Does anybody know how to make a Electromagnetic fishing pole?

I need to make a electromagnetic fishing pole for science and my I made one and I used alligators clips to hook the battery to the wire i wrapper around he pole and the wire had a eye hook connected to the wire and it would not magnetize. I even used copper since it is one of the best conductors. Plz Help me!!

Did you wrap the wire around a galvanized nail (not a small fish hook) several times? The more times, the stronger the magnetic field becomes. An electromagnet acts just like a permanent magnet except an electromagnet is turned on and off by starting or stopping the flow of electricty through the wire. There are good instructions online for this very same experiment. I recommend that you check it out.
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