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  1. #1

    Jul 2005
    Napoleon MI 49201
    Garrett
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    magnet hunting

    Has anyone used the 250lb pound pull from harbor freight? any good stories or fun advice? just got one but not out yet. B

  2. #2
    us
    Nov 2009
    Evans Colorado
    AT Pro
    880
    97 times

    Re: magnet hunting

    I used mine to get some metal out of a old cement water thingy once was about 4 feet deep had to climb down in the first time anyhow because I did the knot wrong and it came off LOL I got it so I wouldn't have to go down in there in the first place because I was worried about snakes. I got in and out like a jack in the box head lol Once I got the knot tied right it worked pretty good. Haven't needed it since and it is somewhere in the back of my truck been thinking of trying this magnet fishing in the water around here just haven't yet. Good luck though

  3. #3
    us
    Mar 2011
    NEPA
    garrett ACE350 (traded off!), minelab E-TRAC, AT-Pro
    572
    6 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: magnet hunting

    how much does it cost at harbor freight? I'd like to check out an old fishing hole to see if I can find discarded interesting goodies...too bad magnets can't pickup silver and gold- kind of makes it less profitable...

  4. #4
    us
    Nov 2009
    Evans Colorado
    AT Pro
    880
    97 times

    Re: magnet hunting

    a 250 lb magnet goes for around $15.00 at harbor freight find a 20% off coupon and it would be even cheaper.

  5. #5
    ntt
    ntt is offline
    us
    Dec 2011
    20
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: magnet hunting

    please explain this to me, i have never heard of magnet fishing?

  6. #6
    us
    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....

    Jan 2011
    New Orleans
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer, Whites Prism
    2,997
    789 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: magnet hunting

    Magnet fishing is tying a magnet to a long rope and chucking it into the water. you never know what will turn up. The best spots are really around bridges IMO, since that's where most things get tossed from. There's a great spot here where the police used to dump confiscated guns off a bridge and I'd really like to give it a shot there soon.
    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    Now in the process of posting my antique photo collection at : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/

  7. #7
    us
    Dec 2008
    austin,texas
    Garrett Ace250,garrett pro-pointer
    2,069
    367 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: magnet hunting

    Did this with a friend years ago,we tied it to some climbing rope and thru it in the lake and found about 4 tackle boxes,1 even had a cellphone in it,we also found a couple 100 yards of fence post pipe,but we were young & dumb and left 'em on the shore.

  8. #8
    ntt
    ntt is offline
    us
    Dec 2011
    20
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: magnet hunting

    so it's basically like dragging a river? i have wanted to do that too, i am going to have much fun here i can tell.

    so what would be a good magnet/ rope to get, i do know of a couple good spots for that,

    thanks in advance

  9. #9
    us
    Nov 2009
    Oklahoma
    ACE 250
    115
    21 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: magnet hunting

    Very neat, I checked and in Tulsa they have one for $13

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2006
    GARRETT PRO
    10,920
    937 times

    Re: magnet hunting

    Hey!

    Put on some waders and spend a few hours in a new relaxing hobby

    Beats dumpster diving and is much cleaner.
    The more one learns the more he understands his ignorance. I am simply an ignor ant man trying to lessen his ignorance
    Those with the most birthdays live the longest

  11. #11
    us
    Dec 2010
    Central Illinois
    Minelab E-Trac, Pro Coil, SunRay X 5.5, S.E.F. 6x8, Excalibur II
    292
    5 times

    Re: magnet hunting

    We did this some years ago when my kids were young. The boy came home with a story about some kids bikes being thrown in the local park pond. I purchased a 250 lb magnet at Harbor Freight and a long rope and we went out to the park. The first throw produced a kids bike, the second throw produced another, the third produced one that had been there a long time.

    The first two belong to two kids who's father ran a local Pharmacy, we cleaned them up the best we could and called the pharmacy and they picked them up that evening. That old black gumbo from the bottom of that pond sure did stink, I hope they were able make them usable again.

    A couple years latter the local police asked me to see if I could help salvage some guns that were stolen and thrown off a bridge at a local lake, we managed to reach a couple of them, but the other were to deep for my ropes. The fire departments diving team was called in to recover the rest.

    They work pretty good as long as it is steel and the rope is long enough and you are strong enough to drag it out.

    Rick

  12. #12
    us
    Mar 2011
    174
    12 times

    Re: magnet hunting

    There's an old ferry crossing near me I'd like to try this at.

  13. #13
    us
    Dirt Dobber

    Nov 2011
    Austin, Texas, area
    Garrett 350
    22
    Relic Hunting

    Re: magnet hunting

    I lost my kayak anchor because of a lousy knot (somebody tied) but remembered that I had one of those magnets in my truck. Tying a SECURE knot on it, I found the anchor in short order.

  14. #14
    us
    Apr 2010
    vancouver. wa. brush prairie / hockinson
    Whites DFX / bounty hunter (back-up)cobra beach magnet for water detecting.bulleye 2 pinpointer.
    27

    Re: magnet hunting

    mine, got my crabpot up then one of my strings came untied. worked great first try!
    I love dirt fishing. !

  15. #15
    us
    Dec 2008
    Berks Co. PA
    Bounty Hunter Tracker IV & GC1023
    352
    4 times

    Re: magnet hunting

    I got my magnet at harbor freight. Used it a few times.
    Got a nice 20 speed mongoose bike from a bridge. My son rides it now.
    Last time out I saw a large box shaped object. The magnet stuck to it but was not strong enough to lift it. I think it was a washer or refrigerator.
    "If your not living on the edge your taking up too much room."

 

 
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