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’

The new Cherry Lake Ghost Carp record. Mr X with a 36 02 Ghost Mirror 600x400

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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Last weekend on Becks Dave Dodds caught a 19lb mirror and Dean Ayres a 16lb on a Sticky Baits Manilla wafter. We now have a new Sticky Baits display with the full range in store as well as a new Nash and Fox display. Oakley Cox, aged 13, bagged 6 fish to 18lb, a new PB. Jack caught a 15lb common. Luke Hargreaves caught a 15lb common on Damsel.

On Damsel, Jack Reynolds bagged 4 to 14lb, Stuart Raby 3 to 13lb, James Wheeler a 14lb. Ian Bartram banked a 17-15 mirror and an 18-03 common and Richard Saunders another twenty at 20-09 Liam Bennet netted a 15lb, Dave Hollands a 13-04 and Lewis Parry 3 to 20lb.
On Becks, Jack banked his PB at 14lb. James Reilly bagged 10 carp to 18-05  and Keith Blake caught a 13lb common.
On Blunham Vickie and Matt Dudley-Cave each broke their PB with 13-06 to Vickie and a  15-11 to Matt
On Carp Lake, Alex Aldred netted two commons at 18-07 and 19lb and a 22-04 mirror. Lee Gapp caught 3 to 21lb and Paul Shadbolt two mid doubles. Steven Freear on Sunday had a 16lb and an 18lb. Bas Moulding banked 3 to 26-10 and  Mick Payne 2, both at 19lb, Alan Taylor banked 3 twenties.
Steven Freear fished Booneys for the first time on Saturday and banked a 21-03 common, Steve Bartlett a mid double and Ryan Murphy a 19-04. Jake Douglas caught a 20-08, Lewis Thomas a 15lb, Millar Woskit 17lb and Lee Morgan 18-02
The Match Canal hosted the 5th match in the Autumn Open Series. Gary Dunning won 1st place with 50lb on peg 21. 2nd was Darren Tait with 40-01 on peg 10, 3rd Del Waite 34lb peg 6and  4th John Patmore 32-13 peg 18..
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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.

Lewis Webb Booneys Sep 241 tc

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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Damsel, was a little quiet this weekend but saw Richard Saunders bag a nice common at 20-15. Gary Hassan also had a common at 15lb and a bream. Dave Varney a 6-08 tench, Simon a 12lb mirror, Duncan Mitchell 3 to 15-08 and Karolis banked an 18lb common and 2 bream.

On Carp Lake, Adam Stevens banked a 23lb and on his first visit to Manor Farm Nathan Stewart landed a 21lb PB. Andy Stapleton also had a 22lb common. Michael Gould bagged 5 commons to 21lb all on Mainline Cell and Jerry James caught 5 commons to 23-08, all on Sticky Baits Krill. Ken Sharpe landed a 18lber. Stuart Raby landed 4 to 19-08 and Daryl Emery 5 to 17-14. Dan Jackson caught 3 commons to 22lb on Milky Toffee pop-ups. Gerry Allbury a 17-15 common and an 18-15 common while Lee Feltham caught 2 low double commons and one of the few mirrors to come out at the weekend at 15lb. A 20-08 common fell to a snowman fished by Brian Morgan. Paul Cook caught 3 to 21-03

On Becks, Sam Gough banked 3 to 15-10, Lee Gilbert 2 to 17-10 and William Lewis 2 to 10-08 and a bream. William, Anthony and Chris caught 7 bream between them and a 14lb common. Dexter Bugg had 3 at 12lb and 2 at 15lb and Mark Barton landed a 16-08 common. Carl Harvey caught 3 to 18-10 and Marin Weemes 2 to 17-04 and Stuart Webber a 15-02.

On Blunham, Vickie Dudley-Cave landed a 13-05 PB common and Ben Hogan a 14-05 mirror.

On Winters, Andy Harrison banked a 16-08 and a cracker at 27lb. Eddie banked to at 18lbs. Keith Barrick bagged a 17-08 common, a 19lb mirror, a 28-08 common and PB 30lb mirror, all on Cell and a Cell bottom bait.

