I was sent this video, the x-coil runs very nicely in the wet ground, just remember these coils are not water proof so don't submerge them.
I'm not sure if the nugget was stuck down deep or kept sliding back into the hole from the water, but anyway what impressed me was how well the 10" x-coil was handling the wet ground.
Anyway I just though I would share the guys video with you all.
It was election day in NZ yesterday and it was already well known we were going to have a landslide victory to the current government due to their Covid handling more than anything, it was the Covid election rather than a political one so rather than staying home seeing that on TV all day I decided to go for an afternoon hunt. Mitchel drove the other day 4 hours for one nugget, while I can't match that I was going to drive an hour for similar results only if I found a nugget it would likely be smaller than his 🙂
I was going back to a place right near JW's house mainly because it's the shortest drive to a gold area from my house but we have both absolutely slammed it especially with it being only a few minutes drive from JW's house too. This particular little area we've spent days on end at, many days. We've both done well at it but the gold dried up, JW said he's done with the spot but I wanted to try one more thing before giving up on it, my 8" X-coil there. I honestly didn't think I'd find anything but with only a few hours and even less if I drove off further it had to do. I could explore other areas in the similar area but I wanted to try the coil at this spot where we'd both done well on the gold before.
My first target was one I knew was there, I'd hit the target many times in the past but never bothered to dig it knowing it was junk but my curiosity got the best of me so I dug it up.
It was down deeper than I expected for such a booming target.
It was a little old tin, a shame the miner that threw it out or lost it didn't have the gold stashed in it 😞
I was detecting around for an hour or so with very little targets at all other than shotgun pellets that I was just ignoring with the double blip the GPZ does on close targets and if they disappeared in a scrape or so they were rejected for the next guy 😛
I then had a really nice sounding rather faint signal, one that was pretty confident might be my first gold of the day. I dug, and dug and got down quite deep and the target was now screaming so I went over to my bag and got my Nox to try narrow down where it was as the GPZ was roaring on it so I couldn't pinpoint it, I had a feeling at this point it wasn't gold as the signal was too good, if it was gold I was in the wrong country as it was too big 🙂
The Nox was giving odd ID's, for such a big screaming target it was favoring the lower ID numbers between 1 and 10 or so, I was a bit confused but narrowed it down to being a rock 😞
What kind of rock would behave this way? I smashed it open and it had tiny little flakes in it that was sparkly like a silvery type colour.
I put the Equinox down in the hole to try show how deep the rock was. It didn't really work but it was deep.
They didn't sparkle as much in the photo or on camera as in the sunlight.
After that disappointment I was struggling with wanting to continue, I'd had that I'm giving up feeling thinking I wasn't going to get any gold and i got another faint signal quite close to that last signal, a couple of feet at most. I thought here goes, it's another rock.
I scraped away at the ground and the target moved.... here goes, a pellet. I was a bit puzzled by that as I'd done this exact spot before with the GPZ and 10" and the Nox, even the Gold Bug 2 and Monster had been over this little area so was puzzled I'd missed a pellet. It's right near where I found various nuggets weighting around 9 grams not too long ago and JW had also got another 2 or 3 grams from it too. No target was left I thought, but I was wrong... maybe gold does grow back 🙂
Maybe the little guy was on edge of something and fell over onto the flat or something, I have no idea. I was very surprised to find it. This is my new scoop, I absolutely love it, I saw it was the one Steve used so figured I best try it out. The flat base makes life so much easier recovering tiny targets getting them close to the coil, and it has sharpened edges for scraping which is very handy, much better than the round traditional scoops people use. The little gold riffles I thought was a bit of a gimmick but they do really work.
I found a big spider too, you don't see many big spiders in NZ and none are harmful except a small colony of Aussie Red backs that were accidentally introduced into a small area in the same region, they haven't spread though and are isolated to one spot. I still jump a bit when a spider comes out, especially a big one after spending most of my life in Australia where they all want to kill you. 🙂
No more gold for the afternoon so time to head home, it was starting to rain a bit anyway.
So my little nugget, it was 0.058 of a gram until I cleaned it, should have left it dirty 🙂
The other good news, my WM12 has started working, I was having a lot of trouble with it on previous trips with the audio constantly dropping out, this time it was fine, no idea why or how, different location so maybe it was some weird interference at the other spot that kept making it play up even on multiple days. It dropped out a few times but in normal scenarios you would expect it to drop. This time I was using the WM12 with my SP01 as I'd rigged up my harness how I liked it, it meant I ran the GPZ volume on 4 and let the booster do al the work previously when using the GPZ here I'd just run the WM12 with no extra speaker or SP01. I really think a low GPZ volume with the booster doing the work makes faint targets stand out more, the GPZ appears to run smoother.
