Friday, June 14, 2013
Hitting rock bottom
The term "hitting rock bottom" can be a good thing for a shallow water hunter, I have searched this little rocky patch of shallow water two times and found 3 gold rings on my last two water hunts.
Knowledge of your local beaches is the key to making the most of a good treasure hunting situation, when you know how certain weather patterns effect your local beaches you can be Johnny on the spot if there are rocks in the water.
Lost objects sink into the sand and keep sinking until they hit a hard layer where they can sink no further.
This 1/2 ounce 10K class ring made its way into a pocket in the rocks and waited for me to come along with my CTX 3030.
I used my dive boot to fan the sand away and saw the gold ring before bending down to pick it up out of its final resting place.
I was using a small 6 inch search coil and collapsed my metal detector shaft to maneuver around the rocks and help with pin pointing.
A shallow water hunter may miss even a large gold target like this if they cannot get their search coil around the rocks.
Anytime you see an area in the shallow water with rocks , you have an excellent treasure hunting opportunity if you use the correct equipment to search it.
Many rocky areas in the shallow water are overlooked by other beach and shallow water hunters because of the time and effort to takes to recover targets.
Instead of spending hours metal detecting along beaches in sanded in conditions, put down your long handled beach scoop and try a little "rock hopping" in the shallows.
A flat head screw driver, a small hand scoop and a gloved hand for fanning are excellent target recovery tools in rocky stretches of water.
A versatile shallow water hunter using a versatile metal detector will always find a way to go home with gold.