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Angler who pulled unexploded grenade from canal explains how magnet fishing works

Keen angler Tony Randall fished out an unexploded grenade from a canal after swapping his hook for a magnet.

The 75-year-old former mechanic, who has been angling for fish for more than 40 years, has taken up the hobby of magnet fishing.

Tony, of Countesthorpe, went magnet fishing with pal Ian Nicholson and they pulled out a Second World War grenade from the Grand Union canal in Kibworth Harcourt, near Market Harborough, on Tuesday.

Police sealed off the area and called in the Army.

(Image: Peter Fothergill)

The bomb squad was called in and detonated the grenade in field in a controlled explosion.

Tony outlined just what you need to take up the increasingly popular pastime.

 

He said: “Ian had seen a couple of videos on You Tube about magnet fishing and asked me if I fancied having a go at it.

The grenade

The grenade was found in the Grand Union Canal in Kibworth Harcourt
(Image: Tony Randall)

“We went online and sent off for two £35 fishing magnets. When they arrived in the post we set off for the canal.”

Tony has only been out magnet fishing twice and has already pulled out a grenade, a safe, a bike, and a car seat.

Tony Randall of Counteshorpe pulled a hand grenade out of the canal in Kibworth while magnet fishing. With the safe he retrieved from the canal. Photo by Peter Fothergill

Tony Randall of Counteshorpe pulled a hand grenade out of the canal in Kibworth while magnet fishing. With the safe he retrieved from the canal. Photo by Peter Fothergill
(Image: Peter Fothergill)

He said: “I love the relaxation you get from a day angling but this magnet fishing is quite exciting. You just never know what you might pull out of the water.”

Tony said the magnet fishing equipment consists of a 20 foot long piece of rope with a magnet on the end. The magnet, which is about three inches in diameter, is capable of lifting 350lb.

Thee grenade covered in sandbags before it was blown up

Thee grenade covered in sandbags before it was blown up
(Image: Susan Clark)

“You just find a stretch of water where you are allowed to be then throw the magnet in and see what comes up,” he said.

“The fun is in the unknown, in not not knowing what you might dredge up. We’ve only been twice and fished out some unusual stuff.

 

“If this is how it is all the time then it’s great. It’s a bit like treasure hunting.

The grenade after it was blown up

The grenade after it was blown up
(Image: Susan Clark)

“I suppose we are like those people with metal detectors on land except that we are detecting underwater.

“You search in the hope that you find something valuable or beautiful or both but maybe not explosive.”

The magnet

The magnet
(Image: Peter Fothergill)

Tony’s guide to what you need to go magnet fishing:

  • A line and magnet (£35 approx)
  • A set of rubber gloves
  • A bucket
  • A bit of luck
  • A mobile phone to call the police if you find an unexploded grenade

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