Mesh net and 29 fish confiscated from two people at Keepit Dam

Netted: A police officer and a DPI Fisheries officer hold up the illegal mesh net with the 29 that two people were allegedly caught with at Keepit Dam.

Netted: A police officer and a DPI Fisheries officer hold up the illegal mesh net with the 29 that two people were allegedly caught with at Keepit Dam.

Two fishermen have been caught red handed at Keepit Dam over the weekend.

The two alleged offenders were illegally using a 35m mesh net, and face numerous offences including possess fish illegally taken

DPI Fisheries

After receiving an anonymous tip off from a fellow angler, NSW Fisheries Officers and the local police apprehended two people using a 35m long mesh net, which at the time was full of fish.

A post on the NSW Department of Primary Industry Fisheries Facebook page stated that “excellent information was received via the Fishers Watch phone line.”

“The information enabled NSW DPI Fisheries Officers, with the assistance of NSW Police to apprehend two people illegally fishing at Keepit Dam in north west NSW,” the post said.

“The two alleged offenders were illegally using a 35m mesh net in the waters of Keepit Dam, and face numerous offences including possess fish illegally taken, and unlawful use of net.

On the hook: The 29 fish that were in the net were of a variety of species and sizes, including European Carp.

On the hook: The 29 fish that were in the net were of a variety of species and sizes, including European Carp.

“Officers seized the mesh net and 29 fish of various species. The net and fish have been retained as evidence.”

Only hoop nets, hand hauled yabby nets and landing nets are permitted in inland waters.