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  1. G'day all, this was a nice surprise, a 3.1 gram nugget and an 11.5 gram specie with 5 grams of gold in it. Found with the mighty GPZ 7000 and pin pointed with the SDC 2300
  2. From our local New Zealand online detector fossicking forum. http://community.paydirt.co.nz/t/garden-carats/1903 Good luck out there JW
  3. I went out to Gold Basin last Sunday for a few hours. Covered lots of ground and was able to dig up 3 nuggets and a meteorite. Gold Basin is finally showing me some love. One was a nice 1.4 gram heart shape, and the other was a 2.5 gram specie. 4.2 g total. Chris
  4. Hi guys, I have had some old timer sluiced gully workings up in the high country on my mind ever since getting the Zed. I was spoiled for choices of other places over our summer to go back over with the Zed & due to the hell walk into this high country area I gave it a miss. Then with winter upon us & snow down into this gully area it was a no go. But over the last week we have had a spell of warmer weather with rain & not snow. Rivers are up due to snow melt & gazing up to this high country area could see the snow line was crawling out of it. As we are in mid winter this warm spell I am sure is only going to be short lived. I was going to tackle it on saturday but it had rained hard that night & was looking very threatening during the morning. So I waited to see what sunday would dawn like. Sunday was much better so I made the call to go. I loaded my back pack up with my detecting gear. Pick, pick belt, Pro swing harness, B&Z booster & speakers, WM12, Scoop, 10x6 GM 1000 coil, Thermos of coffee, Smoko bag of tucker, Headlamp just in case I got caught out in the dark coming home. Had all batteries charged up. I decided to take the GM 1000. How could I not as there was some exposed bedrock where I had done quite well on with my 4500 & the little 8x6 Nuggetfinder sadie coil & knew there had to be some smaller gold that the GM 1000 45khz would sniff out. I half pie dismantled the GM 1000. That consisted of sliding the control box just down past the top of the second rod assembly & unscrewing the top end section with the arm cuff on it & sticking that in the back pack. I then strapped the Monster to the side of my pack & lugging the Zed over my shoulder for the two hour slog up up & up. Wasn't looking forward to that part. (If you click on a pic once it goes thru to flicker & if you click on it again it goes full screen, well it does for me. Just gives you more detail on some of the scenic shots. Enjoy) Oh well...pack on back....& off we go. This isn't even half way. The old original pack track behind me disappearing around that bluff & up thru the gorge. Back in the day It wasn't easy work to do. Though people laugh when I say that now. But it is easy for them to travel the track that has been cut in the mountains brow. And cut in the mountains brow it has been. Looking ahead.You wouldn't have wanted your pack horse or yourself falling off there. And looking back We are about half way at this point. Looking down into the creek a few patches of snow in the shadows I came across the exposed bedrock patch & I decided to hit it with the monster on the way up. I usually left it for the way back but like I have done in the past I had left it too late & was running out of day light & had to give it a miss. So I dropped pack & rigged up the little monster & got into it. First signal in less than a minute & dig in the schist gave me two small bits of gold. That schist just being the perfect gold trap. The first bit As usual running in manual 10 sensitivity & deep all metal mode. Volume thru internal speaker set one notch down from max. Yes, a little touch sensitive but I knew the gold was going to be tiny & didn't want to miss any signals. So just kept that careful coil sweep & control to avoid hitting the surface too much. Some cracks & crevices gave me two pieces & one gave me four. It was almost as if the old timers had used this run of bedrock as their tailings race as it was in this run of bedrock that the gold was caught up in. Four pieces came out from this dig After cleaning out what I could I had to move on to hopefully bigger & better gold further up. I was happy with the little play with the monster in this bedrock & was rewarded with 18 pieces. Total weight .67 of a gram Fun though & no catch & release. Got up a lot further & stopped for a well earned & deserved coffee break. Looking down one of the main gully workings. You will see the turned over nature of the gully floor & the piles & humps. Sluiced areas up on the left & right slopes & the odd patch of snow. Looking up further & where I was headed for. After a wee break it was off again & up up up. Got to where I wanted to be & rigged up the mighty Zed. Come on baby. I haven't come this far for nothing....or had I?? 10 minutes I had a faint little signal. Down into & beautiful rich top soil. Looked so good I could have eaten it. Na...not really. But then the signal was out. Oh no...just going to be rubbish. NOT....Ye Ha Not big though. Story of my life.... Then another very very faint signal...or was it. Scrape away at the grass & not 1 inch down on to bedrock schist. Signal strong now & raked out the schist. Signal out & on the coil. How small is that for the Zed & that 14" coil. Just in case you cant see it. Have I ever mentioned how the Zed & this 14" coil blows me away with the small gold it pings?? There must be a bigger bit with my name on it. COME ON. Another sweet little signal. Scrape scrape. Oh man...at least it is gold. I then noticed BLACK as clouds building up in the distant mountains & heading my way. Oh no...the distant mountains disappearing within & looking like snow. BUGGER. I need to get out of here. I was heading down a old wash/tailings race gutter that showed patches of bedrock. I got an ugly loud sharp signal that had shallow trash written all over it. I stepped down slope of it & turned around & approached it from down hill. Yep ugly signal, but then thought l got another more mellow signal just below it by about 4 inches. MMMmnnn hard to say. Different signal or edge of the first sharp signal. I scrapped away at the lower end of the sharp signal & the mellow signal came through a bit clearer & had me convinced it was a separate target. I was now peeling out schist rock by the slab. Signal mellow but getting better all the time. Mor dig, more schist out. This was proving a difficult little sucker. I was now convinced it was going to be gold. It was. A very flat thin piece. Wasn't even half a gram. Man I thought it was more than that when I first saw it...until I had it in my hand. But I will take it. It was now starting to sleet on me so I was out of there quick smart. Day cut much shorter than I wanted for the effort of getting into here. Them the breaks. So all up ...not even 2 grams. Looks more than that hey. 18 for the Monster & 6 for the Zed. BIG effort put in to get those. Until next time. Cheers And Good luck out there JW
  5. Hi guys, Headed back this arvo for a few hours to where I finished off on Sunday. Took the Zed & the GM 1000. Even though it is the middle of our winter It is a good time to get out there. The grasses have have really withered back & so to have many of the weedy plants & bushes. Opens up quite a bit more ground & makes it easier to get the coil in to many spots that when the growth is rich & strong you have no chance. My first sweet signal was just such a spot. It was on the top edge of an old timers tail race that had been cut deep into the schist & the briar rose bushes had backed off a bit in the winter conditions. My prunning shears helped a bit too, but that was more just to cut an access way in to some bed rock schist that I had done well on in the past & had not had the Zed in here. Got a faint sweet signal between two briar rose bushes. Scrapped away the top soil until the schist bed rock was showing. Signal still in there so had to lay in to the dig a bit harder peeling out the schist. Here we go again. The beauty is that these type digs down into the schist are always gold. Signal finally out & a sassy bit of the good stuff. Moved on to another area that I had thrashed in the past. I got a faint but positive signal on top of some loose broken up schist that the old timers had dumped. These kind of signals are usually rubbish from the old boys. I scrapped away at the broken up bits of schist & to my surprise I was straight on to smooth worn bed rock schist. Had no idea there was any bed rock there. The signal was still coming from the bed rock but I couldn't see any thing. So I got the little Monster on to it. It read non ferrous. I couldnt see any gold so thought it was going to be a shot gun pellet. The bed rock was pretty smooth but I put the pointy end of the pick in to a small crack in the schist & raked it out. Signal had moved. Whittled it down in the scoop & yes....shoty pellet. Well I thought so at first & came pretty close to chucking it to the bushes. But it is in fact a little shot gun pellet size & shape of gold. You wouldn't think so looking at it in the picture. How small is that for the Zed. Incredible. I dont know why...but I headed over to where I got those 5 bits of gold on Sunday & went back over the same ground again. To my surprise I got a very faint whisper. Same old scenario. Scraped off the top soil. Exposed the schist bed rock Signal still in there but getting better. Smashing in to the bed rock schist Down in to a crevice The depth again with the Zed on a small bit of gold. Still blows me away. loving it. Signal out That was it though. 