It is so easy to get overwhelmed now when searching for the best magnet for magnet fishing. With so many different manufacturers offering different strengths and quality of magnets on Amazon and eBay it can leave you chasing your own tail. That is why here at Magnet Fishing Pro we like to try and make the process of finding your perfect neodymium fishing magnet easier.
Some magnets seem to be a lot cheaper than others whilst having more pulling force, but does this mean quality has been sacrificed? Others cost a lot more money but do you really get an advantage from spending a little extra?
Well in this guide we will show you our pick of the best magnets for magnet fishing. We will make sure that we pick good ones from a variety of different budgets. Hopefully by the end of it you will have found the perfect magnet for your own needs and more importantly at a great price without sacrificing quality!
If you are only just thinking about starting magnet fishing I highly recommend that you have a look at our free ultimate magnet fishing guide. There you will learn everything you could possibly want to know, don’t worry the link will open a separate window so you will not lose your place on this guide.
Which type of magnet is the best for magnet fishing?
One of the first things you will notice when searching for a magnet for magnet fishing is that generally there are two types. These are ferrite and neodymium.
So which is the best type of magnet for magnet fishing? We only recommend using one of the two available types of magnet fishing magnets. The type that we recommend is definitely a Neodymium Fishing Magnet, there is literally no two ways about it. Ferrite magnets have there place but unfortunately it is not in the magnet fishing hobby. They are generally cheaper to buy but they are less powerful for their size and are much more brittle. Always use a Neodymium magnet for magnet fishing as they provide much greater value for money and durability.
Trust me when I say this if you buy a ferrite magnet you will regret it. I did this when I first started all them years ago and I soon found out it was not the best magnet for magnet fishing. It had very little power for its size and after around three trips it had chipped and cracked after bumping into rocks on the river bed.
Which Neodymium magnet is the best for magnet fishing.
This is a difficult question to answer because there is not a one size fits all. There are first some things that we need to consider and I will list them below.
- Budget- how much do you want to spend on your new fishing magnet? They range from $15-$150.
- Pulling force- again there is a huge difference in pulling forces, starting power is around 100lb and goes all the way to over 1000lb. Many people will seriously overkill it and get the most powerful available but usually a decent midrange power rank is more than enough.
- Single or double sided- This is more of a personal choice and there are arguments to and for both types. Personally I find both types to be just as effective!
Personally I recommend that if it is your first magnet for magnet fishing then you should probably go for a mid range magnet. If you go for something to small and cheap you will find that you end up upgrading pretty quickly and that is more costly than going for the mid range magnet straight away.
If you feel that you only want to buy a cheaper magnet that is fine, you will still be able to pull in most of the smaller finds which make up the majority of the things in the water. The problem will be with the larger items. People see a magnets pulling force and think that they will never find something that heavy any way but unfortunately it does not work like that.
The pulling force is worked out with a thick and perfectly flat slab of metal which has no imperfections. When you are magnet fishing you are dealing with metal that has been in the water a long time accumulating dirt and grime. It is also never perfectly flat so you will not get anywhere near the actual pulling force of the magnet. Because of this it is often worth getting a magnet that has a pulling force in the mid range area of 500-800lb.
The best neodymium fishing magnets for all budgets.
Below I have listed our best magnets for magnet fishing. You will find that there is one to suit all budgets and all are neodymium fishing magnets so you get the best bang for your buck.
The best budget neodymium magnet for magnet fishing.
Our pick for the best budget magnet for magnet fishing is the Hippo Magnetics 500lb neodymium magnet. It has a great pulling force and a decent enough surface area at 2.95 inches diameter. What’s more it is of great quality coming from a recommended manufacturer and is an absolutely great price for anyone who is looking at getting into this hobby.
If you would like to check out the best available price on Amazon then click on the image of the magnet below and you will be taken straight to it.
The best midrange magnet for magnet fishing.
Ok, so this in my own personal opinion is the best magnet for magnet fishing. It is the ideal bit of kit for anyone who wants to get into the hobby as it includes everything you could possibly need to get started!
The Brute Magnetics 880lb Brute box contains a powerful 880lb 3.54 inch neodymium fishing magnet which is the ideal power and size for nearly all situations. Along with that you get a decent length of strong rope and a bottle of thread locker. On top of that there is a safety carry case for all of your kit to fit in and be transported with.
If you have the cash to purchase the Brute box I strongly recommend it and I am sure after you have used it you will agree it is the best magnet you have used! If you would like to check out the best price on Amazon click on the below image and you will be taken to the listing.
The best heavy duty magnet for magnet fishing.
I do not recommend this magnet to anyone just starting their journey into this hobby, it should come with health warnings as it is super powerful and heavy. There will not be many finds out their that you cannot bring in with it, that is if you can physically lift the find.
This is Brute Magnetics heavyweight neodymium fishing magnet that is strong enough to pull out nearly anything you will find. The total diameter of the magnet is 4.72 inches and it has a terrifying 1500lb of pulling force! Do not get your fingers trapped between it and any metal.
To check out the best available price on Amazon please click the below image to be taken to the listing.
The best double sided neodymium magnet for magnet fishing.
Using a double sided fishing magnet is down to personal choice. Some say that it can increase your chance of hooking onto a metallic find whilst others say you will find just as much which a single sided magnet.
Personally I like using double sided magnets, I find that it does increase your finds rate and for some reason (possibly the shape) it does not get snagged in the weeds as much.
If you are looking for a double sided fishing magnet then the best one to buy is definitely the HHOOMY 800lb double sided magnet, that provides 400lb of pulling force per side and is a decent 2.95 inch diameter. Not only that but it is a great price with top quality.
Hopefully this guide to selecting the best magnet for magnet fishing has helped you in some way. If you choose to go with any of the above neodymium fishing magnets you will have a great start into the hobby as they are top quality magnets at great prices. This should save you time and money as there are so many bad fishing magnets out there at the minute.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks for reading and would like to wish you the best of luck in this hobby. Why not check out one of the other helpful guides available here.
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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