updates.

We continue to have a Lodge on Cherry Lake available for next week 09-13 July. If you fancy a last minute break enjoying the glorious weather and some fishing then give me a call on 01285 869887.

Daniel Duncan became the 95th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this 33-08 Mirror.

Daniel Duncan became the 95th member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club with this 33-08 Mirror.

A few vacancies still remain for July.

We have just returned from a week in Ireland where we enjoyed the best (hottest) weather in 40 years. We literally did not see a cloud for a week. What we did see was the beauty of Ireland’s west coast. Stunning.

As a result I am a little out of touch, and in particular I am short of catch reports and pictures. My understanding from Dave is that anglers across Cherry Lakes have continued to catch in the very hot conditions. We have also finished off the last of the spawning. The bigger Carp on Cherry Lake seem to have finally finished and they are resting up away from the smaller (male) fish.

Rhys Wilkins sent me some great scan shots of his weekend in Grebe with his partner and baby. unfortunately I cannot use these and hope to get some photos which I can use. More detail to come if I do.

As detailed in my update on 14 June, Peter Jones recently had a great stay in Grebe Lodge when he landed 15 Carp to 31-08. Peter has recently sent me some photos which given I am struggling to use any from the last week, I have included several new ones below. Please forgive me though for repeating the 31-08 Ghost Common as it is such a cracking Carp. Peter clearly ‘just missed out’ on a brace of thirties. His 29-12 Common has spawned out and at just about any other time would have been comfortably above this magic mark.

We have had a cancellation for Monday 09-13 July meaning that both Osprey and Grebe Lodges are available for a last minute booking. Please call 01285 869887 if you are interested. We also have the following vacancies over the next few weeks

09-13 July. Osprey and Grebe Lodges on Cherry Lake

16-20 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

23-27 July. Heron Lodge

27-30 July. Heron Lodge

A long lean spawned out Common of 29-12. This one would normally be comfortably over 30lb

A long lean spawned out Common of 29-12. This one would normally be comfortably over 30lb

A nice fat one! Peter Jones with a 27-08 Mirror

A nice fat one! Peter Jones with a 27-08 Mirror

Peter Jones became the 93rd member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club when he landed this fabulous Ghost Common of 31-08

Peter Jones became the 93rd member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club when he landed this fabulous Ghost Common of 31-08

 

 

21 Carp from Cherry Springs and a 32-08 Mirror

As promised in my last update, I am leading this update with news about Richard Mascall’s excellent weekend in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Lake. Richard along with his wife Michaela are regular guests who really likes Cherry Springs. He is looking forwards to his return visit having caught 21 Carp this weekend!

Richard does not use Baitboats. What he does do is to bait heavily with boilies. A successful tactic on Cherry Springs given the large number of Carp. Once you get them looking for a bait in an area and competing amongst themselves, regular action can be expected.

Richard fished our Cherry Lakes ‘Dairy-Cream Delight’ boilies. Given Cherry Springs is our siltiest lake we prefer to feed the birdood based boilies rather than the fishmeals. A practice which Richard was aware of.   After every bite he would re-bait his swim with 40-50 boilies. As you can see from Richard’s list below, which shows the time the Carp were caught as well as their weights, he caught 17 Carp over 10lb including two twenties, a Common of 20-08 and a Mirror of 21-00 (pictured below)

Richard Mascall's list of captures showing weights and times from his excellent weekend in Kingfisher Lodge.

Richard Mascall’s list of captures showing weights and times from his excellent weekend in Kingfisher Lodge.

Another one of our regulars is Ken O Connor who has been visiting with his wife Rosemary since 2014. Ken has not caught one of thirties for quite a while. As you can see from the photo below, he recently has caught a cracker from Heron Lodge. He has now taken his personal total of Cherry Lake 30lb+ Carp to 5, with the landing of this lovely 32-08 Mirror pictured below. Cherry Lakes Supreme Fish boilies doing the trick.

This is the first time this particular Carp has been on the bank in 2018 and takes our running total of different Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake to 14. I was very pleased to see her.

Well done to both Richard and Ken.

Richard Mascall with his biggest Carp of the weekend, a 21-02 Mirror from Cherry Springs

Richard Mascall with his biggest Carp of the weekend, a 21-00 Mirror from Cherry Springs

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.

 

Derek’s amazing 36lb Mirror!

