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  1. kiwijw

    Nurse Paul In Oz

    I think they are still in their nappies. JW
  2. Mrs JW & I headed off to the hills today to a gully I haven't been to for a long time. I was hoping the gold had grown back. I took with me the Zed, Nox 800 & the Gold Monster. The ground being damp I was hoping to get a depth & sensitivity edge from previous successful times here. Got stuck into it with the Zed first off. I was able to run High Yield/Normal & 18 sensitivity. I hit an old patch area first & got a faint signal that disappeared on me when I scraped it. So I used the gold monster to re find it & locate it. Damn shotgun pellet. Bugger. This happened a few times. I then tried the EQ 800 over this old patch area but the coil wasn't very suitable so I gave up on that. Long story short, I got skunked with the Zed & the EQ 800. The day was saved with the mighty Monster. I came to an area in these old turned over gully workings from the old timers that I had found some tiny gold in the past. Broke out the GM & very slowly combed over the piles. Deep all metal mode & sensitivity on full max 10. First signal was not long in coming. Bingo. Skunk averted. The beauty of me having been over these old workings many times is that there is not much rubbish, & the rabbit shooters seem to have not hit this area in a long time. It is a bit of a drive to get here so that is good for that reason. 2nd signal, another bit of gold. Then another This went on for a further 4 pieces making 7 in total for .31 of a gram The white rock is a cemented quartz conglomerate boulder & is the same rock that is in the foreground of the above pic of the gully workings. I ended the day trying again with the Zed but got skunked with it today. So I was saved by the mighty Monster. My rubbish haul was 6 pellets & one hobnail boot tack. So gold to junk ratio was 50/50 Cheers Best of luck out there. JW
  3. kiwijw

    Nurse Paul In Oz

    I thought they had BIG nuggets over there Paul. Even I can find those size bits in my backyard. Maybe the 19" will come to the party.👍 Oh well... at least you are on the board. Good going. Good luck out there JW
  4. kiwijw

    Doing The Monster Mash

    Thank you oneguy, Bummer on the skunk. There is always tomorrow. I got skunked with the Zed & the Nox 800 today but the Gold Monster saved the day with 7 little bits. The Nox coil was just not suitable for today's hunt. Good luck out there. JW
  5. kiwijw

    Doing The Monster Mash

    Hi there Andyy, Thanks mate. And you are spot on with your comment. I just really wish I had of videoed those first two recoveries. I did them in great detail & the fact they were both small bits of gold was icing on the cake & would have made great footage of the Monster in action & the settings etc.. Trouble is I would have just done it with my smart phone & I have to hold it in one hand & detect with the other. Does not make for overly good footage. Clumsy. Been there tried that. I need to get a either a head mount or similar so both hands are free. I have used my Go Pro on a shaft mount with my 4500. That seemed to be ok. Cheers. 👍 Thanks beatup, Gosh.... don't know about the master I guess the gold is either there or it isn't & the Monster is a sensitive little devil for sniffing them out & so simple to use. I know our insanely mild ground really helps to in that regard with being able to run the detector flat out. Outside of that it is just technique & knowing what to look for & listen to & react to. That comes from time & experience over all the years of using all sorts of detectors & honing all that "knowledge". Plus the fact I just love doing it & being out there. Like Andyy said, it isn't all about getting rich from gold finds. It is the journeys in finding it. Cheers guys. Mrs JW & I are off for a mission today with the Zed. It is a stunning clear blue sky day. Living the dream. Good luck out there. JW
  6. kiwijw

    Doing The Monster Mash

    I am hearing you Fred. I am sure my ANYMORE day will come. I have actually calmed down a lot. These days I go past skinny little ledges that I use to shuffle out on to & rock climb around, detecting. These days I shake my head at myself thinking....you were a mad bastard. But I got gold. . I have had one fall....& I was very lucky. It slowed me down...... for a bit. My philosophy is: If I die doing this then I have died doing something I love. Best of luck out there JW
  7. kiwijw

    Equinox, Gold Monster, & Arizona Gold

    Nice to see you on here Bill. 👍 Welcome. I know all too well the urge to just dig a signal....even when doing a video shoot. There is usually quite a bit going on when trying to cover all on the video with settings & options &........everything else. Thanks for the efforts you go to in doing your footages. It is appreciated. I enjoy your channel. Now get out there & kick that skunk. Best of luck to you out there JW
  8. kiwijw

