Large pike rescued from flood water on Pitchcroft, Worcester, was "angler's dream"

Evesham Journal: PIKE! Fish rescued from floodwater at Pitchcroft. Picture: Environment Agency PIKE! Fish rescued from floodwater at Pitchcroft. Picture: Environment Agency

HUGE fish including a 15lbs pike were saved from certain death during a slippery Environment Agency rescue mission.

The Environment Agency rescued between 50 and 60 large fish from a pond in Pitchcroft in Worcester today, including pike, bream and roach in a race against time before the fish either suffocated or were devoured by ravenous birds.

David Throup, an Environment Agency Manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said the organisation was aware of certain 'hotspots' where fish could get stranded, including Pitchcroft in Worcester, Northwick in Worcester, Upton Hams and Powick Hams, targeting those areas for the rescue effort.

Some of the fish, he said, were an "angler's dream" and were what he said could be described as big mature, specimen fish.

Many were in pristine condition except for one of the pikes which had a few chunks taken out of him.

A four-man EA team used nets to catch the fish before they died in between six and eight inches of water.

The fish were rescued, weighed and then returned to the river Severn.

Mr Throup said: "Normally it's a summer issue and not such a problem in the winter.

"We just have to wait until the water drops.

"It is a battle between us and the birds.

"The fish tend to congregate in the last remaining bit of water.

"The conditions were foul and they were starting to suffocate.

"They had only been in distress for the last few hours. The size has surprised me."

He said this year the floods had been so severe as to wash out larger fish while smaller fish has already been made a meal of by some of the birds.

The fish were weighed and measured, put in buckets and released into the Severn.

If people do see fish in distress Mr Throup urged them to ring the Environment Agency incident helpline on 0800 807060.

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4:51pm Fri 28 Feb 14

tub_thumper says...

We'll, if they're going to save fish from their suffocating death then what's the point of stating that they're an "angler's dream"? I'm sure the fish would prefer a metal hook jabbed through it's mouth! Geez...
We'll, if they're going to save fish from their suffocating death then what's the point of stating that they're an "angler's dream"? I'm sure the fish would prefer a metal hook jabbed through it's mouth! Geez... tub_thumper
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8:12pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Jay1981 says...

shut up moronic comment
shut up moronic comment Jay1981
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10:40pm Fri 28 Feb 14

PrivateSi says...

Angleslers dreamess are alrez\ WET!"
Angleslers dreamess are alrez\ WET!" PrivateSi
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3:36pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Peter WR5 says...

On advice from Captain Mainwaring, I hope that Pike didn't give his name.
On advice from Captain Mainwaring, I hope that Pike didn't give his name. Peter WR5
  • Score: 5

9:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

New Kid on the Block says...

I am sure that many anglers would quite like to catch a pike of this size but I would hardly say it is an anglers dream.
The British Record Pike weighs more than 3 times this amount at 46 pounds and 13 ounces with the World Record a massive 63 pounds and 14 ounces .
I am sure that many anglers would quite like to catch a pike of this size but I would hardly say it is an anglers dream. The British Record Pike weighs more than 3 times this amount at 46 pounds and 13 ounces with the World Record a massive 63 pounds and 14 ounces . New Kid on the Block
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