ANGLING star Bob James and angling journalist Steve Martin have both been fined after pleading guilty at Hereford Magistrates.

Bob, star of 1990s BBC TV hit A Passion for Angling and Steve, who is deputy editor for angling monthly title Total Coarse Fishing, were caught red handed fishing a secluded stretch of the River Wye, Herefordshire.

The court heard that on June, 14, 2012, Robert Edward James of Downton, Wiltshire and Steve Martin of Daventry, Northamptonshire were found by Environment Agency enforcement officers to be fishing for coarse fish during the annual Close Season on the River Wye in Herefordshire.

Magistrates fined each man £200 and ordered both to pay £150 costs and £15 victim surcharge. Bob was also ordered to forfeit fishing tackle that was seized at the time offence.

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