Magnet Fishing; what is it & why do you want to find  Iron ?

Just a little bash here at mankind, before going to much further – you see as a human being, man has always been fascinated with water, and it is the only thing that mankind cannot live without, yet we pollute our life source with all sorts of rubbish, and wonder why we get ill ! Just a Thought…

Welcome to the weird & wonderful hobby of Magnet Fishing, before I take you on this journey, there are hundreds of sites on the internet, telling and selling things magnet fishing related, be warned…

Anyway hopefully if you have found yourself here you were searching for Magnet Fishing story’s & related content, so don’t worry, if you found us by accident or was just curious, hopefully, we will soon send you on a watery journey, its a hobby that’s both exciting and fun, oh and smelly, sometimes that water smells really bad…trust me…Many people are now taking part in a hobby that I first got interested in, after buying a “Sea Magnet” back in 1994, it was quite costly back then I believe it was sixty-five pounds,  and stuck with the pastime of magnet fishing, using the “Sea Magnet” right up to the day, when I never checked the  rope around the neck of the magnet, and after casting it into a very deep “whirlpool” I remember, out of the corner of my eye, watching the rope gently flutter onto the waters surface whilst my main focus was on the magnet sailing beyond the target area, and my mind not computing that the blessed thing had become detached, so when I finally realised  that it had become detached from the rope I was dumbstruck, i remember just standing there with the rope end in one hand and just staring out into the water, trying to work out what really just happened, it still took me five odd minuets to gain some ounce of realisation, and I then spent an hour or so trying to work out the impossible task of retrieving my magnet, & no, sadly it still resides in the murky depths of the “whirlpool”

What is magnet fishing ? well, its a hobby where you throw a magnet into a body of water to hopefully attaché some iron to the magnetic end which you can haul back onto the bank of where you are standing, and gasp in amazement at whatever it is… what sort of ferrous metals can you expect to find – welllllllllll….. Shopping Trolleys & shopping baskets has to be at the top of the list, followed by fantasy items like Guns, Safes, Motorbikes, Procedures of crime, Pushbikes, clad coins [I had to get that Americanised one in, as the new decimal coins have an iron heart and are clad with a shiny coating] you will no doubt find things that I’ve listed, but this hobby, is like metal detecting, you have got to go through the process of finding hundreds of bits of junk, before you get something of interest, but saying that, will you, could you, find a knife, sword or other pointy thing, straight away, who knows, get out to find out ?…
Magnet fishing is not a new hobby as many believe, I know people that have been doing it since the early to mid-seventies, and they tell me there were people they learnt from. so like all hobby’s and pastimes, its fashionable for a while, then it goes out of fashion, but today’s magnets have developed into a much stronger magnet with a smaller body, these newish magnets are the powerful neodymium magnets, that won’t chip like the old magnets, and come supplied with a loop on the top to attaché a rope too, which secures your new magnet a whole lot better, before you throw your new toy into the water…

There are many other places around the world, that indulge in magnet fishing, & have some beautiful old waterways, these are the canals, rivers, ponds, lakes etc… the same as we have in this country, & with mans fascination and reliance on water, very much like the ploughed field in the middle of nowhere, man has been there before and dropped something, it is now down to you to find it, whether its with a metal detector or magnet both are an asset to this interesting pastime…

Since the coin became fashionably & overtook the barter system, man has dropped coins into water from bridges, and whilst crossing rivers in boats, & on foot, whether it was for a safe passage over the water or to appease the gods, coins and other artefacts have found their way into rivers, but to find the majority of these you will need a Metal Detector as most of these items are none ferrous, whereas a magnet will find the ferrous items, so now we know man has had a habit of throwing things into the water since the dawn of time, & that many of these people will have intentionally thrown into the water an object, there is still a huge amount of metallic objects, that has unintentionally been lost, whilst trying to cross these ancient bodies of water, no matter how sure-footed you are, there is always slippery surfaces under the water which will take your foot away and your possessions will be lost to the depths or taken further downstream…

Fast forward a couple thousand years, and you find yourself sitting at a computer and reading this and deciding whether to give this magnet fishing lark a try, as you fancy looking for the lost items or those bits that have been intentionally thrown into the water over the years, although the aim of magnet fishing is to retrieve these ferrous objects using a very strong  neodymium magnets and a length of rope, I very much doubt if you will find anything of great age, unless it is something from a burglary, so the history side of things can be largely forgotten about for the moment, unless you are lucky enough to find an old cannonball or an old musket, then your history lessons start right away…    But in my opinion, I think magnet fishing is an easy way to start your Treasure Hunting Journey…

Where to start… google earth, or go for a walk locally, any stream, river, canal, come to think of it anywhere you can think of that’s got water in, people disposed of a lot of ill-gotten gains from bridges through the ages, and fast forward to the present day, & the little oike,s are still chucking stuff into the water courses, as it is instantly buried, with no digging involved, and they can be on there way quickly…so there are many places to search without having to travel any great distances…        In the photo on the left & right, believe it or not, there is a safe in the stream, the stream is just behind the few guard rails in the photo on the left, this is a tiny bridge on a backroad, and we still have not managed to retrieve it yet…

Is it Legal…

Magnet fishing is practised worldwide, with different laws in different countrys, which regulates what you can and cannot do, but here in the UK to a large extent we have very few laws, it is mainly busy-bodies who never cut the grade as a traffic warden, who wants to stick there nose in, where its not wanted, these are the brave ones, they will show there faces, but there is one person who hides behind a blog & reckons he champions the Archaeology of life, & its the governments who owns Artefacts etc.. this piece of poison is paul barford, I won’t even begin to put a link here as he is not worth the effort, lets quote his latest sprout of unintelligent misinformed rhetoric, on another group of people enjoying themselves, & in the process of enjoying there hobby are helping to clean up their environment… so click on this link to take you to “my outside blog” & read the full scenario as this idiot has no excuse to even comment on something he has no idea of what its all about, so just click & read his latest quote, it is so laughable…

So how much is it going to cost to start, magnet fishing, and where do I buy the equipment, well to start with it is a cost-effective hobby to get involved in, its not rocket science to operate, & basically it is pretty straightforward and a cheap hobby to try…My new magnet cost £ 30.00p from off the internet, it came well packaged with a length of rope, but I now have learnt to double tie the rope, and use a knot that will not come undone, most ropes today contain polypropylene which will resist the rope rotting and getting mildew, but the care should be taken to clean your equipment after use, what else do you need, a grappling hook, a bag to keep everything in [I use an old battery drill, case, its waterproof and holds everything in place without the carry case getting sodden wet, and soaking your clothes as you walk]