Magnet Fishing

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

When I was writing yesterday's article on rockhounding in Texas, I noticed that Azcentral.'s article mentioned treasure hunting. I don't know about you, but when I think of treasure it's usually not rocks that first come to mind.

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So. For this post, we'll be looking at a hobby many of you have probably seen demonstrated on Youtube or TikTok recently, Magnet Fishing. While the "treasure" might be something as random as a child's old bicycle or a discarded soup can, the memories will be unforgettable.

You know by now how much I like to nag about rules and laws in particular. I don't want anyone getting in trouble cause of my posts, so I'd like to remind you, dear reader, to check your city/local laws on the practice of magnet fishing on public property (lakes, rivers, streams) and to always ask permission before you venture onto private property to fulfill your treasure hunting desires.

With that out of the way, let's begin!

To start magnet fishing, you'll need a strong magnet and a rope to attach it to. Otherwise you might lose the magnet and that's not something anyone wants to happen.

Depending on what strength of magnet you need, here are some magnets that had good reviews on Amazon: 400 lbs., 660 lbs. , and 760 lbs. All of these links (down below in the pictures) come with a length of rope/line to go with the magnet, so you'll be all set for the life-size claw machine game that is magnet fishing.

Hey, you could even reel my heavy ass in with the kind of pull those magnets have got!

GoMagnetFishing has a great guide that covers a lot of what you can find, getting started, and where to check out to go fishing with a magnet here.

Once you're past the basics it couldn't hurt to check out a compilation of tips from at this link for their Top 15 Magnet Fishing Tips for Success.

But, before you jump on in to magnet fishing, remember to be careful. BBC wrote an insightful article into the dangers of magnet fishing that's worth a read.

Be careful about grenades and mortar shells that may be lurking beneath the murky depths of that creek behind your neighborhood.

My cousin recently got a fishing magnet and I'm looking forward to trying this new hobby out soon and I hope you all are as excited to try it as I am. Post in the forum about your magnet fishing plans or show us what you've found on your adventures!

Hope to see you soon!

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