On Booneys, Adam Wilson on his first visit caught a 18lb common and went on to bank another at 29lb. Gregg Taylor had a 15lb. Darren Worley banked a 14lb common and a 24-12 mirror. Andy Stapleton caught a 15lber and Stuart Minney had a great 48 hours catching 7 fish to 29lb.


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There was a sharp drop in air pressure and some pretty miserable weather this weekend keeping a lot of anglers at home. Despite this fish were still caught.

On Damsel, Darren Davie caught 3 bream and a nice 21-02 common.

On Carp Lake, Spencer Hedingham banked a 20-12 and Zac Hedingham 4 commons, 2 at 16lb and 2 at 15lb. Chris Harris caught a 13lb common, a 16-04 mirror and a 4lb tench. Tom Large netted a 16-04 mirror and Craig Daniels 3 to 18lb. Wayne Durler bagged 2 at 12lbs, a 14lb, a 18lb and a 22lb common. Chris Harris caught 3 mid doubles and a 4lb tench and Stefanie Lewis caught her first fish ever, a 17lb carp. John Beavis had 2 to 18-08 and Lee Redhead 3 to 19lb. Miller Woskett banked the orange koi at 15-02 and a common at 22-08

On Becks, Michael Murrell caught 2 to 13lb, Gary Blunt caught a 11lb common and Jacob a 15lb common. Darren caught 2 low doubles, Tom a 12-08 and Michael Gould a 17-08.

On Blunham, Matt Dudley-Cave caught his PB at 15-01 on a method feeder on the last cast of the day.

On Winters, Charlie Page caught 5 to 25-10 and Eddie Page 3 to 15lb. Sam banked an 18-08 and Joe Tasker a 26-02. Steven Freear was looking to beat his PB and did so with The Zip at 29-06, he also banked 4 others, 3 of which were over 20lb. In the week Morgan Bacon had his last 48-hour session on Winters before going back to Uni. He had 9 fish, 6 of which were 20lb plus to solid bags and the beachcaster. The twenties were 22-09 common, 23lb mirror, 25-08 mirror 'TwoTone', 26-12 common, 27-08 mirror 'The Big Scaley' and a 27-10 'The Long Common'.

On Booneys, Jason Smith had 2 to 18-04 and Steve Bartlett 5 fish all around the 17lb mark. Stuart Minney caught 2 to 17lb and Jack Milton on his first visit to Booneys bagged a 14-04 and a stunning 18lb mirror.

The third match of the Autumn Open Series was held on Blunham and was won by Tony Ryan on peg 8 with 14lb, 2nd was Paul Nicholls on peg 1 with 13-05 and 3rd was Darren Tait on peg 6 with 12-12. The August photo competition was won by Andy Uhl for his catch photo of the black and white koi from Carp Lake.


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48-hours on the Waesmere syndicate in Belgium has seen Solar Tackle team member Alain Servaes enjoy 7 takes, with a 32lb mirror and a true ‘old character’ fish tipping the haul before ending the trip in a heart-stopping fashion as he put Solar's Originals Club Mix boilies to great use.

Alain explains: “I arrived at the lake on Monday evening to be told that there had been a social on the lake for the past 3 days and from the 11 anglers only 3 carp were caught. The lake can be very tricky nowadays and so I planned to try something a bit different. Most fish at range, and so I was going to target some margin spots. 

Old character
Old character 

“I positioned two rods on two clear areas in the margins. Hook baits were Originals Club Mix boilies and matching freebies were spread over both spots too.
“At first light came the first bite. A crazy, close-range battle resulted in a 32lb mirror… what a start!

32lb mirror 2

“The day passed quietly until dusk when one of the rods ripped off, but within seconds the fish had found its way in to some sunken trees and it was game over. I topped the spot up with more club Mix boilies and an hour later my rod was away again. It wasn’t the biggest carp in the lake at around the mid twenty mark, but it’s certainly one of the oldest and a great character.

“In a repeat performance, the following day passed without event. With the onset of evening, the rain started to fall heavily. Almost the moment the rain stopped, a couple of hours later, I was in again and quickly landed a small common. The landing net had barely touched the ground again when the second rod tore off and one of the lake’s younger stockies paid me a visit.

