He found a buried “treasure” and reunited its owners with stolen possessions found on the bottom of local canals – now magnet fisherman Scott Bryant invites fans of the hobby to a 24-hour magnet fishathon for Help for Heroes.
Scott from Rochdale will throw a heavy rope tied to his 500 kg magnet into the Piccadilly Basin in Manchester city center from 12 noon this Saturday until noon on Sunday and is excited about the “goodies” he and everyone else will find will.
Since he started almost three years ago, his unusual catches have included a World War I victory medal, as well as a crossbow, bicycles, and a machete.
With some detective work, he has also managed to return some of his valuable finds to their rightful owners. A safe containing watches, jewelry and a driver’s license stolen in an armed robbery more than a decade ago has been traced via social media.
And when he opened a pillowcase that had been pulled to the surface of the water from the Rochdale Canal, he revealed stolen jewelry as well as a USB stick and an engraved mirror that had been given to him for his 50th birthday.
On the USB stick were some photos of a woman who celebrated her milestone birthday by climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia. Knowing that it was a long way to go, Scott contacted the landmark and they identified the mysterious lady – who lived only 25 miles away from him. “She was blown away when she got the things back because they were very sentimental,” said Scott proudly.
His stepson Matthew introduced him to magnetic fishing for the first time and Scott, 41, known as “Scotty B”, is now filming his expeditions regularly, including his wife Pauline, aka “Mrs. B”, Steven Cottam and Marc Brownbill for her successful YouTube video from Patriot Magnets can be seen on the channel. You now have a collection of Magnetic Strengths purchased from the Magnet Store in the North West, with the strongest weighing 500kg.
“My favorite find of all time was a WWI machine gun, and the items I would most like to discover are a sword and a bayonet. Magnet fishing is like digging through history. Under the murky water there is another world for us to reveal. The strongest magnets can pick up objects buried deep in the mud that have been hidden for years. When the magnet finds something, it clicks and you can physically feel the vibration. It’s an exciting hobby, and that’s what keeps me coming back – it’s like a treasure trove down there, “explains Scott, mental health assistant in a safe intensive care unit.
“My work shifts can be challenging, so there’s nothing better than spending a few hours by the canal to relax, chat with the curious passers-by, and soak up the fresh air – I think that’s definitely good for you my own mental health.
“I was dying to host this 24-hour magnet fishing event, but it had to be canceled twice due to the pandemic, so we’re thrilled to have it finally,” said Scott. In addition to collecting donations for the 24-hour Magnet Fishathon, he’s also running a raffle and accepting a 100-mile challenge for the military charity in September.
Help for Heroes relies on the generosity of the public for most of its funding, and in 2020 saw a loss of around 75 percent of its national collections revenue due to the pandemic.
At the same time, during the initial lockdown, the charity saw a 33 percent increase in the number of people calling for psychological support year over year.
“Help for Heroes provides physical, psychological, financial and social support to wounded, injured and sick service workers and veterans and their families. Help for Heroes is a charity that is very close to my heart. I know people who have served in the military and continue to serve their country, and that’s the least we can do, ”added Scott.
ABOUT THE 24 HOUR MAGNET FISHING EVENT FROM PATRIOT MAGNETS
WHEN: Saturday, September 25th, 12pm – Sunday, September 26th, 12pm.