Two bombs in two weeks. That is the catch of the Deventer magnetic fishermen Angelo Mullekes and Dennis Versluis. The bombs were detonated by the EOD, but the two continue their hobby. They do call for good information. “You have to know what you’re doing.”
Today, the two men are going to have fishing magnets for sale at the clay holes of Smulders in Lonneker, near the former airbase Twenthe. In the Second World War, the clay holes were a popular dumping ground for war gear that the retreating Germans had to get rid of. At the Lonnekerberg the magnetic fishermen found an airplane bomb earlier.
Magnetic fish prohibited
World War II bombs are still common. When asked whether magnetic fish should be banned, precisely because of the explosives, Angelo is very resolute: “No. It’s a wonderful hobby, but education is important. You have to know what you’re doing.”
So it’s not completely harmless. “I think it’s wise to have children under the age of sixteen supervised magnetic fishing. Before you know it, they’ll put a collection of explosives in their attic room. But if you’re careful, magnetic fish contributes to safety. After all, we detect unexploded explosives.
But how does magnetic angler Angelo know if he has a bomb on the ‘hook’? “If I hit two or three times a bit hard, and it’s the size of a grenade or bomb, I become cautious.”
Angelo continues: “I have also very carefully brought up those two bombs recently and immediately called the authorities. The one near the IJssel was four meters from the shore. It’s a good thing we found it.
Today the capture of Angelo and Dennis is less dangerous. Angelo goes into the water in a wetsuit, with a rod he goes up and down in the bottom. It doesn’t take long before he hits something. A key. “Not interesting, but still, it could point to more.”