“Again, the spots were rebaited with Club Mix boilies and first light brought another bite, this time from a 20lb common, which was quickly followed by another take, and another 20lb common.

20lb common

“Please with my result and needing to get back to work I started to pack up when I got a screaming take. I picked up the rod, but couldn’t stop the fish as it tried to empty the spool. A fun, powerful fight, but the big sturgeon responsible wasn’t exactly what I was after. Even so, it was a hectic way to end the session.”

This awesome 44lb mirror has graced Solar Tackle team member Wesley Lagaert's net as he presented an Originals Club Mix bottom bait and Candy Floss pop-up snowman presentation over a bed of Originals Club Mix and Red Herring boilies.

Fishing an overnighter on the Integra syndicate water in Belgium Wesley had pre-baited a clear area among weed the night before his session.

Club Mix Originals 31

The Originals bait range will be re-released by Solar at the start of September.

A chilly autumnal day on Saturday followed hot late summer sun on Sunday and Monday gave mixed results at Manor Farm this Bank Holiday weekend.

On Damsel, Jack Oakins caught bream and carp to 14-08, Michael Bundy 2 carp to 17lb. Louis Andrews and Anthony Eldridge banked 8 to 20lb and Neil Sewell a 18lb common. Fishing together Sven Anderson banked 4 mid doubles, Chris Guymer 5 to 15lb and Luke Hipgrave 11 to 15lb including the orange koi. Matthew Cornwell banked his UK PB at 22-08 on a Mainline Tutti Fruitti.Graham Bateman and Jason McArdle banked 10 fish between them up to 23lb, one at 10lb and the rest high doubles. Piotr Wojdlowicz caught 3 to 16lb all off the top

On Becks, Alan had a 16-03 common and Will caught 3 to 16lb. Mark Dodd bagged a 15-02 mirror and an 18-01 common on Nash Zig Bugs one foot under the surface. Ed Clarke banked 4 to 20-04 under his rod tip with a pop up over 6mm pellet. Kirk had a 16lb common off the island.Alan Murrell 3 to 16-04 and Kian McCarthy 2 to 18-04. James Coles 4 to 16-08, Manuel Osan 2 to 18lb, and Norbert Hodasz 2 to 19lb

On Carp Lake, Craig Daniels banked the yellow koi at 14-08, Lee Turner banked 2 to 19-08 and Jamie Hunting a 21lb common. Paul Coleman caught a 24lb common and Robin Stannard a 19-02 within a half hour into his day ticket. Mike Lucas had 4 to 15-08, Julie Shadbolt caught an 11-08 carp on the float with 6lb mainline and a size 12 hook, she went on to bag a 23lb mirror on a single white Manilla pop up on a Ronnie Rig. Paul Shadbolt caught 2 to 18lb. Andreas Fencovas caught 3 high doubles to 18lb. Brian Morgan a 19-08 and a 22lb to a chod rig and Lee Morgan a 17-02.Paul Coleman caught a 18lb, a 20-04 and a 22lb. Tommy Atkins banked 4 to 20-14 on a dayticket. Louis Methven bagged his PB at 20lb During the week David Barnham enjoyed his best session so far with 13 fish to 28lb including 4 other twenties.

On Booneys, Francis Jervis 17lb, Paul Hargreaves 15lb, Ricky Clark 17lb and a 19lb, Stuart Minney 3 to 21-07 and Steve landed a 18lber.

On Winters, Greg Foot 21-04 and 2 low doubles, Richard Beaumont 2 to 23lb, Jack McMahon 2 low doubles. Andy and Craig caught one each to 24lb. Steven Ely a 26lb, a 26-12 and a 27-13. Carl Clark a 23-15 common. In the week Daniel Gray enjoyed another good session catching 6 fish including a 26lb 12oz common, a 25lb 2oz common and a PB mirror of 22lb 11oz Morgan Bacon bagged The Big Scaley at 27-15

The second match in the Autumn Open series on the Canal was won by Gary Dunning on peg 8 with 73-04, in second place was Paul Kyle on peg 13 with 65-12 and third was Andy Tebbut on peg 9 with 59lb.


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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!

The Stunner 33lb

“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.

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