Bait-Tech are delighted to announce the signing of newly-turned Professional Boxer Kieren Joseph. Bait-Tech MD Hayley Goldsmith said “The Ipswich based ace has been quickly gaining a reputation in the ring and with such dedication and determination a big future is guaranteed so we had no hesitation in getting him on board. Kieren is no stranger to Bait-Tech having used our range of baits with great success for a number of years and can often be found on the banks of Suffolk Water Park in his time away from training,” 

Kieren had this to say after meeting with Bait-Tech MD Hayley Goldsmith to seal the deal; "I would like to thank Bait-Tech for coming on board and supporting me throughout the journey, I'm so grateful to have another brilliant local business behind me. As many will already know, I love my fishing and when I'm not boxing you'll find me down the lake fishing. I've used their products for many years and they have some incredible baits in the range!" 

Bait-Tech MD Hayley Goldsmith added the following on our latest signing; "We've known Kieren for a number of years through his passion for fishing and it was not a difficult decision to support him on his step to the next level. Supporting local young talent is a pleasure and we wish him all the success in his boxing career." 

Kieren's first professional fight is on 22nd September and you can follow his progress by following his Facebook page which can be found by visiting the link HERE

Bait-Tech are delighted to announce the launch of the final new products of our 2018 product releases. We have thought long and hard about what anglers need on the bank and we're excited to get the new additions out into retailers nationwide and across Europe! 

The 2018 Product Release from Bait-Tech

The 2018 Product Release from Bait-Tech is here! It is a list of baits that perfectly fits into the Suffolk-based, family-run manufacturer's extensive portfolio. With one of the largest bait ranges on the market, there is something for every coarse angler to smile about. 

Adding to the exceptionally popular The Juice Range is a fabulous sweet fishmeal groundbait and Pellet wafters. Expanding on the famous and continually successful Special G Range they have added Special G Glug and Soft Hook Pellets to match the 3 groundbaits. 

A new Big Carp Method Mix with ingredients processed with ADF technology. This process maintains the high nutritional quality of the ingredients and makes them highly digestible. This is more efficient and effective than standard fishmeals and Bait-Tech's ADF fishmeals are from human grade quality fish.

Pro Natural Range has another addition: Fine Lake Dark. There is a perfectly formulated range of Stick Mix Liquids, the Bloodworm pellets are exceptional and there is a perfect addition to their infamous particles: Hemp & Sweetcorn.

With another stylish bucket on the list too - it's going to be a another great year for Bait-Tech.

Here is a taster of some of the new products:


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Big Carp Method Mix ADF Fishmeal
Contains real pungent fishmeals and fish that have been uniquely processed using ADF technology for instant chemo-sensory attraction.

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Special G Glug
For increased attraction and maximum reaction – this is Special G in a glug! You can use it for anything

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Stick Mix Liquids
Increase the attraction of any bait with this range of Stick Mix Liquids. Versatile and with the right amount of Stick!


In total there are 15 different bait items and 2 accessories for the 2018 product list which makes this year's release strong and focused. For the complete 2018 product list and more product information please click here.

"We're very happy with the products we are releasing into the market this year" says Managing Director Hayley Goldsmith, "the development work has been an exciting one as we've been working with ADF ingredients - a new way to process ingredients to retain their nutritional value for instant attraction."

Ian Hirst, Sales & Brand Manager comments "For 2018, we focussed on what was missing from the range and we have certainly filled the gap with some brilliant products".

Andy Neal "being involved with product development is a lot harder than you can imagine as there is so much testing and tweaking to be done. The 3 new groundbaits this year are complete winners and I've been testing the Special G Glug for months now and always have a bottle with me. I can't wait for people to start enjoying these products as much as I have been."

Tony Curd comments "For 2018, the brief was simple - fill the gaps and give anglers the baits they need to catch more fish and win more matches. I believe we have done just that - after a lot of testing I'm really excited to see the results these product will help to achieve!"

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’

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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.


Book here - http://www.cherrylakes.co.uk/

Solar Tackle team member Julien Porquet has landed this impressive chunk of a mirror that tipped the scales at 50lb. No stranger to big carp, this is the Calais-based angler’s third 50lb+ carp since May of this year.

