There seems to be a new pass time sweeping the nation and they call it is “magnet fishing”.
Perhaps it comes with the popularity of the PBS show Antiques Roadshow or maybe it is just a way to get into the woods to try something completely different.
A little bit of background here. Magnet fishing is just really the looking for stuff (must be magnetic) that can be dredged up out of a body of water from a long long time ago or perhaps just last week. If you have ever been out with a metal detector it is much like that but without all of the sophisticated electronic equipment. Yes sir it it pretty low level barbaric stuff we are going to do here but at least you can take a bit of beer with you and not harm your chances of success any.
There is absolutely no form to it and no art as in fly fishing but it gets you out to enjoy nature and the summer days ahead. There may be some rules you should follow through.
#1 Go with someone else. This goes without saying as you will be near the water and even if you just twist an ankle it is a good idea to have someone to go for help. Take your well charged phone with you too.
#2 Tie a rope off to the end of the magnet so that you can slowly retrieve the items it magnages to find through the water. Something like parachute cord is the best since it is somewhat tangle resistant and strong as can be for its size.
#3 Just to keep you from tangling the cord up (I said resistant not proof) get some kind of a contraption to wind it up on. This may also help by giving you a handle to pull on if it turns out to be something very heavy.
#4 Neodymium magnets are very strong, Do not place your finger between the magnet and a chunk of metal because at the very least these things can severely pinch you and at the most perhaps take your finger (I am not kidding)!
#5 Do not throw your magnet at or near your partner or anywhere near where you see a metal water flow control device. Salvage Retrieving Magnets
Items that you will need to take Magnet Fishing:
A magnet fishing magnet – HSMAG has a variety of these for sale specifically designed for the avid magnetic fisherman. These magnets range anywhere from 173 lbs to a little over 400 lbs. Pull force. Do not be too worried about having to pull a 400 lb. item off of the floor of a lake somewhere. Objects in the water are somewhat buoyant and even though the fishing magnet will hold 400 lbs that is with a clean (not rusted) surface and few irregularities.
If you would like start with the smaller magnets until you have an idea what you need. Let us build your magnetic fishing kit. The magnets for magnet fishing are at their base a cup magnet also known as a base magnet Pot Magnet or mounting magnet. These cup magnets have an eye hook screwed into them. These fishing magnets vary in the pull power they have.
Here are the magnet fishing magnets that HSMAG carries: