Every now and again 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 the 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.
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On Damsel, Paul Thistleton banked a 15lb carp. Drew Ogden landed a 20lb mirror on Cell, Andrew Ogden 2 to 13-08 on Pacific Tuna and Roy Ogden a 15lb on Cell. Trevor Ogden landed 4 bream and Nicky Rodgers banked 2 at 16lb and 18lb. Richard Saunders bagged a 23-15 PB common and a 17-14 from the margin.
On Becks, Ron Walden bagged 4 mirrors to 21lb, a common and 5 bream. Fishing The Beach Tom Chamberlain and Max Robinson bot broke their PB, a 20lb for Tom along with a 13lb and a 16lb and a 21-08 for Max. Richard banked 2 carp to 15lb and 4 good sized bream. Mike Butler had 2 commons to 18-04 and a 6-08 tench, Reece also had a tench and a 12lb common.
On Blunham Matt Dudley-Cave caught one of the ghosties and Vickie Dudley Cave caught 2 mirrors to 11-05 and a 10-13 common.
On Carp Lake, Charlie banked a 16lb, Paul, Lewis and David a 13lb each and Jayden a 13lb a 15lb and a 21lb. Steven caught a 12-11 common and a 5-11 tench. Dan Ackerman had a 14lb and Ed Clarke 2 mirrors to 18lb on solid bags, Connor Lydon picked up a 17-08 from the margin and Andrew Dawkes banked a 17lb common. Rob Lamont caught a 15lb common and a 5lb tench. Sam Lancaster had 2 commons at 19-02 and 20-07 and Paul Andrews had a brace of twenties to 21-05. Steven Freear bagged 8 fish including 3 twenties. Bas Moulding a 20-08 common.
On Booneys, Terry O'Dell caught a 17-08 common on Nutcracker. Lee Morgan caught 2 7lb tench and a 17-08 common and a 18-04 common, all on fake corn.
On Winters, Jordan Pashley banked 6 to 26-05, TwoTone, and another common at 23-12. Sean Pashley banked 65 to 21lb and Justin had 4 to 26-12. Matthew Wallace bagged 6 to 19-08 and Brad Hollidge a 15lb
The Match Canal hosted the 4th match in the Autumn Open Series and in 1st place was Paul Kyle on peg 7 with 97-04, 2nd was Ceri Bolitho on peg 12 with 73-13 and 3rd was Del Waite on peg 9 with 52-02.
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A 48-hour guest session on Chilham Mill fishery has seen Solar Tackle team member Jake Anderson land two of the ‘A Team’, the Starburst Mirror at 35lb and The Stunner at 33lb, both over using the new Originals Club Mix and Red Herring baits.
Jake explains: “After arriving at the lake I found a nice clear spot among weed, although the spot wasn’t hard as there was still some low-lying weed, but the area was fishable.
“I put in around 6kg of 20mm Club Mix and 15mm Red Herring boilies to start and around 5kg of HOB Chilli Hemp with some 11mm low-oil pellets added too. Two rods were fished a rod length apart on this area. The third rod was placed around 16 yards away from the main baited spot to another clear area, which I baited with around 2kg mixture of boilies and particles.
“The idea of the third rod was that it would be just off the big baited area and hopefully attract the warier carp that sit back from the main shoal. The first 24 hours passed uneventfully for me, but Josh Scoble, who accompanied me on the trip, managed to land an absolute pearler called Ringo at 33lb.
“The second night brought with it perfect weather. It went from hot, humid conditions to overcast, raining with periods of thunder. When I woke up at around 6am I was puzzled as to why I had not caught during the night. I had seen fish fizzing over the bait, the weather was perfect but a carp was missing.
“It got to around 10am when my rod placed on the smaller baited area sprung into life. After a short battle, the hook pulled!
“I re-rigged the rod, and this time made some slight rig alterations as I put the hook pull down to my rig rather than the weed or the barbless hook rule. It’s all too easy to blame the weed, the rules or anything else for losing a fish, but it's only you that can prevent it.
