Magnet fishing kit – The ultimate list

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In this post, I’ll share with you the list of tools you need for magnet fishing other than the magnet itself. I wrote an article about it.

Some of these accessories are mandatory (the first four ones). Others are recommended. And some are nothing more than personal preferences.

They are listed in their order of importance. From the most important to the least.


This is the most important piece of gear you need for magnet fishing(after the magnets itself of obviously).

The rope’s breaking strength should be greater than the magnet’s pulling force. Moreover, it has to be mildew-resistant because it will be always used underwater.

It is recommended that you choose something 65 feet long and 8 mm thick.

For the color, pick something that stands out from the surrounding. This way you’ll be able to see the rope underwater. This is not required, it is just a personal preference.

Because I don’t like knots (Palomar included), I prefer ropes that have sewed ends with thimble rigging. It is going to be awesome, if the latter is made from stainless steel.

You can simply use a snap hook and start magnet fishing. For more details, you can check this post.


With standard work gloves, you can work with ropes. However, you should only use cut resistant gloves. Because you are going to handle sharp metal objects. You can try these ones.

Thread locker

The eyebolt is attached to your magnet using threads. Due to many factors, this connection can come loose.

As its name suggests, thread lockers prevent this from happening. Thus, it keeps your magnet secured.

Carry case

Neodymium magnets are very powerful. You need to keep them away from metal objects (like your car) when you are not using them.

This is why you need a carry case with a foam insert. Place the magnet inside it and the foam will stabilize it. The case must be large to keep the magnet away from any metal.

You can use this one. In my opinion, the small one is enough even for a 1200 lbs fishing magnet. Simply, cut the foam to fit your magnet. Make sure you place it in the center.

The case dimensions are 12.1″ x 10.6″ x 5.9″. It is IP67 rated. This means that it is waterproof up to 1 meter underwater. And it can hold for 30 minutes.

Snap hooks

I like snap hooks. Simply because they are easy to use. Pick ones that are stainless steel or coated to protect them from rust.

the carabiner should have a screw lock to keep the magnet in place. Second, make sure they are capable of handling weights that exceed the magnet’s pulling force.


Don’t leave litter on the riverside. Dispose of it properly. A trash bag may not be suitable for this purpose because sharp metal objects can puncture it easily. You need a robust container.


A cone helps reduce edges that can snag on obstacles underwater. Fishing magnets can be made that way from the factory. Or you can add a plastic cone.

There is also another trick that will help you do that. You can discover it here.

Grappling hook

I don’t think a grappling hook is necessary. Just pick anyone you want. It should be stainless steel or coated one to prevent rust.


Some of the items you find can be precious and you may be interested in keeping them. So, you definitely need to clean them; It is going to be rusty and covered with mud. This is why you need a brush.

Cutting tool

Sometimes the magnet gets stuck. You have to options: retrieve it or leave it. Simply cut the rope as close as possible to the magnet. To do this, you need a magnet.

Rubber mallet

If the magnet is stuck on a bridge for example. A rubber mallet can kelp you release it. You need to hit it until it comes loose.

I don’t recommend using a hammer because it can damage the magnet.


A pouch is handy for storing the relatively valuable stuff that you want to keep. You can use a metal detecting pouch.

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