So nothing too exciting from my afternoon hunt except the weird rock!
JW and I went for a gold hunt yesterday. We've both done this area quite a bit, especially JW. I always disliked the spot, it was my nemesis for so long and I rarely found a nugget there, then all the sudden my luck turned, now I do alright there. We both had our 15x10" X-coils on, JW's been using his all the time lately so I thought I'd give mine a run.
Yesterday seemed like I was doomed however to my first skunk in a long time, I don't even remember my last skunk now. It was about 9.30am I would guess and both went our separate ways. I headed off to the river to try detect the river banks. The river was a bit flooded, lots of snow lately which in spring turns to melt on the lower mountain areas quite quickly. Makes the water quite dirty looking. JW went off to another area away from the river.
I spent a bit of time down at the river trying my luck, unfortunately someone had been before me, there was dig holes around everywhere
I asked JW if he'd been to the river and he said no, so someone else is on the prowl! I left the river after some time of walking around detecting and seeing someones digs and went back to the original place away from the river where JW was detecting. I didn't find a target at all at the river so it was a waste of an hour or two, I don't know if there is even gold near the river, I've never found any nuggets near the river, you can find some gold with your gold pan so I assume there is 🙂
Part of my dislike for this other spot where JW was detecting is it has power lines right through it and it made me really struggle with my GPX so I found it pointless to use there, it has old workings that have iron stones that are buried too, and they sound so good until you dig down and find them, it's also riddled with pellets! between the iron stones, pellets and the power lines it was a nightmare for me so I tended to use a VLF there more than anything else. I often talk about power lines and the agony they cause me, a lot of our gold areas are covered in power lines. I find the GPZ is pretty good under them, I don't run my sensitivity at 20 with the power lines around as it can get a bit messy but I find running at 14 is quite good.
I just left the sensitivity on 14 all day, my other settings were all defaults and my usual high yield, normal.
There is bedrock all over this area, for many miles exposed bedrock everywhere.
The soil and grassed areas are usually quite shallow down to the rock. Loaded with pellets however as there is a rabbit plague in the area.
6 hours of digging pellets I was starting to give up, then i had another pellet signal, away from the obvious bedrock and near a rabbit hole in soft loamy soils. I'd repeated this process countless times, a few scrapes hoping the target doesn't move, and this time, it didn't, more scrapes, still there and getting better, more.... more and it just kept getting deeper and louder... I'm bad at pinpointing with bigger coils so I have to make my hole coil size. I got to the point the GPZ was screaming and was hoping it wasn't some deep junk but I was down to more gravelly soils.
I now used my Mini Gold Monster to pinpoint it in the hole and recover it.
It was found on the left hand side of the hole, and it was almost scoop deep.
My first 15x10" nugget, and what a nugget it is (for NZ anyway)
and it was right near the power lines, I'd never get that with my VLF, the depth just not there. I'd obviously tried the GM when I was thinking it was a pellet before digging and it had no signal at all on it.
Now I had a renewed bunch of energy so I hit the nearby bedrock
Not even 20 minutes later I had another signal that was very promising, survived all scrapes.
And it was gold, I got it out of the crack I'm pointing too.
A nice little bit.
About 20 minutes later the sun was going down and I got a call from JW and we decided we'd head home. I told him I got a couple of little bits, he was surprised when he opened my bottle for a peep! 🙂 He managed to win the day for the tally though with 4 nuggets, 3 of which were absolutely tiny.
And my junk for the day.
Well the junk I didn't lose out of my pocket. A fun day! And not a skunk after all, lucky I didn't give up.
Now the weigh in.
and the little guy
0.141 of a gram.
