Guide: Magnetic Fishing - the new trend sport

Magnetic fishing for the big catch - magnetic fishing the new trend sport?

You need a hook in order to fish? Not necessarily. With the new trend sport, magnetic fishing, you can do that without traditional fishing equipment. This is because the prey in the "treasure hunt" differs significantly from the conventional fishing. Magnetic fishing is therefore even suitable for animal lovers and people who do not like to eat fish. And with a bit of luck, you will pull real treasures like coins or militaria out of the water.

But what is magnetic fishing, what equipment do you need and what should you watch out for when you are looking for sunken treasures in water? And is magnetic fishing even allowed?

What is magnetic fishing?

Magnetic fishing is the name of the game. Instead of using a traditional fishing line and fishing hooks, magnetic fishers take off with lines, on which powerful magnets are attached to . These are magnets with high adhesion. Often they are also referred to as retrieval magnets, search magnets, super magnets or neodymium magnets.

In opposite to the metal detectorists, who also have to buy a metal detector, the magnetic fishers can get their equipment relatively inexpensively.

Of course, fish cannot be caught in this way. But that's not what passionate fishers are all about. Instead of living prey, they are looking for objects made of metal, which at some point sank into the floods. The main prize: hidden treasures such as old coins, militaria * or other treasures.

The chance that you as a magnetic fisher, will eventually retrieve a treasure chest filled up to the top, from the floods, is slim. Besides that, the range of possible prey pieces or objects on the recovery magnet is large. It ranges from rusty nails to old bicycles to historical objects from World War II - for example badges. Every now and then, magnetic fishermen also pulled out a safe from the depths. Unfortunately, such a small vault is rarely filled.

The highlight of the matter is the surprise effect. After all, magnetic fishing never tells you what to you pull out of the water - unlike traditional fishing. Because, while fishers are mostly informed about which fish are in a certain body of water, no information can be found in advance about the discovery of lost metal objects.

Recently, the media reported about a magnetic fisher, who had already fished pistols, batons and a small vault from a river. Not always the surprise is pleasing. Sometimes extreme caution is advised and it is better to call the ordnance disposal service. Since the magnetic angler can rarely see exactly what he has on his hook from his position, one or the other find looks like a grenade. Here it is better to give "false" alarm.

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Curious? Then do not make the mistake of attaching a household magnet to a string, and throwing it into the next river. Because with magnetic fishing, there are quite a few things to keep in mind, so that the hobby is really fun and you do not come into conflict with water body owners, environmentalists or government officials.

This includes:

  • The right equipment (for example, a neodymium magnet or a high-strength recovery magnet)
  • Appropriate location
  • The legal general conditions
  • Environmental considerations;

Technology also plays a role in magnet fishing, especially when it comes to ejecting. Therefore, it is advisable to inform yourself in advance. So there is a good chance that you will soon find magnetic fishing in your heart as an exciting hobby.

* Militaria are historical artefacts related to the military, uniforms, medal studies and war. In addition to the military in the narrower sense, objects from other uniformed state organizations also fall under militaria.

The right equipment for magnetic fishing

You don't need much for magnetic fishing. However, a few pieces of equipment are essential. This includes

  • a magnet
  • a rope
  • a transport box

When selecting the magnet, performance is a key criteria. Magnets, such as those used on refrigerators, memo boards or fly screens, are not very suitable for pulling heavy objects out of the water. Instead, so-called neodymium magnets are used for magnetic fishing. These are also called super or rcovery magneten and are able to a few hundred kilos. While metal detectorists also need a metal detector, magnetic anglers can do without.

If you want to buy a neodymium magnet for fishing, keep the following in mind:

  • The traction: The higher the better? Only up to a certain degree. Because if your magnet sticks to an object weighing several hundred kilos, you have no chance to pull it out of the water. In addition, in this case you have to dive to rescue your magnet. Therefore, a pulling force of up to 150 kilograms is usually sufficient. Magnets with a convincing adhesive force are also called search magnets or super magnets.
  • The size: Many neodymium magnets for magnetic fishing are about 70 to 100 mm in size. Here is, more actually better, than with the size, also the support surface increases. You can find suitable magnets here.

You also get square and round magnets. However, the shape is rather secondary in practice. Some advanced magnet fisher, take magnets of different sizes with them when pursuing their hobby. Beginners can do without this for now. Nevertheless, it can be interesting for you to browse a bit here to find your favorite. If you have bought a magnet, you need a rope. A normal fishing line is not an option for magnetic fishing. After all, the pulling forces here are much higher than in conventional fishing. Instead, a rope is used.

Consider the following criteria when choosing

  • Traction: As with magnets, traction is also important for the rope. Only if the traction turns out, to be high enough, will you be able to successfully pull out the magnet with the prey, out of the water - without the rope ripping.
  • Lenght: A length of 15 to 20 meters is sufficient for magnetic fishing. If the rope is longer, the handling becomes difficult - not least then, when you want to stow the rope neatly in your vehicle after fishing and take it home.
  • Diameter: Even with the diameter is too much rather disadvantageous. Basically, it should not be more than 10 mm. Otherwise there is a risk that the rope will become unnecessarily heavy when fishing because it is saturated with large amounts of water.

Ropes for magnetic fishing are made of different materials. Widely used is polypropylene. This has the advantage that it does not absorb water. Finally, we recommend taking suitable containers with you to transport the prey. Which of these are suitable, depends all on the vehicle you are traveling with - whether by car, by moped or by bicycle. When making your selection, keep in mind that many items that get magnetic fishers out of the water have a considerable weight. And even 20-meter-long rope is not a light weight, especially if it is soaked with water.

