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Monday, January 8, 2018

How to find old shipwreck gold

This piece of squashed gold jewelry (Probably a treasure ring and 1600s because of the site) had me break dancing on the beach when I recovered it a few years ago on the Treasure Coast of Florida, ironically the day after a local blogger posted beach hunting conditions were poor with a beach rating of one.

This is why you should never wait around for second hand beach reports, get yourself to the beach and see for yourself which is always a great way to put yourself in the right place at the right time.
I may give off the vibe that Spanish silver reales on shipwreck beaches float my boat, but really it is the thought of recovering Spanish gold jewelry or gold coins that gets my toes tingling.
Searching any beach with a little history I always hope to break out the gold dance, especially if the beach is eroded (Cut) by a coastal storm or unusually high surf hitting the beach from just the right angle.
Some beach treasure hunters may think the party is over when the beach begins to fill in, but that is not aways the case. 
Some of my better old gold days have come days or even weeks after erosion has taken place, you really think nothing washes onto or off the beach on the following tides?  
A good site is open for business long after a storm has passed if you know where to look.
That place is often a trough, dip or scalloped area where objects washing in and out with the following tides settle and get buried by every successive high tide, the great sandy conveyer belt that all beach hunters try to find the end of. 
Following up on yesterdays blog about putting myself back in the day, I also try to see where gold may have been flushed out of and deposited after a storm.
One way is to take a walk along the beach and past where you intend to search, do you see anywhere that gold may have been deposited?
If like me you go beach hunting regardless of when the high tide time is, you often get to see the dynamics of the beach.
Where the surf makes it up to on the beach, the way the water moves across or along the beach.
The angle of the beach has a lot to do with this, but you wont see it or find Spanish gold if you wait to go beach hunting two hours before low tide or wait for second hand beach reports.
A beach is constantly changing and the more time you spend at your favorite beaches the faster you will learn what may have been deposited and more importantly where!

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