Best Magnet For Magnet Fishing

500lbs Magnet Fishing Magnet
Awesome 500lbs Magnet lifting a 315lb man

What’s The Best Magnet For Magnet Fishing?

Want to know which is the best magnet for magnet fishing?

The quick answer is: it depends. It depends on your budget, how big and strong you want your magnet to be, and what features you need. You may even need more than one magnet depending on your method and what you’re trying to fish out. In the following sections, we cover the must-haves that we consider to be the minimum requirements for your magnet fishing magnet, and reveal our top magnet picks so you can choose wisely.

Must-Have Features For Your Magnet

Whichever magnet you choose, make sure it has all of these features at minimum.


Neodymium Magnet (NdFeB)

Not all magnets are equal. The magnet to use for magnet fishing should be made out of an alloy of neodymium(Nd), iron(Fe), and boron(b) combined to form (NdFeB). Neodymium magnets are the strongest type of permanent magnets (which means they create their own magnetic field with no need for an electric current) available on the commercial market.

N42 Grade Magnetic Field Strength

Look for magnets with at least a grade of N42. Without getting scientific, the grade is the magnetic field strength; for example, if you have two neodymium magnets of equal size, the one with a higher N-grade has a stronger pulling force.

Strong Coating (NiCuNi) & A3 Stainless Steel Cover

You don’t want your neodymium magnet to corrode and lose its strength. Look for a magnet that is coated in plated nickel(Ni), copper (Cu), and nickel (Ni). The NiCuNi coating provides protection from corrosion, and keeps the magnet from losing its magnetic force. The A3 grade stainless steel cover encases the entire magnet in one neat and durable package.

Fasteners – Countersunk hole & eyebolt

You want the ability to tie or attach anything to your magnet. A magnet with a countersunk hole is best so you can screw in an eyebolt, hook, or a regular bolt. With this, you can attach your magnet to any rig.

Pulling force of at least 500lbs (226kg) 

Generally, the bigger and stronger the magnet, the more expensive it gets. 

If you’re just starting out, start with a 500lbs capable magnet. This will satisfy the majority of hauls without feeling like you’re missing out. 500lbs is still a very strong magnet.

If you want to get any magnet fishing job done, then go with a 800lbs (362kg).

If you love the extreme, then go with a 1000lbs pull force (453kg).

If you’re tactical, you can go with a double sided magnet. These types tend to have weaker power per side, but they are great if you’re scanning the bottom and will increase the chances of you finding something. Once you’ve got something big and heavy (hopefully a safe full of gold bullion and diamonds, or a bag full of automatic assault rifles) then you can send in your 1000lbs magnet to help finish the job.

Our Picks Of The Best Magnets 

Here are our top picks for the best magnets for magnet fishing that meet our list of must-haves and minimum requirements.

500+ lbs (226kg) Pulling Force

We suggest that 500lbs should be the minimum pulling force to get started, and is a handy magnet to have as your backup. Not to be under-estimated, this is like your Spiderman of magnets.

800+ lbs (362kg) Pulling Force

A pull force of 800lbs will lift almost anything so you can’t go wrong with this. Trusted to always get the job done, this is your Hulk of magnets.

1000+ lbs (453kg) Pulling Force

With a pull force of more than 1000lbs, this is the magnet that Thanos would use if he went up against Magneto. If you love brute force then this is for you – you’ll dominate and leave nothing for anyone.

Double-sided Magnet

The tactician’s magnet for ninja magnet maneuvers. If strategy and planning is your thing and you believe that “every battle is won before it’s ever fought” then this magnet is definitely for you. This is like your Dr. Strange of magnets. No doubt, it does look strange.

Next Steps

So you can see how each of these magnets have their place in your magnet fishing universe; you can use them individually or combine their use to create an even more powerful force. By now you should have a good idea which is the best magnet fishing magnet for you. Be sure to also check out our ultimate guide to magnet fishing which gives plenty of information about this great hobby. 

We hope you enjoyed this article – now get outside and have some fun.