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(NPR)   Magnets. How the fark do they ... Wait. You can fish with them?   (npr.org) divider line
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2022-08-11 9:45:42 AM  
They're great for catching steelhead trout.
 
2022-08-11 9:47:27 AM  
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2022-08-11 10:21:16 AM  
Tried it once - All I caught was a Juggalo
 
2022-08-11 10:21:18 AM  
Always a great way to get a new pistol. In Europe you might even find a bomb.  They've not the best eating but they look good on the trophy wall and the cops might have given up looking for the gun.
 
2022-08-11 10:21:48 AM  
Of course, being a story in America, its gotta have a wall of guns to show off.  This time its a wall of improperly disposed of and probably used in a crime guns
 
2022-08-11 10:22:55 AM  
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Well sure!
 
2022-08-11 10:24:32 AM  
I'm pretty sure 99.99% of the population couldn't explain how magnets work, and most of the other 0.01% would say something about spinning electrons that they don't actually understand, so I admire ICP for their honesty.

/back to fish
 
2022-08-11 10:25:15 AM  

HighlanderRPI: Tried it once - All I caught was a Juggalo


I actually tried it once, too, with a magnet I bought through Johnson Scientific (one of those heavy neodynium (sp?) magnets). Never found anything, though.

In any  ase, the magnet was insanely strong.
 
2022-08-11 10:25:43 AM  

Meatsim1: Of course, being a story in America, its gotta have a wall of guns to show off.  This time its a wall of improperly disposed of and probably used in a crime guns


Whatever Buzz Killington, it looks cool.
 
2022-08-11 10:25:56 AM  

Meatsim1: Of course, being a story in America, its gotta have a wall of guns to show off.  This time its a wall of improperly disposed of and probably used in a crime guns


It's a guarantee they're used in crime.  People adore guns more than life itself.  They don't throw them in the lake unless they must.
 
2022-08-11 10:26:00 AM  
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2022-08-11 10:26:55 AM  
Yeah, how DO they work?
 
2022-08-11 10:28:29 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: HighlanderRPI: Tried it once - All I caught was a Juggalo

I actually tried it once, too, with a magnet I bought through Johnson Scientific (one of those heavy neodynium (sp?) magnets). Never found anything, though.

In any  ase, the magnet was insanely strong.


Oops, I think it was actually via Edmunds Scientifics which isn't the same these days like it used to be, sadly.
 
2022-08-11 10:28:30 AM  

Madison_Smiled: They're great for catching steelhead trout.


And hammerhead sharks.
 
2022-08-11 10:28:40 AM  

BFletch651: Yeah, how DO they work?


MAGNETS: How Do They Work?
Youtube hFAOXdXZ5TM
 
2022-08-11 10:28:50 AM  
I started watching some magnet fishing vids on youtube when Covid started, but never felt compelled to do it myself as there's likely nothing interesting around here, and I didn't want to deal with the trash I'd end up collecting.  The people who do magnet fishing vids on youtube, however, are really, really annoying and I stopped watching and honestly forgot about it until seeing this.
 
2022-08-11 10:29:01 AM  
If you already have a magnet, then why do you need any more than that?

DRTFA because I don't want to...but is this the actual complaint or that NEW morons with too much time on their hands can't join their friends to play because they can't get a magnet?

Sharing is caring, people!
 
2022-08-11 10:31:05 AM  

Creoena: people who do magnet fishing vids on youtube, however, are really, really annoying and I stopped watching and honestly forgot about it until seeing this.


FTFY.
 
2022-08-11 10:31:39 AM  
Found a place you can buy fishing magnets here!
 
2022-08-11 10:38:56 AM  
My brother caught a mountain bike.  Don't know what size magnet he used, and we've never gotten around to cleaning it, but it's still there leaning against his deck supports.  Of course, he knew it was down there before "fishing" as several years back it was a fun thing for kids to chuck their bikes off the boat dock.
 
