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    It's been a while since I posted any gold finds, so I thought I better let you all have a look at some of what the GPZ 7000 has found in the beat-up old placers of southwestern Arizona before making my way northward. The mighty Zed: Pictured is 3 ounces of the good stuff. It was unseasonably cool and wet this winter, and is just now warming up to the temperature that it should have been a month ago. Not complaining...just saying. 😊 Also saw a few critters. The weather has been so perfect lately that I really don't want to leave. Even mom got into the action this winter after a 4 year hiatus; her story here: http://www.minelab.com/usa/go-minelabbing/success-stories/she-s-a-gold-digger Well, until next winter, so long sunny AZ!😎
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    Rain stopped about mid day so I shot out for a couple of hours in the arvo. Bang on 1/2 oz which brings the total for this spot to just over 5 oz so far. I can smell a big chunk hiding here somewhere.
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    Recently purchased a used Nugget Finder Evo from a forum member... wasn't planning on a trip to Gold Basin this weekend but woke up Sunday morning, jumped in the truck, was there having a nice breakfast by 11:00AM, said hi to some friends, jumped on the side of a ridge and BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM.... all within an hour, all within 150'... spent the next couple hours checking the area around it, nice tight little patch.. Cleaned up, no dirt... 9.29 grams, over a quarter ounce troy, at today's price of $40.48 per gram = $376.05 US$ BOOOO YAAAAAAA fuel and coil paid for.. awesome day in Gold Basin... Jen
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    That speci I posted the other day, I finally took it out of the acid and the good thing about the acid clean is the before photos were taken with a 150 power usb microscope and that`s the only reason you could see the gold. When you were holding that speci in your hand it was so hard to see the gold, but now that it`s cleaned you can see the gold no worries at all.. The SG says this piece has 2.254 grams gold. The after photos were taken with a unwanted camera a forum member gave me. Thanks very much Steve it`s a terrific camera. β—•β€Ώβ—• And goldEn, this is how your speci came out as well. Dave
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    I've been chomping at the bit to get outdoors, like everyone...so, after a few delays, my wife was sick (better not go yet) and so on and so forth I finally made it out on the road at 3am Wednesday morning (insert happy face here). The road was empty and conditions were clear, the drive up to lovelock was easy as 6 hour drives go and the gnawing pain on the left side of my lower back was tolerable. I checked into the casino at 9 in the morning and they had a room ready right away, things are going well...a good sign. I was doing a little research over the winter and came across this travel blog with listings for all the ghost towns in Nevada as a google earth overlay, the link is to a google earth KMZ file Http://www.forgottennevada.org if you have not seen this it's great information complete with history, gps cords, directions and photographs. So the first day I did a little touring around the towns of Tunnel, Mazuma and Seven Troughs, really interesting seeing the old relics in Tunnel and the canyon where the town of Mazuma was washed away in the 1912 flash flood. Thursday the weather was really nice, there was a little breeze, but low down in the washes the conditions were perfect. Later towards the end of the day I managed to hit a little section where the soil had eroded down about 6 inches to bedrock and within a fairly short span hit 3 little nuggets all sweet high/low with a slight warble, lodged in the bedrock shale and under a trickle of water. the first nut being the largest and my first piece of chevron gold the second piece slightly smaller and the last one was the baby (nice little happy gold family). Friday was perfect weather and only a slight breeze, I headed back to the same area, but couldn't repeat my previous days success. Saturday I hunted a different spot and it was pretty much a bust as the wind was really blowing. I took a drive up on top of the mountain (should have headed home) just for a look around and the wind was blowing so strong it was difficult to even walk. Sunday morning I headed home west on i80, light snow in lovelock and by the time the highway started to climb conditions were deteriorating and the road was getting slick. I kept finding my self dropping my speed down to about 35 and cars were blasting past me doing their best to get as close to the speed limit as they could, feeling bad I picked my pace up to 45 and (foolishly) set the c control at 40 as I was feeling like I was obstructing traffic and felt I was being overly cautious. One mini van passed me doing at least 60 and I thought to my self I'd probably be seeing his car again later down the road. High wind advisory was in effect and just as I crested the hill a really strong wind gust hit me from the right and i80 downhill was all ice...there it is and right away you know this is not going to end well. The back end of the jeep kicks around hard and I let off the gas, steer into it and s&!t, the damn c control kicks in I forgot that I'd set it earlier and my jeep is powering into the counter steer on ice downhill. Jab the brake zig zagging several times and the damn wind is blowing me across from the slow to the fast lane and I'm running out of room. One more zag and my backend slams into the guard rail hard, in my mind I can see the rear fender/bumper askew at an odd angle mentally I'm considering the replacement of parts. The one thing I'm thankful for is the impact gave me an opportunity, it stopped my zig zag death spiral...knocking me straight, no need to stop as I'm back in the right direction, jeep driving fine and nothing I can do about it now. I keep looking in my mirrors and can't see any damage, no clanking flapping things shouting to passing vehicles of my adventure, hmmm. 5 minutes passes and traffic slows to a stop, the guy behind me pulls along side to ask if I'm OK, I thank him give a shrug and a thumbs up just as the truck in front of me moves just enough to reveal the mini van that had passed earlier, blocking all lanes after careening front end off same said guard rail. As I slowly passed the unfortunate driver, the front end of the mini van struggled a small wave of acknowledgement, my jeep rolled silently past ignoring the gesture. I80 was closed and my nerves were slightly on edge all other routes home were closed as well, so I resolved to spend the night in Reno and checked into the el dorado. After finding a parking spot I began checking my jeep for damage, don't see any...fenders are fine bumper is where it was last time I looked at it. No bent metal anywhere...except the bottom right corner of the rear license plate is bent, the plastic plate holder is fine as it sprang back into normal shape after impact, a little dirt smudge on the rear plastic fender and smudge on the rear left Micky Thompson, but no permanent marks. The alignment seems fine and everything works normal, I'll have to inspect everything more, but all seems well...teflon coated. just bent the license plate, I could straighten it, but I'm thinking that might be bad luck and it adds "character." Things were supposed to improve on i80 late in the afternoon the following day. Monday trying to kill time until the roads open up I joined the morning Holden tournament and won first place, paying for my road trip. Feeling lucky I jump in the jeep as Truckie residents are being allowed through and my lucks on a roll so might as well see what happens, long story short I'm gonna play the morning Holden tournament tomorrow and see if I can repeat. After hitting the roadblock and giving cal trans my best poker face "Truckie sir" at state line my bluff was to no avail and they turned all the sinners around at the Donner road exit. I didn't bring a scale so I'll weigh my 3 little treasures and update when I get back.
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    Just wanted to share a couple photos of a nice 8.5 gram specimen my brother found this January outside Yuma with his GPZ 7000
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    Went out with a buddy Saturday and tried a couple of new areas. Full of trash. Got tired of digging trash with no gold see we decided to move on to another area that had been extensively drywashed in hopes of picking up a few scraps. Still a bunch of trash but I picked up the specie on a bench on bedrock under about 10 in of silt. Nice solid signal on the GPZ Same nugget, different angle. 3.3 grams Also found a half gram solid piece. Chris
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    My mission to pay off my GPZ is off to a good start. Saturday was out for a few hours and picked up 8.2 g. Then today made it out, and got 10.6 g big one was 4.2 g. I was amazed at the depth of the 3 gram nugget. Just been hitting old patches mostly, with a couple of stray nuggets here and there. cheers. Chris
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    I have to say I am pretty content with what I have found over the years with a metal detector. Lots of great finds, lots of great adventure! I have never found a gold coin yet and would like to do that. On be other hand it can't be too much a priority for me as I keep chasing gold nuggets instead. I enjoy wandering around in the wilderness by myself. The nuggets are just a sort of bonus that happens in the process. My answers not too long ago may have been different, but when put the the question right now, all I really want to do is remain in good health and doing this for as long as possible. I wish the same for you and everyone else!
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    Woke up grabbed the 7000 and left for the day. It's what I love to do on my birthday. I called an old friend to ask if I could swing a coil of his land. Of course you can he replied. I haven't ever been there with a detector so what the heck. After my half hour drive a stepped out grabbed my gear got suited up and headed out. I stepped about sixty feet from my pickup and was mired in a patch. Four hours I was up and down like mad. Every swing yielded a nugget. I got tired after 3.3 ounces. Had to head home for a pint. Here's some pics VID_20170320_120017175.mp4
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    Hi all they small you get 10-15-20 each time but they add up. And they usually clean nuggets. All very shallow and fun to get. GoldEN
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    The price of gold was "up" in 2003 so I sold a bunch - bad move in retrospect! Anyway, I took a photo before it went away. I don't mind that I sold the gold for less than I might have at a later date but I do wish I had taken a better photo. Anyway, here is about 75 ounces I had at the time, found either dredging or metal detecting. This is all gold from Alaska. Click photo for larger view.
