What is Magnet Fishing?
Magnet fishing combines traditional fishing with treasure hunting. Fishers cast their magnet into a body of water, hoping for a bite from the submerged treasure beneath! It may seem strange, but magnet fishing can provide many benefits to the environment as well as eager treasure hunters:
- Casting and retrieving your magnet can be a great workout.
- Removing metal debris from our waterways can help clean the environment.
- It’s an opportunity for friends and family to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
- Finding submerged treasures may spark a newfound interest in local history.
Where Can I Magnet Fish?
There are currently no restrictions on magnet fishing in Elk Grove, but please keep safety in mind when choosing a location. Avoid fast-moving currents and be sure to tell someone else where you’re magnet fishing. Bridges can provide a safe location to cast-off from. Be mindful of the wildlife and avoid disturbing their habitat.
What Do I Need to Magnet Fish?
One of the attractive aspects of magnet fishing is it’s a relatively simple and inexpensive hobby to begin. Three basic pieces of equipment will get you out on the water:
- A neodymium magnet with an eyebolt. Be sure to use a thread adhesive when attaching the eyebolt to your magnet so that it does not unscrew itself.
- A length of rope or paracord, just 20-30 feet is enough to get started. It’s important to attach the rope to your magnet using a strong knot, such as a Palomar knot.
- Cut resistant gloves will protect your hands while handling potentially sharp and/or rusted pieces of metal.