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Friday, July 12, 2013

Face value

Heres a little tip for the next time you are searching an eroded section of beach. 
We all know that one of the best beach hunting situations is a cut beach, and I am sure many people have heard of the term "hunted out old cuts" but are they? 
I found these relics left over from the 1830s Seminole indian wars in a "hunted out" cut a couple of years ago using a small search coil to sweep the face of the cut. 

The majority of beach hunters only see two ways to search a cut, along the base of the cut and away from the cut. 
There is also a face to the cut which can be quite lucrative as it is never hunted as thoroughly, if at all. 
The best accessory to use is a small 5 to 8- inch search coil,  which may be the reason the face of the cut is hardly ever searched. 
Holding a metal detector with a 10-inch, or bigger search coil trying to sweep the face of the cut is hard work. 
Many metal detectors start to false when you try sweeping your search coil vertically, you may have to adjust your control settings.
Searching the face of a cut is a little different to normal beach detecting, as you are not concerned with depth or target separation
You just need to make sure that you cover the face, trying to find a good find that did not tumble out of the cut.  
My finds from this cut face were in good condition which means they probably never saw any saltwater.

If you know the history of the beaches you search, when the water gets unusually high you will know what it is possible to find at the back of the beach. 
There is no such thing as a hunted out area when you think outside the box and use different search techniques.  

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