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Magnet Fishing

hyperfish

Distinguished Member
I don't do it myself but I am mildly interested. Anyone here tried it? What's the the legalities of it regarding a permit or whatever?

 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Used to have a set when I was very young, used to play it with my sister and mum. Something like this, but mine wasn't as posh as this.

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Can't see the attraction for an adult though :)

But looking at the video two things spring to mind

1) most of the things you really want to find aren't magnetic
2) cold case, brutal murder finally solved. Man sent down for life after fingerprints found on the murder weapons - protests his innocence :)

Cheers,

Nigel
 
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Tempest

Distinguished Member
Common sense would say, people would actually like this to be done, as it's pulling metallic junk out of the pond/canal/stream, and that can only be a good thing yes?

That said, I suppose someone's going to get upset about it.

I do imagine, it could be VERY uneventful unless it's in a location where a LOT of people are "over water" like a wooden jetty that people are always walking to and fro over.
 

wilbanat

Distinguished Member
Just so we're clear, we are not going to feed the local fish ball bearings right ? and then try and catch them with magnets no ?
:blush:
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Even the sword - I share its excitement - but in that condition, unless it is extremely rare or has some provenance I doubt it would be worth more than £100. Still good for free but imagine how many hours he spent on the side of the bank chucking that magnet in the river before he found that.

If you look at antique sword sales you can find 18c and 19c swords in excellent condition complete with scabbards for around £250.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

hippy240980

Prominent Member
I can't help thinking those knives he found were part of some crime that was committed and dumped.
It would be interesting to magnet fish in some American rivers, say New York. Probably find hundreds of guns.
 

wilbanat

Distinguished Member
Even the sword - I share its excitement - but in that condition, unless it is extremely rare or has some provenance I doubt it would be worth more than £100. Still good for free but imagine how many hours he spent on the side of the bank chucking that magnet in the river before he found that.

If you look at antique sword sales you can find 18c and 19c swords in excellent condition complete with scabbards for around £250.

Cheers,

Nigel
Still millions times more productive than actual fishing :)
 

wilbanat

Distinguished Member
Man, you're full of good ideas :laugh:
Yeah and it was MY idea, right ! :nono:

I'm off round the lake now, I'll be back with my catch later.

I'll also be talking with Discovery channel to see if I can get a few seasons out of it, "Surreys Magnetic Catch" :smashin:
I may have some issues with Greenpeace, but I'll deal with that when needed.

How do I change my name to Bobby or Buck ? :confused:
 

IronGiant

Moderator
I can't help thinking those knives he found were part of some crime that was committed and dumped.

I can't help thinking some of those objects were attached to the magnet when he chucked it in. :devil:
 

aVdub

Banned
Try doing the same in some parts of Eastern Europe and what can come out of old ponds, ditches and marsh area's is a real eye opener.
 

Tempest

Distinguished Member
So, if I go down the local pond and throw in a spool of DuckTape ?
 

hyperfish

Distinguished Member
Even the sword - I share its excitement - but in that condition, unless it is extremely rare or has some provenance I doubt it would be worth more than £100. Still good for free but imagine how many hours he spent on the side of the bank chucking that magnet in the river before he found that.

If you look at antique sword sales you can find 18c and 19c swords in excellent condition complete with scabbards for around £250.

Cheers,

Nigel
I think he did say that he only records a fraction of his attempts. Regarding values, I don't see it as a commercial venture, just a bit of fun. Although that will probably wear thin if I keep hooking nothing, or worse still prams and bike frames.

edit: magnet ordered.
 
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