Charlesworth has set a new complex record, at the popular Cherry Lakes
in Gloucestershire, after banking a 36-4-0 common carp.
owner, Mike Kirsch takes up the story: "Whilst enjoying some good ‘west
country cider’ in the village pub, I got a call from Stephen saying he
had caught a ‘good one’.”How big” I asked? . ”Not sure, but it is bloody
heavy” said Stephen. Needless to say my drink was downed very quickly
and I returned to the lake to help Stephen weigh the fish and photograph
As you can see from the photo above this fantastic common
carp was in tip-top condition and looks sparkling in her winter colours.
Stephen caught her from the near channel in nine feet of water on a
snowman rig. The successful bait was The Cell tipped with a Pink pop-up.
After a few initial bleeps she gave Stephen a slow but steady take and
fought steadily rather than dramatically on the way to the net. A
typical fight from big winter carp in my experience.
I have to
say I think Stephen really deserves this fish. Not only was he the only
angler on the Lake and brave enough to venture out, but he did so even
though he blanked last time out under much more favorable conditions. I
asked him why does he drives all the way down from Castleford in
Yorkshire. His answer was concise….’because I like the set up here and
Cherry Lake has some cracking Carp in it’. Enough said!
the second winter 30+ out this week. A great result given we have only
had two anglers on this week and both parties have caught thirties!
May, this carp has put on over 6lb in weight. As reported before the
carp in Cherry Lake have responded well to the on-going feeding
programme this year as well as the influx of anglers baits.
certainly makes you wonder how big some of the carp are now. I am
confident that there are at least three carp which if caught would push
the Cherry Lake record even higher. I don’t think we will break the 40+
barrier this winter………but you never know?"