A 28-year old man was ordered to pay almost £1,000 after being caught fishing with an unlicensed rod and line.
The court heard that the defendant was found in possession of an “unlicensed fishing instrument”, namely a rod and line, with the intention of using it for fishing on May 5, this year.
The incident happened at Beedles Lake, a beauty spot near East Goscote.
Magistrates found him to have been in breach of Section 27(1)(b) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.
Kirk was ordered to pay a total of £957, which includes a fine of £220 and £737 costs.
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Following the verdict, Pete Haslock, Fisheries Enforcement Team Leader for the Environment Agency said: “We take all kinds of illegal fishing extremely seriously – whether it’s those fishing without a licence, or licensed anglers using illegal equipment.
“This case shows anglers how seriously the courts take these offences and we hope it will act as a deterrent to other anglers who flout the laws.”
He added: “Illegal fishing is not fair on other anglers who fish within the law, and it also endangers the future of the sport by damaging the sustainability of fish stocks.
“We regularly carry out enforcement operations to protect fish stocks and improve fisheries and urge anyone who has any information about any incidents of illegal fishing to report them to us so we can investigate.”
Anyone who suspects anglers of fishing illegally are urged to report them using the Environment Agency’s 24/7 hotline on 0800 807060, or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.