The Magnet Fishing Craze; Our Safety Considerations

Magnet fishing receives national recognition as popularity rises, leading to stronger safety warnings.

Over the past 18 months, magnet fishing has continued to grow across the UK, with more and more avid enthusiasts taking up the hobby. It combines the mystery of treasure hunting and metal detecting with the pastime of fishing, as people explore what ferrous gems lie beneath the water’s surface.

The rise in popularity of magnet fishing has led to national coverage across the BBC and Daily Telegraph, who have both reported on aspects of magnet fishing. As a market leader in the magnetics industry and an enthusiast of magnet fishing, we are keen to support our customers and the wider public with credible information and exciting content on magnetic fishing, ensuring safety is a key message throughout.

Whilst the hobby is fun and attracting more people to give it a go, it is important to emphasise that safety is of the utmost importance and sufficient measures must be taken before magnet fishing. We have information sitewide for our customers on all aspects of magnet fishing, from locations to safety measures you should carry out before and during the activity. Here are our recommended safety considerations:

  • Conduct a risk assessment of the area to ensure you and others are in a risk-free environment.
  • Ensure you contact local authorities if you find anything of concern.
  • Only people of 18 years or older should be handling fishing magnets.
  • Leave the environment exactly as you found it and do not disturb wildlife.
  • Wear protective clothing, including gloves. They will help to protect your hands from nips and scratches from the magnet and attracted ferrous materials.
  • Ensure you have landowner’s permission to fish in the body of water.
  • Abide by all necessary laws that are applicable to the area you are in.

Once you have carried out a risk assessment of the area you are looking to fish in, and you are satisfied it is safe, the possibilities are endless. You can begin to delve beneath the water’s surface to see what you can find. In the past, customers have found safes, historic coins and ancient artefacts, while some of the stranger finds include window frames, computers and bikes!

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced magnet fisher, there is always fun to be had. While you may be keen to jump right into magnet fishing, we urge you to consider the environment you are in and ensure you are carrying out the activity in the safest possible manner.

For advice on all aspects of magnet fishing, please contact our team on 0845 519 4701 or email with your queries.

Safe fishing!

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