Your basic equipment is complete with rope, magnet and transport box. In order for your fishing is really fun, we advise you to put additional emphasis on the right clothing. These include gloves that protect your hands from scouring ropes. Waterproof pants make it more comfortable to take a few steps into the water if necessary. And if you spend hours fishing in high summer, think of sun protection. Some magnetic fisher also have a throw hook or an underwater camera in their luggage. Frequently, magnetic fishers are also so-called metal detectorists, they also own a metal detector as equipment. Magnetic fishers, on the other hand, do not need a metal detector.

What do you have to learn about magnetic fishing?

Fisher knowledge

Since magnetic fishing has little in common with conventional fishing, it is enticing for beginners to spontaneously go off and "eject" their magnet. In fact, it makes more sense to acquire a certain amount of know-how beforehand. This includes basic fishing knowledge. One reason for this is that magnetic fishing can have a negative effect on the biological balance in water, especially during spawning periods. There are also places where magnetic fishers do considerable damage to flora and fauna. Finally, a number of pertinent regulations apply to both, fishers who are hunting for fish and those, who pull metal objects out of the water with a magnet.

There are many good reasons to familiarize yourself in advance with the knowledge that is requested in the fisheries examination

The ejection

Before ejecting your magnet, make sure that there are no fishers, boats, or animals nearby that could get endangered . Also, keep an eye out for items your magnet could get caught on. These include, for example, planking or pillars made of metal. There is also the danger here that the magnet docks, when pulling out of the water. Then “getting rid of” him is often anything but easy.

Then attach one end of the rope securely to the shore. There are fence pillar, trees or similar objects. But be careful: do not fasten the rope to your belt or simply fix it with your foot. This creates the risk of losing the rope and magnet. In addition, accidents and injuries caused by the pull when ejected, are possible consequences.

It usually takes a bit of effort to figure out how much momentum you use to cast your fishing rod for magnetic fishing. Be sure to remove smaller pieces of metal caught on the magnet before each ejection.

Where is there to pay attention while magnetic fishing?

As already indicated, there are several places where special care should be taken while magnetic fishing. This include places, where a lot of people are out and about - above or below water. Potential obstacles or objects where rope and magnet could get caught in, are also good reasons to look around for another location. After all, there are bodies of water where fishing of any kind is not permitted for reasons of nature conservation or because they are privately owned.

Legal general conditions for magnetic fishing

Many people who are interested in magnetic fishing for the first time, wonder whether this hobby is legally allowed at all. In answering this question, you can orient yourself on the following points:

  • Basically, magnetic fishing is not prohibited in Germany
  • However, state law is decisive in this case. For example, magnetic fishing may not be permitted in your state for monument protection reasons.

Be on the safe side, if you inform yourself beforehand about relevant laws and regulations. Inquiring is also often a good idea, for example at a police station. In this way, you prevent evil surprises and can be quite relaxed when you go in search of hidden treasures. By the way: The police are also the first point of contact when you get items such as weapons, ammunition or alleged stolen goods out of the water. This applies to "modern" weapons as well as those from World War II.

The choice of location for magnetic fishing

Caution should be exercised when magnetically fishing private property. Avoid them or ask the owner for permission - if possible. In harbors or in waters belonging to a fishery, you should avoid throwing your line, if possible. But legal requirements are not the only criteria that are crucial in the search for a place. Because the right place basically decides about the success of magnetic fishing. There are a few basic tips to help you search:

  • In cities, the chances of success are often higher than in the countryside, but the fishing is more tranquil. Recently cleaned river sections and areas around newly built bridges are not very promising.
  • In places where there are many people in the water, you should not fish, for safety reasons.

Use modern tools, such as Google Maps, to get a first impression of different places. In this way you prevent disappointments.

Environmental protection while magnetic fishing

Magnets bring a number of dangers to the underwater world. Avoid fishing in overgrown regions directly on the shore to protect the soil and plants. It is also advisable to know about spawning times.

Finally, no matter what it is, you must properly dispose of your prey after fishing. Just throwing an old bike lock into the water is not an option.

How do you behave as a magnetic fisher?

Magnetic fishing is a relatively new phenomenon. Correspondingly much curiosity and sometimes suspicion awakens magnetic fishing among pedestrians. The same applies to representatives of competent authorities. It is therefore more important to behave adequately as a magnetic fisher (and / or metal detectorist).

That means:

  • Be considerate of people, nature and objects. If you feel that you are disturbing someone, find another place.
  • Respond openly and kindly to inquiries, even if this is sometimes difficult..
  • Comply with all legal regulations.

The more you follow these tips, the higher the chances that you can practice your new hobby undisturbed. If this is not the case, the only thing left to do is to pack up the equipment again and start your journey back home.

Conclusion: magnetic fishing - a new trend sport

At first ridiculed, magnetic fishing has become a real trend sport, practicing more and more people in cities and rural areas. Magnetic fihers have also brought a whole series of spectacular finds out of the water in the past years. However, this is rather the exception. As with other sports - and not only there - the path is the goal in magnetic fishing.

If you considered of all of this, you can have a lot of fun looking for lost treasures (badges, coins, militaria) and experience one or the other adventure. Requirement for this is a suitable equipment. What should not be missing is a magnet with sufficient adhesive force. So a neodymium magnet is often referred to as a recvery magnet, super magnet or search magnet.

It is available for little money and ensures that magnetic fishing runs without major incidents. Magnetic fshers do not need a metal detector. Detectorist who also have a metal detectors as their equipment will need to dig deeper into their pocket.

n addition, it is advisable to acquire a little basic fishing knowledge and to inquire about the legal regulations in your own state. Then all that remains is to look for a suitable place and be patient - as it is known, the most important fishing virtue of all.