POOR weather and high profile televised events have seen rod licence sales fall.

New annual licences went on sale April 1 in England and Wales and have been followed by the wettest two months ever known in many areas, leading into first the Jubilee now football’s Euro 2012 with the Olympics to follow.

A decline in sales has seen the Environment Agency ‘beef-up’ licence checks to ensure that people are fishing legally.

EA bailiffs were out in force over the last long Bank Holiday weekend.  They checked 7,175 anglers’ licences at 631 fisheries over the four days. Almost 500 anglers were found to be fishing without a licence and could face a hefty fine.

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