Basics of Magnet Fishing

Magnet fishing is simple to define yet has an abundance of tips and techniques. It is simply using a strong magnet and rope to throw out into the water and retrieve any magnetic items there. You can find an array of items such as street signs, fishing equipment, safes, and even firearms. No, you will not always pull up something great, but not knowing is part of the adventure. To my family it’s so much fun finding out what the items are and how old they may be. 

Not only is it the mystery and treasures you find, but you are also helping to clean out the waterways. Please take everything you pull out. If you don’t want your finds you can contact someone in your area that scraps metal. They are usually more than happy to come pick up your items. We like to take garbage bags and also pic up any trash left behind on shore as well. 

There are two types of fishing magnets. The single-sided magnet that has an eyelet on the top. This type of magnet is mainly used for fishing off higher points like bridges. You would typically drop them straight down and pull back up. They can be thrown and retrieved but will tend to flip up not allowing the magnetic side to stay down. These usually range in pull pounds (amount of pounds the magnet can hold) from 200lbs to 3600lbs. 

The other type of magnet is the double sided. These typically come with two eyelets. This allows you to choose between using in the top like the above single sided or using it from the side allowing you to have two sides. This seems to be the most common way to use it. It is more of a throw and retrieve because if it flips while your pulling it in the other side will stay down. Again, these range from 200lbs to 3600lbs. But that is a combined weight meaning an 800lb magnet is only 400 lbs per side. 

Something to consider before buying your magnet is size and who will be using it. The smaller the pull pounds the smaller the magnet diameter. Most under 500lbs are only two or three inches. This size is good for children or the elderly. Once you get over 500lbs they tend to be four to five inches around. We have one that is seven inches around.  It is heavy and a workout when tossing, better for a stronger adult. After selecting your magnet and size when it arrives you will want to lock tight the eyelet and allow it to cure for at least 24hrs before use. It’s upsetting to get your magnet make a few throws and have it fall off your rope into the water. It happens I’ve personally witnessed this. 

Another big factor before you can go out is rope. The two most common types used are paracord and braided nylon. Depending on what your magnet is rated for will determine the rope strength you will need. I personally would not suggest any rated for less than 500lbs. The bigger the magnet the stronger rope you will need. On magnets greater than 500lbs I would use rope rated for 550lbs to 5600lbs. 

Now that you have your magnet and rope you will want to use a secure knot or a locking clip to connect the two. You’re ready to find all that sunken treasure now. The last tip I have and an important one is to tie off the end of the rope before throwing it. Either to your belt loop or something solid on shore, like a tree or a bridge. That way you don’t toss your magnet with all the rope into the water. It happens to a lot of people they get super excited when they get to a spot and hurry up to throw the first magnet in. I truly hope this helps, either to persuade you to try this fun family-friendly hobby or helps you to select the right gear. Good luck and happy fishing everyone. 

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