How to Keep your Neodymium Fishing Magnet Safe
Updated: Aug 24, 2019
Recently I see more and more sad posts on social media from magnet fishers who lost their magnet fishing magnets in the abyss. " I lost my Magnet Fishing Magnet" becomes very common.
Even though there’s always a risk of loosing your neodymium magnet while magnet fishing, there are some proven methods for keeping your fishing magnet safe. This blog post is dedicated to preventing loss of your precious magnets.
Using your common sense, as always, is the first step. Naturally, the body of water you pick for your magnet fishing adventures are not always crystal clear, so you do not have a clear sight of the objects you’re trying to magnet fish. having said that, if you are aware of a super heavy object that is around your fishing area (let’s say, a sunken car…) simple avoid it.
Your magnet will be strongly attached to the metal object, the bigger it is, the harder it will be to pull it out, so your chances of winning this are fairly low.
Same goes for water bodies located near factories or power plants- there are underwater pumps surrounded with gates and and security measures so you fishing magnet may end up caught up or tangled and you may even cause some damage to the underwater equipment.
Roots, sharp and edgy rocks and sharp metal waste are also things you should keep away from.
The BFF of your Magnet: The Magnet Fishing Rope.
So many magnet fishing enthusiasts pay attention only to the magnet and forget the importance of a good magnet fishing rope.
Keep in mind that the rope is as important as your powerful Neodymium magnet. Unfortunately, many magnet fishing kits sold on Amazon and other market places come with a cheap magnet fishing rope that is simply incapable of dealing with the pull force of your magnet!
So what’s the point in buying a 1,000 lb magnet fishing magnet when the rope has a tensile strength of 500lb?
What is the best rope for Magnet Fishing?
Our recommendation is a braided Nylon rope, with Polypropylene coating.
Nylon is a highly powerful material that is also resistant friction, salty water and won’t rot.
The Polypropylene coating will improve your magnet fishing ropes due to their enhanced flexibly and added power, flexibility is important for magnet fishing knots, we'll cover this topic on our next blog post.
it is a known fact that the rope is only as strong as its weakest point, so you should should make sure that your rope isn’t dry, rotted or has cuts on the outer layers.
After each use, make sure to wring it out, dry it using a micro fibre cloth and store it in a dry place.
Polypropylene magnet fishing ropes are water resistant so the only thing you need to avoid is placing them to under direct sunlight. The sun may dry out the rope, decreasing the flexibility of the nylon fibres and decreasing the overall strength of your magnet fishing rope.
Magnet Fishing Knots
We should definitely dedicate an entire blog post to cover the topic of knots, but for now, let's assume that that many magnets are lost due to improper knots . Make sure your knot is tight and free of dirt. Often, the rope tends to start losing grip, therefore you should check it before each throw and confirm its tight.
Pulling a Magnet Fishing Magnet:
When your magnet fishing magnet grabs something, avoid jerking it or shaking it. Instead slowly pull the rope towards you. Shaking the magnet via the rope may cause the magnet to disconnect from your magnet fishing and may also cause your magnet fishing rope to wear after over time.
If your magnet is stuck however, a quick shake may be exactly what you need to do in order to release it. Sometimes, a powerful magnet may bite a larger object than it can handle, so releasing it is what’s needed.
If you are unable to retrieve your magnet try pulling it from the side by walking around the perimeter of the water, Try pulling from different angles as it may help creating a small gap between the magnet and the metal object, decreasing the magnetic surface between the magnet and the metal object and the power the magnet attaches to the object.
If your Magnet is still “locked” on the metal object, try a small series of rapid, erratic jerks and jumps.
See on on the next post,
Happy Magnet Fishing,