2 hours later & nothing more. Getting dark...time to head off. Three for .96 of a gram. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  6. So you have the best detector with the arguably deepest punching coil there is. I've been throwing it around since it came out. In the beginning I had it on for as long as possible but it was late in the season over here and the summer heat halted the crusade. I had not had a single signal .. nada, niete, halemaal niets (well one then - a f&*@ing tree root... on my first day out - see my initial run with gpz 19 thread). The season started a few months ago and I've become a bit more strategic with it. I was only chucking it on when I knew or thought we were in deep ground. So I'm out with the boys and on a spot that has had a lot of gold come off it (a lot means a lot). The ‘girls’ decided they would sleep in as we detected until 1am the night before. "You snooze you lose" comes to mind so I'm up at 6am and into it with the 19". The area had a fair few hot rocks (even with the 19") and then I came across a confusing signal. Definitely not a screamer but got me mildly excited. Scraped away with the boot and the signal was gone. Bugger another bloody hot rock. The sound just made me hesitate and I thought just check it out. There was a small hot rock and I still thought there was something going on - it just felt wrong. I grabbed a few more rocks and found one with a signal. It was covered in shit and I was expecting to see the classic black of an ironstone hot rock. Rubbed it and it was a dark brown and I thought, "I'm in here". Cleaned it up on the spot as best I could and was scanning like a madman to see any speck of colour. After about 30 seconds of scanning there it was - the tiniest speck on the outside. Relief ....... I hammered the area for another half hour then went back to camp. Strategically making just enough noise to get the girls stirring, they arose. "Get any? The call comes from sleeping quarters. "Well yes I did", and threw it to him. The grim look on his face said it all - "he's beaten us". The specie's from this spot had generally been running at 1/3 of the weight of the specie. This one was 68g so the prediction was a 20g specie. The plot thickens........... At the end of the day the boys were a bit demoralised as they had nothing to show, and of course I reminded them of this fact. Out of interest I threw the specie down for my mate to check with his 4500. Barely a murmur, you would walk over it with the 4500. Initially, the look was one of OMG, I can't hear this specie and I could have walked over 30 of these today and would never have known ...... Then it turned too - "mate there's a gram in there at most". They kicked back laughing and joking for the rest of the night happy in the knowledge my potential win was actually a huge loss. I got home and went through the specie procedure to estimate the weight (great calculator at http://www.gold-prospecting-wa.com/gold-in-quartz.html). Whoops, it's 20.9g of gold ......... I gave it a whack. There is gold all through it ...... I just about cried laughing and fired off a few pics for the lads to digest. The worlds biggest and best detector with the largest coil with massive depth gets a bloody floating specie ..... the irony is, well, ironic. Cheers BB
  7. I was up Madtunas way about a month ago, beautiful weather cool nights and around 25-26 C during the day. A few frosty mornings when I had to scrape the ice off the quad before heading off. I ran into Steve one day (going where even a mountain goat would think twice about), had a yarn and a couple of ales and garnered a little local knowledge and marked a couple of spots Steve recommended. Shifted camp the next day to an area Steve mentioned and picked up the bulk of my finds there, 26 grams so thanks for that Steve.