I though I was going to base this weekend’s update on Richard Mascall’s exploits in Kingfisher Lodge on Cherry Springs where he has caught 18 Carp already this weekend including two 20′s. Given he has just been trumped by the capture below, and I have not got his photos yet, I will save his story until tomorrow.

John Brinkley and Derek Skingley have been fishing from the Cottage swim this weekend on their first visit to Cherry Lake. John is the experienced Carp angler who has taken Derek under his wing. So far this weekend John is top rod on Cherry Lake with four Carp landed. Under his tuition Derek had caught one, a 19lb Mirror which he was very happy with as it set a new PB for him.

Derek has just landed his second Carp of the weekend and smashed his PB. In fact he has also just beaten John’s UK PB, with a fantastic Mirror of 36lb! Sometimes life is not fair John! Cherry Lakes Dairy-Cream boilies topped with a small white pop-up fished along the right hand margin was the successful tactic.

I never cease to be amazed how many times new anglers to Cherry Lake seem to catch the bigger fish. It is also more amazing, and clearly pure luck, that the inexperienced angler catches the bigger fish (my son, who only used to go fishing with me under sufferance always caught the bigger fish….both Carp and Pike!).

All I can say to Derek is very well done. Welcome to the 30+ club as our 94th member and wear your 35+ club sweatshirt with pride, and to commiserate with John who will hopefully catch an even bigger one from Cherry Lake in future. In truth I am sure it was a team effort and that Derek would not have caught without John’s guidance.

All the other anglers on Cherry Lake have caught so far this weekend and have shared five twenties to 28lb between them. Mark Worsley in Osprey Lodge has had a brace of Commons. A 22lb and this attractive 28lb Common below. There is also still one night to go!

Up coming vacancies in July are listed below. Please call 01285 869887 if you are interested.

02-06 July. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

09-13 July. Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake and Egret Lodge on Cherry Pool.

13-16 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake.

16-20 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake.

23-27 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake.

27-30 July. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake

John Brinkley holding Derek Skingley's new PB, a 36lb Cherry Lake Mirror. Truely a team effort!

John Brinkley holding Derek Skingley’s new PB, a 36lb Cherry Lake Mirror. Truly a team effort!

Mark Worsley with a 28lb Common from Osprey Lodge

Mark Worsley with a 28lb Common from Osprey Lodge

 

 

 

Two more 30lb+ Carp from Cherry Lake

Peter Jones and his wife Angela come and stay at Cherry Lakes at least once a year. This year they decided to spend their summer holiday with us as they celebrated their 25th anniversary. We always feel touched when our guests choose to spend special events with us (anniversaries, birthdays and honeymoons), and thank you for doing so.

Many of you will know Peter from his day job as the manager of the Tackle Box in Dartford. If you do, I hope you will be pleased to hear that Peter is just finishing a really good session in Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake. Unusually because so few anglers choose to bait heavily these days, Peter decided to bait heavily throughout his stay. He estimates he has got through some 40KG of pellets as well as around 20KG of fishmeal boilies.

These tactics have worked well for Peter, despite being out most days visiting some of the many things the Cotswolds have to offer. During the course of his stay Peter has landed some 15 Carp and only lost a few. I am delighted to say that amongst his haul has been some fabulous Carp including a 28lb Ghost Mirror and a 31-08 Ghost Common. In catching his first thirty from Cherry Lake, Peter has become the 93rd member of the Cherry Lake 30+ club. Well done Peter, top angling! Peter’s Ghost Common was last out when caught by Dan Walden in early April at a similar weight.

I am also delighted to report that James Tunbridge in Osprey Lodge has kept spinning his magic and has landed the second thirty of his visit this week. As detailed in my last post, James has been having a fabulous session landing three Carp including a Mirror of 32-09 which beat his previous English PB. Last night I got a call from James at 02.30 to say that he had landed a further thirty, this time a Common of 31-01. Needless to say that James was over the moon with catching a 30+ Common. She was certainly worth getting out of bed for!

As you might be able to see from the photo, the Common had a few scuff marks from her recent spawning exploits. She was also nearly 4lb down in weight from when she was caught by James Hine in early May at 34-12. Clearly some of the bigger Carp have successfully spawned. No wonder she has gone back on the feed!

I thought I would repeat the availability update from yesterday, Just in case you fancy a crack at  Cherry Lake over the next few weeks! Please call 01285 869887 if you are interested.

Monday 02-06 July. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake.

Monday 09-13 July. Osprey and Grebe Lodges on Cherry Lake

Friday 13-16 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 16-20 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 23-27 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

 

Peter Jones became the 93rd member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club when he landed this fabulous Ghost Common of 31-08

Peter Jones became the 93rd member of the Cherry Lakes 30+ club when he landed this fabulous Ghost Common of 31-08

Peter was very pleased with his Ghost Mirror of 28-02 from Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake.

Peter was very pleased with his Ghost Mirror of 28-02 from Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake.

James Tunbride with his second thirty from this week's holiday in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake. A 31-01 Common.

James Tunbride with his second thirty from this week’s holiday in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake. A 31-01 Common.

 

 

Five hours and 3 PB’s for James Tunbridge!

The Carp have had another go at spawning during Sunday and Monday on both Cherry Lake and Cherry Springs. Just as in May, no sooner had they got going then the weather changed and all activity has since stopped. Indeed since yesterday the Carp have got back on the feed.

I think we are now in the position where most of the Carp have spawned, but a few females…especially the bigger ones on Cherry Lake…have not. If I am right, I hope we get some good weather soon and they can finish spawning before they become too stressed.

I am pleased to say (and it is only Wednesday) that all the anglers on Cherry Lake have caught this week. Returning guest James Tunbridge has been staying in Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake had a quiet time up until 03.00 this morning. The Carp switched from thinking about ‘nookey’ to thinking about food. He then had a run of three Carp in five hours, all of which beat his previous UK PB’s.

His first fish was a lovely Ghost Mirror of 29-01 pictured below. This was followed at 07.00 by a solidly built Mirror of 27-03 (see below) before landing his new PB at 08.00. The 32-09 Mirror pictured below is James’s entrance into the Cherry Lake 30+ club. He is our 92nd member and is automatically entered into the free holiday prize draw for those anglers lucky enough to catch a 30+ Carp from Cherry Lake.

This good looking Mirror is also the 11th Carp over 30lb from Cherry Lake in 2018. As far as I can tell, this Mirror has not been out since late April 2017 when she was caught at 30-08. There are plenty more which we have not seen yet! I am hoping we will see some more of our other thirties soon!

Successful tactics for James has been to bait consistently with our Spod mix and boilies and vary bait presentations over the baited areas. All three Carp came from the middle area of his swim.

We have the following dates available over the next month. If you are thinking about visiting us this summer, please book quickly before we sell out! 01285 869887

Monday 02-06 July. Osprey Lodge on Cherry Lake.

Monday 09-13 July. Osprey and Grebe Lodge on Cherry Lake

Friday 13-16 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 16-20 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 16-20 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

Monday 23-27 July. Heron Lodge on Cherry Lake

James Tunbridge with his new PB. A 32-09 Cherry Lake Mirror

James Tunbridge with his new PB. A 32-09 Cherry Lake Mirror

James Tunbridge with a cracking Cherry Lake Ghost Mirror of 29-01

James Tunbridge with a cracking Cherry Lake Ghost Mirror of 29-01

This 27-03 Mirror was the third PB breaking Carp in 5 hours from Cherry Lake. for James Tunbridge.

This 27-03 Mirror was the third PB breaking Carp in 5 hours from Cherry Lake. for James Tunbridge.

 

 

 

 

Colin Howarth smashes his PB with a 28lb Mirror from Cherry Mere

As Cherry Lake has been the focus of my recent updates I thought I would focus this time on Cherry Mere. Cherry Lake has been fishing steadily with all anglers catching with the biggest to Brian Hamilton in Osprey Lodge, a 28-06 Mirror (pictured below) and a 25lb Common to Vince Rolfe in Heron Lodge. The bigger Carp are, I think, sulking and keeping themselves out of the way whilst they wait for the right conditions to spawn.

Colin and Anne Howarth who hail from Dartford in Kent, have been on their first visit to Cherry Lakes. They chose to stay in Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. Rather than bore you with my words I thought I would simply repeat what they wrote in the visitors book………..

The Howarth's week!

The Howarth’s week!

Colin Howarth with his new PB. A 28lb Mirror from Cherry Mere

Colin Howarth with his new PB. A 28lb Mirror from Cherry Mere

I understand that the Cherry Lake Supreme Fish boilies were responsible for most of Colin’s 18 Carp. We hope to see you both again soon. Well done Colin on your 28lb PB Mirror.

Brian Hamilton with the biggest of his four Carp catch. A spawned out Mirror of 28-06.

Brian Hamilton with the biggest of his four Carp catch. A spawned out Mirror of 28-06.