ENVIRONMENT Agency bailiffs netted 76 anglers fishing illegally in South Yorkshire over the last year.
Hundreds of sites across the county were visited between April last year and last month, and 6,853 people were questioned. Some 697 were reported for fisheries offences.
In Sheffield 28 offenders were prosecuted and fined, in Rotherham there were 13, in Barnsley there was one, and in Doncaster 34.
Another 10 were prosecuted in North Derbyshire.
Peter Mischenko, Environment Agency fisheries technical officer, said: “It can cost as little as £27 to buy a rod licence and all of the money goes back into maintaining, improving and protecting our fisheries. Those who choose not to buy a licence are not only breaking the law, but are cheating honest anglers.” Call 08701 662 662.