  8. Hi Guys, After a busy Saturday morning having a bit of a tidy up around the yard, filling up the trailer & doing a dump run Mrs JW was keen to head out down to the river or somewhere in the outdoors to chill out in the sun & read a magazine. MMMmmm.....I suggested how about we head to some old gold workings & you can chill out & read your mag in the sun there while I take the dog for a walk, mans best friend , the GM 1000. Mrs JW was fine with that....so off we went. I took the GPZ as well. We headed in to some shallow schist bed rock that the old timers had ground sluiced down to. Mrs JW got comfy on a flat slab of schist with her cushion seat & was in to her magazine. I headed off with the Gold monster. The ground was quite moist & the plant life & grasses had withered back quite a bit due to mid winter conditions. So good for detecting. I was getting my share of those pesty shot gun pellets thanks to rabbit shooters & the occasional hot rock. I was in manual 10 sensitivity, deep all metal mode & the GM's speaker on about 3/4 volume. The internal speaker is plenty loud enough & I find full volume is just too much. After about an hour Mrs JW was making noises, again, about how a cold wind had come up & can we head home. My protests of, We have only just got here. Feel on deaf ears. Bugger. Ok I said, just give me another few minutes. I headed over to some bed rock where I had snagged a few bits with the Zed on a previous occasion. Hoping there were some smaller ones for the GM sitting on or close to the surface. Got a faint little signal, Well not that faint as Mrs JW heard it & came on over. A few scrapes into the up on edge schist & the signal had moved. In to the scoop, whittled it down & on to the coil. Ye Ha, a sassy bit of gold for mans best friend. Well I relented to Mrs JW's plea to head home. One bit of gold was better than no gold so still not skunked with the GM 1000. I was happy with that. The next day I was keen to go further afield with the Zed & get some bigger gold than what the monster was getting me. I was well over due for a better gold fix. So put all my batteries on charge over night, Monsters as well. Woke Sunday morning & it was bucketing down. Damn, bugger, sh!t. There goes my detecting day. Fiddle sticks. So I killed a few hours on the forum & checking out some youtube stuff. Then about midday the sun poped out, still looked a bit susss though but I thought bugger it....I am out there. Was too late to go the further afield so I decided to go to a spot which was just past where Mrs JW & I had gone the previous day. It was an area where I had found quite a bit of gold with my GP 3000 & 4500 & also the Zed. I was gobsmacked at the gold I got there with the Zed knowing how well I done & how thorough I had been with the 4500 & many different coils. With the Zed I found more gold in the exact same places, just deeper & the gold no bigger. If anything, the gold with the Zed was smaller but the depth just blew me away. Some of you may recall that time when I broke the head off my old Walco pick on my very first target dig there with the Zed. So back to that same spot. I was keen to go over it again with the the Zed due to the damp wet ground conditions & the lack of grass & the thinned plant growth. Got there, rigged up with the Zed, Also took the little Monster. High Yield/Normal sensitivity on 10, soil smoothing off as always. B&Z external speakers up about 3/4 volume. Worked my way along with very slow coil sweeps, coil scuffing the ground. Got to the end of my first pass at the very bottom of this ground sluiced slope. The end was a spot where I had got a little patch of alluvial worn pieces back with the GP 3000 & 11" commander mono coil right down on the schist bed rock. This little spot now had an annoying briar rose bush growing beside it with its horrible thorny branches hanging over the exact spot. Due to the winter conditions & the lack of leaves on the bush I was able to get the Zeds coil under the branches & rubbing the coil on the ground was sure I heard a faint change in the threshold. So much so that I went back to my pack & got out a pair of pruning shears that always live in there. I trimmed all the briar rose branches back so I could get in there with my pick. The briar rose bush protested profusely & didn't let me off lightly. Lashing out at me with its thorny barbed tentacles ripping into my arms, drawing blood. But I fought them of bravely, coming out the victor. Scraped away at the grounds surface. The signal improved but still quite faint & not on to the bed rock. Hit the bed rock schist. Hacking in to the fingers of schist, like pages in a book, & the signal still sounding far off Getting down a bit now & the signal still in there. The picture doesn't really show how deep it actually is. Finally the signal was out. Can you see it next to the G on the coil. How small is that & how deep is that for the Zeds 14" coil? Unbelievable..... This might give you a better idea of the depth. The detectors shaft is about where the ground level was when I first got the signal. I then scanned the dig out pile with the GM 1000 & got two more bits of gold. So three bits of gold from the one dig. Note the pile of smashed out schist Here is a bit of video footage I took on my phone. It isn't that crash hot, it started to rain so I was rushing. On my return run across this slope I got another very faint hit on some bed rock that I had snagged some bits of gold with my 4500. You will see the exposed surface bed rock on the right & the fresh scrapes into the schist where the signal was coming from. Again having to really hack into it & not sure which crevice the signal was in. Ended up having to hack it right open. And then get the Monster involved with its little 5" coil to pin point the signal. It was coming from right down in that deeper crevice. Finally got it out. Again...look how small....& how deep. That Zed just blows me away. Things went quiet for a wee while but then I got a faint hit in a bank just a few yards further up slope from my first finds. Again....down in a schist crevice. .46 of a gram. The biggest bit for the weekend. That was it for the afternoon. So five bits for that day & the tiny one for the GM 1000 the day before. Total of 2.6 grams. My best for a while. Cheers guys. Best of luck out there JW
  9. A Nice 2 Grammer

    It`s been pretty lousy weather here for the last few days, but I got out for a couple of hours today. This is my biggest piece in about 6 weeks and is my very first piece this year with the 19" coil 2.1 grams. Dave image upload free direct link
  10. Summertime just doesn't get any better than swinging a beat-up nugget patch with old friends and new detectors. Shout out to Steve in Idaho and Shane; let's do it again soon.
  11. Gold Member

    Delicious. Keep swinging people.
  12. Got out to the Sierras this weekend and found a 1g nugget (7000/14) on some tailings and workings. I tried for 3 days to find more but this was all I could muster while also doing some exploring. When I got back the tides seemed to be right so the night beach hunt was on for a couple of days. These are the best finds from about 6 hours with the 3030/17. There is one 9g/10k ring there so I can find more gold on the beach than in the mountains! The total change I found was about $12 and most of it right now is deep ... well over 6 inches in the tide areas. I don't hunt the blanket line/dry very often. Mitchel
  13. G'day All, Jen and I went for a big walk from the vehicle, we were heading back to the vehicle and I saw some interesting looking ground and decided to detect the area on my way back. I waved the coil around a bush and heard a faint change under a couple of largish rocks. Thinking one was a hot rock I kicked them both out of the way and waved my coil back over the spot. The faint sound to my surprise, got a bit better, so out came the pick and after a few scrapes the target signal was a very positive one. Then digging some more I found I was picking into hard rock and the sound was starting to scream at me. The hole I had was a good 8/10" deep and I was having trouble chipping into the rocky bottom. I turned on my backtracker GPS and I could see I was 250mts away from where the vehicle was parked. I decided to mark my dig hole and headed back to the vehicle as I was needing a drink by this time and also I couldn't dig anymore with just the pick. Jen was already back at the vehicle I told her what I had been doing and that we need to get the vehicle up there so I can finish digging the target out. Anyway we finally got back to my dig hole after a bit of bushbashing and the time was starting to get away now. I finally got the target out of the hard rock type ground and it turned out to be a nice Gold/Quartz specie. Cheers. Mike.
  14. This week I got a chance to get over to the goldfields for two days. It's a fair drive so I'm not able to get out as often as others so my experience is limited. Most of what I've learned has come from books, videos, forums, and Facebook. I was lucky last month to stumble upon some ground that had been worked over by someone else but not thoroughly. Out of that patch, i found another 2 ounces. Using what I learned from finding that patch I went looking for more in a different area. On Monday and Tuesday, i found another 40 grams of gold in 4 different locations. It's a shame I can only go prospecting once a month but at least now I know how to narrow my search area right down to make the time im prospecting count. Most of this was found using the 18" Coiltek Elite on a 4500. I do use a b&z booster with Gog headphones which I think picks up those faint targets better. I'm also thinking the reason I did ok is the ground is very cold and damp so maybe the signal strength is better than during the middle of summer. The biggest bit of gold weighed 16 grams and was dug at 350mm or around 14 inches. I was lucky to hear that one as I was walking pretty quickly swinging the coil.