2022-08-11 10:41:47 AM  
My gf got me one for xmas a couple years ago.  1200 lbs-pull.   It comes in a plastic piece of luggage where it sits in a foam cut-out.  I'm frankly afraid of that thing, I keep it in the corner of the cellar away from anything metal.  It has some serious warning language in the one-page user-guide about losing digits or worse.
 
2022-08-11 10:43:54 AM  
I did it when a big old marina closed nearby. Went up and down both sides of every dock. Found a lot of useless blobs of rusted junk.
 
2022-08-11 10:44:47 AM  
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This type of fishing only happens in the US.  Other countries don't have waterways filled with guns.
 
2022-08-11 10:51:27 AM  

mrshowrules: [media.npr.org image 850x637]
This type of fishing only happens in the US.  Other countries don't have waterways filled with guns.


France has waterways filled with unexploded bombs. It's illegal to magnet fish there.
 
2022-08-11 10:52:48 AM  
 
2022-08-11 10:53:38 AM  
Apparently the article by NPR, was written by people who have never traveled outside of a major
city to "flyover country".  We've been doing that for decades out here.  ;)
 
2022-08-11 10:53:46 AM  
Just do it with an electromagnet?

Has the additional bonus of you being able to turn it on/off (unlike subby's mom who is turned on all the time)
 
2022-08-11 10:54:03 AM  

mrshowrules: [media.npr.org image 850x637]
This type of fishing only happens in the US.  Other countries don't have waterways filled with guns.


There is something farked up about a wall covered in guns people probably threw into the water because they did something awful with them.  Wouldn't law enforcement want to take a look at them?
 
2022-08-11 10:54:34 AM  

smed7: My gf got me one for xmas a couple years ago.  1200 lbs-pull.   It comes in a plastic piece of luggage where it sits in a foam cut-out.  I'm frankly afraid of that thing, I keep it in the corner of the cellar away from anything metal.  It has some serious warning language in the one-page user-guide about losing digits or worse.


I had one get NEAR a box of drywall screws. That was painful pulling them apart.


Sidenote: Don't buy them from places like amazon. They mislead people about their true strength.
 
2022-08-11 10:55:03 AM  

smed7: My gf got me one for xmas a couple years ago.  1200 lbs-pull.   It comes in a plastic piece of luggage where it sits in a foam cut-out.  I'm frankly afraid of that thing, I keep it in the corner of the cellar away from anything metal.  It has some serious warning language in the one-page user-guide about losing digits or worse.


Ha! My wife got me what sounds like the exact same kit at the beginning of the pandemic. We tried it a couple of times but there aren't really any busy waterways or canals around here that might have anything interesting in them.

Best videos I've seen were of some guy working the canals in Amsterdam while all the boat traffic was shut down for Covid. He was pulling out rusty bikes and scooters for days.
 
2022-08-11 10:56:01 AM  
This magnet works perfectly to spot morons
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2022-08-11 10:57:29 AM  
For some reason, TicTok (shut up) keeps showing me magnet fishing videos (as well as metal detecting), and these people get way too excited about rusty crap they pull up. WOW! A LICENCE PLATE!
 
2022-08-11 10:59:37 AM  

Madison_Smiled: They're great for catching steelhead trout.


Done in one, folks.
 
2022-08-11 11:01:33 AM  

Blathering Idjut: Wouldn't law enforcement want to take a look at them?


They do, and they've found some guns that were used in crimes. In the case of these I assume they checked and aren't linked to anything (reported stolen) or are so rusted they're useless for a match. Ballistics matching is also a touchy science under the best conditions. A barrel sitting in water rusting as long as those guns ain't gonna be useful.
 
2022-08-11 11:05:40 AM  
just some of the things magnet fishers have retrieved around the U.S. since the hobby spiked in popularity following the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.


Who invented the coronavirus pandemic?
 
2022-08-11 11:09:35 AM  

smed7: losing digits or worse.


I can think of only one thing worse. I'm sure there is someone somewhere who had that happen.
 
2022-08-11 11:09:41 AM  
Meh, I just use scuba gear and wrap my metal detector in a big plastic baggie.
 
