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Friday, May 31, 2013

Not all cuts are created equal

One of the best beach hunting situations is an eroded "cut" beach, although just because the beach is cut does not mean you are going to find anything. 
It is always best to get cut savvy, understanding how your local beach has to be cut in order for you to take advantage of it. 
A beach that has cut at the front of the beach close to the water is not going to be as productive as a cut at the back of the beach. 
The back of the beach always has the best metal detecting finds when cut,  it is the place you are going to find old coins and old gold or silver jewelry. 
The front of the beach is only good for fresh dropped jewelry or coins that wash in and get trapped at the base of the cut.
Knowing how both cuts effect your finds will give you a good idea of what to look for after beach erosion has taken place, especially if you have to travel to other beaches because there are no old finds in your area.  
Use beach webcams if your local beaches have them, keep an eye on beach erosion but most importantly look to see where on the beach any erosion has taken place.  
That is why a 2 foot cut at the back of the beach can be so much better than a 5 foot cut at the front of the beach.
On beaches that get replenished with sand every few years, cuts close to the water barely improve beach hunting conditions, like this 5 to 6 foot cut I searched earlier in the year. 

The cut was on a prime Spanish treasure hunting beach in Florida but getting a signal on this replenished beach was almost impossible, even in all metal mode. 
This $3500.00 diamond ring is one of several gold rings found a few years back on a local beach with only a small 2 foot cut, the cut was located towards the back of the beach and the amount of targets was incredible.

When a storm hits your local beaches, stay away from any replenished beaches with cuts at the front, no matter how big the cut is.
Head towards where you are going to be able to search the closest to the back of the beach, even if it means choosing to metal detect a smaller cut on a narrow beach. 

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