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    Finished night shift had a camp then proceeded to me gold fields.Arrived late afternoon , a few clouds around, thought I would have a couple of hours to snag a peace. Fired up the z'd and started , holy the clouds were thicker than I thought , lighting every 10 seconds tied to put up with it , but gave it away.Anyway went to sleep early and woke early moon was awesome and bright was about 3am had the usual coffee and breakfast and off . About HR later got a faint signal . Yep gold , little peace ,wet grass was not helpful 😏 10mins another tiny peace . Then another even smaller. Went back for smoko and thought I would have a look a some new ground . 2 hrs later had a target, πŸ˜„Sounded awesome and as I had taken about 3" off still there. Then out emerged a nice 9.5grammer . That was it I was done still 36degrees and humid as. Will get bac when cooler! πŸ˜ƒ Was the first hunt for awhile due to the heat ! Good luck out there people. Regards Sqizz
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    jasong, the key to burying targets is to walk around the general area familiarizing yourself with ground conditions and general detector behavior before coming in over the target, and to then be 100% honest with yourself on the question "would you have found that when you didn't know the target was there?" It is very easy to tweak a detector to give a "better" signal response on a "known" target and then go off with those settings with a false impression of actual real world performance. (I'm not saying your doing this BTW, just alerting forum readers of the potential pitfalls) The thing to understand about metal detectors is the detector has to convert the receive signal into an audio platform as a means of interface, that interface can be impacted upon by so many factors of which the major one is our brains uncanny ability to control the levels of perceived volume dependent on how loud continual exposure to the audio source is. As an example if you listen to a loud volume for long periods it will take your brain at least an hour or even longer to readjust to a lower volume level thereby giving the operator the false impression a target signal is weak when in actual fact it is the operators brain that is controlling the perceived volume levels. As an example after a long car journey you will notice you feel deaf when you finally reach your destination especially at night when all is quiet, this deafness is due to your brain adjusting the audio volume levels and taking a long time to re-adjust to the new noise levels without the road noise present, usually a good nights rest will correct this. Sound and the volume of sound has a very big impact on an operators ability to recognize an "edge of detection" signal response, in my experience increasing Volumes and Sensitivity too high will only really impact on the near to coil target and ground signal responses and could potentially mask or hide the fainter signals. My absolute aim is to keep ground signals and other non essential audio responses at a minimum whilst carefully listening for a disturbance in the receive winding feedback as the coil passes through the signal plume of a deep at "edge of detection" target, I always try to keep the volume variance resolution as wide as possible to fully tap into the nuance of the target signal. My 2 cents JP
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    Hello Finally the big rains and snows are slowing down, so my partner and I decided to hit the hills. we tried a patch of ground in the thick manzanita between 2 sets of old hillside diggings. we were able to hit our own patch. Awhile back I let my partner use my Gold Racer and I havent been able to get her to give it back. ive been using the Racer 2 which is also a great gold detector. today we made a bet who could find the most. if I won then I would get to use goldracer next time. But I lost to my partner on the gold racer with her skills again. So I will still be on the Racer2. Good luck
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    Awesome guys....& Gals, How can I resist putting up some pics on this.???? I cant. All that remains of an old gold mining ghost town. The cemetery.....taken over by the bush. Those young lads are three of my four sons. The forth one stayed back in camp. The little fella in the foreground is now 22 & the one with the cap on is now 28 & he & his wife have just had my second grand son. The boy next to him is 26 & he & his partner had my first grandson 6 years ago. Where does the time go? Old hotel ruins. Another gold mining ghost town Same ghost town. miners hut Around this old chimney I found an 1884 one penny An assortment of stampers Water wheel powered 5 head stamper in the bush A little 2 head stamper morter box Berdans in the bush. I got 3 ounces of gold/silver amalgam out of them. Berdan with drag shoe Old steam boiler in the bush with a stamper shoe plate stting in it Another steam boiler A "digger" in the creek An Old School of Mines building in the bush Rock crusher in the bush An old safe 10 head stamper & water wheel in the middle of no where And there is gold out there Old river cable way chair Spanning this river Old sluice fork Chewed out gold pan, metal wheel barrow wheel & broken pick Sluicing monitor Cheers Good luck out there JW
