Did my choirs all morning and by noon time thought I'd go out for a quick hunt. The days have been nice and cool, ground soft after a few days rain so I went to the usual spots I have been clearing up of iron trash and nuggets. After about 2 hours of wandering, paying attention to my swing speed and listening very carefully I got this sweet mellow tone...along the bank of a small creek, digging down about 7 inches I found this sweet little nugget 1.47 grams.
Hi guys, It has been a couple of weekends since I was able to head out for a detect. My eldest son, his wife & their little 8 month old son (my grandson, Archie) came down for a 6 day long weekend to stay with us two weeks ago.
Smile for grand dad.
Cute little bugger....just like his grand dad.
Saturday just gone I headed off & finally was able to get into an area that had been out of bounds for over a month due to lambing ewes. Ye Ha...they had gone. So I headed on over to a far gully where I had never missed coming home with gold since my GP 3000 days. My last stint in here was with the Zed & the conservative settings, which had produced for me. Now that I am dialed in to the hotter settings & got my head around the extra noise with sensitivity up to 18-20, high yield & normal I have been dying to get back into this area. Oh no....I had left my phone at home on the charger in my early morning rush out the door to beat the heat. I had also taken my drone to get some footage of some further away gorges & gullies to scope out there possibilities. Save me a long walk & a lot of time. No phone....no fly the drone....damn Also no photos
I ended up getting 13 pieces of tiny gold. 10 with the Zed & 3 with the GB2. Nothing bigger at depth which is what I was hoping & what I have been getting with the hotter settings. Not today though, bugger.
I was detecting by 7.30 am & didn't stop until 3pm. Had a late lunch & then decided to go for a bit of a walk to one of these gorges. Saw a few prospect holes here & there but nothing to show any serious activity. It was nice to get into the shade of the gorge & out of the heat. I then walked up to the top of a spur & looked down into the next gorge. I didn't bother walking down into it but just had a look with my binoculars. Didn't see anything to excite me & it was stinken hot so I then packed it in & headed home at 7pm.
Next day Mrs JW was keen to go exploring. We decided to stay local & went up the Arrow river which involves many river crossings in the 4WD. The river is for a lot of the trip the road. At the end of the "road" is Macetown, an old gold ghost town which initially was alluvial gold but then gold bearing quartz reefs were discovered & worked for many years. We hadn't planned to go that far & on a shady inside bend I decided to set up the sluice box.
I wasn't holding my breath on getting much....if anything as we haven't had a good flood in ages to replenish the flood gold. Being a public recreational fossicking area it is thrashed & every other bend we went past had some one set up doing just what we were doing. I hadn't done this form of gold finding for a couple of years. It was nice to be in the cool but my rock wrestling days are over.
I ended up putting two classified buckets of material thru & saw nothing. Mrs JW lurking in my dig hole.
The Arrow has a lot of iron sand & hot rocks. I had a play with the Gold Monster & GB2. Being use to running both of these flat out I had to back off settings to get rid of the iron sand & hot rocks so that counted out any hope of getting gold. I did get some rusty iron junk....which is all I expected to get in this hugely worked river back in the gold rush days. A lot of sluicing & high terrace sluicing was carried out for years. So lots of old timer trash. The original river bed is a long was down, having been buried with heaps of sluiced tailings.
I decided to head up to an area that was discovered a few years ago now that is way up high above the river. It has been thrashed by many people both by bagging material & throwing it off the cliff down to the river below & put through sluice boxes, & by detectorists. It is on the edge of some old high terrace workings of either an old ancient much bigger river system, or glacial material. I found numerous small pieces with the SDC 2300 about three years ago. Hadn't been back since & by the looks of the steep climb up to here & the growth over the track it didn't look like there had been much activity for a while. I took up the Gold Monster & the GB2. There was a large prospect dig that someone had done since I was last up here. I had a go with the GB2 but got nothing.
