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Retrieving a rod/reel combo from the depths

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Not sure where to post this so if im wrong then please move it.

Anyway Last Thursday I had a mishap on my boat and ended up losing an ultralight rod/reel combo.

I have an idea where it might be,I was only 6-7 feet off the bank. If I probe the area with a strong enough magnet,what are the chances of retrieving it?

Im wondering because the way most rod/reels are made these days are with Aluminum and non metalic, non magnetic materials.

Is it worth attempting or are the chances slim for retrieval due to what the rod/reel are made out of.

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i watched my uncle try to do that with a HUGE magnet with no success..he did end up getting his rig back,we ended up using a set up we use for perch fishing (huge fluoro leader with 8-10 hooks on it) he weighed it down cut off the hook barbs and dragged that thing on the bottom where he lost his rod and he ended up snagging it.id still try the magnet though cause you never know if its strong enough it might grab onto hooks,bearings etc...good luck though

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Ive got 2 different style magnets. A yellow one one I bought from a boating store and also one thats about 3 feet in length,I might try both at the same time while dragging the bottom,hanging one off each corner of the boat. Who knows what else I may find!!

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I thought of that but its been years since I swam,Last time I tried going deeper than I believe 5 feet my ears were killing me. I cant remember how deep the water may be where I dumped the rod when my boat started taking on the water and threw me out. I broke the transducer for my Fishfinder in the incident too.

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Get a metal fish stringer... the one with a many clips. Open them all up wide, attach a rope/line and a weight to it so it sinks. Drag away.

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go find a bunch of neighborhood kids and offer 5 bucks to who ever finds it.

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I made a successful retrieval of the Conbo,I also discovered I lost a Baitcasting combo when the boat dumped me out,got it back too.. Ill keep the stringer idea in mind for next time something like this happens. Thanks for the suggestions

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I jerry mandered a grapple out of some 5/0 worm hooks and a couple weights and dragged away.  Got a rod out of 10 foot of water.  

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I have retreived a couple with deep crankbaits..................Al

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The wind was really rough yesterday and I was afraid of a repeat performance of the other day,so I waited till sundown,when the wind died down.

I went over to where I lost the rod/reel and dragged my magnet. Pulled up alot of weeds and in the weeds was a Blue baitcaster. I thought SCORE!! I thought I had found someone elses rod and reel,Nope it was my baitcaster combo I hadnt realized I lost in the incident.

It was getting dark and then I spotted the butt of the reel. I dropped my magnet right where it was and parked my boat. I followed the line to the magnet and probed around. Water was only Chest deep ,and I couldve reached down and grabbed the rod but I stirred up silt and it was getting dark,was getting hard to see.

I pulled off my sandals and tried to feel with my toes. I felt something that couldve been my rod and pulled it up,it was a darn stick. I continued,Felt something else,got all excited and pulled up with my foot,It was the magnet. DARN!!

At this time it was getting really dark and I was about to call it quits. I felt something else and pulled it up with my foot. It was another large stick,but laying over it was my rod and reel,so when I lifted the stick the rod and reel came up too. SCORE!!!

I was sooo Happy. Water was cold,but for some reason on the way to the boat ramp I felt nice and warm. I think I pee'd myself!!! LOL ;D

Now the 2 rods and reels spent 5 days under water,how much maintenance do they need,is a total teardown in order?

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