There was a chill wind blowing at Manor Farm this weekend and a few leaves turning yellow but anglers were still enjoying sport.

On Damsel, Chesa Claudiu banked a 17lb a 20lb and several bream to 9lb. Jay Burton a 14lb while Sam and Neil Sibley had 3 to 22-06 from the margin.

On Carp Lake, Andrew Dorrington caught a 19lb common. Richard Pigram a 16lb common using a krill pop up on a chod. Chris Buckland had 2 to 15lb. Stan 2 to 19lb, Paul had a 18lb mirror, Simon Chitty 2 to 21lb and Mark Hook 2 to 14-08. Phil Grimshaw caught a 17lb common and Lloyd Chapman a 14lb common. James Cowling 2 commons to 21lb from the margin. Steven Freear bagged up with 10 to 21-11 and a 6-02 tench.

On Becks, Sam and Dan had 5 between them to 15lb, Rob McDonald a 12lb common and a 4lb tench to a solid bag in the margin. Leigh Amer a 15lber and a 18lber. Shaun had a 16lber and Neil sewell a 22-05

On Canal, Paul Hutchins was catching plenty of carp around the 6lb mark in the margin.

On Winters, Tony banked a 15-08 and a 29lb common. Reffa 3 mid doubles and Paul a 18lb and a 22lb. During the week Jonny Fromant landed his PB mirror with a nice scaley at 20-12

On Booneys, Dean Hilton caught a 14-08 common to a method feeder fished over to the reeds from The Point swim. Coming down from Southport Jake Turner landed a 21lb fish and Josh Harvery had 3 to 18lb. Josh Virgo banked a 22lb common and a 23lb mirror, his friend Oli Fisher had a 24-10 common. Ross Sterwart a 16lb common. David Byrnes at the north end a 29-04 common to krill.


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Solar Tackle is pleased to announce the signing of Dave Wood to the Solar Tackle team. The 29-year-old fishery manager from Surry already has a well-earned reputation for successfully targeting

big carp, and is particularly good at succeeding on tricky venues with short sessions.


Commenting on joining the Solar Tackle team Dave said: "I've got a long association with Solar Tackle and Founder Martin Locke ever since working for Martin for brief spell after I left Sparsholt

College.  "I'm thrilled to be part of the close-nit Solar team and having seen the new projects that are coming from the Solar camp, not least the Originals baits, I'm excited to be part of it.”

One of Europe’s most prolific big carp anglers is back at Solar Tackle as Arjen Uitbeijerse rejoins the Solar team.

Well-known for targeting, and catching, some of Europe’s biggest carp, Arjen has one of the most impressive catch records of any carp angler. With a PB of 91lb, the famous Scar Fish from Les Graviers, and with 9 carp over 77lb to his name including The Brown Fish, Perfect Common, Scarface, Ten Scale, The Pig, Big Common, Red Belly, Long common to name a few, and as editor and owner of Spiegel Magazine Arjen is truly a big-carp specialist.

Having spent 3 years as part of the Solar Team previously, Arjen is returning after a short time away. Having seen the projects in the pipeline at Solar Tackle and with the imminent re-launch of The Originals bait range, it’s no coincidence that Arjen’s timing is perfect and, along with the other team members, Arjen will form a key part of the Solar family as the UK brand pushes forward like never before.

Having officially joined the Solar Team Arjen is currently 3 days in to a session at Feuilette in France using the soon-to-be-released Originals boilies. His current tally is 20 carp, with some being over 50lb. In fact he’s landed 9 to nearly 60lb in just 6 hours!

Commenting on the sponsorship Arjen said; “I’m thrilled to be back on board with Solar, and particularly to be using the Solar baits again. Behind the scenes the plans for the future are huge, both short term and long term, and it’ll be great to part of this given my past ties with the Solar brand and my long-standing friendship with Solar Tackle founder Martin Locke.

Arjen Uitbeijerse and Martin Locke Back together again

“I’ve got some tough lakes in my sights for the coming months, most of which are new venues for me, so I can’t wait to get out there and really put the new baits to best effect.”

Watch this space, and Solar Tackle’s online platforms for plenty of impressive catch reports, videos and more from Arjen.

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. 

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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!

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“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.

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

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