Five anglers have been found guilty by Ipswich Magistrates’ Court of fishing illegally over the May Bank Holiday.
They were caught without rod licences in an Environment Agency blitz of Suffolk waters and on Tuesday (10 Sept) were fined between £35 and £165 as well as each being ordered to pay £127 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.
Mark Barrow of Sunnyside Way, Little Clacton, Clacton-on-Sea was found fishing illegally on 25 May 2013 at Suffolk Water Park, Bramford. He was fined £50.
Mark Piper of Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich was also found fishing illegally on the same day and at Suffolk Water Park and was fined £160.
The following weekend, Scott Samuelson of Colchester Road, Lawford, Manningtree was found fishing illegally on 1 June 2013 at Breakaway Lake, Melton. He was fined £35.
Sam Boynton of Tannington, Woodbridge was found at Breakaway Lake, Melton. He was fined £80.
Rhys Evan Clapp of Carriage Close, Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe was caught fishing on 1 June 2013 at Kirton Hall Reservoir. He was fined £100.
The offences were in breach of Section 27(1)(A) the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.
Lesley Robertson, Environmental Crime Team Leader, said: “Our Fisheries Enforcement Officers patrol the watercourses all year round, including holidays and weekends.
“We were pleased to see that most anglers had valid rod licences, as all the money the Environment Agency receives from sales is spent improving fisheries.
“Those who were breaking the rules were caught and now their cases have been brought in front of the court.
“Those who avoid fishing legally with a rod licence will be caught. Anglers should ensure they are properly licensed before going out again to enjoy this worthwhile hobby.”
An annual rod licence for the 2012/13 season remains at 2011 prices, costing £27 for non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels or £72 for salmon and migratory trout. Concessionary licences, which cost £5, are available to juvenile anglers (aged 12-17). Anglers under 12 do not require a licence.
Anglers over 65 and anyone with a Blue Badge parking concession or in receipt of Disability Living Allowance also pays the concessionary adult rate of £18 (non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels) and £48 (salmon and migratory trout).
One to eight-day licences for occasional anglers are also available for £3.75 and £10 (non-migratory trout and char and freshwater fish and eels) or £8 and £23 (salmon and migratory trout).
Licences may be bought from post offices, via the Environment Agency website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fish) or by dialling 0844 800 5386. Alternatively, they can be obtained from any Post Office or via the internet at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence