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Fifteen years old Ben Tidmarsh proved yet again that age is no barrier to catching good sized barbel when he landed this 12lb specimen during an action packed day session with his uncle on the opening day of the 2018 season.
Fishing with his uncle Tim, Ben ledgered luncheon meat in the fast water three pegs down from the weir to have a dream session which saw him take a total of five chub to 4lbs 8oz and six barbel which included fish of 12lbs, 9lbs, 6lb 8oz, 5lb 2oz and two of 7lbs.
Ben's latest rod bending haul is the second time he has bagged up on Anchor Meadow barbel. Two years ago as a 13-years-old newcomer to river fishing, he caught the barbel bug after pulling out more than 14 fish during his first three visits to Anchor Meadow.
Meanwhile Ben's uncle Tim, fishing the second peg below the weir, had two barbel, five chub and an eel before packing up and handing over his peg to an angler from Wimbledon - who went on to catch a fish which tipped the scales at 11lbs.
The decision by self-employed Oldbury karate instructor Phil Gibbs to fish the calmer and deeper water off the Meadow rather than the more popular Island pegs at Anchor Meadow paid off handsomely when he landed this 11lb 8oz barbel (left) and a chub which tipped the scales at 5lb 4oz (below).
The rig on which he took the chub was an 11-foot Rovex John Wilson Avon rod and Okuma Longbow XT 665 reel loaded with 18lb Prologic Mimicry Mirage EXP Camo line. His end tackle was the same as that with which he used on the barbel rig but this time his bait was a 15mm CND Queen Crab Boilie with pva mesh pellet ball glugged in CND Queen crab glug.
Anchor Meadow continues to produce top quality fish with barbel to 14lbs 8oz coming to the net in recent years. Double figure specimens tend to be caught by anglers fishing at night although plenty of fish in the 7lb to 8lb range are caught during dylight hours. In addition, roach weighing over 2lbs and good sized chub have been caught, including one of 7lbs 2oz.
Anchor Meadow has been run as a private fishery for more than 20 years and has built a reputation as one of the most consistently productive and varied stretches on the Warwickshire Avon.
Although the fishery has only 40 pegs, these vary between deep slow moving water for carp, tench, bream, roach, perch and pike to shallower fast-running stretches favoured by those after some big barbel and chub.
The variety of fishing is matched only by the quality. Anchor Meadow has been a favourite with well-known names and ordinary anglers alike, and with carp to 48lbs, Pike to over 30lbs, barbel well into double figures, tench to over 7lbs, bream to 9lbs and good sized roach and perch, its easy to see why.
2010 saw the capture of the biggest barbel to come out of the Anchor Meadow stretch so far when an 18lb fish was taken from the slow moving water above the weir - the stretch where many large 2010 fish were caught. This is unusual in that in the past the bigger barbel generally tended to come from the fast moving water below the weir off the island.
The previous best Anchor Meadow fish weighed in at just over 16lbs. Other recent top quality fish have included a carp of over 40lbs and a pike of a similar weight. Both these fish were taken from the slower moving water along the meadow.
Anchor Meadow's facilities were further enhanced for 2010 by owners Ken and Margaret Fisher, who are always on hand to offer advice, with the construction of new ladies and gents toilets and showers.
The result is that anglers travel from throughout the UK stay for short angling breaks at Anchor Meadow and with Evesham, Worcester and Stratford on the doorstep there are a host of good pubs, restaurants, shops and tourists attractions within easy driving distance.
There are both camping and caravanning facilities on site with toilets and showers. Electric hook-ups are also available for caravans for an addition £3.50 per night.
Because Anchor Meadow is popular at weekends, particularly during the summer, anglers wanting to fish on Saturdays or Sundays are advised to telephone in advance to check peg availability. However, the river is usually quieter mid-week so telephoning in advance is not necessary unless you are travelling from further afield.
Anglers can drive their cars to nearly all the pegs at Anchor Meadow. Those heading for the slow deeper pegs along the Meadow stretch should either head across the meadow itself or drive down the lane and turn left just before the bridge. Those going to the Island pegs should drive over the bridge and turn either left or right.
Anglers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
The caravan price includes awnings and electrics.
** Tent prices are per person and do not include electricity.