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Phase Two - Mixed Fish Lake
The water on the right as you enter the car park on Phase Two, Mixed Fish Lake is oval in shape with a central island running down the spine giving 30 metres of water between the bank and the island.
To preserve the natural feel of this water the pegs have been spaced 10 metres apart which provides plenty of room for both pleasure and match anglers.
Built with sides which again slope down at 45 degrees to an average depth of six feet and then back up at 45 degrees to the island, Mixed Fish Lake differs from the other Whetstone Gorse waters in that some 200 young barbel were added two years ago, the best of which now top the 1lb mark and are caught regularly.
Anglers who fish this lake say they love the barbel because, although still small, they give a really good account of themselves. Most of the barbel fall to baits of meat or pellets.
The main fish species in the lake are the common and mirror carp which average about 4lbs in weight but run to between 15lbs and 16lbs with plenty of low doubles. There are also plenty of crucian carp to about 1lb, tench to 2lbs, perch to about 1lb and a good head of roach and rudd which average 8oz but run to 1lb.
Mixed Fish Lake is a good match water which fishes evenly whichever peg you draw. It is shallowest at the lily ends of the island and every peg has at least six feet of water in front of it.
As it to be expected it is worth fishing the track between the bank and the island but fishing in the margins and close to the island are also very effective, leading to average match catches of about 40lbs although currently the four-hour match record stands at just over 80lbs.
Once again the best baits tend to be small pieces of meat, sweetcorn, soft hooker pellets, paste, bread and casters and maggots, although as with Specimen Carp Pool prawns and mussels are also good for the larger carp.
Phase Two - Carp and Mixed Fish Lake
The Carp and Silver Fish water on Phase Two at Whetstone Gorse is kidney shaped and again has a central island along its spine giving anglers a feature to fish towards.
With 16 metres of water between the bank and the island, the sides are again cut at 45 degrees to a six feet deep central track before rising again at 45 degrees to the island. At each end of the island there is a two feet deep ledge which is planted with reeds.
Naturally it pays to fish to this ledge as the fish tend to hold up around the reeds, so fishing either on top of it where there are no reeds or down the slope and at the bottom of the slope can give great results.
However, anglers should note that if they are fishing near the top of the slop or on the ledge hooked fish immediately bolt for the cover of the reeds so anglers need to fish heavier tackle and turn them quickly into open water after as soon as they strike.
Most anglers fishing Carp and Mixed Fish Lake go after the common and mirror carp, which run to between 16lbs and 18lbs but average 6lbs and 8lbs with plenty of low doubles between 10lbs and 12lbs. The best mirror carp to come out in 2013 weighed 13lbs.
Like the other Whetstone Gorse waters there are also a good head of crucian carp - again to around 1lb - and some ghost carp in the lake, although these are not as big as the commons or mirrors at around the 4lbs mark with a smattering of bigger fish.
The silver fish species are largely made up of rudd and roach, both of which run to 1lb, and perch to about 8oz.
One of the features of the rudd is that they are in pristine condition and a delight to catch. They also help to bump up match weights with the current match record again standing at about 80lbs.
When fishing Carp and Mixed Fish Lake it pays to fish to the island or in the margins whilst in the winter months the carpo always tend to hang out where there are bullrushes.
As with the other Whetstone Gorse waters, best baits tend to be meat, sweetcorn, paste, pellets and bread with prawns and mussels again good for the bigger carp.
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Whetstone Gorse has a well designed website where information and photographs plus a full list of the angling rules can be found at www.whetstonegorse.co.uk.
How to get there...
Whetstone Gorse is a short drive from the Leicester end of the M69 motorway. On leaving the motorway take the A5460 signposted Fosse Park, Leicester and then branch left and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A563 signposted Ring Road, Leicester South and East. At the Fosse Park Junction continue forward on the A563 and at the Soar Valley Way traffic lights turn right onto the A426 following the signs for Rugby. Go over the next four roundabouts, staying on the A426, and then at the staggered crossroads turn left into Countesthorpe Road. After 200 yards turn right into Hill Lane and then right into Willoughby Road. A short way down here you will see the entrance to Phase Two on the left along Willoughby Lane.
Click on the map to the right for more detail. Whetstone Gorse is shown as Claybrooke Mill.
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