Hi guys, I am going to start off with going back a few weekends when Mrs JW & I headed over to the West Coast to catch up with my mate. The weather was looking like being absolutely mint, which for the West Coast is a bit of a rarity. We took the jet boat of course as the rivers & scenery are stunning when the weather gods are smiling. I finished work at lunch time to get the boat sorted & to give us time to get there before dark. We encountered a bit of snow on the road heading over the pass from Otago to Westland but on getting to the coast it was just stunning. The next morning my mates mate wanted me to give him a hand with going out in his boat to pull up his crayfish (lobster) pots & to rebait them & chuck them back. I was there mostly just to make another person on board so he could legally take more crays. We did quite well. Yum.
After that it was off to the river.
Above pic looking up river & below, looking down back to the coast.
Deer prints on the beach
But how stunning is the scenery? And we were the only souls there.
Sorry guys, Something has popped up & I have to bail. Will continue.......stay tuned.
Hi guys, It had been three weekends since I last swung the Zed. Last Wednesday we had another fall of snow down to low levels. I didn't even get to work. Not that I minded as I would have been working outside in it. Bugger that. Total carnage on the roads as people tried driving in the conditions totally unprepared for it. Saturday came & the weather wasn't supposed to be overly good but I was hanging out for a detect so I went for it. Bit of a late start but I was at my destination & swinging by about midday. It was to an area I have absolutely thrashed over the years but it still on occasions coughs up gold for me. It is where I very first tried the Gold Monster, snagging two bits.
It was also the exact area where with the 4500 & my then new 11" Coiltek Elite coil I got on to a small pocket of reef gold. It was more just a small rich little quartz leader or stringer that soon dried up on me. I really thought I was on to something good back then. I had to back fill the hole as dark got the better of me & I had to wait until the next weekend to get back to it. Boy was I fizzing.
As you can see it is very rough reefy gold with quartz still attached. I was hoping that due to the snow, which would have melted away from this area, the ground would be moist & hopefully for some depth. It was & I was hoping to latch on to some more of this reef gold as the damp ground conditions always gives me better depth & sensitivity. So I got to the spot & rigged up the Zed. I got far enough away from my truck so it wouldn't interfere with the detector before firing it up. Checked my settings. High Yield/Normal & full max sensitivity at 20. Settings as of my last mission. Auto tuned. Ground balanced over the ferrite ring & I was into it. Straight away I was hit with noisy ground. I don't usually get such a bad reaction in damp ground. Maybe it was this particular location on top of the damp ground. I backed the sensitivity to 18. It wasn't as bad but still more noisy than I usually get. I forced myself to put up with it & tried my best to tame it with very slow coil sweeps, as I knew there had been gold here in the past so I was in no rush, & I managed very careful coil control keeping it very smooth & avoided any slight lifting. Keeping the coil as flat to the ground as I could & a consistent height. Which was a low as I could get. Otherwise I was plagued with moans & groans & the Zed warble.
I was into it about two minutes fighting the ground noise when I thought I heard a target signal. Gosh.... I wasn't overly sure with the noises going on but it did appear to always be in that one spot ever so slight. A couple of scrapes & it had moved. Bugger.... probably a shotgun pellet.
You can hardly even see the scrape mark but a small bit of gold it was.
.21 of a gram
Then not even three feet away another very faint target like signal among the noise.
Another bit of gold but this was tiny for that big coil.
.04 of a gram.
Then believe it or not but another signal about three feet away. Another very shallow scrape.
But tiny gold again. .07 of a gram.
Gosh my first three signals & three bits of gold. I was on a roll.... or was I? No that was where it ended for hours. The ground noise was doing my head in so I flicked into High Yield/Difficult. That made things a lot more bearable, I was able to crank the sensitivity back up to 20 & felt I had to to get back some sensitivity but knew It was no match for High Yield/Normal. It was also when the gold dried up for me. I did get a few pellets & on an old patch area I got a signal that had me down 10" on to the rotten schist bedrock where all the gold from my old patch was on. I was 100% sure that this was going to be a good bit of gold. Finally got the target in my hand & it was a flat bit of lead. Bugger. I ended up with a few of those & it was starting to get dark & I was just hoping for one more bit of gold to end the day on. The weather had been ok for the day but the wind had really picked up & was most unpleasant. I got a signal that again was just a shallow scrape but it was onto bedrock after about 2 inches when the signal was out.
Ye Ha. A bit of gold to finish the day on.
.16 of a gram
So all up 4 pieces for just .49 of a gram
And the associated rubbish
Got back home in time to watch the All Blacks, our national rugby team, play France & beat them 52-11
Good luck out there