Red Circle Angling Club, Thurcaston Road, Leicester
How the club was formed
Red Circle Angling Club was set up on the site of an old marina and accessed via Thurcaston Road, Leicester in 2002. It was conceived jointly by the Leicester City Council and the Environment Agency, who constructed swims and paths. A committee was formed to manage the water and to be responsible for forming an angling club on the site. The club has astrong committee who meet on the first Monday of every month at Birstall Social Club, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester to discuss any issues that may arise with either members or with the fishing water. The club is required to observe a Closed Season and this is from March 15th to June 15th inclusive every year.
Fish that are available are Carp, Pike, Bream, Chubb, Roach, Tench, Rudd, Perch, and Gudgeon (anything that swims in the River Soar swims in the basins).
There are two 'basins' which have a total of 35 pegs, and 5 additional pegs which are on the River Soar. One of the basins has an area set aside as a nature reserve, as agreed with Leicester City Council, who are the landlords of the area.
Our members enjoy a stress-free fishing experience with the site being behind locked gates. Junior members are positively encouraged and parents can be assured that, as far as possible, they will be in a safe fishing environment. We have a fully qualified coach who organises and runs the junior matches and can be contacted by anyone who needs any assistance with their fishing technique.
As part of the membership package we have third party insurance for members fishing anywhere in the world.
During the main fishing season we have fishing matches on selected Sundays and Wednesdays for adult members and from June to end of October on selected Saturdays for junior members. All match dates are noted in the membership books. Also, see the Information page on this site. All adult matches are Open matches and are usually held on the last Sunday of the month.
In 2013 we resurrected the annual Fur & Feather match for prizes and this match will be held near Christmas, the date can be found in the membership book.
Junior match members are treated to a day out at different angling venues to give them a different fishing experience. We aim to have representatives from the junior section; our current junior representative has now moved to the adult section so we are now looking for a replacement.
We have been informed of a disease call Carp Herpes which is getting hold in the Midlands area. A local fishery had to close for 3 months whilst cleaning went on and dead fish removed and the lake re-stocked.
The disease is passed on mainly via damp or wet keep nets so we are starting to take precautions to keep this at bay now.
As the disease is passed on mainly via damp or wet nets we have been advised that we ensure that no wet or damp nets are used in matches or for general pleasure angling until further notice. Nets must be put out to dry before they enter the water and must be completely dry before use.
Failure to ensure that this simple precaution is being used may result in a blanket ban on all nets for the foreseeable future.