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    I got this specimen a few months ago and it`s currently in acid. I got it at a depth of about 5 or 6 inches with the 7000 and one of my mates who`s no slouch with detector, in air tests can hear it max about 1" away from the coil with a 5000. All these little pieces are connected electrically. Hopefully it`s going to look pretty good when it comes out of the acid. Dave
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    Hi All enjoy to look at them : 1st 2.5 grams from Talbot goldfields .Had enough of detecting , was getting dark and got a signal 4 meters from the car. 2nd.couple grams 3rd couple grams 4th.Coiltek 14 inch mono 1.5 grams GoldEN
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    I got out for a quick 2Β½ hour detect today at a spot where most times I come home empty handed but I know of some nice pieces that have come from there in the last 5 years and I got this half grammer. It`s not so much the size of the piece as the signal it gave off. I run a very low threshold, if I turn down the threshold just 2 numbers I can`t hear it, and this piece came through as very soft electrical interference. From the signal I was getting I had no idea of size or depth and I was disappointed it was only down 6" in super hard gravel. I was hoping what ever it was, it was going to be much deeper. But any day I come home with a rattle in the jar is a good day. cheers Dave
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    What would your USA figures be.. Copied..... From aussy site Today at 11:45 am The ATO has returned the Tax Return to a man in Victoria after he apparently answered one of the questions. In response to the question, "Do you have anyone dependent on you?" The man wrote: "2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crackheads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 450 idiots in Parliament, thousands of 'retired politicians' and an entire group that call themselves 'Senators' The ATO stated that the response he gave was "unacceptable". The man's response back to ATO was, "Who did I leave out?"
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    G'day you lot, Mrs JW had an all day wedding to video on Saturday so I made my escape up in to the hills for the day. My plan was to detect untried ground higher up on both sides of a little gully that the old timers had turned over & I had done quite well on in their throw out piles. I had also found a wee patch up out of the gully on one side but it didn't live & was just a little isolated patch. After a few hours I had zilch gold & quite a bit of rubbish, & I had tried both sides above the gully floor. The grass growth had dried off a bit & although it wasn't a billiard table like it usually is this time of year it was the best It had been all summer for detecting. So I ended up getting back down amongst the old workings & the gully floor. The dry grass folded over easily with out falsing signals. I got an extremely faint hint of a signal on the top of an old throw out pile. The pile was all small shattered gravely schist. Good looking stuff. The signal was beside a little thyme bush. So I smashed that out of the way & the signal was now centered right where the thyme bush had been. It was getting down about 6 inches & the signal was still there. I wasn't holding my breath as it could still be a boot tack or something other than gold. A few more scrapes & it was out Ye Ha Then about 15 feet away beside a sarson stone I got a very faint hit. Dug down beside the stone & the signal improved. I then had another sarson stone on the other side of the hole. After digging down a bit, I backed up on to my dig out dirt & there was a signal in the dirt. It didn't seem to be as strong as what I was getting & I thought, that cant be the original signal. I ferreted about in the pile & got the signal on to the coil. Ha....you beauty. Not satisfied that this was the original signal I stuck the coil back in to the hole. Bingo....stronger signal still in there. I was getting down a bit & the other stone was now getting in my way. I was having trouble pin pointing so I went back to my wagon & got the Gold Bug 2. My pin pointer & discriminator. It was only just getting a slight hit. So a bit more digging & it was telling me exactly where the target was & it was sounding GOOD. You will see those small thyme bushes to the right of my pick belt. They are on top of the old timers throw out pile & the first bit I got was just back a bit out of this photo. And this is why the signal sounded GOOD to the Bug 2 Now I know what you are thinking. That is the same bit as the first bit you bugger. You just turned it over. But no. Here is the proof I stopped for a coffee break & then got back in to it. I ended up back in the floor of the gully & I came to a spot where I had got two bits with the 4500 & 14" Elite coil. The signs of my back filled hole were still there & for no reason I scanned over it. As you do. Well bugger me...a little hint of a signal at the back of the old dig & up against the bank of the little gully wall. This was the start of the dig & I was into that nice gravely schist. I remembered that there was bed rock not too far down & that was where the gold was sitting when I was here with the 4500. I got to the bed rock & the signal was still there Not too sure if it was bed rock or a buried sarson stone, but then the signal was out. A nice little piece. Ye Ha. I went & got the Bug 2 before back filling & bugger me... Not one tiny bit but 2 Wondering on down the gully floor I got another sweet little hit. Scrape scrape & it was out. I managed one more bit but it was dark by then so no pic. Well that was a bit of fun. I called it quits at that as it was 9.30pm & I still had a two hour drive home. So all up.....two for the Bug 2 & six for the Zed for a total of 1.95 grams. . Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
