Press release

Cheating angler hooks hefty fine for fishing illegally

A Wellingborough angler has netted a hefty fine of nearly £500 after being successfully prosecuted by the Environment Agency for fishing illegally in Northamptonshire.


Roman Rybacki, 45, of Chaucer Road, Wellingborough was fined £150, ordered to pay £320 costs and a £20 victim surcharge by magistrates last week (29 June).

The court heard that Rybacki was found to be fishing at Stanwick Lake Fisheries, Stanwick, without a rod licence on 4 October, 2015.

The case heard at Northampton Magistrates’ Court was brought by the Environment Agency.

Peter Stark, Senior Enforcement Officer for the Environment Agency, said:

Anglers who fish without a valid rod licence need to be aware our water bailiffs are out checking.

If they are caught we won’t hesitate to prosecute.

Every year across the country, thousands of anglers are prosecuted for not having a fishing licence. The maximum fine for those caught without a licence is £2,500. Any angler aged 12 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence.

An annual licence costs from just £27 (concessions available). You can buy your rod licence online from the Post Office, at your local Post Office or by phoning 0344 800 5386.

All income from rod licence sales is used to fund our work to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries. This includes improving habitats for fish and facilities for anglers, tackling illegal fishing and working with partners to encourage people to give fishing a go.

Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Published 8 July 2016