Environment Agency officials are calling on anglers who find illegal set lines to report them, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph reports today.
Rita Penman's quote will no doubt cause a few wry wmiles in the Fens.
"It is a very cruel way to fish, and although we have not caught many offenders, we have heard lots of anecdotal evidence of it taking place in rivers across the region," she tells the paper.
And what happened when a journalist and a PAC member who was an ex-police officer caught a pensioner who had placed a number of set lines on the Forty Foot Drain red handed..?
They decided not to prosecute, because it was not considered in the public interest.