FOUR men have been fined after fishing illegally.
Lloyd Batty, of Meadowfield Drive in Barnsley, Carlo Ciarciaglini, of The Drive in Batley, Scott Mansley, of Greengrove Bank in Rochdale and Paul Scott, of Blackhill Crescent in Gateshead, were dealt with by Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
They each admitted a charge of fishing with an unlicensed fishing rod and line.
None of the men attended at the Huddersfield court but they pleaded guilty by post.
James Cameron, agent prosecutor for the Environment Agency, said the incidents all happened at Ladywood Fishery in Mirfield.
He said that on June 13 Batty, 21, was witnessed by a water bailiff patrolling the lake.
Mr Cameron said that Batty was fishing with three rods and lines.
However, his licence covered him for use of only two lines and rods.
Magistrates were told that the circumstances were similar with Ciarciaglini, 21, Mansley, 30, and Scott, 40, who were at the lake on June 27.
Batty was ordered to pay £200 fine, while Ciarciaglini was fined £125.
Mansley was fined £100 and Scott was told to pay £100.
All men also have to each pay £127.47 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.