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Old 01-28-19, 08:04 PM
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Anyone into magnet fishing?

I just bought a beginner set because, well Hell, it was only $26!

Has anyone done this? I know the "treasures" are mostly lures, hooks, lawn chairs, crap, etc., but one never knows what lurks in the deep!

Do a Youtube video search for magnet fishing, and you see some great stuff, especially by "WW2 Wendal" in Britain. Granted, Britain's rivers hold lots more history than those here in the U.S.

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Old 01-28-19, 09:36 PM
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Magnet fishing would be interesting in some Texas lakes. Many of our lakes are manmade, filled valleys and lowlands after dams were built during the 1930s-'50s, partly as reservoirs, partly for flood control.

In some cases the would-be lakes filled so quickly during seasonal rains that farmers, ranchers and other folks just left stuff behind.

But there's probably stuff related to old Fort Worth's wilder era. There was a lot of organized crime, shady people disappearing and rumors of bodies, cars and weapons dumped in surrounding lakes. Magnet fishing my solve some old mysteries.

Some of our local lakes are badly silted up and murky, discouraging scuba diving salvage. Magnets might be more effective. And there are a few filled quarries that are deeper and more recent.
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A couple years ago we had a drought here in Texas and our lake level, Lake Granbury, dropped....a lot. A couple "out of the ordinary" things were found. One, a commemorative pistol mounted on a plague as a gift to a retiring Parrish Sheriff in Louisiana. It had been stolen quite a few years ago. Two, a pickup truck with the remains of a woman that had been missing since the mid-80s. It was not known if she accidentally drove into the lake or was the victim of foul play. The primary suspect in her disappearance was her husband who passed away in the mid-90s. I think you could have picked up the former with a magnet but the latter would have been "the big one that got away."
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Interesting. I don't think a lot of good stuff gets tossed off the bridges here. But, who knows.

I've thought about building a magnet sweeper for my bike.
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Interesting. I don't think a lot of good stuff gets tossed off the bridges here. But, who knows.
Where we camp on the Menomonee River on the WI/UP MI border, I go below the rapids with a mask & snorkel and retrieve lots of fishing and camping gear that gets lost when canoes dump going down.
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Where we camp on the Menomonee River on the WI/UP MI border, I go below the rapids with a mask & snorkel and retrieve lots of fishing and camping gear that gets lost when canoes dump going down.
Now, that would be interesting.

The last time down the Deschutes River, we picked up at least 20 cans of fake beer bobbing down the river, and 1 half full keg of beer + tap.

Who knows what all actually sinks.
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Now, that would be interesting. Who knows what all actually sinks.
Lots of tackle boxes and rods, also lanterns, lawn chairs, and stoves. I haven't bought a new rod or reel in years.
Interesting things like a full sealed bottle of Jack, a boom box and a full size upright Hoover vacuum. Who is carrying a vacuum in their canoe and why?
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Didn't realize this was a thing. What first came to mind was that plastic fishing game for kids.

https://www.ebay.com/p/The-Popular-G...2527726&chn=ps


I'd hope you'd attach a very stout line to the magnet since some are rated for hundreds of pounds. Bound to find an engine block or two...far beyond the lifting capacity of the magnet.
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a boom box and a full size upright Hoover vacuum. Who is carrying a vacuum in their canoe and why?
Heading to some back woods hideout?

Was it modified to inflate/deflate rafts? Still, one would need a power source.

Perhaps an upstream trash dump that got carried to the bottom of the rapids. Or, flood damage?
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