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Guide to magnet fishing / magnetic fishing

Magnet fishing is a fun and enjoyable hobby that everyone can be part of. In fact, you do not need more than a long rope and a strong magnet, and you have the chance to find some interesting and fun objects in the water. 

Magnet fishing offers numerous benefits, it is fun, findings could be rewarding, and it helps clean the environment. You are contributing to sustaining cleaner water for everyone! To get you started, we have created the ultimate handbook for you to learn more about magnet fishing. Take advantage of all the useful tips and tricks we have included. 

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What can I catch when fishing with magnets? 

Let us warn you now, commonly found items while magnet fishing will not always be as valuable as good or silver. However, do not let that deter you. Commonly found items consist of fishhooks, exquisite fish lures, or metallic nails. Even though they may not be worth as much as finding gold, with a little creativity you can repurpose your findings to something rewarding and memorable. The typical findings of magnet fishing are often not as valuable as good or silver.  

When you first find an object, you often want to check whether it is sturdy enough to handle and will not immediately break. It is also equally important to be sure that the item you have found does not pose a security risk. It could be, for example, that the object(s) can damage your skin or that there is a “surprise” inside. So, it is important that you always take some precautions when handling your findings.  

If you decide to keep the item you find, or were unable to sell the item, there are many ways to preserve your findings. Here is one example of what to do if you find fishing hooks. You may have no purpose of them, but it may be that there is a keen fisherman who can reuse them. Many of the items that you find do not always serve a purpose right away. But you can repair items found or make something new. An example could be melting the parts found from bicycles into a whole new bicycle.  

Remember that all people are not the same. Therefore, keep in mind that different items will make different people happy. That should not stop you from going out and capturing something that will be valuable to you and no one else.  

Common findings: 

  • Coins 
  • Cash boxes 
  • Knives 
  • Arms 
  • Dog collars 
  • Seams 
  • Tools 
  • Fishhooks 
  • Bicycles 
  • Fish flash 
  • Scissors 
  • Barbed wires 
  • Capsules 
  • Cans 
  • Shopping carts  

More rare finds:  

  • Hand grenades 
  • Pistols  
  • Bombs 
  • Ancient coins

Locations to try magnet fishing 

You can magnet fish in many places within Denmark. In this guide, we recommend that you fish in, for example lakes, checkers, channels, sewers, rivers, dams and watercourse.

Fun fact! You can technically magnet fish in any location with water, however some places are better than others as it is best not to be too deep and muddy. It is also important to consider fishing in places that are, or once were, frequently visited by people, such as urban areas or historic towns.  

TIP: Try visiting the countryside and remote areas to increase your chances of finding items while magnet fishing. These locations are less likely to be visited today than they once were years ago.  

Although it is important to fish in places that are not too muddy, sewers can still be good places, as there can be a lot of fun items that have ended up in there.  

A good rule to follow is to always research the area before you start magnet fishing. It is important to note that if you are going to magnet fish, make sure you are entering public lands not private lands. If it is on private land, remember to always ask for permission to enter and fish on the land.

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Cleaning your findings after magnet fishing 

Whatever it is that you find at the bottom of a lake, stream, or something else entirely, it is likely to be covered in mud, rust, and grime. It is always a good idea to have the objects cleaned, as they can look quite different after a deep cleaning. You must remember to clean your find safely so that you do not get hurt, hurt others around you, or destroy the object.  

Methods to clean your finds

Rub salt and lemon juice over rusted areas. Alternatively, you can scrub your item with a mixture of baking soda and water. It is recommended you let baking soda and water sit for a few hours before rinsing it off. We strongly advise keeping an eye on the mixture to ensure it does not damage your findings. Then soak the item in warm clean water for a day.  

Another method consists of using apple and white vinegar. This works well because the natural acidity in vinegar is great for removing rust and it is also safe. However, when dealing with extremely rusted findings vinegar may be too gentle and not have much of an impact.  

Potatoes and washing-up liquid are also an easy, safe, and natural rust remover. Potatoes contain acid which will help remove rust within minutes when applied with washing up liquid. The advantage of this method is that it is fast and secure.  

Coca-Cola has an incredibly high-level of acidity, which makes it an effective cleaning agent. If you leave it on the found object long enough, the rust will begin to dissolve. The best way to use coke is to submerge the object in the coke and let it sit there for a few days. Again, we strongly suggest you keep an eye on your item while in the coke to ensure it is not getting damaged.  

Other ways you can clean your finds

  • Sandpaper (if you do not mind your finding being scratched).  
  • Electrolysis 
  • Energy drink 
  • Diesel oil 

Can you get hurt when magnet fishing? 

Yes! You must watch your fingers as you can cut yourself on sharp objects. As some of the items may be muddy or dangerous, we strongly advise you to always wear gloves to avoid getting injured.  

Can I keep guns and ammunition? 

No! You must hand that over to the police (immediately), as no one knows if it is “safe.” Remember, in Denmark, you must also have a weapons permit. Here you must remember the golden rule of always handling weapons as if they were loaded. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction and do not touch the trigger or drop the gun because they may still be loaded.  

We hope that you have been inspired to start fishing with magnets following this guide. If you need more knowledge about magnet fishing, you can read more in our FAQ (just make a search in our FAQ on "fishing").