Magnet Fishing South Africa

Welcome to the home of magnetic fishing.

What exactly is magnet fishing? Simply put, it’s fishing with a magnet on the end of a rope instead of a hook. Instead of fish, we’re looking for metallic objects; think of it as a sort of deep water metal detecting.

People drop all sorts of metallic things into the water, especially in heavily fished areas. From modern gadgets to historical item, you never know what you might come across. These items are just sitting at the bottom, waiting for YOU to come recover them.

The only equipment needed for magnet fishing is a powerful magnet with a loop or eye attached to it, strong rope, a pair of gloves and a something in which to put any metallic objects you may find.

Magnet fishing makes use of a strong magnet to recover magnetic objects from water.

  • The magnet has a loop or eye attached to it.
  • A rope is tied to the loop or eye in order to recover the magnet and the objects that attach themselves to it. It is not suitable for items that are not attracted to a magnet such as gold.
  • Not only is it very useful to recover lost items but is also rapidly becoming a favourite pastime/hobby for hundreds of people worldwide.
  • Magnets come in different weights and sizes and are measured in diameter (mm) and pull force (Kg). The more pull force the magnet has the bigger the object you can retrieve.

The hobby is a combination of environmentalism and treasure hunting. The magnets used are strong enough to remove large debris such as discarded bicycles, guns, safes, bombs, coins and car tire rims from bodies of water, but many who engage in the hobby are hoping to find rare and valuable items as well.

Magnet retrieval tools are specially designed to retrieve items that are lost at the bottom of bodies of water. There are two main types of magnets. These are double sided and single sided magnets.

Equipment Needed For Magnet Fishing

In short, you will need:

  • A really good strong magnet
  • A sturdy rope
  • Gloves
  • Somewhere to put place your finds such as a bucket
  • A way to clean your hands e.g. hand sanitizer

The Magnet

Your magnet needs an eyebolt (see image) for threading your rope through. Most people suggest you invest in a Neodymium Magnet also known as a “rare earth magnet”.

Are you wanting to buy Magnet Fishing equipment in South Africa? Have we sparked your interest enough that you too now want to start magnet fishing in South Africa?

Then be sure to visit our online magnet fishing shop to order your magnet fishing tools today!

And don’t forget to join our South African Magnet Fishing community group on facebook here.

Good luck and happy fishing!


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