11 Magnet Fishing Tips that are Essential for Success

Magnet fishing tips

Many magnet fishing beginners will learn important magnet fishing tips the hard way. Things like touching their phones with their magnets, or not wearing gloves, that seem silly to someone who is experienced in magnet fishing. These are costly, time consuming and sometimes painful mistakes that shouldn’t even have been made in the first place. I will give you a rundown on some of these mistakes in this article as well as some magnet fishing hacks and a few bonus magnet fishing tips!

This article will be relevant for anyone who enjoys or wants to start magnet fishing, from complete beginner to total expert.

Research where you go magnet fishing

When you go magnet fishing, what you find depends entirely on the location you pick. If you don’t pick a location well, you might not find a whole lot. While there is nothing wrong with just going to a random river/canal, if you want more finds, you should do a bit of research before you go magnet fishing. This does not have to take long, just check the history of the area, see how populated it is and if there are any bridges over it (bridges are common places for things to be thrown into the water).

If you are going magnet fishing in a river, you should also ensure that the current isn’t too fast as it will push any potential finds downstream and make it harder to throw your magnet out into the water. Another thing you can check is if the river is clean or dirty. You don’t want to go magnet fishing in what is essentially a dump.

Good spots to go magnet fishing are places that have a lot of tourists, fishermen and boats. These places will typically have a lot of finds but I would advise going at off peak times.

Go magnet fishing near a bridge

While I briefly mentioned this point in the last tip, it is an important one so I think it deserves further explanation. I recommend magnet fishing under or slightly downstream from a bridge. This is because people going across bridges often throw things into the water that they don’t want to be found. This is perfect for a magnet fisher as it means more opportunity to catch something amazing.

Go magnet fishing with friends

Going magnet fishing with friends is so much better than going solo. Magnet fishing solo is also a lot more dangerous that magnet fishing with other people.

Going magnet fishing with friends can add a sense of friendly competition to your magnet fishing. It will also be very handy if you have a heavy find or stuck magnet to have someone who can help you remove it.

If you don’t have any friends that have been magnet fishing, you should introduce them to it. You can send them our Ultimate Guide to Magnet Fishing and lend them a magnet if you have one spare.

Never put your magnet near any electronics

This is one of the most important magnet fishing tips. You should never put your phone, credit card or any electronic device near your magnet. It will break and you will need a replacement. You need to be very careful with where you put your fishing magnet. I recommend keeping it in a case, like the ones that come with magnet fishing kits. This will help you avoid any disasters that could occur either when storing or transporting your magnet.

Another thing I recommend is keeping your phone and wallet in a different place to your magnet. Leave them in the car while you go magnet fishing.

Sell your scrap finds

When you go magnet fishing, you are going to find a lot of scrap metal. This is unavoidable but you can at least make the most of it. You should save up all of your scrap metal at home and after you have collected a lot of it, bring it to the scrapyard. You will get a nice lump of cash, in exchange for all of the rubbish you catch when you go magnet fishing. This will easily pay for a new magnet fishing kit or maybe some magnet fishing accessories.

Get a grappling hook

While fishing magnets are incredibly strong, sometimes, in bad conditions, they struggle to hold very heavy finds. This is where grappling hooks come in. Grappling hooks anchor on to your find, giving you another point from which to pull it out. This is particularly useful if you are magnet fishing with friends as it means that two or more people can share the load if it is a heavy find. This will allow you to pull things out of the water that you previously wouldn’t have been able to pull out.

If you drop your magnet into the water, you can put your grappling hook in and hopefully your magnet will stick to it and you can pull it out.

Removing a stuck magnet underwater

Removing a magnet that is stuck is definitely one of the most frustrating things about magnet fishing. I have a few pointers that can make this situation a lot easier and reduce the risk of you losing your magnet. The first thing you want to try is to pull it and see what it is attached to. If it is a find, you can throw in a grappling hook to try and get it out.

If it is wedged between rocks or plants on the bottom of the river, you should try and move to a different location and pull it. If you are near a bridge, maybe you could even cross the bridge and pull it from the bridge or the other side of the water.

Get a strong rope

There is no worse feeling for a magnet fisher than when they find something with their magnet and they start pulling and suddenly, their rope snaps, leaving their magnet in the water, essentially unreachable. This is why you should invest in a strong rope. Don’t buy an expensive, powerful magnet and skimp on the rope. If you do this, you will probably lose the magnet and be left holding half of the rope, while your magnet sits at the bottom of the river. This can be avoided by buying a good rope.

Bring a spare magnet

This magnet fishing tip will mainly apply to people who have already been magnet fishing a few times. You should buy a spare magnet fishing kit and bring it whenever you go magnet fishing. This is useful for a number of reasons.

If your rope breaks or you drop your magnet when it is connected to a find, you can use your secondary magnet to try and pull it out. You can also use it to connect to a find as a backup line or as another rope to pull from.

Having a spare magnet fishing kit is a great way to get some of your friends and family into magnet fishing. You can simply invite them to go with you and they can use your kit.

If you lose or break your primary magnet, you can use your secondary magnet until you get a replacement. You will still be able to get out there despite breaking your magnet.

If you buy a second magnet, I recommend buying a different type of magnet to your current magnet. For example if you have a double sided magnet already, you should get a single sided magnet. This will allow you to always have the right magnet for the job. If you are fishing from a bridge a single sided magnet is ideal, so you can use your single sided magnet, and if you are fishing from a river bank you can use your double sided magnet.

Your magnet can be too strong

Many magnet fishing beginners get the strongest fishing magnet they can afford when they start magnet fishing. This isn’t ideal. An extremely strong magnet can be more hassle than it is worth for many magnet fishing beginners. If you get attached to a metal beam or pole it will be nearly impossible to remove and your magnet is more likely to damage phones and credit cards. You are also more likely to lose your magnet and if you do it will cost a lot more to replace.

So what size magnet do you need for magnet fishing? For your first magnet, 500lbs is the sweet spot for strength and value. For a beginner, I would not recommend getting a magnet with over 1000lbs of pulling force. A good rule of thumb is that if you aren’t sure if you need a magnet with over 1000lbs of pulling force, you probably shouldn’t get one.

How to remove a magnet stuck to a metal beam

Getting your magnet stuck to a metal beam is incredibly annoying, partly because it is very avoidable and mainly because it can be very hard to remove. There are a few ways that you can remove a magnet like this and one surefire way to get it off that I will share with you.

You can use a hammer or mallet to try and hit your magnet off a beam. This method can be combined with a wedge to and lift the magnet off of the beam. You can also use a steel rod to try and remove it. simply put it through the eyelet and place the end on the beam and try and lever your magnet off the beam. All of these methods can be combined if necessary to try and remove your magnet from the beam.

There is one way that is almost guaranteed to remove your magnet from a metal beam but it can be dangerous so I do not recommend it. It works by connecting your rope to the tow bar of a vehicle and then driving, using the force of the vehicle to remove the magnet from the beam. This can be dangerous as depending on your rope, it might be elastic and release the stored energy when the magnet is removed from the beam, catapulting the magnet forward.


I hope you learned something from these magnet fishing tips. If you are a beginner and want to learn more about magnet fishing, you should check out our Ultimate Beginners Guide. Thanks for reading!