Angler in hot water over illegal fishing

A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court. A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court.
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John Austin Gaydon, 44, represented himself on Wednesday accused of possessing a Murray cod illegally taken and five other charges.

Anyone convicted of possessing a fish illegally taken could face maximum penalties of stiff fines or jail terms or both.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said the matters before him were quite serious allegations.

Mr Gaydon sought an adjournment to gain legal advice ahead of entering a plea.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 5am on April 5 and 12.46am on April 6 at Narromine.

The Dubbo man is accused of possessing a prohibited size Murray Cod in excess of one metre.

He is charged with possessing a fish illegally taken – a Murray Cod – caught via a non-attended hand line.

Mr Gaydon is also charged with being master of boat not preventing serious fishing offences.

He is accused of resisting or obstructing a fisheries officer by being master of boat failing to stop when directed.

He is also charged with leaving a hand-held line unattended in the Macquarie River and with using more than two hand-held lines in inland waters.

The matter was adjourned to October 21.

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