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Fishermen’s huge ‘catch’ of 86 rockets and ammo during trip near military base

Magnet fishermen have "caught" a weapons haul of 86 rockets and a great deal of ammunition while fishing near a military base.

Their haul was found inside of an airline duffel bag submerged in a river near to military base Fort Stewart in Georgia, USA, with the fishermen fined for finding the bag.

Included with the 86 rockets were a tank tracer round as well as .50 calibre ammo belts, with a group of magnet fishermen then calling a bomb squad after recovering the items.

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But the team of fishermen who retrieved the Delta Airlines duffel bag of military goodies were reprimanded for their fishing expedition and slapped with fines.

Lead treasure hunter Bryce Nachtwey called the bomb squad after his group made the fine, saying that he and the team were just trying to do the right thing.

A military police officer from Fort Stewart attended the scene, saying he had never seen anything quite like it and he would have to talk to command for what to do next.

But a less-than pleased Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden ticketed the group for fishing off of the bridge.

He said: "You're all getting tickets, you can come to court and talk to a judge, okay? The reason magnet fishing is not allowed is because of exactly what y'all got right here."

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The warden added: "You don't know what's going to blow up and not blow up."

He added that the alternative to the tickets given to the group would be a trip to prison.

Despite Nachtwey claimed he and his group had not only called the DNR well in advance, but that they were within a "green zone".

The warden disputed that, saying that red and green zones didn't apply as it was military property, instead issuing tickets to the trio of magnet fishermen, two $130 (£107) tickets and one $80 (£65) ticket.

Nachtwey and the trio are set to appear in federal court in September, AirForceTimes reported.

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