Questions and answers about magnet fishing
What is magnet or magnetic fishing?Magnet fishing, similar to Geocaching, has become a veritable sport. The objective is to retrieve metal objects from well shafts, rivers, lakes etc with the help of fishing magnets. Using our magnets, customers have managed to salvage age-old cannonballs, but also rusty bicycles, nails and much more.
Which magnets do I use for magnet fishing?When searching for the right magnet for magnet fishing, you come across different names. The most common terms are fishing and retrieving magnet. But you will also find names such as treasure hunt magnet, fish magnet, search magnet, dipping magnet, diving magnet or dredging magnet. There is a simple explanation for all these different names: Each magnet fisherman or woman calls his or her fishing magnet the way they see fit. So it is difficult to tell the difference based on the name itself. But there are still some features to look out for when buying the right magnet for magnet fishing:
For advanced magnet fishermen and women, we carry three strong retrieving magnets in our assortment. They have two contact surfaces, increasing the chance of a good catch.
Ring magnets are also suitable for magnet fishing. These have the advantage that they are magnetic all around and can therefore attract ferromagnetic finds from all sides. However, the raw magnet is exposed here, and you have to be particularly careful to avoid hard knocks. Otherwise, there is a danger that the magnet will chip or completely break.
Pot magnets with an eyelet can also be used for magnet fishing. They have the advantage that they have a high magnetic force, allowing you to retrieve larger treasures. The downside is that the magnet tends to tip and point upward when it is dragged across the bottom of the lake or river. This will prevent its full strength from being directed downward.
Fishing magnets with one contact surface:
1 pc. 35.95 CHF ea.*Treasure hunter magnet David 30
1 pc. 49.95 CHF ea.*Treasure hunter magnet David 45
1 pc. 10.90 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet white Ø 40.3 mm with eyelet, holds approx. 48 kg
1 pc. 17.20 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 63 mm with screw socket, holds approx. 110 kg
1 pc. 12.40 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 50 mm with screw socket, holds approx. 75 kg
1 pc. 23.40 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 60 mm with internal thread, holds approx. 92 kg
1 pc. 12.70 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 48 mm with internal thread, holds approx. 58 kg
1 pc. 20.80 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 60 mm with countersunk hole, holds approx. 130 kg
1 pc. 12.20 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 48 mm with countersunk hole, holds approx. 87 kg
1 pc. 21.80 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 60 mm with counterbore hole, holds approx. 95 kg
1 pc. 10.65 CHF ea.*neodymium pot magnet Ø 48 mm with counterbore hole, holds approx. 63 kg
1 pc. 21.75 CHF ea.*Neodymium pot magnet Ø 60 mm with threaded stud, holds approx. 130 kg
1 pc. 12.90 CHF ea.*Neodymium pot magnet Ø 48 mm with threaded stud, holds approx. 85 kg
Fishing magnets with 2 contact surfaces:
Magnetic all the way around:
How can I make my own retrieving magnet?
- A countersunk pot magnet, here we used the CSN-60
- A countersunk screw with hexagon socket, M8 thread, total length 30 mm
- A ring nut, M8 internal thread
First, push the screw through the hole in the pot magnet. Now you only need to thread the ring nut onto the screw. It is recommended to use a thread-locking fluid such as Loctite, to prevent an accidental loosening of the screw during magnet fishing.
Those who find that the adhesive force of a single magnet is not powerful enough for magnet fishing can, with a little skill, build a “slightly” bigger retrieval magnet. In the customer project Magnet fishing in XL we gathered information on the necessary materials and how to proceed. And if you feel this is a little too ambitious, you can instead find instructions for making a magnetic fishing rod with our strongest ring magnet R-60-06-30-N.
What is the best way of attaching a rope to the fishing magnet?There are many good knots for tying a rope to the fishing magnet. The important thing is, that the knot holds firm. After all, it would be a pity, if your magnet takes a dive into the water without the rope.
What are the important things to remember about the rope?One factor to keep in mind when buying a rope for magnet fishing is its length. If the rope is too short, you may not reach the bottom of deeper lakes or rivers. To prevent a rope that is too short from simply disappearing into the watery depths and taking your magnet with it, we recommend you attach a carabiner to the end of the rope and hooking it to a bridge railing or nearby tree, for example. We caution against attaching the rope to your belt loop or around your waist because there is a risk that you could be dragged under if the magnet becomes entangled.
What equipment is needed for magnet fishing?In addition to a magnet and a rope, we recommend adding the following items to your basic equipment for magnet fishing:
- Safety gloves that are cut-resistant and water-proof
- Appropriate storage option for your fishing magnet
- Container for found objects, such as our dump pouch
- Cloth for drying the magnet and wiping the rope
- A second cloth for cleaning and drying your hands as well as found objects
- Life jacket
- Loctite, to secure screws or nuts on the magnet
- Grappling hook for easier retrieval of found objects
- Sun and insect protection
Where is magnet fishing allowed?In most European countries, it is not conclusively clarified whether magnet fishing is permitted or prohibited. Furthermore, within Germany, the state laws of the respective states have to be considered. Each federal state determines for itself whether magnet fishing is allowed, and which regulations apply. So, before you set out with your magnetic fishing rod, always make sure to first learn about the legal situation in your region. If in doubt, check with the local police or monument protection authorities.
Also, keep in mind that magnet fishing is not permitted in all waters. For example, for a privately owned body of water, you will need permission from the owner. In addition, you will have to comply with all measures for the preservation of nature and historical sites.