magnet fishing single vs double sided

Magnet Fishing Single Sided VS Double Sided?! (Which One?)

magnet fishing single or double sided

Since there are couples of different fishing magnet types out there, it is normal to wonder which one you should choose …

… Especially, this dilemma between single sided and double sided magnets!

In this Post I breakdown the difference between the two and in which situation you should use each one of them.

What is Best Single or Double Sided Fishing Magnets?

The best fishing magnet really depends on what purpose you need the magnet for. For example, single-sided magnets are known to have a tendency to roll over on their side or their back when you are dragging the magnet along the bottom of the water. This happens because of the location of the eyebolt and their overall shape.

Furthermore, the pulling force in single-sided magnets is concentrated on the bottom, making it weaker on its sides. Keep in mind that if the magnet rolls over, then the contact surface will be limited.

However, while it can still attract metal objects when in this position, it will just not be as strong as when it is facing downwards. This reduces the number of targets you are able to find.

Double-sided magnets do not face this problem, and they always remains on one of its flat sides, which is the strongest part of the magnet.

Even though the double-sided magnets are better used from high spots, they are still not as good as the single-sided fishing magnets.

In such cases, the first magnet will be facing the water with its weaker side, which is the edge. The second magnet will be facing the water with its flat surface.

You can use both types of magnets depending on what your primary need is and where you are fishing. For beginners, though, using a single-sided magnet is often recommended.

Single Sided Fishing Magnet

1. General Description

Not all magnets made for magnetic fishing are created equal. Those made for this hobby should in the most part be made out of an alloy of neodymium (Nd), iron (Fe), and boron (b) all of this 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 electric current) available on the commercial market.

Single-sided magnets for magnet fishing come with an eyelet on the top, and the magnet is located directly below the eyelet.

2. Pros

  • Usually more powerful than double-sided.
  • Have less weight than a double-sided magnet.
  • Often a little bit cheaper to purchase.

3. Cons

  • Single-sided magnets can roll on their sides or on their backs when you drag it along the bottom of the lake. This is because of their shape and the eyebolt location.
  • The pulling force in concentrated on the bottom and it is weaker on both the sides.
  • The contact surface is also limited when the magnet rolls over.
  • It is not as strong as when it is facing downwards, thus decreasing the number of targets that you can find.
  • A problem also occurs when you pull them along a river as they tend to snag easily on rocks, plants, etc.

4. Example

The Loreso Neodymium Fishing Magnet (Check it Here on Amazon) is Made from rare earth metals and is about three-inch that is useful in fishing for both small and large objects up to 550 pounds.

Below some of its main features:

  • It contain a powerful magnet made from anti-corrosion steel casing which makes large fishing magnet durable against rust, thus also helping to prevent damage from cracking and chipping while you are retrieving objects.
  • The magnet has a multi-use functionality. This large magnet is suitable for magnet fishing and can also be used as a lifting magnet to secure heavy metal objects or fish out small to medium-sized objects from hard to reach places.

Double Sided Fishing Magnet

1. General Description

Double sided magnets for magnet fishing have the eyelet on top of the circle and the magnets face in both the directions.

2. Pros

  • Offer more space area which increase your chances of picking more targets.
  • If the magnet was to flip over it will still have a magnetic side faced down.
  • They are more streamlined which presents less chance of snagging.
  • Have a higher rate of finding treasures.

3. Cons

  • Double sided magnets are significantly heavier than single sided for the same amount of pull force.
  • The advertised pulling force is the combined power of both magnets so the force of each side is effectively halved.

4. Example

The Wukong double-sided magnet (Check it Here on Amazon) has a 94mm circumference and is 40mm deep making it a very good overall size. It can easily attach to ferrous metals and once it latches on, it does not let go.

The total combined pulling force of this magnet is 770kg or 385kg per side. It will pull out nearly any object you will find when magnet fishing or even when you are using it as a retrieval magnet.

Attached to the top of this double-sided magnet is a stainless steel M10 eyebolt that is ultra strong and ready to couple up to your length of rope.

The magnet itself is triple coated so that it stays in tip top condition for longer

Final Thoughts …

Hope this short post has given you a clear idea on what magnet type you should pick!

Overall, beginners should start with single sided models until they get used to the hobby. Then, they can have fun trying a double sided magnet …

… Finally, to learn more about this activity, I highly invite you to have a look at this magnet fishing guide for beginners! You will learn a lot …

About the Author

Carissa Harmer

Carissa is the huge metal detecting enthusiast that loves collecting coins. She is also highly interested in other treasure hunting activities like magnet fishing and gold prospecting/panning.