Moved on to the "old" worked area & it had had a bit more work done on it since I was last here. Wasn't long with the GB2 that I got a faint little hit operating in full max sensitivity, low mineralisation & audio boost.
Tiny typical GB2 gold
These pics show how much material has been removed to expose the schist bed rock.
The river way down below
In this photo you will see high sluiced workings across on the other side of the river top center of pic.
The lead of gold ran from those workings through to where I am detecting ( so crossed the river or more to the point the river has cut through the ancient run of gold & behind me is another large sluiced area which I will show after this next pic. Which is a zoomed up pic of the distant workings & shows two very high pinnacles that didn't break down under the hydrolic monitor. You can see the shadows, like a sundial pointing to 4 o'clock.
The sluiced workings just behind where I was detecting. They are at the same elevation of the workings across the other side of the river & they actually continue on past a side creek that flows into the Arrow River to the right of this pic. After that the run of gold was lost & there was no further same type material.
I then got another very faint hit with the GB2 but on trying to retrieve it I lost it. After a bit of mucking around & spreading out there material I got the gold monster on to it, but was having to scrub the bed rock & I was getting falsing signals. I eventually got the signal into my scoop with the GM 1000. Notice Mrs JW tucked into the shadow of a bush to get out of the sun.
Look how tiny that is. Initially found with the GB2 but recovered with the GM 1000.
I stuck with the GM 1000 & got a very faint hit in the schist bed rock cracks.
Another sassy tiny bit of gold
That was it though. I was quite surprised to get anything knowing how this spot had been thrashed by more than my detectors. I know a gold bug has been up here numerous times as I spied him a few times when I came to have a look. So 4 bits he missed.
Didn't break any records though. But a bit of fun & a bit of a novelty.
Good luck out there
I`ve got a bench at home that`s been getting more and more cluttered and yesterday I decided to have a clean up. In amongst all this stuff, I came across a jar that had this speci in it. I have no memory of it, so I asked the better half about it, and she has no memory of it either, but seeing I don`t remember it she`s claiming ownership, and that`s OK because I really don`t think it`s mine. I recon there is at least a half a gram of gold in this piece and neither of us remember it. It may have been on the bench for 5 or 6 years
By Jonathan Porter
Just returned from my annual trip away (that's another story for another day), I've been out 3 times detecting since getting home and two of those were training sessions. Yesterday morning it was my turn to do my own thing for a few hours before the heat beat me to a pulp. A few minutes later and I had a plucky 1 gram nugget on a continuation of a spot I detected with my son Timothy back in July (got AU$800 worth off there for the session, much to the delight of his pocket book).
There is a fair amount of trash and the obligatory shot gun and 22 bullets along with the added hassle of a high voltage power line, so I had to concentrate on the wide broad deeper sounding targets mixed in with the Sferic and 50 Hz noise, 3 hours of this and you find yourself needing a little lay down. This location is also problematic because it is on a slope above a straight flowing gully so the coil is opened up to even more interference dependent on where you are working on the slope.
Long story short I plucked some nice gold for the effort which made the little lay down later on justifiable. Interestingly I pinged a solid 5 gram chunk in my old scrape from the 5000 days, a boomer signal for the GPZ and not that deep so can only assume the quieter running GPZ 7000 was clearly an advantage in a high EMI area. Just below it I got a nice deep warble that made my skin goose bump and sure enough 16 inches down a 13 gram slugster came to light pushing the mornings total to 23 grams of 97%-98% Clermont golden goodness. Considering I spent 2 weeks in WA this year without a piece of gold this was pure heaven especially since I have more signals to investigate over the next few days.
The GPZ still continues to amaze me, if only it was lighter and more manageable so that other people could tap into its potential more fully. The weight really does detract from good detecting practices with this technology. The Super D coils really do need to be kept above saturation effect for maximum depth on the deeper pieces, the coil sweep also needs to be evenly controlled, all vital methods that are are adversely impacted upon due to too much outright weight for the average user.