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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Bogged down at the beach

I love getting bogged down detecting and retrieving the same type of target in one area, scooping things that drive you nuts to the point of knowing its probably the next thing your going to see in your scoop basket or spoil pile as you drop a spade full of dirt.
It takes will power to stay searching in an area that is littered with one particular target, for example corroding pennies, pull tabs, bottle caps or small iron. 
This year Ive posted a few finds from recent beach hunts, if you follow my posts you may have noticed I often post multiple Spanish silver treasure coins from shipwreck beaches or multiple gold rings from tourist beaches.
One reason for some of my gold jewelry hunting success this year is staying the course at nuisance target rich areas, getting bogged down digging unwanted junk until I found what I am searching for.
If an area is frustrating to search because of pull tabs, bottle caps or pennies, you can be sure nine out of ten regular regular beach hunters skimp over the same area.
Im the 1% that puts up with the pain of knowing the next target is probably going to be the same thing.
The reason I allow myself to be bogged down is because of the natural sifting, sorting and placement of objects in tidal areas. 
Objects of the same size, shape and density often end up in the same area at beaches, especially on the lower beach and inside the water. 
If what you are searching for at the beach has the same size, shape or density as a ring pull, crusty coin, lead fishing weight,  or squashed tin can then you have a chance of detecting what you'd really like to find in the same area. 
Ive seen things in the bottom of my scoop this year that I expected to be another ring pull, another corroding coin or another tin can, instead they were spectacular finds followed by the statement thank god I didn't walk away. 
When you know what goodies your sites are capable of producing, don't let nuisance targets fool you.
If you use and rely on a metal detector VDI screen, remember its just a potentiometer and it can be fooled just like you can before you look in your scoop basket.
I love getting bogged down digging at my favorite sites because sometimes its really nice being wrong no matter how experienced you are, another squashed beer can perhaps not?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Performance is everything

For a beach treasure hunter there is no better time to go metal detecting than after beach erosion has taken place, a prime beach hunting opportunity if you have the equipment to take advantage of the situation.
Leaving home with excellent beach hunting conditions ahead is when you grab your go to metal detector, when your choice of metal detector is put to the test.
Over the years I have been able turn metal detecting finds into metal detecting equipment, insuring I have the right metal detector to detect the different types of treasure I search for.
Searching for old coins and artifacts at shipwreck sites or modern jewelry at tourist beaches, I use a metal detector that gives me the best chance of detecting what I am searching for at the chosen site.
After recent high surf gave me an opportunity to search a cut (Eroded) Treasure Coast beach, I relied on my trusty Minelab CTX 3030 to sniff out three hundred year old silver treasure coins at a Spanish 1715 fleet wreck beach.
Five silver reales and three musket balls, some of these finds were detected following other people already searching the heavily hunted site.

This just goes to show that you don't have to be the first person searching the beach to be successful.
When the sand hits the fan I know I can rely on my Minelab CTX 3030,  just like I can using other Minelab metal detectors in my beach hunting arsenal.
Performance is everything when duking it out with the competition at heavily hunted beaches, never having to worry about saltwater or black sand effecting your metal detector is always a huge advantage.
You cannot detect what you cannot hear using a chattery metal detector and a prime beach hunting situation just isn't the place to find out you are using under performing equipment.
When the wind is howling and the waves are whipping I don't have to think twice about what metal detector is going beach hunting with me.
When searching eroded beaches and expecting a little competition, I leave nothing to chance by taking a metal detector I can rely on to perform the best.
Another one of my favorite metal detectors is the Minelab Excalibur, my go to choice for water hunting at tourist beaches searching for modern jewelry.
When beaches are eroded the sand along with coins and jewelry are washed into the water, after the waves subside you can get the goodies washed into the water opposite.
Performance is everything in the water too, these four pieces of gold jewelry along with several pieces of silver and junk jewelry were recovered using my trusty Excalibur.

Beach & water hunting happiness is knowing when the conditions are favorable for finding, you don't have to worry about your choice of metal detector being up to the challenge.