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    What we have come across out in the bush on our golding travels ( well some of it anyway ) Enjoy & post up your relic pics Cheers Ashley
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    Hi all Checking some nuggets from past trips and making some photo to share:Enjoy. All couple grams each. GoldEN
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    It is a problem in the U.S. The last couple meetings I spoke at I raised the subject rather forcefully - the subject tends to get me worked up, as I see it as an attack on something I am very passionate about. The simple fact is more and more locations are made off limits to metal detecting and prospecting, and we are often our own worst enemy. People digging up trash and leaving it next to an open hole is the surest way to provide evidence to those who wish us gone that we need to be gone. Digging holes deep enough to actually be dangerous to humans and livestock and leaving them open? That is inexcusable. I started out detecting parks and so I got in the habit from my first detecting days of trying to be invisible while I detect, and of leaving no sign when I am gone that I have been there. I do worry when detecting clubs with a dozen or more people descend on a local park as a group - it is far too visible. I am always off in a corner by myself, or detecting in bad weather, or at odd hours. If people approach I wander away from them. I have shown up at places, seen damage left by others, spent all my time repairing it, and then left not wanting people to think I did it. I pick up trash dug and tossed by others constantly. I have backfilled innumerable holes left by other prospectors in the field. Once areas are closed it is near impossible to get them opened up again. I hate to be a pessimist but the slow closing of areas is almost inevitable. We can harp on this forever but there are just too many lazy, selfish people out there. They think, especially when out in the desert, what harm can a few holes do? In the big picture it is insignificant. But when people hit places one after another over a period of time some places end up looking like a war zone pummeled by mortar fire. The real issue is not the actual damage to the environment, which usually is insignificant, it is the political damage done and areas closed to everyone. Mining camps can be real bad. There was one set of GPAA claims in Alaska where so much junk was left that the owner spent days hauling it out by the truckload - after he shut the access off forever. The last time I hiked down into the canyon of the American River in California volunteers were there piling up all sorts of junk left in mining camps from just the last few years. Huge piles. The people haul it down in, and then just leave it all behind. After watching for years I have come to the conclusion all detectorists give lip service to filling holes, but as soon as nobody is watching very many do not fill their own holes or take their trash with them. We really are our own worst enemies. If you are not filling holes and leaving trash about, you are my enemy - you are helping get my access cut off, and I take that very personally indeed.
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    Hi Guys, Mrs JW headed up to the North Island for a few days to visit friends & family. So I took advantage of being home alone for the weekend & headed off up in to the hills for a detecting mission. Spending Saturday night in an old miners hut. I slipped up a bit & spent too much time on this forum before tearing myself away saturday morning. So I was off to a late start by the time I got in there & detecting. It was to an old haunt & I didnt start off too good. Heaps of signals....but none gold. I was getting sick & tired of digging shot gun pellets. I finally got a signal that stayed in the ground after a few scrapes & then getting in to the rotten basement schist & signal still in there. . A small bit of the good stuff......finally Then not too far away another signal that stayed in the ground after more than a few scrapes & bit of digging. I was peeling out slabs of schist & the signal was still in there. I broke through the more solid slabs of schist & hit a rusty coloured rotten schist layer. It was down a good 8 inches before the target was out. I couldnt believe the size of gold for the depth of the hole. The gold must have been sitting flat. Believe it or not those were the only two bits I got for the weekend. Sunday I got skunked. Got my share of rubbish of which any one of them could have been gold. Got to love those pellets....NOT. I got to a stage that if the signal gave that double hit & moved after a scrape, I moved on with out retrieving it. So just the two for .36 of a gram Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