“With the rod back out one hour passed and the same rod screamed into life again. After a dogged battle, one of the ‘A Team’ popped up in the shape of the Starburst mirror, which was at a spawned-out weight of 35lb. The next 2.5 hours were quiet until I started packing up. Just as I started taking down the brolly one of the rods on the larger baited area sprung into life. The culprit put up an enjoyable, strong fight, but after 15 minutes a fish aptly named The Stunner popped up at 33lb.
So a great session had with 3 30s landed between the two of us and also 3 of the best lookers in the 26-acre, Kent pit!”
Solar’s The Originals boilie ranges will be released to the public at the start of September.
Fewer anglers were hitting the bank at Manor Farm this week no doubt allowing things like summer holidays to get in the way of their fishing, those who decided against such frivolity were rewarded with some excellent fishing.
On Damsel Gary Robertson bagged 12 fish between 10lb and 17lb, 10 of them coming from the margin. Darryn Clark caught a 15lb mirror and Sam Burden banked 6 to 15lb including the orange koi. Simon caught a 5lb tench and some bream.
On Carp Lake, Debbie Lefort caught 5 to 16-14 using a PVA mesh bag. Kieran Pailing bagged 7 to 21-02, his PB in a 48-hour stay. David Hill caught a 24-10, a 17-04, a couple at 8lb as well as a 3lb tench. Harry Holt, aged 10, fishing with his dad caught his PB at 15-03 on a Cell dumbbell and PVA mesh in the margin then went on to smash it again with a 20-05, he also bagged a 16-07. Dan Orchard banked a 22lb mirror and Paul Reed two 13lb commons. Steven Freear back on Carp Lake banked 2 twenties to 21-06
On Becks, Jack Rose bagged a 21-08 mirror to a Krill dumb bell topped with a piece of IB fake corn, and another 2 at 11-04 and 14-01. Martin Walker caught a 19lb common.
On Blunham Ray Renford was delighted to bag a 15lb carp
On Winters Adam Pearce caught two at 18lb, a 19lb and a 20lb. Dan Jackosn a 17lb and a 18lb. Luke Spencer caught two thirties in one day, both commons at 30-08 and 32-12. a new PB, and finished off the weekend with a mid double mirror. Neil Conway caught a nice mid double scaley to Signature pop up presented in a gap in the heavy weed. Earlier in the week, Jordan Pashley banked 6 to 24-12 and Dan Gray bagged a 29-14 common.
On Booneys Jamie Fahey fishing the north end caught 3 to 20-02. Andy Morrison banked a 21lb common and Ryan Murphy 2 commons to 16-08. Chris Hayward picked a swim he had not fished before and caught 6 to 29-04.
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On Damsel, Paul Herron caught 2 to 15-07 and 2 bream. Roy Driver banked 3 to 21-07, Danny 7 to 23-05 and Damon 5 to 17lb all to Mainline Banoffee. Mike Lucas caught 5 to 18lb, Matthew Lucas 3 to 17lb and Ben lucas 2 to 15-08. Kevin Burton bagged 5 to 20lb and 3 bream and James Wallace 4 to 22-08.
On Carp Lake, Finlay Shepherd caught 2 to 16lb. Martin Walker an 18-02 and 2 tench to 5lb using small solid bags a single fake corn. Steven Freear had 4 to 16-08. Steve Ginn caught 3 to 21lb Gareth Hancock 4 to 18lb and Ryan Hancock 2 to 16lb. Andy Uhl caught the black and white koi at 16-09. Stephen Chambers caught his PB at 23lb on his first night session on the lake
On Becks, Matthew Cornwall bagged 6 mid doubles and a 20-07 mirror on Pineapple boilies. Jake Balaan 3 mid doubles and a 24lb. Jack Chance 4 to 18lb and lots of bream around 6lb. Terry Benford fishing for bream or tench with a quiver tip and sweetcorn hooked and landed a 18lb common. Lee had a 20lb and some big bream. James McArdle 3 including a 17-08 and a 18-08. Chris Leader a 21-02
On Winters, Kevin Tingey had 5 including a 22-15 and a 24-07. Howard Carter caught a 22-04 common on a chod. Craig Daniels a 24-14 on a bottom bait over particles. Lee Turner banked 19lb common to a yellow pop up on a stiff hinged rig. Louis Andrews bagged four twenties to 27lb. A 21-10 mirror fell to Tom Wright and a 15-05 common to Stuart. Tony Pullen smashed his previous PB of 21lb with a 27-04 common. Tony Virgo bagged a 24-03 and Josh Virgo a 19-03 and Marcin Wozniak a 25lb common.
