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In this article, you’ll find all the info that you need. And after reading this guide, you’ll be able to pick your magnet.
Welcome! To this hobby. It is a fun and easy outdoor activity that doesn’t cost much. You only need affordable tools.
For example, underwater treasure hunting needs expensive tools. And you need to be a professional scuba diver.
You need none of that for magnet fishing.
So here we go…
Best fishing magnets
In this paragraph, I handpicked for you 4 magnets (2 single-sided, 1 double-sided and one 2in1). I’ll explain the difference between double and single-sided in the following paragraphs.
In my opinion, these are the best on the market. And I’ll help you pick the one that suits you.
The DIYMAG is a neodymium magnet that has 400 lbs. (181 KG) pulling force (which is a popular choice for beginners). You get the entire pulling force if the metal isn’t rusty.
Its diameter is 2.36 inches (60 mm), which will help you cover a decent surface.
It doesn’t come with a rope or any accessories. You have to buy them separately. You can check this guide. It is about a list of tools that will make your hunts more enjoyable. Not all of them are necessary.
Since it is a single-sided fishing magnet, its force is concentrated on the bottom side. The other three sides can attract metal objects. But they don’t contribute that much.
The DIYMAG fishing magnet is coated with three layers of (nickel, copper, nickel). This rust-resistant coating protects the A3 steel cup.
This cup protects the neodymium from chipping or cracking. This extends the life of your magnet and gives it a shiny look.
Obviously, the eyebolt for single-sided magnets is on top. The total height of the DIYMAG is 2.6 Inches (66 mm).
The thread connection is on top of the fishing magnet, so there is no need for the countersink hole at the bottom. It is flat and smooth.
The Brute Box is another single side magnet but it is three times stronger. You definitely need to be careful when handling it. (And I think a magnet that strong isn’t suitable for beginners. Only experts who want to hunt large objects should pick this one.)
Obviously, to get all of this pulling strength, the famous Brute Force Company used neodymium (not kryptonite!) to make it.
Its diameter is 4.72″ (12 cm) and it is 0.70” (1.7 cm) thick. Like the DIYMAG, It has a triple-layers of coating (Ni-Cu-Ni).
To ensure the contact surface is smooth, the eyebolt is attached with a screw that gets inside a countersink hole.
This one comes with a waterproof carry case. In my opinion, for a magnet that strong, this case is necessary. It keeps it nestled in the foam insert away from metal objects like your car.
It also comes with a thread locker. Due to the vibration and to obstacles, the eyebolt can come loose. Using the thread locker will lock it in place.
The brute box also contains a 65 feet rope with a carabiner (rated to 5,600 lbs). The rope can hold up to 1,300 lb. of weight.
The rope’s strength exceeds comfortably the magnet’s pulling force. However, it is not recommended for climbing.
You don’t have to waste your time with the not. Simply attach it to the magnet using the snap hook and secure it in place.
UOLOR fishing magnet
Uolor is the first double-sided magnet on our list. This configuration has pros and cons, I’ll explain them later.
Its diameter is 2.36″ (6 cm) and it is 1.18″ (3 cm) thick. The eyebolt is made from stainless steel.
It has a combined pulling force of 660 lbs (each side 330 lbs). Of course, I think you already know that these great pulling forces cannot be reached with ferrite. You need neodymium for these kinds of stuff.
And like the rest of the items I listed here, it is protected with an A3 steel cup, which is coated with alternating layers of nickel and copper.
Make sure to check how strong your magnet is after you receiving it. You can simply stick it to a polished metal surface and see if you can lift it. Several customers complained about the weak pulling force of the product they received.
This is a double-sided magnet. But it has a second eyebolt. With this simple addition, you can use this fishing magnet the way you want.
It can be used as a single or double-sided magnet. Simply, change the location of the rope. And voila!
This configuration has a minor downside. The second hole could be filled with mud. To solve this problem, use a grub screw.
Each side of this magnet can provide up to 600lbs of pulling force (1200 lbs combined). Just like all the other magnets, it is made from neodymium and protected with an A3 steel plate.
The steel is coated with triple alternated layers of nickel and copper to protect it from rust.
Until now I listed the four best magnets on the market. In the next part, I’ll help you pick one of them.
Things to consider before buying
There are many fishing magnets on the market. I’ll help you pick the best one for you.