  15. Jackpot!

    Found a run in laterite yesterday, basically just laterite with the odd bit of quartz here and there. Picked up 1/2 oz of sub gr pieces and as it was late in the day and my ute was 6 klms away I marked and left in the ground 30+ signals. Returned this morning and picked up 40+grams of subs to 2.5grs. It was all reefy gold that hadn't travelled so I tried tracing it up the hill, marking another 50 or so signals to dig out later. All of a sudden WHAM!!!! The back of my ute now has 40+kg of rock absolutely riddled with gold and the signal is still going along and down. This spot will keep me amused for weeks as the initial run is about 30 metres wide and about 100 metres long and who know how big it will expand to. Not sure what I have yet and too afraid to estimate but it's multi ounces, just how many is the question. Half the bit I picked up were sunbakers too, sitting there winking at me. 40+grs from today 40+kg of rock / reef/ ore/ something Crappy pic of random chunk of what it's all like
  16. I managed to get the mighty Zed out to the hills today for a short hunt in some old Tertiary bench gravels. The ground proved a little too troublesome for the Locate Patch Ground Smoothing in High Yield / Normal, but by turning the Ground Smoothing off and changing to Difficult Ground Type I was able to nullify the ground response. It was only a short time before the WM-12 alerted me to a warble of moderate intensity. Switching back to Normal Ground Type, the signal became a solid, strong hi-low response which led me to believe that a respectable gold nugget was hiding below, but more likely it was just another piece of corroded square nail like the countless others I've dug at this particular location...only one way to find out! After blasting nearly a foot into the ancient gravels with my pick, I struck bedrock and the target was now screaming off the edge of the coil; definitely a promising sign. One final strike of the pick and the target was out - a chunky nine gram bit - in my book, a fat quarter ouncer. As an added bonus, there was a smaller, point seven of a gram piece in the dig pile. Happy Hunting!
  17. Pocket Gold!!

    This winter I did a lot of climbing the hills. Sometimes it pays off good..... The fellow I sold this nice find to made this Youtube of it... Hope you enjoy it.
  18. Finally A Hanger

    I spent a few days up in the high Sierra running the 7000 around looking for a new patch, a first patch...not to be this trip and not surprising as hopeful as I tried to be I have also come to terms that finding a new patch will likely be a long term endeavor. Exploring is fun however and every outing provides a tid-bit of new info, view of old workings new to me and more experience hunting that elusive nugget. Paying attention to the sage advice of those far more experienced than me offering their wisdom here for us newbies I allocated a portion of my time to hunting previously fruitful earth. This proved to be very good advice as I've scored one of my most important goals, finding a nugget suitable as a pendant for my wonderful wife (she did give me the 7000 for my b-day, I think that was a good thing). It only took 2 1/2 years, but on the afternoon of the second day I hit a old well known patch and scored a nice flat 9.7 gram nugget sitting on edge down only about 5 inches with another 4 or 5 inches of Forrest mulch on top of the dirt. I had been hunting for about 30 minutes when I got near an area I'd found a small round 1/2 gram on the previous trip. The 7000 was running so smooth with the new update I decided to jack the sensitivity to the max just because this spot has been so heavily pounded...after swinging the coil forward possibly 3 feet I picked up a promising target signal and out popped this little hanger for my sweethearts birthday next month. I also scored another little half gram nugget back at the old patch on the next day to sweeten the drive home. The little round one was found hunting the previous time up after meeting up with forum member relic/park master Strick for a little social hunting. Happy hunting, clark
  19. "the principle that supposes most future events are likely to balance any past deviation from a presumed average" Must have been a treasure hunter who ever thought of it. Got a nice 14K band at the park Saturday. 12.30 with the CTX 4 inches deep. I love it when the gold finally pops up after all the junk you dig. I look at every older park and assume that there is gold in it somewhere....Heres to your next gold find strick
  20. Beginners Luck

    Hi guys, Just came across this & would like to share it with you. http://www.coiltek.com.au/beginners-luck/ good luck out there JW
  21. Some Nevada Gold Nuggets

    I have been doing a lot of what I call “blue sky prospecting” where I get out and hunt areas not known currently as “nugget hunting areas”. There are a number of well known areas in the western U.S. that people converge on and hunt repeatedly year after year. The attraction is that although these areas are well hunted, detectable gold is known to exist and proficient nugget hunters have a high chance of finding at least a little gold by visiting these locations. Going to areas that have no real history of producing gold nuggets with a metal detector has however a much greater likelihood of producing no finds at all. It is just the nature of exploring off the beaten path and for people with limited time it is very hard to choose to hunt an area where nobody has ever detected gold before and where you will probably find no gold as opposed to hunting known productive areas. The problem of course is these areas are well known and are well detected, so the best one can usually expect is to eke a few missed nuggets here and there from these places. I