Booneys is back on form after a lean spell. Kenny Langrish had two twenties to 22lb to Cell bottom bait. Darren Mullin 3 twenties to 24lb all commons. Tony James a 19-01 common and a 16-11 mirror. Phil White bagged 5 including a 21lb and a 27-04 using Denham Baits. Gabriel Prodan caught a 24lb mirror and James Ingram bagged a 18lb and a 28-06.
The first match of the Autumn Open Series saw Paul Kyle in first place with 81-12 on peg 9, Alan Laney second with 61-04 on peg 17 and Steve Hill third with 57-12 on peg 11.
Ridge Monkey is delighted to announce that reigning Midlands and British Carp Cup Champions Callum Gutteridge and Karl Palmer have joined RidgeMonkey as part of our sponsored RidgeMonkey Pro team. The prolific pair are well respected on the carp match scene and have an enviable record in recent years, with outstanding results from all kinds of waters across the country.
About the appointment, Callum quoted “to be approached by a forward thinking company like RidgeMonkey is an absolute honour and they’re really looking forward to getting stuck in and working alongside the other RidgeMonkey Pros. they’ve seen first-hand that the company already has some very capable anglers on board so they’ll be doing our best to raise the bar even higher!!”
Karl added “I’ve used many RidgeMonkey items in recent years and they’ve all been top notch – I’ve recently spooled up with the RM-Tec Fluoro mainline and have been very impressed with its performance so far. Myself and Callum both just love getting out there and catching carp, regardless of size, and to receive the backing of a brand like RidgeMonkey is remarkable. They’ll be involved in the testing and development of the full RM-Tec range and have had a sneak preview of some of the items already, it’s fair to say we’re both very excited about what’s to come!!”
The DNA Baits backed pairing will be a big asset to the brand and will bring an intimate knowledge of big hit style carping to the ever expanding RM-Tec end tackle range. Welcome aboard fellas!!
With a new postcode and a new challenging venue to boot, Dan Whitford has signed a contract to join Wychwood, ensuring he can focus solely on outwitting the lakes residents.
Having fished for two decades now, Daniel Whitford landed his first 20lb carp at just 13 years old, and from that day his lifelong passion and obsession has just grown stronger. He’s worked various jobs in the trade from tackle shops to his current position at bait manufacturer CC Moore. Having lived in Essex until recently he’s banked some very sought-after carp from The Essex Manor, including George’s and The Peach, both fish well in excess of 45lb. And despite just nine nights on the venue throughout the season he landed a staggering four forties and two thirties from the ultra-tricky venue.
Now based in Dorset with his girlfriend, Dan’s recently got his hands on a 13-acre gravel pit ticket he dearly wanted, and with the backing of Wychwood he can now focus solely on targeting the somewhat elusive residents safe in the knowledge he has all the tackle support he needs. Several trips have yielded fish thus far and we’re excited to help Dan on his journey, as well as document his success and work closely with him on upcoming product development.
Here’s what Dan Whitford had to say, “I’m very excited and a little overwhelmed to be approached by such a large and respected tackle company, not only does this help to remove a large expense from my angling allowing me to concentrate on catching carp, but it also gives me the backing and support to improve and progress my angling. I’m looking forward to learning from the rest of the well-respected Wychwood team, helping out with testing and developing new products and enjoying my fishing surrounded by like-minded people.”