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    Hi guys, I went off for a late afternoon detect yesterday back to the same area as my previous tiny tiny zed gold post as I hadn't finished there due to getting chased out by fading light. The beauty of going back over old areas is that there is very little to no rubbish. I did get a few tiny remains of some boot tacks but that was it. Not far from the last little bit I got the time before I got a sweet faint signal in some up on edge schist. Scraping away a bit of dirt I uncovered a small crevice in the schist that I was sure the signal was in. Right beside my pick point It was getting deeper & still in the crevise Finally it was out Never as big as the signal makes you think/hope it is going to be. Especially when you are getting down a bit. The Zed still surprises me at the depths it gets this small gold. This was getting down to about 6 inches. This is a view of the ground sluiced area & the schist the old timers exposed. The back filled hole is just past & under those two briar rose bushes just right of center. As you can see there is still a bit of deeper ground between the higher exposed schist. I scored some multi gram bits in those back with the GP 3000. My next very faint signal was right at the picks point....so I thought. You will see that it is stuck in some lose material that is covering a crack or crevice in the schist bed rock. After a bit of scraping in that now exposed small shallow crevice at the bottom of the pic, I realised it was in a tight crack. that you will see above that first crevice & to the right. I ended up hauling a big slab of schist out as you will see by the large hole that created. My dilemma now was that the signal was dropping down deeper & deeper in to that crevice. I was lucky that about 5 years ago I had left a 5 foot crow bar hidden in the bushes not far away that I had used to leaver out some moranic boulders from where the old timers had stopped sluicing. I scored some nice bits of gold from doing that. So that bar was my Savior here, allowing me the power & leverage to shift these slabs of schist. My other dilemma was that this was not far from a cliff face dropping 80 meters down in to the river below & although these slabs of schist were solid were they weren't fractured. The fracture direction was like sliced bread peeling off & dropping to the river below. When I put the bar in to a crack & levered, the whole lot would move. My next move was to try to move that larger slab of schist at the top end of the pick head at that 90 degree fracture line by the picks point. Got the bar in there & yer....moved the bastard. Ye Ha Now I had the signal a bit more isolated in the middle of that hole. I just had to try & get to it without opening up the schist more & having the signal keep dropping on me. Other wise I was going to lose it. Here is an idea of how deep it was getting. You can see the original height from the dirt line on that back wall. You will also see from my shadow & where my detector is just where I was standing....in the 2nd pic below. Another angle. Note the drop off to the river down below. May not look far in that pic but the next one is from the same area but back a little bit. In fact, that ground you can see in the bottom right hand corner those gravels are on the same run of schist, the schist edge is just to the right & out a bit more Ok Ok...to put you out of your misery.....Did I get the target??? After about an hour of careful levering prizing & scrapping with a stick I had the signal out. It wont pay off the National debt....but no catch & release. Boy ...did I work hard for that piece. I then moved on to another area & got three little bits out of this small surface area. All very shallow So all up 5 bits for .67 of a gram. Settings. High yield/normal. Audio smoothing OFF. Sensitivity 6. Cheers Good luck out there JW
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    GMT Pin-Pointer I modified my GMT to fold down and hang on my pack belt. It works quite well with my GPZ 7000 with the monster 19” coil. If you lay the two detectors close together and manually tune the 7000 you will find a few relatively quiet EMI null frequencies. I normally run at frequency 22. When in use I lay the 19” coil behind me or far to side of the dig site to further minimize the interference. The GMT works well in the compacted length. It will still telescope out to full length for extended hunting in nail patches. Have a good day, Chet
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    Hi all Found with Gpx5000 and Minelab 8 inch mono commander coil. Love the shape. only half a gram GoldEN
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    I got out for 3 days to Gold Basin. The first day was a skunk but then at the end of the second a little color. I got up at daylight on Saturday and found a couple of meteorites before 8 AM. Then on a long walkabout I found a mini-patch of 3 pieces. Later on a 5 mile walk I found a 15g sunbaker meteorite. It is nice to get even small results with the 7000/14. Mitchel
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    The nugget shooting world lost a legend today: Smokey Baird of Lovelock, Nevada passed away after a battle with cancer. Rest in peace my friend. http://www.billandlindaprospecting.com/smokey.html
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    I have spent much of my time prospecting and metal detecting by myself over the years. Even when partnered up with somebody it tends to be a solitary experience as people wander off in different directions. Overall I rather enjoy being off by myself in the middle of nowhere.
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    Why do 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish? Same, same but different I watched an indigenous fella catch 12 barramundi with a handline and a soft plastic. My mate and I caught 1 barra with $1000 worth of gear. We were 20 meters away. Read the ground, learn your craft, adapt your technique to the conditions.
