No fewer than 4,330 rod licence cheats were caught by Environment Agency bailiffs over the course of 2007.
If more incentive were needed to encourage anglers to abide by fisheries rules, the courts forced those cheats to pay almost £610,000 in fines and costs.
Getting caught fishing without a rod licence led to these ill-advised anglers being hit by the courts with an average of £140 in fines and costs.
On top of those fines the courts cautioned 35 other anglers, banned a man from Hastings for a year and banned another man from Staines for 30 months.
The next rod licence year runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.
Licnces are available over the internet at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence or from your loval Post Office.