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A magnetic fisherman holds practice flares that were recovered from the bottom of a river off Georgia Highway 119 in June at Fort Stewart.

Magnet fishing does not work attract common sense

Three magnet fishermen have fished more than expected at Fort Stewart recently.


The transport included 86 small rockets and other munitions found at the bottom of a river and they cost around $340 in fines, according to The Macon Telegraph.


They posted the experience on their YouTube channel, Outdoors Weekly.


The video has over 3.7 million views.


Finding unexploded ordnance is also not uncommon at Redstone Arsenal. According to Garrison Security Director Mike Moore, 5 to 10 UXOs are discovered each year.


This is why hunters, contractors and anyone else who will work in the ground at the station receive UXO training.


“Never touch, disturb or pick up suspicious objects. If in doubt, call 911 and state you are calling from Redstone Arsenal,” Moore said. “Let emergency responders and UXO-trained personnel do an assessment. UXOs injure and kill people every year around the world. Don’t take the risk of hurting yourself or others.


Since Fort Stewart is federal property, the group was fined for “recreation without a permit, entering a restricted area and unauthorized magnet detection”, according to The Telegraph.


Conservation Law Enforcement Officer Kelly Smith says magnet fishing on the post is a bad idea.


“A few years ago a guy asked me about magnet fishing,” Smith said. “Since it’s not really fishing in the sense that they’re trying to catch a real fish, it’s actually searching for metal objects.


“It’s really not much different from having a metal detector and a shovel. I told the guy no, mainly for the reason that was happening in Georgia. UXOs would be attracted to magnets and that alone makes them unsavory. If someone said their hobby was banging bits with a ball peen hammer into impact ranges, I should be the party pooper on that too.


“Furthermore, since this is federal property, it is illegal to remove items from the facility without express written permission from authorized authorities, which is rarely given. There are also archaeological resources that come into play with this activity and these type resources are also highly protected by several federal laws.


“So I don’t see him having traction here.” For more on hunting and fishing activities permitted at Fort Stewart-Hunter Military Airfield, listen to this weekend’s edition of the Marne Report podcast; available on all major streaming platforms.


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