do have more time however to apply to the search, and so have made looking for new “patches” an integral part of my prospecting program. I seek out and hunt outlying unclaimed areas peripheral to known gold bearing areas for at least half my time in the field, falling back to known locations now and then to find at least a little gold to boost morale and help pay for beans and gasoline. Going many days at a time without finding gold takes a lot of patience but the hope is that eventually I will make an exceptional find in the form of a virgin patch that makes up for all the hours of non-productive hunting. I say non-productive, but I never come away feeling like that is the case. I always learn something, even if it is to the negative, about my detectors and the gold itself – where it is and is not found. On to the hunt. I was exploring an area in northern Nevada where quite a lot of past prospecting is apparent in the form of pits, trenches, and small prospects. Lots of quartz veins exposed and surface quartz. Nearly all the prospects looked to be "busts" where the initial trenching or pit digging was abandoned with no further work done. Some showed a little more work that indicated that there was possibly at least a little positive results - or just an overly optimistic prospector. I have pretty much abandoned day trips and "hit and run" type detecting in favor of parking my posterior in one camp location for days (at least) and methodically exploring the surrounding area. That being the case I decided to spend a minimum of three days hunting this area to see if I could scare up any sign of gold. I of course relied heavily on my GPZ 7000 for a lot of the detecting but also got in lots of hours with the Gold Monster 1000 and Garrett ATX. A lot of the ground featured shallow exposed bedrock and so depth was not the issue, and the GM1000 was great for these areas and for checking quartz around the old prospects. I did get a couple pieces of quartz that gave non-ferrous beeps. I broke one and it appears to be a copper mineral of some sort that signaled in that one. Might be the same for the other but I have to check it out still. It sounded better so I decided not to just break it but wait until I could scan it with my Falcon Gold Probe and examine it better before taking action. I was up early to beat the heat and so getting in lots of hours. Great looking ground but other than a bullet now and then nothing much to report. Sometime into the second day my GPZ started acting up. It seemed like extreme EMI and nothing I could do would make it quit. Even my last resort of a full reboot did not eliminate the noise. So I broke out my Garrett ATX that I have along for backup, which really needed doing anyway as I wanted to get more hours on the new coils. The new 11" x 13" DD coil is enclosed to shed debris, center mounted rod for better balance, and most importantly, resistance to knocks and false signals that is at least as good as my GPZ if not better. A side bonus is salt ground and hot rocks the GPZ sees I can tune out completely with the ATX. I also found the ATX with slightly smaller coil to be a better option in thick grass and weeds than the GPZ due to the 13" x 14" GPZ14 coil wanting to float on top of the grass to a slightly higher degree than the ATX 11" x 13" coil. Not a huge difference but just enough to help. Still, a day of hunting with the ATX also got no gold. The next morning the mystery interference was gone - either the GPZ healed itself or it was a temporary but strong EMI issue. On the third morning I therefore went back to the GPZ 7000. This was going to be the last day although I was really liking the look of the ground. Finally, in early afternoon I got a lone signal in a clay layer in a shale zone, and down near a foot out popped a 2.39 gram nugget! I have to admit I was real pleased with this nugget, found I have no idea how far from where anyone has found a nugget before with a detector. I proceeded to grid the area for a couple more hours and my initial excitement slowly dropped into "here we go, yet another lone nugget" all by itself. Heat and lack of water caught up to me so back to the truck for refreshments. Then when time came for another go - the weird EMI issue was back. I have not run into this in the couple years I have used the GPZ in northern Nevada, so it was concerning me that perhaps the GPZ had some sort of intermittant issue. I broke out the ATX again to finish out the day with no more nuggets. Still, that made another couple days mandatory. The EMI thing went away again, and has not returned since (fingers crossed). A couple more days detecting however did prove that one nugget was a lone ranger. I decided to make the move to an old patch to see if I could add at least a little gold to the vial before returning home. I got spoiled the first couple seasons here as drought conditions made for lots of bare desert. Now, with all the rain last winter, some areas are now thick with grass and weeds that make detecting very difficult if not impossible. The ATX does do a bit better in this stuff than the GPZ and so I hunted the weeds with it for a couple days. Still lots of targets but they kept turning out to be trash, until I finally popped a 1.5 gram nugget out of a drywasher tailing pile. I decided to leave the next day, but had time for a morning hunt. I was just ready to quit when a nice 2.19 gram nugget popped out of the ground. A week of detecting and only three nuggets, but that is to be expected when out trying new ground. What was odd was only three nuggets but all three were at or over a pennyweight in size, with no small stuff, just over 6 grams total. Go figure, but it left me actually satisfied with the trip as far as gold found and lots of new country experienced.