I had been waiting for this coil to arrive for some time, It was ordered right as the Covid impacts were first known and international flights were all being cancelled, The day after the coil was shipped NZ closed it's borders completely, all inbound flights cancelled. The postal operators had no way to send it, it stayed in the origin airport for a few weeks while the postal agency worked out what to do and they eventually decided they'd put it on a ship. It was interesting watching it's tracking number but then, it went silent, once it departed nothing for a few months then all of the sudden it arrived in Australia, yay! I guess there would be no direct ships from there to Australia either so it would be bouncing between ships to make it's journey. From there it was a quick easy hop to NZ. Fortunately now flights around the world are starting to resume and my 8" GPZ X-coil that was ordered long after the 12x8" coil arrived in about 10 days. Our borders still remain closed to passengers, it is however open to freight flights and we're a bit of a hub for international long haul transit flights. Auckland airport is currently one of the busiest airports in the world which is incredible really taking on the worlds major airports for flight traffic. I think this is mostly because we have eliminated the virus 100 days ago so domestic flights are back to normal. Yesterday was our 100th day with no virus in the community, a bit of a celebration 🙂
It arrived in good order, after it's worldwide ship cruise journey. JW's had also ordered a 12x8" X-Coil and his was in with my package to save on shipping costs so he now has one too. I delivered his to him yesterday as we were heading out for a detect. He really liked the 12x8" size/shape and thinks it will be his favourite, that's a challenge as he loves his 10" and rarely takes it off, although the last few times he's been using his 15x10" and now suddenly that's been glued to his detector and he's finding it really good, it has spiral windings and he's used to his bundle wound 10", so he seems to be taking advantage of the sensitivity of the spiral windings as the bits he's finding with it are absolutely tiny.
JW broke his E-bike, buckled a wheel so we decided we'd go to a place we've done a million times, probably the place I've detected the most, we both had very little hope at this spot and seeing we were on foot we couldn't go too far from where we have to leave the car but we thought we'd try walk and see what we can find.
When we arrived we walked about 150 meters I guess to where the gold area starts from where you park the car, we've done this particular spot so many times it's not funny, we both didn't expect anything here. When we left JW's house in the morning Robyn JW's wife said good luck, and JW said I don't have much hope for today! I of course said Nor me! We both know how much we've done this area. We decided we'd try the first little bit for an hour or so to warm up 🙂 then walk and see if we can find somewhere else.
This is the area I settled on detecting, its a hillside leading down to a creek, the Chinese had heavily worked this area in the good old days when there was lots of gold to find. I found a Chinese miners silver and irovy ring here at one point.
This area is also the only place I've ever bumped into anyone else detecting for gold, one guy with a GPX 4500, one guy with a Nokta Gold Kruzer and another two guys together, one with a GPZ and his buddy with a Gold Bug 2. It's quite well detected, JW has been doing it for years so gold is getting harder and harder to get. There had been some sheep in here which was great news for us, the grass growth over the past couple of years had made for hard detecting and finally the farmer had put some sheep in. They had fixed it up a little but they're not really interested in the brown dry grass this area has. It's one of the colder and dryer areas in the country so grass isn't lush and green like elsewhere.
After putting on a new coil I like to do a factory reset so I did that, then ran the 12x8" over the little ferrite ring as part of the factory reset process, it tuned out the little ring even when the coil was touching it. I then adjusted my settings to my preferred settings, HY, Normal and gain of 20. I then balanced out the ground then set to manual Ground balance , I'm not sure If I'm meant to do what the picture says when doing a ground balance by holding the quick track button as it indicates doing a figure 8 type thing on the ground but I've found my old GPX style pumping works quicker.
The area is quite shallow bedrock, in spots it exposes itself and they're the spots I was finding gold in the past with the GM1000 but that all dried up and now the spots most likely to find gold for me are the more grassy areas where the gold is down a bit of depth on the bedrock with a soil layer over top and grass cover so the GPZ is far more effective than the VLF in this situation. There are also millions of shot gun pellets here, I would say the most out of any place I've detected so it's rare you can do a swing without hitting some pellets. The GPZ method I've been using is a scape or two and if the signal is there keep going, if not reject it or else you'll spend all day digging pellets. Thats not to say you won't be digging pellets, you will, many of them but it cuts the numbers down 🙂
First bit of gold was quite an easy one, maybe the sheep helped me here.
I didn't have to dig far for that one, a real screamer. I also knew it wasn't a pellet as the signal was so booming, more so than with a pellet.
12x8" now broken in.
Then right near it, not even a meter away I had another target that survived a few scrapes.
Pretty shallow again, it had to be the grass level being low helping me find these
Another decent lump!
I detected quite heavily around this area now hoping for more, I found no more so I moved on.