Here’s what Wychwood comms co-ordinator Karl Jenkinson had to say, “I’ve worked with Dan briefly in the past for Advanced Carp Fishing magazine and his passion for carp fishing was clear to see. Here at Wychwood we look for keen anglers to act as brand ambassadors to use, develop and advertise the entire catalogue of product, which has a reputation for being incredibly good value for money. We’re excited to see Dan’s campaign play out, as well as his video blogs which they will be bringing to Wychwood's Youtube and Facebook channels in the near future.”
Damsel has come back into form here at Manor Farm but the denizens of Carp Lake were playing hard to get this weekend. 2 anglers broke their PB on Winters this week and both went on to break it again on the same session. Please remember that the best tactic, particularly on Carp Lake and Winters, is a chod with a scattering of boilies or a solid bag. Spodding in loads of bait is often counter-productive and in the summer months can quickly sour the water. Less is more! Please take all excess bait home or chuck it in the bins provided, not in the lakes. Please be aware that we are now asking all anglers to dip their nets, slings and mats in the tanks outside the shop prior to fishing.
Damsel: First time on the bank in 25 years for Darren Purdham saw him catch one at 17-05 and one at 17-02. Lee Whitby having done his homework on this lake put in another good performance with 12 carp to 17lb and 5 bream to 8lb. Also having a good weekend were Matthew Lucas, his dad and his friend Ben. Dad had 7 to 17-08, Ben 4 to around 15lbs and Matthew banked a low double and a twenty, and there were 8 good sized bream between them. Most fish came to a handful of corn sprinkled along the margin and a hookbait fished over it. Paul Scott had a good session with 6 to 18lb and Roger Scott had 2 to 16lb. Luke Reedman banked a 17-02.
Anglers on Carp Lake were struggling this weekend due, I suspect, to the carp being pre-occupied with eating their own fry. Amongst those who managed a fish were Stuart with 3 mid doubles, Lee Morgan with 4 to 16-08 and Brian Morgan with some pasties and a welcome 14-08. Malcolm Campbell was relieved to avoid a blank with a 14-08. Gary Denham caught a 19-08 fully scaled and a 16lb. At the beginning of the week, Jonny Roberts caught 3 to 16-05 on pop-ups.
On Becks, Josh caught his first tench at 5lb and 3 bream. Rob Lamont fishing the car park end bagged a 15-08 common. Stuart banked a 16lb common and Duane 2 mid doubles. while Scott Lawson bagged 9 bream and a tench.
On his first time on Winters Glenn Barrable was 'blown away' he broke his PB with a 25-12 common and went on to break it again by snaring Scar at 30-05. He also had a 17-12 common. All fish falling to a solid bag. Rade Maksimovic banked The Big Fully on Saturday at 26-04. Dave McKay fished a 48-hour session in the week. He banked 9 fish 14lb to 28lb. He broke his PB twice, his new PB now 28-02. Worth getting a bit damp for, he said.
Stuart Minney was back on Booneys and banked 4 fish including 2 twenties, one of which a stunning fully scaled. On his first time on Booneys Reece Jackson banked a 12lb common.
On Blunham Stuart Raby banked 3 bream to 6lb and an 11lb carp, all on the pellet. Neil French banked 5 to 11lb, Ryan and Gary Gardner 8 carp to 15lb and 3 bream. Dennis Holliday was preparing for Wednesday's match and finished up with 82 roach on the pole fishing caster and maggot. Steve Berrington fished Blunham on Wednesday and caught 9 carp in a 4-hour session between 9lb and 15-05, all to floating baits.
Saturday saw a match on Match Canal with Isabella Mioch on peg 5 just beating John Patmore into 2nd place. Izzy had a good bag of bream to 33-12. John on peg 19 weighed in at 32-12. 3rd place went to Paul Nicholson with 19lb.
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