A father and son went fishing and reeled in one frightening catch that left the police stunned into silence

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Fishing is a fun activity enjoyed by fathers and sons for generations.

But now one father and son pair has upended this timeless American tradition. 

Because a father and son went fishing and reeled in one frightening catch that left the police stunned into silence.

Fishermen go magnet fishing and find live World War II ordnance and stolen motorcycle

Xan Dulyea-Lowing and his father, Cal Lowing, are putting a new spin on the age-old father-son fishing trip.

Instead of trying to reel in a fish, they hit the water hoping to find hidden treasure beneath the surface of ponds and lakes.

Magnet fishing can reel in any number of objects hidden underneath the water by using powerful neodymium magnets and a synthetic rope.

The kits required for magnet fishing start at less than $200 and allow magnet fishermen to go on their very own treasure hunts.

Dulyea-Lowing dragged his magnet across the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hoping to find something good.

And this time, they hit paydirt.

“You could spend thirty seconds pulling it in or you could spend two minutes,” Dulyea-Lowing said. “The slower you are, the better chance.”

He and his dad recently hauled in an unexploded World War II artillery shell that required the bomb squad to show up.

“The thrill,” Lowing explained. “You never know what you’re going to get.”

Dulyea-Lowing and a buddy discovered something so heavy that their magnet wasn’t strong enough to pull in last year.

“We tried pulling and pulling,” Dulyea-Lowing stated. 

They returned with his dad, a dive team, and more magnet fishermen two months later to try and retrieve the heavy object from the Grand River.

Out from the river came a motorcycle from the 1970s.

They discovered that it was stolen and turned it over to the police.

Magnet fishing has turned into a lucrative side business for the father-son duo

Dulyea-Lowing and his dad have been able to make thousands of dollars selling their hauls from magnet fishing for scrap metal.

The father-son duo has so far recovered over 200 electric scooters from a single river on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Dulyea-Lowing said two of his favorite catches were an 1829 Jukar Spain black powder pistol and a live rocket from World War II.

“You want that piece telling you the history of what it was involved in,” Dulyea-Lowing remarked.

The bomb squad came out to dispose of the rocket after the duo contacted the police.

“You name it, we found it,” Dulyea-Lowing said. “We’re cleaning out that water. If [you] swim in it, [you] aren’t getting cut on that rebar.”

He looks at their side hustle as a way to help the environment by removing and recycling his finds from rivers, ponds, and lakes.

“We basically steal from Mother Nature,” Lowing said. “We take anything that has been thrown in the water and get that back out and recycle it.”

The two even participated in an Earth Day cleanup at the Rouge River along with other magnet fishermen.

“We’re trying to make the planet better,” Lowing said. “Every little bit of metal in the water is bad for the wildlife, so we’re pulling it out.”

Magnet fishermen never know if they’re going to haul in an old wrench or an ancient relic.

Or even a live bomb.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.