2022-08-11 11:10:12 AM  
Only with a mono pole though...
 
2022-08-11 11:10:50 AM  

Incog_Neeto: just some of the things magnet fishers have retrieved around the U.S. since the hobby spiked in popularity following the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.


Who invented the coronavirus pandemic?


"advent" isn't the same as "invent."
 
2022-08-11 11:12:20 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: MelGoesOnTour: HighlanderRPI: Tried it once - All I caught was a Juggalo

I actually tried it once, too, with a magnet I bought through Johnson Scientific (one of those heavy neodynium (sp?) magnets). Never found anything, though.

In any  ase, the magnet was insanely strong.

Oops, I think it was actually via Edmunds Scientifics which isn't the same these days like it used to be, sadly.


I remember as a kid my weird uncle brought me to their retail store in I think it was New Jersey. It was the greatest place ever.
 
2022-08-11 11:20:19 AM  
The article was largely about China's anticipated grip on the raw material market for magnets and the like without offering much background as to why.

https://www.thecentersquare.com/minnesota/biden-bashed-for-action-that-could-ban-minnesota-mining-project/article_34327f22-333b-11ec-ab13-83dcfce2a64f.amp.html
 
2022-08-11 11:24:32 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: Always a great way to get a new pistol. In Europe you might even find a bomb.  They've not the best eating but they look good on the trophy wall and the cops might have given up looking for the gun.


Magnet fisher pulls more hand grenades, firearms from Amsterdam canal

/last week
//found a body the week before
 
2022-08-11 11:26:38 AM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: Blathering Idjut: Wouldn't law enforcement want to take a look at them?

They do, and they've found some guns that were used in crimes. In the case of these I assume they checked and aren't linked to anything (reported stolen) or are so rusted they're useless for a match. Ballistics matching is also a touchy science under the best conditions. A barrel sitting in water rusting as long as those guns ain't gonna be useful.


That's pretty cool.  They should be able to pull ID numbers off the newer, less rusted handguns just to match with the listed owner and possibly match it to a suspect.  But yeah, no ballistics.
 
2022-08-11 11:32:13 AM  
Well, thanks for getting the garbage out of the waterways, I guess.
 
2022-08-11 11:43:47 AM  

Barricaded Gunman: Incog_Neeto: just some of the things magnet fishers have retrieved around the U.S. since the hobby spiked in popularity following the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.


Who invented the coronavirus pandemic?

"advent" isn't the same as "invent."


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2022-08-11 11:45:32 AM  

mrshowrules: [media.npr.org image 850x637]
This type of fishing only happens in the US.  Other countries don't have waterways filled with guns.


I would guess that all those pistols were used for nefarious purposes.
 
2022-08-11 12:03:19 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: Incog_Neeto: just some of the things magnet fishers have retrieved around the U.S. since the hobby spiked in popularity following the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.


Who invented the coronavirus pandemic?

"advent" isn't the same as "invent."


Someone opened the little doors on the calendar until they found one that didn't have chocolate behind it.
 
2022-08-11 12:26:26 PM  

Incog_Neeto: Barricaded Gunman: Incog_Neeto: just some of the things magnet fishers have retrieved around the U.S. since the hobby spiked in popularity following the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.


Who invented the coronavirus pandemic?

"advent" isn't the same as "invent."

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Obscure
 
2022-08-11 12:29:10 PM  

Meatsim1: Of course, being a story in America, its gotta have a wall of guns to show off.  This time its a wall of improperly disposed of and probably used in a crime guns


You are incorrect in this instance. I know Jake and Adam and every gun they find is immediately turned over law enforcement which runs them all against whatever databases they use to check for stolen or criminal guns. By immediately I mean the officer meets them at the place they pull the gun from and takes possession then. If the gun is clean, it is returned to the brothers and goes on the wall.

They pull lots of stuff out but guns get clicks on YouTube so that's what they publicize. They have found a few cold case file firearms, but those never make it to the wall. :)
 
2022-08-11 12:30:51 PM  
We'll incorrect about the criminal. Spot on with the improperly disposed!
 
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