Fishing for a New Hobby? The Ultimate Guide to Magnet Fishing with Neodymium (Nd) Magnets!
In this blog, we take a look at the new craze sweeping the nation, Magnet Fishing! We explain how this enjoyable hobby has come about in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the equipment that you’ll need to attract a big catch, the best places to fish and the treasures that you could uncover!
What is Magnet Fishing?
In the way that we use metal detectors to find metal objects in the ground, this new concept uses strong magnets to find metal objects in bodies of water. Have you ever wondered what might be lurking in the depths of the lakes/rivers that are local to you? There have been some interesting finds from people who have been curious enough to attach a strong magnet to the end of a rope!
What you will need!
The best magnets to use for Magnet Fishing are Neodymium magnets. These magnets are usually compact in size and have a huge pull force. These magnets are rare earth magnets and are considered to be the strongest magnets available. An important fact to remember is that these magnets can damage electronics and also cause injury! Never attempt to put two of these magnets together, as they are likely to shatter under the force. So be very careful! Also, you’ll need a long, strong rope. It is recommended that you use a rope at least 50ft in length, as this is perfect for shallow water and fishing in most places. It is also important to use a good nylon paracord due to its strength, durability, elasticity, high abrasion resistance, and its ability to hold a knot well.
The best places for magnet fishing!
Almost all places have bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and creeks, dams and sewers. You will definitely find metal objects in urban areas and places that are accessible by foot and visited quite frequently. You could always try to fish in less visited areas, as you may unearth things that have been lying undisturbed for a long period of time! For more unique and interesting discoveries, try fishing in areas that are rich in history. Just imagine the treasures that are hiding in the depths, you may even find something that could be donated to a local museum!
What you are likely to find!
There have been many fascinating finds and if you’re one of the lucky ones (and there are many lucky magnet fishers) then you may find anything from bullets, unexploded bombs, swords, hand guns to machine guns. Weapons aside, you may find road signs, shovels, tools, nails, fishing hooks, ball bearings, anchors, propellers, and other unique objects. To improve your chances, go fishing in places most likely to yield metal treasure; places of interest, places with a rich history, and places where battles once took place.
Is Magnet Fishing legal?
The best way to find out if Magnet Fishing is legal where you are, contact your local authority. While some may have different opinions, it can be seen as a way of clearing up rubbish from the waterways, and has the potential to be an environmentally friendly activity.
So with all this in mind, it’s fair to say that magnet fishing can be seen as an enjoyable hobby. It is relatively cheap, and can provide hours of outdoor enjoyment. That being said, make sure to put yours and the safety of others first, and if any weapons are found that they are reported to your local police department.