    Doing The Monster Mash

    Thanks Simon, But .53 grams for 10 pieces Nothing to get too excited about. No catch & release I guess & better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick but......Chunks...... I don't know about that. Helps that the pics are bit bigger than they are in reality. Cheers JW
  9. kiwijw

    Doing The Monster Mash

    Thanks ophirboy. We have had a few snow falls low down in the last few weeks. But it never hangs around for too long at the low levels. The ski fields are up & running but they could do with some more snow. Like they say: Snow in May will never stay & snow in June is still too soon. Phrunt has been up skiing a few times. Yes it had been a while since I took the Gold Monster for a walk. It is a fun little machine on the tiny stuff. Cheers mate. Best of luck to you out there JW
  10. Hi guys, I guess the jet boating was a bit out of place so I will give it a miss. I can actually do without the video editing of a clip I was going to put up. So skipping ahead to sunday just gone. I was going to go jet boating up the Dart River at the top end of Lake Wakatipu as the New Zealand Jet Boating Association had its annual general meeting in Queenstown over the weekend & the Otago branch was celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday night, of which I am a member. So Mrs JW & I went along to that. They were following up with a jet boat run up the Dart River on sunday. Ironically Mrs JW & I did the Dart River on Saturday as the commercial operation was having a half price locals day which we had booked in advance. I was still keen to go in our boat on sunday but Mrs JW wasn't. The river was very low & there has been bad fog. so all that could have ended up in a few groundings. I think Mrs JW is still getting over the pushing we had to do the other weekend on the West Coast. So come sunday I decided to go for an afternoon detect to a local area. I grabbed the Gold Monster with its 5" coil & relented in taking the Nox or the GB2. Just the GM. Many of you will recognise the area from photos of previous posts of gold finds that I have made here. It is where I very first used my Nox 800 & the success I had there with it & also many times with the Gold Monster & GB2. No one knows better than me that you never get all the gold from a good producing spot. Ever. No matter how many times you go over it. No matter how very slow & thorough you have been each & every time. I have given up being surprised at getting more gold on different days at various location. Ok... it is very small gold, hence taking the GM 1000 & 5" coil. The Zed just can't cut it here anymore, but who knows...maybe one day it will. The thing I was banking on this day was how damp the ground was & how deep the dampness had penetrated into the ground due to a few recent snow falls that had melted away. But the cold winter days & frosts hadn't allowed the ground to dry out. I know I bang on about how this helps with better sensitivity & ground depth penetration, but it just seems to be a fact. So I get to the spot. Fire up the GM. Let it cycle through its start up tuning. Deep All Metal Mode, Full max sensitivity on 10 & just using the detectors internal speaker backed off a couple of notches from full max & into it. Despite the damp ground it is running sweet in our insanely mild ground. Due to getting many small bits of gold here I am in absolutely no hurry with my coil sweep speed. Coil kissing the ground. Not even a couple of minutes into it I get my first signal. I said to myself that I should video this from start to recovery. I didn't....but I went through the whole procedure as if I was videoing it. Even talking it out. I went through all the settings. Auto sensitivity, Auto + sensitivity. Backed off to 9, 8 ,7 All metal mode & Iron reject. First off in 10 sensitivity & deep all metal when I first got the signal it was a very positive hit with the gold chance indicator saying non ferrous most of the time, but the occasional flicker to the dark side. Push the detect mode button to iron reject & still a very strong positive hit & audio signal. If it was ferrous it would have been silent in the audio & the gold chance indicator would have favoured the left side. So I was of no doubt that it was non ferrous. But was it going to be gold? I went back into deep all metal & backed off the sensitivity to 9, still a strong good hit & the gold chance indicator flicking to the right but being a bit eratic, 8 still a hit but a lot weaker. Would have pulled ME up but there was no movement on the gold chance indicator at all. Ok...time to dig. More of a scrape really. Signal was still in there so bit more of a scrape until the signal had moved. Ah.... now had it in the scoop in that clump of dirt. I see it. Ye Ha a bit of the good stuff. Off to a good start. Slowly scanning about & not two feet away another sweet little signal. Went through the same procedure with settings as before & knew it was non ferrous. It was on a schist face dropping down to a tailing race which is down in among those bushes to the left. Another small bit of gold Then another signal Another bit of gold Not even a bit of junk yet. Moved on a little bit & was pulled up by another positive signal This was a bit deeper But gold again Not two feet away I got another signal. This had me digging down to the schist bed rock & even smashing into it. This was very promising, peeling out schist bedrock & the signal still in there. Non ferrous all the way. Then the signal was in my dug out pile but seemed a lot more mellow. MMmm... thats strange. It should be screaming. Isolated the target in my hand down to a bit of ferrous crap. WHAT....no way. Scanned back over the smashed out bedrock hole & bingo....screamer signal. That's more what I expected. And here is why. You beaut. 👍 Then things went quiet for a wee while so I did my mountain goat thing scrambling on the edge. A 6 foot section of this drop off face has already succumbed to the river below & from where I got a bit of gold in the past with the Zed before it broke away. That was a bit of a wake up call. But I got a signal with the GM & couldn't help myself. Looking down to the left you will see the smooth slicken schist face from where the rock face peeled away & the ruble way down at the rivers edge. But gold it was for the GM But oh so small Back away from the edge a bit I got another sweet little positive hit. Smashing into the schist bedrock again to move the signal. Another bit of gold It was starting to get dark so I took a pic out in the field of what I had so far. 7 What are my chances of getting 10 bits before I call it quits or get driven out by the dark? I made 10 my goal, then I would leave. Carrying on from my last bit, I got a signal between two raised edges of schist bedrock. Scraped away into it until the signal was out. Gold bit number 8. Playing mountain goat again I got a faint faint signal. This glacial deposit area is prone to hot rocks but they are a distinct sound & the rare earth magnet soon sorts them out. This signal was better than that. Still plenty of battery. Auto+ Sensitivity, deep all metal mode & volume down a couple of notches. Gold bit number 9 One more to go. Come on..... A few minutes later & it came Number 10. Cool. Time to go. Couldn't help myself & kept detecting as I walked out. Got another signal & gold bit number 11. Somehow when I got home to wash & weigh I lost a piece. Bugger. So 10 bits here for the Gold Monster .53 of a gram First swing of the Gold monster for quite a while & it didn't fail to produce on absolutely flogged ground. Loved the damp conditions & although I am not too much of a fan of this tiny gold & all the effort that goes into it, it is a bit of a novelty & a fun way to fill in a few hours close to home on a nice cool wintery but sunny afternoon. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  11. 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 Grounded...Bummer. 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. JW
  12. kiwijw

