- Magnet fishing makes use of a strong magnet to recover magnetic objects from water.
- The magnet has a loop or eye attached to it.
- A rope is tied to the loop or eye in order to recover the magnet and the objects that attach themselves to it. It is not suitable for items that are not attracted to a magnet such as gold.
- Not only is it very useful to recover lost items but is also rapidly becoming a favorite pastime/hobby for hundreds of people worldwide.
- Magnets come in different weights and sizes and are measured in diameter (mm) and pull force (Llbs or Kg).
Equipment Needed For Magnet Fishing
In short, you will need:
- A really good strong magnet
- A sturdy rope
- Somewhere to put place your finds such as a bucket
- A way to clean your hands e.g. hand sanitizer
Your magnet needs an eyebolt (see image) for threading your rope through. Most people suggest you invest in a Neodymium Magnet. See our guide to which magnet you should buy or click the menu at the top to browse for yourself.
Most people go with either Paracord or Nylon rope. We’ve reviewed some ropes here.
Gloves will not only protect your hands from the much and dirt involved with dragging items from a lake but they will also stop you from getting any injuries from the sharp metallic objects that you will be pulling out.
Somewhere to Keep Your Magnet Fishing Finds
Goes without saying, keep your stuff in one place so you can take it away with you otherwise you will be lugging stuff home in your pockets.
A Way to Keep Your Hands Clean
You don’t want the dirt from the lake covering your hands in germs, be sensible and take hand sanitizer and/or a cloth to wipe your hands upon.
The Threadlock is optional but recommended by the more experienced Magnet Fishers as a way of preventing the rope being lost. It provides a way to secure the rope in the eyebolt without you having to keep a tight grip on it all of the time.
This is an optional item that you can use to cut your rope free if it get’s tangled onto anything in the lake (and it does happen!) otherwise you’ll end up losing the rope and/or the magnet and they’re not necessarily a cheap item!
How to Magnet Fish
We have a dedicated guide for how to magnet fish but it doesn’t hurt to also include a quick overview here too.
The technique for Magnet Fishing are incredibly simple, in fact, there’s hardly any skill required at. But for those people who are curious about how it all works at this point, you may have no idea how to do it! So here’s a couple of tried and tested methods endorsed by the guys with more experience:
The Throw-In & Pull Back Technique
As it sounds. With your magnet tied securely to your rope, you simply throw the line into the body of water and slowly pull the line back in again. Don’t pull it too quickly as the magnet could snag onto something solid and get lodged, you also face the risk of losing your treasure if the magnet passes too quickly over the items in the water.
The Throw-In, WALK & Pull Back Technique
Again, this is how it sounds. You launch your line into the body of water and instead of simply pulling it back in you walk along the river bank or canal bank to give the magnet more area to cover and therefore increasing the chances of attracting more finds.
Magnet Fishing Rules & Laws
Is Magnet Fishing Legal?
People often ask this question and so I decided to look into it. If you are magnet fishing on public property then you should be okay, there are no recorded incidents from people breaking the law (that I can find).
Of course, it’s a different story if you are on private property and as with any activity that involves trespassing onto private land you should get the land owners permission first. This is often easier said than done and there are plenty of bodies of water that you can visit without upsetting the owner.
In some instances, there is lake or canal that make encroach upon land owned by somebody and this is known as “Riparian rights” where essentially the division of land lies somewhere in the middle of the body of water. Wikipedia has a good entry for this which explains it well.
What is the Best Magnet for Magnet Fishing?
We’ve got a guide for the best magnets for Magnet Fishing but in short, you want to get yourself a Neodymium magnet (also known as a “rare earth magnet”.
Where Can I Go Magnet Fishing?
You can go anywhere that you have permission. If you are private land then you should ask the permission of the landowner first and if you are in a public place then it’s possible you may have to answer some questions from passers-by or even the Police if they are curious as to what you are doing.
What you should consider are 2 things:
- How old is the body of water (i.e. lake, canal or river) does it have a historical past?
You can find some great stuff if you are fishing in an old lake or historically significant river or canal.
- How busy is the area or how busy has it been in the past?
Consider how many people have used or are using the body of water and what type of items you are likely to find in there.
Magnet fishing is a fantastically addictive hobby that people worldwide enjoy on a regular basis. It’s growing at an amazing rate too with more people discovering it each and every day.
This site was put together by me – Graham – a hobbyist from the UK who discovered Magnet Fishing only last year along with my son Sam.
We bought a simple get up after doing some research on the internet and took a trip to the local canal.
It was from that moment we (me more so LOL) that the addiction started.
Essentially Magnet Fishing involves throwing a magnet tied to a rope into a body of water but it’s the not knowing what’s coming out next which is the addictive part.
You could find all sorts, mostly other people’s junk but occasionally you can find a stash of coins, bullets or weapons, cast aside bikes and more. It’s all “treasure”, stuff that you find and can keep and you never know what you’re going to get. Just check out some of the news stories above to see the wide diversity of stuff you can find.
Also, check out the resources and other fantastic places on the internet where nerds the world over talk about their latest find or equipment. It’s a simple hobby but it’s a really good one.
Also, we’re cleaning up the lakes and canals of the world as we go!
It doesn’t matter where you live or how old you are, all you need to get going is a magnet and rope or line to attach it to and somewhere suitable such as a lake or canal to throw it into. The things that people get back are amazing and it’s the thrill of not knowing what you are going to recover next with your magnet which makes it such an addictive hobby.
My name is Graham and I only recently found out about magnet fishing very recently but having taken my son Sam (10) to a nearby lake (non fishing lake) and using a magnet that I had laying around and an old rope we had a good few hours father and son bonding time which has spurred me on to create this website so I can record my journey as I delve deeper (pun intended).
I really do hope the information and things I gather together on this site will be of use to others. I always think it a good idea to collate information as you make new discoveries and I really do enjoy helping other people, so if you are reading this and find the site useful, funny and/or interesting then it will make my day.
I’m happy to show news stories from the USA and also around the world, same goes for resources and videos too.
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