The Environment Agency is reminding anglers of the importance of having a rod licence, after a local angler was ordered to pay over £900 for fishing without an appropriate licence.
Ladislav Kobak of Beakes Road, Smethwick was fined £600, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £60 victim surcharge after being found to be in breach of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975). On 13 September 2015, Environment Agency bailiffs found Kobak breaking the rules at Stanchards Pit, off the River Avon in Tewkesbury.
The case, heard at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, was brought by the Environment Agency.
Following the verdict, an Environment Agency spokesman said:
We are pleased with the outcome and hope that it will provide a deterrent for any angler thinking of fishing illegally. All the money raised from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, benefitting anglers. Those cheating the system will be prosecuted.
Every year across the country thousands of anglers are prosecuted for breaking the law. As well as swindling other anglers, fishing illegally can carry a hefty penalty. Getting caught without an appropriate licence could land you with a fine of up to £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.
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.