Two anglers pleaded guilty to fishing illegally when they appeared at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

Jay Coulson, 32, of Spexhall Way, Lowestoft, admitted fishing without a licence at Catch 22 Fishing Centre, Lyng, on July 26 last year when he appeared at the court on February 22.

He was fined £330 and ordered to pay costs of £157 costs.

Jonas Musinskas, 36, of Oak Close, Thetford, pleaded guilty in absence to the charge of fishing without a licence on at Fendicks Pit, Northwold, on July 17 last year.

Musinakas was fined £290 and ordered to pay £157 costs. Both anglers were caught by Environment Agency baliffs carrying out regular patrols.

Lesley Robertson, Environment Agency’s enforcement team leader for the East Anglia area, said: “The vast majority of anglers who fish legally deserve to see those who flout the law brought to account.

“Our Fisheries Enforcement officers patrol the watercourses all year round and those who avoid fishing legally with a rod licence will be caught. Anglers should ensure they are properly licensed before going out to enjoy this worthwhile hobby.”