Getting your magnet stuck is a universal experience in magnet fishing. Whether it’s between two rocks, in some messy reeds, or wrapped around something that won’t budge, it’s frustrating trying to fish your magnet out without knowing you’ll get it back. If/when this happens to you, don’t panic! We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks so you can spend more time fishing and less time retrieving your stuck magnets. Deep breaths. You can do this.
- Change Your Approach
When something gets stuck, our first thought is to yank on it upwards to hopefully loosen it. When that doesn’t work, try coming at your magnet from a few different angles, alternating between giving your rope slack and keeping it tight. Sometimes, the current (if there is one) can do some of the work here, and help your magnet wiggle free. Be careful not to use your full strength to pull the rope, just in case it snaps.
- Take a Dive
You got into magnet fishing because you like being around water, right? If it’s safe, take a dip to see if you can manually free your lost magnet. Sometimes all it takes is a little maneuvering. Getting in the water gives you a different vantage point that may help you see where the magnet is stuck.
- Grab Some Rebar or a Solid Pole
You may be able to free your magnet by sliding a sturdy pole or piece of metal through the eyelet, using leverage, and “prying” the magnet free. Be careful when using this method, because you could put extra strain on the eyelet of your magnet that may damage it.
- Winch it Out
If all else fails, you may have to bring out the big guns with a winch or a come-along. We recommend this approach last because we’d hate for you to snap your rope. Make sure to stay clear of moving vehicles for this one, too.
It goes without saying that we hope you never have to use these tips, but if you do, we hope they help you get your magnet out of the water and back into your care. Ever gotten your magnet stuck in an especially tricky place? Show us! We love seeing Instagram tags and posts about how and where you magnet fish.
Your Brute Magnetics Team