Leicester

Anglers angry over use of nets in River Soar

Anglers in Leicestershire are concerned that some fishermen are using illegal nets to take fish from the River Soar.

Quorn Angling Society's Joff Woodgett said nets are being used where only line fishing is permitted.

The Environment Agency said any illegal fishing should be reported to the agency hotline.

Al Watson, of the Environment Agency, said: "We have to catch people in the act so we rely on people reporting it to us."

"If a group of people are using nets, boats or electrical equipment, people are going to have their suspicions aroused I would have thought," he said.

Mr Woodgett said: "Our members pay a permit a membership and a licence but the sport is quite poor. Areas where we have caught chub are devoid of fish at the moment.

"If anyone sees anything suspicious please call the police … don't get involved but call them up."

Anyone caught fishing without a proper rod licence can be fined up to £2,500.

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