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Monday, July 27, 2015

Dont sweat the little stuff

When I go to the beach with a metal detector, I go to relax, have fun and hopefully find something cool. 
I do not worry about sanded in conditions, tide times, who is already metal detecting or who may show up to metal detect. 
Internet metal detecting forums are jammed packed with questions from people asking if their metal detector is good enough, am I getting enough depth, where should I search. 
The answers to those and many other questions usually turn out to be irrelivent in the real world of beach and water hunting. 
Sure you can worry about the compactness of the sand,  targets out of reach, or a whole number of other things beyond your control, but they are not probably going to make a difference. 
In my opinion, you are going to find what you are find with the metal detector you are using at the place you are searching. 
I am a firm believer that when it is your time it is your time, the little stuff is not going to make a whole lot of difference. 
In my books I refer to "Beginners luck" and explain why it is important to try and think like a person new to the hobby. 
All excited and jacked up ready to hit the beach in search of treasure, with no misguided things learned like the best time to search the beach or best metal detector to use. 
Newbies grab their new metal detector, hit the beach regardless of the tides and conditions and often recover some pretty amazing finds. 
Unfortunately,  people new to the hobby often get away from the things that created that early success, by sweating the little stuff. 
Tide times, metal detector depth,  other beach hunters, just a few examples of stuff that really did not matter when they first started beach hunting. 
For example low tides, sand composition, surf height, movement of coins on the lower beach, all mean nothing if that information holds you back.
The less things you think about to deter you from going to the beach with your metal detector the more stuff you will find.
Do not get me wrong, it is good to know certain beach dynamics, but it is not a code more like a set a guidelines as Jack Sparrow would say. 
I would rather spend two, three or four hours at the beach having fun and returning home with gold, than spend eight hours returning home empty handed following the code. 

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