What are the best Magnet Fishing Magnets?
Before you go out to your local hardware store or shop online and buy a magnet you need to know just a little bit more information to ensure you get the best magnet.
When magnet fishing its not just a case of using any old magnet, you’re going to want to use a magnet that works well in the water, one that doesn’t break straight away and one that is powerful enough to attract what lies beneath to it. It also needs to be powerful enough to keep it attached while reeling in the rope.
With the rise in success in the hobby, there are magnet manufacturers that have specially designed magnets pretty much just for the hobby and recovery.
What kind of a magnet will I need?
Neodymium, that’s the long and short of it. Nothing else will do in my opinion.
Some people may suggest a ferrite magnet, and while these cost a lot less they are far more brittle and will not last you as long. Many people who I have spoken to, that have tried ferrite, said the magnet smashed or lost power straight away.
Neodymium magnets are tough and will last you a long time.
You will also need to make sure you have a neodymium magnet with an eyebolt. This will allow you to set up your magnet fishing rig (the rope goes through the eyebolt)
The most common types are circular pot shaped magnets, with the actual magnets protected with a coating of Ni-Cu-Ni. This is a triple layer coating.
The neodymium magnet coatings are important as they keep the moisture from corroding the magnet. So when you have found the magnet you want to buy, do be sure to check what the coating is first.
Common good coatings are nickel-copper-nickel, Nickel, Zinc and chrome. There are others but these are generally what you should look for.
You can get square ones but I don’t know many people who have tried them out.
Which Manufacturers of magnets are best?
There are a few big players to look out for when buying your magnets for magnet fishing.
Here are some of the magnet manufacturers names you should look for:
Uolor, Brute Magnetics, Wukong, HHOOMY, Aitsite, First4magnets and Mutuactor.
All of the above have built up a good reputation and have received many positive reviews for their magnets. They are also the leaders in developing new sizes, types and shapes.
Always read the reviews of the specific magnet before making a purchase to see how others have rated it.
How powerful should my magnet be?
It’s a tough question to answer and before you proceed you should consider a few things first.
If you are only looking at pulling out small items then you really should avoid buying a big powerful magnet and go for something with a little less pull power. You should bare in mind though that the items that have been in the water for years will have rusted and thus decreases the power of the magnet.
Want to pull pretty much everything out then opt for something with a higher pull. Do remember though if the item is heavy you may need a friend or two to help you or some form of a winch.
As the hobby grows manufacturers are creating magnets with a much higher pull strength to meet the demands.
They’ve even now started producing double-sided magnets this gives a better coverage when dragging your magnet across the bed.
Magnets start very small with a pull strength of approximately 65lb these are perfect for children to use or if you’re only wanting to attract small metallic items.
The most powerful magnet I have seen so far is around 4200 lbs. This is, of course, a double-sided magnet with a combined pull power. Each side has around 2400lbs strength.
Grappling Hooks & Magnet Fishing
Another great way to ensure you don’t miss out on loot at the bottom of the water is to add a grappling hook to your kit.
The pull force of your magnet is not without conditions. There are many factors that can affect the power of your magnet, especially how it lies in the water and the shape of the object.
If you know there is something there and you can feel the pull with the magnet, but just can’t get it to stick then a grappling hook is the perfect solution.
By throwing in your grappling hook it may allow you to grab onto the metallic item and get a better grip for recovery.
Neodymium Magnet Reviews
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