It's where the grass is like above you know hasn't been detected as well as the bedrock areas so I was trying to go over the grass as much as possible.
Next I flipped a few rocks over this has worked in the past and when you get a signal under a rock that's been there who knows how many hundreds of years and you get a signal you get a bit excited. I had a signal under a rock, it was feeling like it might be a pellet, but why would a pellet be under a rock?
There rocks are heavy! The pick levers them down off the edge. Unfortunately the target turned out to be a really tiny bit of metal. Who knows what it is or why it was there.
I was almost sure it was going to be gold, at least my magnet helped recover it.
I thought I'd experiment with the GPS on the GPZ, I'd never really given it a chance. I quite liked it. The novalty of using it, made it a bit like playing a game. I found it pretty accurate. I tested it when I was weaving in and out of bushes as I was detecting along making my way to the next area I wanted to detect.
I don't know what the little greyed out bit is.
This is the sort of terrain I was weaving through while testing it out. It's a shame I didn't test it back where I found the two bits of gold as It'd help make sure I didn't miss any ground, I'm terrible at missing ground. I might start using it more often.
I continued flipping rocks and after flipping a huge one that almost landed on my foot I had another signal under where the rock was.
The big rock at the top of the hole was where the hole now is, the hole ended up quite deep and it was my biggest bit of gold for the day.
Different to the other bits too, far more smooth and flat.
Come up nice after a clean.
We detected until it was too dark to see well recovering targets. JW did very well, he went back to spots he'd done with his GPZ and 14" coil some time ago, he was talking about a crack in bedrock where he got a few with his 14x13" coil some time ago and he went over it and got another 3 out of it. He ended up doing far better than me, he got 10 out of this thrashed spot, unbelievable. His appeared to be much smaller bits too so it'll be interesting to see the weight tally.
So that was my total, my 3 bits and it's now dark and time to go to KFC to refuel. We never did end up walking further afield, we were doing OK in the first spot right near the car, that sure surprised us both.
And my junk, not too bad on the pellets as these were just ones I had to dig for, the rest that I was able to identify with the GPZ double blip and scrape or two were ignored.
I finally got out to test out my new 8" X-Coil, I've been wanting a size like this for a long time. I thought it was going to be impossible to fit the GPZ Super-D design into such a small coil however X-coils after some time have achieved it and it works exceptionally well. I was running my GPZ in HY Normal with gain of 20, manual ground balance all day.
My first pellet recovery 🙂
These were my weapons of choice for the day, the little 8" hardly looks much bigger than the little 6x3" sniper on the GB2. It made the GPZ feel reasonably light too, I ran it all day without my harness which is handy as I was in rocky hilly terrain always putting my detector down so it was great having the extra freedom.
I was comparing targets with my GB2 all day, seeing it's widely regarded as the most sensitive VLF I wanted to see the difference in performance to the GPZ with a small coil. The first thing I noticed almost immediately on little shotgun pellets which I found a lot of by the way was the GPZ was noticeably deeper than the GB2. There were pellets that the GB2 didn't pick up at all where the GPZ had a reasonable signal on them. I also found the Discrimination on the GB2 was near pointless on a lot of targets as it had no signal at all on them only giving a signal in it's all metal mode. The pellets had to be much closer to the coil than they were in the soils for the Discrimination to work, I was quite disappointed in this as I was hoping it would be a good gold discriminating pin pointer.
This area has a lot of hot rocks, by a lot I mean they're everywhere and they're often green, you can't do a swing of a VLF without hitting them on every swing, I've been to this area a lot lately, its where I recently found 9 grams. I've moved on from that exact area I found the gold last time as it dried up but the same general area. The GB2 was of course having a lot of trouble with them, with the Nox I just notch out -8 and -9 and all is pretty good and the Nox doesn't appear to lose depth when discriminating like the GB2 and Gold Monster do. The 8" X-Coil was handling the hot rocks well, most of the smaller ones it was blind to, the big ones, some the size of a football or bigger it would get a signal on, so I tried the quick track button and waving it over the top of one, it took about 10 or so sweeps but it was able to give minimal reaction on one afterwards so I had my GPZ in manual balanced over a big green hot rock for the day so instead of using my Yellow ferrite ring I used a hot rock, it made more sense to me seeing they're the areas problem, correct me if I'm wrong.
