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Monday, October 24, 2016

Searching old cuts at the beach

Unfortunately I never had time to go beach hunting this weekend, but I did check a few local beaches out to see what they looked like. 
King tides have helped rearrange many of my local beaches and I ran across signs of beach erosion that probably occurred some time last week.
It was very windy and I made an impromptu video to show an interesting shell line a few yards down from the base of the old cut.
Many beach hunters mistakenly believe when a cut has filled in there is nothing to find, but that is not always the case.
The base of the cut is often the most heavily area at an eroded beach, but sometimes the most productive area is a few yards away from the base of the cut.
If jewelry or coins are washed into the area, they end up hitting the face of the cut and often get dragged out back towards the water. 
I have found nothing at 6 to 8 ft cuts when they were first created, but found plenty of good stuff a couple of days later when the surf calmed down. 
The following high tides often do not make it all the way to the cut, if you are lucky you may detect a "Coin line" deposited between the base of the cut and the water. 
A coin line is basically a previous high tide mark with coins or jewelry washed up along the previous high tide line.
You can identify signs of previous high tide lines, by seaweed or shells washed up in a line on the beach. 
The shells washed up along the shore in the impromptu video I made are from a previous high tide that happened after the beach was eroded.
You do not have to be one of the first people metal detecting at a cut beach to find stuff, you just have to know what signs to look for. 

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