In this blog post I am going to answer some questions about magnet fishing that I see and hear on the internet. With so many people now noticing this hobby and getting curious it seems like a good idea to shed light on some of the basics.
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So with that all being said let’s now have a look at what this whole magnet fishing thing is actually about.
What is Magnet Fishing?
I think it is best to start this at the beginning just in case you have found yourself here and do not have a clue what it is. Many people will have heard about it but maybe associated it as something to do with catching fish. Well you are not far off except instead of catching fish we are after catching metal objects!
So what is Magnet Fishing? Magnet fishing or as it is sometimes known “magnetic fishing” is a hobby that falls into the treasure hunting category. The idea is simple, very strong Neodymium magnets are tied onto a length of rope. The magnet is then thrown into a river or lake and using the rope the magnet is slowly retrieved. Once the magnet has been pulled back onto dry land if you have been lucky there will hopefully be some ferrous metal attached. The hobby is growing rapidly with participants all over the world.
One of the best things about magnet fishing is that it can be done in anywhere that you have permission. That means any river, canal, lake, pond or watering hole can be magnet fished as long as you have permission to be there. Meaning that there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to take part and have a go.
Now let’s have a look at some other frequently asked questions in regards to magnet fishing.
What is the point of magnet fishing?
I hear this question asked a lot, in fact I have been asked myself several times by family and friends “what is the point in magnet fishing?”
The main point of magnet fishing if I had to put a simple answer is to try and find treasures that have been lost in the water over time. Usually the reply would be something along the lines of “but only iron is attracted to magnets” and of course this is right. But there are so many cool finds that are made of ferrous metals. Safes and cash boxes, guns, knives, scooters and motorcycles, the list is endless and provides hours of fun and anticipation waiting to see what the next catch will be.
Of course there are many other points to magnet fishing. I will list some of these below!
The points and benefits of magnet fishing are:
- It is a hobby that will get you outdoors and in the fresh air.
- Magnet fishing is quite intensive so provides great exercise.
- If you have kids they will love coming along magnet fishing as it is like a treasure hunt.
- You are helping cleanse the environment and waterways. Just think of all that rusty metal we remove which otherwise would stay rotting for eternity.
- It is a very cheap hobby to get into compared to others such as golf or even regular fishing.
- Magnet fishing is a hobby that can be done all year round (unless the lake freezes over).
- The anticipation of what the next catch may be will keep you coming back for more.
Is Magnet fishing expensive?
A lot of people presume that because we are using very high power Neodymium magnets the costs of magnet fishing may be quite high. This could not be further from the truth.
Magnet Fishing is not expensive to get started as a hobby. The basics can be bought for very little money although obviously you can pay more money for more powerful equipment. At the beginner of your journey though you will not need a magnet that has a pulling force that is enough to shift a small car. That would be complete overkill.
In all honesty you can buy a 300lb pull magnet, rope and gloves for around $30 dollars if you want to make a budget entry to magnet fishing. This will be absolutely fine for loads of the smaller finds and will keep the beginner going for a while. If you would like to see my most recommended magnet fishing equipment check out this link which will take you to the essential magnet fishing gear page.
I must admit that if you can afford it and are serious about trying Magnet fishing that you buy something like the Brute Magnetics Brute Box which comes with everything you need. You get a magnet that is more than twice as powerful as a basic entry level magnet, some quality rope, thread lock and also a neat safety carry case for it all. I personally use it myself as do many others that I know so I can vouch for the quality of it.
Is Magnet fishing dangerous?
I can understand why people ask this question, there are plenty of stories dotted around the web about times when Magnet fishing has gone wrong. Personally I see it as anything in life, their are dangers to everything we do, walking down the stairs, driving our cars!
It is more about managing the risks and knowing what to do if you do find something dangerous attached to your magnet. I actually wrote a whole article in the subject of magnet fishing being dangerous, if you would like to read it click here.
If you follow what is said on that post and use common sense magnet fishing does not have to be any more dangerous than any other hobby.
Hopefully the answers to some of the magnet Fishing frequently asked questions are exactly what you were looking for. As time goes by and I am asked more questions I will be sure to add them to this post to help others that are looking for answers.
My name is Andy Baines and I have been a prominent figure in the treasure hunting world for coming up to a decade on various platforms such as YouTube and blogger. On Magnet Fishing Pro I like to share my wealth of knowledge and experience in the form of guides and blog posts to help you progress in the hobbies of magnet fishing and metal detecting. You can read more about my treasure hunting journey in my About Me page
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