An­gler’s catch of day was fish-shocking dud

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - KEN­NETH HEARD

A home­made de­vice de­signed to shock fish out of the wa­ter had a state po­lice bomb squad scur­ry­ing Fri­day af­ter an an­gler hooked it while fish­ing in Bull Shoals Lake near the Arkansas and Mis­souri bor­der.

Mar­ion County Sher­iff Clin­ton Evans said the fish­er­man called deputies about 8 a.m. Fri­day while fish­ing off the lake’s bank near the Peel Ferry by the Wagon Wheel Re­sort and Cafe. The an­gler, fish­ing in about 10 feet of wa­ter, snagged a wire on a “sus­pi­cious de­vice,” Evans said.

He reeled it in, looked at it and thought it was a bomb, the sher­iff said. Deputies ar­rived and then called the Arkansas State Po­lice bomb squad.

“It was kind of a weird deal,” Evans said.

The de­vice ap­peared to be a ve­hi­cle cylin­der wired to the ac­ti­va­tion mech­a­nism of an airbag in a car’s steer­ing wheel, the sher­iff said.

“It looked like the per­son threw the cylin­der in the wa­ter and then tried to ham­mer on the air bag to make it go off,” Evans said. “It was sup­posed to cre­ate a shock and stun the fish.

“Ap­par­ently, it didn’t work and the per­son got scared and threw the whole thing in the lake.”

Of­fi­cials closed the Peel Ferry, which car­ries mo­torists trav­el­ing on Arkansas 125 across the north­ern part of the lake, at 1 p.m. as a pre­cau­tion, said Jackie Story, an as­sis­tant at the of­fice.

The area also is ac­ces­si­ble to swim­mers.

The state po­lice team X-rayed the de­vice but could not de­ter­mine what was in­side it. The team then buried it and det­o­nated it, dis­cov­er­ing its com­po­nents, Evans said.

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