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    I keep reading stuff printed in papers or on other media that is perhaps at best on the verge of sort of true. They are getting desperate for readers / viewers and seem to want to say dang near anything for eyeballs. I heard some funny stories at the GPAA show of folks trying to sneak into the construction area below the Oroville dam spillway - convinced there will be gobs of gold all around because they saw it on TV or in a newspaper. Here are a few recent story lines: "Gold hunters in the area tell the Chico Enterprise-Record the floods have "rearranged the rivers" and "move things around." That means gold veins that have been hidden for 200 years are suddenly exposed." "According to CBS San Francisco, the floods also swept gold out of abandoned mines and washed it downriver. " "While KCRA reports that gold can simply be picked off the ground following major flooding, the best prospecting will come in the summer months when the water has receded." C'mon gents! We need to head off to those hills if the gold can now just be picked up off the ground. No doubt gravels have been moved around, gold deposited into crevices and new paystreaks formed. But gold veins hidden since before the 49ers arrived now revealed? I'd guess there are not many. Gold washed out of abandoned mines? I'd guess not much. Gold can just be picked up off the ground? I am sure there are a few new sunbakers sitting around here and there, but not many. I do agree that the best prospecting will come in the summer months when the water levels go down and some good gold will be found, but the media is gone bonkers about saying anything to attract attention.
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    I live on a 1.1 million acre cattle station smack bang in the Western Australian gold fields. There is so much gold here I even specked a little nugget caught in the grout between the tiles while sitting on the dunny. Once when cleaning some gold I dropped a 1/2 gram bit into the sink and it went down the plug hole. Pulled the pipe off underneath and found 4 bits for 1.2 grams
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    Some of the big loads we see on the roads in the Western Australian Goldfields, Thought you might enjoy ! Cheers Ashley
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    Well... thats a bit on the ewwwww side.. i have to admit the very first tektite i had found while in W.A was on a white quartz hill, as i was zig zagging between the trees and low bushes, there was this longish black looking interesting object....i didn't know what it was.. my first thought was.. ok.. hmmmm, no other dark rocks or stones about., i reckon this is from a kangaroo.. so i stood on it! Nope still in one piece.. so I stood on it and twisted my foot, pressed down hard as i could. took my foot away, and it was still there, i thought wow!!! it sure has been baked hard in the sun.. it won't squash down to all mushy and green like kangaroo poop should.. so i than though ok.. i am intrigued now.. so bent down and picked it up.. gee its heavier than kangaroo poop.. ( yes i know what the feel and weight of kangaroo poop is lol ) and NO i have never put it in my mouth.. ewwwww .. lol never seen a rock like this before it was black. My first Tektite
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    Well the rains have stopped finally, the trails and primitive roads are drying up making driving even with a 4x4 posible. I purchased a Evo 17x13 and found these in some worked out patches. I was pleasantly surprised how well these Evo coils perform, but do to the size I sold it and bought 2 Detech coils to give a try. One thing I noticed with the Evo coil was that if you're in hotter ground you will be diggin a few more false signals you may not be used to. Second reason I am going with DD coils is that I have some areas with power lines close by which prevented me from hunting do to major EMI. Hopefully the Detech 15 " spiral wound DD will do the job and allow me to hunt this area. Anyhow the above pieces were all found with the Evo Coil.
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    The Nugget Finder 19" skid plates for the GPZ19 coil have been available here in Australia for some time now so should also be procurable through the US Nugget Finder dealer net work. The GPS on the GPZ7000 is in my opinion a resource hog, when I've used it (especially when using the bread crumb trails) I feel I can notice the general snappiness of the detectors menu controls becoming sluggish and overall audio to become chattery, as such I do not trust it to not meddle in other aspects of the detector like its on board Memory, Ferrite Balance algorithm, general GB duties and theTx and Rx of ZVT, as such I opt to turn it off. It's a personal decision most likely steeped in placebo but I'm always performance based when it comes to metal detecting, as such I choose not to use it. JP
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    G'day All, here are some of my favourite little nuggies. Examples of Wire Gold and Crystallne Gold found in WA over the last few years. The 2 bottom pieces were found in the same area and are very close in size/shape we decided to hang onto them to make them into a pair of earrings. Well one these days that is. thanks all for having a look at these nice little nuggies. cheers. Mike.