And a quick note before beginning…
The best fishing magnet isn’t necessarily the most powerful one. If you are a beginner, choose something with medium pulling strength.
When you learn how to handle it, you can go for something bigger. At this stage, you will have enough skill to use such a powerful device.
So let’s explain the things you should look for before buying your fishing magnet.
This is the most important thing that you should check before buying a fishing magnet.
The pulling force means the maximum weight that can be lifted with the magnet before it breaks away.
The strength tests are performed in a lab using polished and flat steel surfaces. The two objects are in direct and full surface-to-surface contact.
Metal objects left underwater for a long time will be rusty and covered with mud. This will reduce the pulling force.
Another thing you should think about is that metal objects can be stuck under another heavy object like rocks. You need a lot of pulling force to set it free.
Magnets can be made from a variety of materials. Neodymium is one of the best and it is the most popular for this hobby. So make sure, you pick one that was made from this material.
So how strong the magnet should be?
If you are a beginner, pick a magnet that has a pulling force between 400 and 660 lbs. For advanced users, you can find up to 1200 lbs (you have to be careful handling this beast!).
Single vs double-sided fishing magnets
I’ll list the pros and cons of each one of them. And to make things easy for you, I’ll tell you which one you should pick.
Single-sided magnets usually roll over on their backs if you pull them horizontally. Their pulling strength is concentrated on their bottom side. This means that it won’t attract metal objects efficiently.
They also have a tendency to snag on rocks because of the large surface facing underwater obstacles.
Double-sided magnets lay always flat. This is where the pulling force is concentrated.
The surface facing obstacles is minimal. And it rolls over out of the obstacles’ way to lay down flat again.
If you bob them from a bridge, single-sided magnets outperform double-sided ones. They will be facing the water with their flat side. While the other will be facing it with their edge.
To conclude, none is better than the other. They are two different tools for two different tasks. Single-sided ones are better for vertical fishing. The others are best for horizontal hunting.
Which one do I recommend?
I recommend you pick a single-sided fishing magnet.
And don’t worry about the snagging and rolling problems. In this article, I’ll show a simple hack to solve them.
Moreover, in the previous paragraphs, I showed you a 2 in 1 fishing magnet. It is good for those who are still confused. You can use it both ways.
Magnets can be cracked easily. That is why they are protected by a steel cup. And to protect steel from rust, it has to be coated.
The triple-layered coating is the most popular (nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), and nickel (Ni)).
So make sure your fishing magnet is covered by an A3 steel cup that is coated with (Ni, Cu, Ni).
As I said previously, The magnet’s flat side is where the pulling force is concentrated. This side should be in direct contact with the target.
The farther it is, the weaker the magnetic field will be. Therefore, there should be no obstacles between this side and metal objects.
Even if this obstacle is the screw holding the eyebolt. This is why we need to have a countersink hole. The screw head will sit flush with the surface.
It is important to note that some manufacturers solved this problem using other technics. Countersink hole is the most widespread solution.
Second, this is a requirement only for single-sided magnets.
The diameter isn’t something that you should waste your time with. Most of the magnets on the market have basically the same size.
It shouldn’t be too small so that you cover a lot of surfaces. And it shouldn’t be too large so that it snags on underwater obstacles.
I think you now have a clear picture. And you already picked your fishing magnet.
This is not the end of the story. There are other tools that you can use to take your hunts to the next level. Check this guide for more details.
Tips for magnet fishing
I have a few tips for you:
Before you go to the river, learn how to use the magnet in your yard.
Keep it away from large metal objects ( bridges, fire hydrants…). It can be very hard to remove.
Bring a bucket or trash bag with you. Don’t leave litter on the riverside. Dispose of it properly.
Don’t forget to use the thread locker to keep the eyebolt held in place. You don’t want to lose your magnet.
Wear gloves to protect your hands while pulling the rope and when touching sharp metal objects.
Make sure the knot is tight. Use the Palomar knot.
Neodymium magnets are super strong. Don’t pinch your finger.
Always rinse your magnet after use. Keep them clean and shiny.
There are many things to consider before buying a magnet. The most important one is pulling strength. The most powerful one isn’t always the best for you.
If you’re new to this hobby, a pulling force between 400 and 660 lbs is enough. For this category, I recommend DIYMAG.
For advanced users, the Brute box is a good choice. It can pull up to 1200 lbs. This is the strongest magnet I now of. And in my opinion, it is not suitable for beginners.