  22. I was wondering how long it was going to take? My last good gold ring was the day before Christmas...before that I was averaging at least one every month or three. I'll admit I didn't detect as much as I should have this past winter due to being busy with work related stuff. I've been hitting a new park that is really large/old and full of people. It is a target rich environment but I know there is a very large metal detecting club in this city so I always figured it's been hit hard. There is lots of untouched old aluminum still in this park. I've been there twice....Last week I was way in the back corner minding my own business when here comes the grounds keeper in the city truck. He gets out of the truck and walks up to me eyeballing the ground where I've been digging. I take off my headphones and first thing out of his mouth is " which detector you using? " I show him the CTX and he tells me he has an Etrac. We talk for 20 min and we exchanged info on good spots to hunt etc... This park has potential for old gold. but I need to hunt it when there is not so many people there. I did find a very deep 14k gold hoop earring which hit loud and clear like a Orbit sprinkler head would. It's hollow but still weighs over 4 grams. I might practice smelting this earring some day. On July 3rd I told myself that I was going to the beach early morning on the 4th no matter what the tides looked like. I really just wanted to dig in some nice soft sand for a change. So I load up the TDI and CTX and leave home at 430AM and get to the beach right at sun up. It's my first trip the the beach this year and I was wanting to try out my new elliptical coil on the TDI.... so I went down to the the wet sand and hunted up and down for about 40 min....the coil works just fine but theres not many targets plus the sand is soft in some areas and the tide is in...I decide I need to change tactics if I want to be successful....so I go back to the truck for the CTX. The beach is starting to get real crowded as I am seeing people rushing to get good spots on the beach. It's only about 8am, I'm working the towel line and I'm already having to zig zag between people putting up tents etc.. But I'm having fun and digging lots of coins and a few trinkets. Ironically there is not another hunter to be seen. About 9am the beach is getting really crowded so I decide to call it quits and start detecting back to the main entrance. There is a city volley ball net the only one not being used near the entrance and as I'm going along directly under the net I get a faint deep nickel sound. I'm hunting with wide open screen and digging everything. I kick off about 6 inches of sand and sweep the coil again and this time it shows up loud and and clear as good target. One deep scoop of sand and in my scoop is a 18K white gold mens wedding band!.....Back home by 11:30 am just in time to get ready for the afternoon barbecue. Then it happens.....I started feeling guilty while looking at the ring. It fits me perfect and I remember the time when I lost my wedding band in Maui... The ring is pretty well worn.....probably a working mans ring I'm thinking....someone that has been married for a long time... I've been looking on Craigslist lost and found for a couple days...but nothing...and now the guilty feeling has subsided and the Pirate in me comes back to life.... SO THIS SUCKER IS MINE! strick
  23. The Jury Is Out

    Was it The download? Was it the 19" coil? Was it me? Went back to an area that I thought I had covered carefully more than once with the 14". Was pleasently surprised to get a very clear signal right in a very open area that produced this 5.56 gram nugget
  24. They're not large (1.5 grams total), but they were both within 5' of each other and smack dab in the middle of Rye Patch, an area heavily detected. It was my first day so I reckon it shows the GPX-5000 can still find it out here, even with a loose nut like me behind the wheel. The one piece is paper thin (gold leaf thin) and screamed like surface trash, both pieces were tucked under scrub (less than 6" deep) but couldn't hide from the prying eyes of the 17" elliptical Evo. Jen
  25. My biggest for the year 7.66g.Found under two slate tiles 13" down.