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Martin Woodroffe kicked off his 2017 river season with a new personal best when he landed this beautiful 13lb 8oz barbel which he caught off the island during an early evening session at the end of June. Martin took the fish on a single halibut pellet hookbait.
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Evesham managing director Ian Chambers celebrated his personal best pike when he landed this 28lb beauty just before the March close season.
Ian, who runs a building and contruction firm, was on only his second visit to Anchor Meadow and was float fishing a roach deadbait in the upstream entrance of the lock when the fish took.
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Anchor Meadow regular Lee Osborne has landed Anchor Meadow's biggest fish of 2016 with a beautiful 14lbs 3oz specimen (right) taken off the point whilst night fishing.
Having arrived as it was going dark, Lee hand-fed boilies and hemp close into the margin with one rod and set up another out in the main river.
He then fished a pva bag filled with crushed halibut pellets, boilies and hemp on 12lb line to a Size 8 hook.
Lee, who works as a recruitment officer, said:"The fish took my margin bait at about 2.30 in the morning and as soon as it screamed off I knew I was into a good one. It took me up and down the river for 20 minutes before coming to the net"
And just to show that you don't have to have years of experience and be a veteran specimen hunter to succeed, Benjamin Barnes, a 13-years-old newcomer to river fishing, caught the barbel bug after pulling out more than 14 fish during his first three visits to Anchor Meadow. Benjamin, pictured above, caught his fish on ledgered luncheon meat.
Anchor Meadow continues to produce top quality fish with barbel to 14lbs 8oz coming to the net in the last two 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.