A man pulls a metal object from a magnet fishing sets
Up to 250,000 euros fine
unlike normal fishing, magnet fishing is extremely dangerous. Because instead of carp, pike and eels, old shells and ammunition from the Second World War can stick to the magnet. In February, a magnet fisherman had an experience he would gladly have done without: he fished a pistol out of the Main River near Veitshöchheim (Würzburg district).
Magnetic anglers use strong magnets attached to lines to pull all kinds of metal scrap out of the water – a fairly inexpensive hobby that has been in vogue for some time. But the police investigate magnet fishermen time and again. So far this year, in a total of two cases, last year there were ten. According to investigators, magnet fishermen have pulled grenades out of the water six times and an explosive device once. Both the Lower Franconia police headquarters and the Schweinfurt water police therefore warn against the hobby. Especially in the greater Würzburg area, there is still a high potential of danger due to the bombing of the city on March 16, 1945.