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- WET SAND BLUES - The beach can be a tricky place to detect due to high content of salt minerals in the ground. Most detectors will work fine in dry sand and then go crazy when you get close to that wet line. If this is happening to you, all is not lost. Turn the sensitivity down on your detector and give it another try. You can tune the metal detector by simply tying a string to a gold or silver ring (for safety reasons) then burry it in the wet sand (of course with the string in plain sight) about 6 to 8 inches deep. Pass the coil over the area and see if it gives you a signal, you may be surprised how well the machine works even with the sensitivity turn down.
- KEEP IT MOVING - You have a lot of ground to cover. Your odds of finding gold or silver will greatly increase by covering a larger area. Check only the hard solid repeatable tones. And yes, you'll be finding your fair share of pull-tabs and bottle tops.
- THE SWEET SPOT - Always at low tide, or when the tide is "going out". Consider looking up or down the shoreline and try to see what we call a "cut line". Keep in mind it's not always there, and can't always be seen. It will look like a cut along the shoreline often holding sea water and heavier broken shell.
- FISHING WEIGHT FIND IN THE WET SAND? You're in the zone for gold, stay in a parallel line with the shore where other heavy metals will have most likely settled as well.
- SCAMMERS - People will approach you stating that they have lost their ring, wanting to know if you have found it. Make them describe it in detail, and ask if they are offering a reward for it back. You do not have to take the money, but at least you know they are sincere and willing to pay for something they really lost. One fella told me he had "lost his gold wedding band about two hours ago, and his wife was going to kill him". I told him not to worry and was quickly able to point out the obvious. His ring was still on his finger.
- DEEP WEAK SIGNAL - great you're really on the ball, and have decided you'll be digging the "good stuff" that others have passed over. That's fine, and there may be some great things to find. However, if after one or two scoops and the signal has not gotten stronger, or has even completely gone away, resign to the fact that it was probably a very small iron target covered with heavy rust and/or another mineral that can sometimes form around corroding objects in salty conditions. They can sound off a detector and be broken apart while scooping the sand. Don't waste your time by determining "there's something here and I'm going to find it!" fill in the hole, and move on. The next target might be the one you're looking for!
- WAILING YOUR COIL ABOUT - screams I'm a rookie and I'll be extremely lucky to find anything… or Its raining like crazy and I'm just trying to get back to my truck! Keep your coil level all the way through each swing and try to keep it a few inches from the ground. The wailing mistake is very common and seen quite often.
- ASS & ELBOWS - Do you really want that lawn chair buried 4 feet deep? Avoid digging deep holes that may have you thinking Blackbeard's treasure is just a few more scoops away or worse yet thinking that your detector has actually targeted a ring or coin 28 inches deep. We all occasionally get tricked into that beer can target 18" deep and that's normal, but you can avoid this by lifting your coil higher in the air while swinging over the target. If you're still getting a strong signal after lifting the coil a solid foot off the ground, chances are the target will be much larger than a coin or a ring. More likely a beer can or some sunglasses waiting for ya 2 foot down.
- CODE OF ETHICS - It's not only respectful to fill-in your holes on the beach, in some areas it's the law punishable by a large fine.
- More tips on Beach Hunting coming soon.
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