My first bit of gold was downstream in the old timer wash channel from my 9 gram spot. I did my usual pellet scrape, the signal lasted longer than a few scrapes, so I did some bigger scrapes and the target was getting better so I took a short video as I was starting to get pretty confident.
It turned out to be a nugget in the gravelly layer below the top soil, pretty small nugget too.
The GB2 did not pick this one up at all until I was closer down to it, that was in maximum settings with audio boost.
Little longish bit.
0.177 of a gram, my biggest of the day 🙂
I walked across to the next wash as that was my plan for the day and was finding my usual pellets and comparing the two detectors, I was finding the GB2 was handy as a pin pointer and it's 71kHz wasn't interfering with my GPZ at all. I was also tipping my GPZ on it's side and using the edge of the 8" coil as a pinpointer and that was working pretty well for me. Seeing I was finding so many pellets, way more than usual in this location I was getting plenty of target recovery practice 🙂
Off to the edge of this bedrock I got another bit.
Almost a little ball, when it was dirty I thought it was just another pellet.
After cleaning the dirt out of it it's not as much like a little ball as it looked. It's a ball with a tumor.
I heard a couple of bikes coming along the nearby track, turned out it was JW and his wife Robyn, they knew I was going to be there today so popped in for a visit, JW also has unfinished business in the area where he's been attacking a rocky wall of the wash for months and still getting gold out of it, he had his 15x10" X-Coil on which was a surprise, he put his 10" on and I thought he'd forgotten how to remote it and it rarely left since, he just loves that little 10". He was impressed with my little 8"', especially the size knowing It can get into places the 10" can't. We started detecting again and Robyn found comfy spot to read her book.
It wasn't long and I could hear JW's usual TAP TAP TAP as he's smashing away at the rock 🙂 I kept checking out the lower areas of the wash and it wasn't too much longer after 5 or so more pellets I found another bit of gold.
It was down in that bit of a gap in the rock.
It was starting to cool down a lot now, well the day was never warm, I guess a maximum of about 5 degrees Celsuis but once the sun starts to go behind the mountains it cools down quickly so I went back to a bit that still had some sun 🙂
At this point I'd seen the bit of gold and knew where it was sitting down in the gravels but I wanted to show the crazy prickle bush I was dealing with, I'd already broken some branches off at this point, look at them thorns! This video also shows the sideways method I was using to pinpoint. The center of the coil is definitely it's hottest deepest spot but the edges are still good.
This was my last bit of the day
And just some scenery shots of the area, gold can be anywhere around here, even in the most unlikely of places.
In between the bedrock is has been the most productive for me, which is why I like little coils.
Everywhere you look are old timer rock piles, they're gradually getting buried by plant life.
Once those giant prickle bushes grow in them, they're no longer detectable.
Piles everywhere though, it goes for a few miles
It's starting to get very overgrown in places, every year it's getting worse, gradually disappearing.
Some of these cliff edges would be great to detect and would hold quite a bit of gold I'd imagine but they're just too steep for me.
This is the sort of stuff JW is chunking away at all day getting gold out of the cracks, he said he's now bought a little battery powered jack hammer type thing to help with the job as it's hard work with a pick, hammer, cold chisel and screw driver but there is a fair bit of gold trapped in the rock.
It's all in layers and you can smash them out slowly with your pick.
And my junk for the day, well the junk I didn't lose from my pocket. So overall I'm very impressed with the 8". It seemed to me like it was exceeding the GB2 in performance on small pellets at depth. I'm still better at pinpointing with a small coil like on the GB2 but with practice I'll get better.
As I was about to leave I went over to see how JW was going, right as I got there he had a target, I took over my GB2 as I know he often uses his one as pin pointer too, especially when smashing out rock as it can save a lot of time. He was using the nose of the 15x10" coil as his pin pointer and said it was working really well, he found the tip to be pretty sensitive but still too big to get down into the spot well so we used the Gb2 to get narrow down where to smash out... after a fair time of hitting he had the signal out, and it was a bit of gold smaller than my smallest bit and the 15x10" was sounding on it loudly. He had another signal in the rock to recover so I left him to it as they can take half an hour or more each to get out.
Finally got out again with the 15" x 10” X-Coil. It ran really quiet and smooth continually in High Yield, Normal, at Sensitivity at 20. Found 10 small nuggets for a total weight of 4.55 grams. They were between 5 to 8 inches deep in a California pine tree area.
The X-Coils work great, but the 15 x 10” is now the go to coil.
Have a good day,