Curious about what the heck magnet fishing is?  Me too!  This was the headline that grabbed my eye from the Farm Forum website.

North Dakota Brothers' magnet fishing catches trash, treasurers, and YouTube views.

They sure got a bunch of YouTube views from me. Jamestown, North Dakota brothers Austin and Brandon Kinzler have posted 55 videos of them magnet fishing from a variety of bridges. It's pretty darn simple, you get a long, strong rope, tie on a powerful magnet, and drop it in the water.  No license required!  At least not yet...

Here's one of their YouTube videos

Son of a gun for fun!  There's tons of videos of people all around the world fishing with magnets.  The brothers have retrieved guns, knives, cell phones, horseshoes, hub caps, and one truly fascinating road sign.

How much is it gonna cost to get into magnet fishing?  Well, for the magnet, the rope, gloves, and more; Amazon has a package from King Kong Magnetics for under forty bucks!  What fantastic presents for the whole family!  It's a fun outing with social distancing aplenty.  I presume bridges are the best magnet fishing spots. Criminals are always throwing hot guns and heisted safes off bridges!

But is it actually legal?  According to this magnet fishing article, South Carolina is the only state that has laws preventing the retrieval of items with anything other than your hands.

Is it dangerous? Sure, if you're dangling off a bridge attempting to pull out a '72 AMC Gremlin, or you're fishing in old war zones where fun items like old grenades could be the catch of the day.  But, other than handling rusty metal you should be fine- that's what the gloves are for.