• A third of anglers fishing without licence, check reveals

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    Almost a third of anglers were caught fishing without a licence during an Environment Agency spot-check last weekend. Tickets were issued to 53 of 178 anglers checked on south Essex waters. Anyone caught without a valid rod licence faces fines up to £2,500, and typical fines have been £250-£500 – quite a hit when you consider a UK adult rod licence costs £27. Lesley Robertson, the agency’s environmental crime team leader, said: “Those issued with offence tickets will almost certainly end up in court. We are disappointed to have found so many anglers illegally fishing.” The operation focused on Hanningfield Reservoir, south of Chelmsford, after the agency received reports of illegal fishing in the area. Full story here.



    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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