Ian Blackwel. 32-04 R

The two Ian's fantastic weekend on Cherry Mere

They share a 30 Carp catch including 10 x 20's to 32-04
Thursday 8 February 2024

As I mentioned in my previous update, last weekend the conditions were great for winter Carp fishing. Cherry Lake producing an amazing 2 forties and 4 twenties. Cherry Mere also switched on big time.

The two Ian's, Ian Blackwell and Ian Taplin, are regular guests at Cherry Lakes. They normally choose Cherry Lake, but once a year they decide to 'have a social' and book Pochard Lodge on Cherry Mere. They always do well on Cherry Mere, partially because it has a great track record of producing during the winter months, but also because they are good anglers. Their visit this year coincided with the weekend 'switch-on'!

Ian Blackwell with a 28lb Cherry Mere Common
Ian Blackwell with a 28lb Cherry Mere Common

The two Ian's shared an amazing 30 Carp between them, and this was without fishing all through the night. They said this was always their plan, but I think they were 'knackered' after catching so many.

My understanding s that the Ian's picked them up their Carp from around the margins, generally fishing no more that a rod length out from all around the lake.

Included in their catch were 10 Carp over 20lb+, the biggest being a 32-04 Mirror to Ian Blackwell. This Mirror, pictured in the lead photo above, is the second 30lb+ Carp of the year for Cherry Mere. This Carp did not appear in my 30's catalogue for 2022 or 2023 and as such I think it is a new 30+ for this lake.

I could have picked another 3 alternative photos to feature here, such was the quality of the Carp caught looking great in their winter colours. Ian Blackwell's 28lb pictured above is a real chunk!

Ian Taplin with a stunning mid-20 Mirror from Cherry Mere
Ian Taplin with a stunning mid-20 Mirror from Cherry Mere

I owe apologies to Ian Taplin, because although I have his photos, I have somehow managed to lose my note of the weights of his Carp featured here. No defence, but looking at the two Carp he has pictured here, they should be a delight to catch for any angler regardless of their weight.

Well done to the two Ian's, great angling and we look forward to hopefully seeing you again later this year.

Ian Taplin with another stunner from Cherry Mere
Ian Taplin with another stunner from Cherry Mere. The weight is almost immaterial!
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