When someone first came to Sekao Engineering and asked me about fishing magnets I was stumped. I had never heard of Magnet Fishing. I had in my head that it would never work as fish are not magnetic. Of course, once the customer explained what he wanted. Why he wanted them, I could help him, easily.
You see, fishing with magnets isn’t about fish at all. It’s about collecting metal objects that you have dropped in the water. Throw in a large powerful magnet on the end of a line and drag the bottom and pull it up. This can be done off the dockside, off bridges or even out of a boat. But regardless of your starting position. You are going to want to get a magnet with enough power to attract and hold as you pull up the rope.
Firstly you are going to need a rope. You will need a suitable length so that it will reach the bottom of where ever it is you are trying to fish. No point in dangling the magnet halfway. Secondly, you will need a long piece of metal, preferably with a flat bottom. If you can find something with a loop on the top, so that you can attach your rope, all the better. If not then you can weld a loop on, tying the rope around the object isn’t a good idea.
Lastly, you are going to need magnets. How many magnets you have is up to you. As is how powerful you want them to be. You should be looking at strong Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets, which are great for Magnetic Fishing. Something that has the holding power of about 405lbs, should do nicely. Depending on the length of the metal piece, two or three smaller magnets would also work well. Or you could just buy one of our fishing magnets. Details of which you can find here fishing magnets, which would be easier! And that’s it, you are done and ready for your first fishing expedition. To find all the treasure from one-eyed Willie (1980’s Movie reference, ask your dad if you were born later than 1990).
The How too
Stand on the river bank. With your rope tied to your fishing magnet and throw your newly fashioned fishing magnet out into the river (lake, pond, whatever) as far as you can. Then start to drag it back. This is where work in the gym would come in handy, it isn’t easy to do this. If you are lucky, you will drag out several gold bars on your first few tries. However, if you are like most people, you won’t. Actually, even if you were really, really (and I mean exceptionally) lucky. You still wouldn’t get gold, it isn’t magnetic. If you pull out gold with a magnet. Then you haven’t got gold, its iron with a gold plate. Other non-magnetic metals include aluminum, copper, lead, tin, titanium and zinc. As well as alloys such as brass and bronze.
Safety Tips and dangers of magnet fishing!
Every hobby has its dangers, of course. Sports injuries tell us this. However, magnet fishing has been known to take lives. Drowning has been known to occur. Mainly when going to rescue a magnet trapped or caught up in the water and undergrowth. Yes, magnets are not so cheap. But it’s cheaper to lose a Neodymium magnet than it is your life. But also another danger, one which can seem much more exciting. Yet can be much more dangerous than you first think. This could be from finding unexploded ordnance, firearms, and knives in the dredge. Someone in Norwich in the UK recently found a sub-machine gun! Finding anything like this, you should alert the police immediately. Do not take it home!
Magnetics.net.au fishing magnets
Allan here at the best magnet shop in Brisbane can supply you with what you need to start this hobby. His range of Rare Earth Magnets or N94 Neodymium Magnets. Allan also has fishing magnets that can be bought online. Or by going into his place in Geebung, directions are here. Allan will be able to advise you on the best and strongest magnets to buy. To start hunting for treasure. So come and speak with Allan today. Buy online using PayPal or osko pay, call, email. Alternatively just pop down if you are nearby and get started, should be fun!