    Found A Little Guy Today......

    Oh bugger....lucky for you that you found it again. So you found it twice. 👍 You need to keep a positive mental attitude every time you go out. You need to be mentally ground balanced as well as your detector. None of that carry on like you said above otherwise you will talk yourself out of finding gold. Good luck out there JW
  13. kiwijw

    Nurse Paul In Oz

    Absolute no brainer aye... Fred & Norvic. 👍 Paul.... go forth & conquer. Best of luck out there. Stay safe. JW
  14. kiwijw

    Detecting Old Claim In Alaska

    Hi guys, I am very divided on this type of thing. The bear is in his own habitat just doing what bears or any wild animal does....that is trying to have a life & survive in their "world" that is slowly being eroded from around them. Man is the intruder in their "world". What gives man the right to play god & take a bears life, or far worse, slow it down by crippling it so it will eventually die a slow painful death either from loss of blood, or shattered bone, but most likely from starvation for obvious reasons. Some people I am sure will just shot a bear for shits & giggles & then just walk away & leaver it. Why not just fire a shot to scare it off? The thing is that man solely goes into the bears territory for his own amusement & entertainment. His life generally does not depend on having to be there. Even if looking for gold his livelihood isn't likely to depend on it. He is just doing it for the fun & adventure. The bear is there just trying to survive but ultimately fighting a losing battle. I am sorry..... but I just don't get it. True story too. JW
  15. kiwijw

    What Is This Gold Detector?

    Well done Simon. I am glad you put that up. Cheers. I see the Gold Gypsies didnt even feature in the 3rd episode. No sponsorship deal with Garrett......really makes me scratch my head now as to why they have chosen the ATX when they had minelabs. JW