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    A positive mindset can make a massive difference. I call it the gold mode switch. You need to clear your head of daily stresses: what's happening at work, the bill you got charged twice for, that lawn mower that keeps breaking down, that oil spill you promised to clean up a month ago....you know what I'm talking about. All of that needs to get dumped for a moment, and then flick the brain to Gold Mode.
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    Location location location. Yep...have to agree to that statement. For me that is the success of my little finds being pretty consistent. With the occasional larger bit, although they are few & far between these days. Those locations are WHERE GOLD HAS BEEN FOUND BEFORE. I will be the first to admit that it is not true prospecting as the old timers were the true prospectors. They were the ones who found these locations & proved there was gold there. As we know...no one gets all the gold & us with our detectors can "see" gold they couldn't & hence left behind for us. They did all the hard work of prospecting to find these locations of gold, removing over burden, exposing the bed rock. In my case, schist, usually up on edge. Such a perfect gold trap. Even when I find the odd patch here & there in un dug ground from the old timers. It is always in the general location of where they had been & found gold. Even when I am high up in the mountains it is in areas the old timers discovered gold. I scratch my head as to how, as at most off the places there was no water originally until they proved the ground & then brought water from miles away in their little hand dug ditches. Many of these discoveries were made by just blind stabbing in the little dry gullies or trying a dish or two in little creeks they came across as the "prospectors" traveled through the mountains heading to an already proven field. I dont call myself a prospector at all. I just follow in the foot steps of the true prospectors & clean up what crumbs they left behind. Doesn't really get any easier than that. So my advice to any new budding fossicker for gold or detector operator starting out on the gold chase. GO WHERE GOLD HAS BEEN FOUND BEFORE. Most of the hard work has already been done for you. Just a matter of getting out there finding these locations. Good luck out there JW
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    Even though the temps here have only been in the low 30`s, for weeks now there has been no wind and no cloud so you get to about 10AM and it`s quite unpleasant outside. I went out for a 2Β½ hr detect yesterday at the closest goldfield to my house and when I had been there about 15 min I got this one. Really deep in a old diggers mound. I took the picture with the microscope because it`s hard to see the gold in this piece, but it should clean up well in the acid. It sg`s at 1.1 grams. cheers Dave
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    Here's one Bruce/Sheila joke I know that is somewhat safe for work - Saturday morning Bruce got up early to go for his weekly detecting trip. He was moving quietly so he would not wake his missus, got dressed, filled the esky with beer, and slipped quietly into the garage. He loaded his gear into the ute , and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so he pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be lousy all day. Bruce went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. He cuddled up to his missus' back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible." Sheila replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out detecting in that?"
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    Hi guys, A couple of sundays ago I went out to a local spot 15 minutes from home. I wasn't really expecting to get any thing, bad attitude I know. It was more for the walk & to get away for a few hours in the cool of late afternoon after doing choirs around our property. I hadn't been over this area with the Zed, so you never know what may turn up. I got a very faint whisper in this up on edge schist bed rock that the old timers had exposed with their ground sluicing. I was expecting a shot gun pellet...But.....how small is that??? .04 of a gram Then another faint signal. Again in the schist bed rock I was operating with a nice back drop up on an old high terrace. Another faint signal lead to two tiny bits from the same little schist crevice. I called it quits at that & quite chuffed that I got any thing at all. But oh how small. My 2300 hadn't even pinged these bits. A grand total of 4 bits. One at .04 of a gram, Two at .08 of a gram & one at .09. Making a total of .29 of a gram And an old button Cheers guys Good luck out there JW
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    Hi All, All with with Gpx5000 and 8 inch coil: All couple grams: Enjoy GoldEN
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    My goals are to completely wear out my jeep, invest tens of thousands of dollars in detecting technology that I haven't got the patience to use, freeze my @$$ off in the winter, bake myself to medium rare in the summer, be the worlds foremost expert on the social-economic impact of square nails, be the first to discover that I am not the first to discover something and meet a whole gob of darned good folks I have succeeded beyond my wildest expectations
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    Hi all One of 6-7 species which came from same hole: enjoy GoldEN
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    Well thats one name for it the original garage for fuelling up. When crossing the Nullarbor The new one is much better, which i didnt take a photo of .... sorry Skippy I called this one my flower garden. ants in W.A must be getting ready for a flood of water
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