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My First Prospect After Covid Lockdown Using My GPZ + 10" X-coil

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Great story and great pictures, your both getting good results.

cheers dave

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Thanks, I'm just happy to be back out there doing it again, my fitness has gone downhill with the lock downs so I need to fix that up.  JW told me he's got 26.8 grams out of this spot since he started going there lately with the 10" coil.  There just has to be a cliff full of gold like that somewhere with my name on it.  I've left this cliff for JW, he found it so he gets to clean it out. 

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Awesome stuff, love the updates.  Amazing what is out there.

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Simon,

Great job hunting, glad to see you out there again.

When I am able to give some likes I will come back and share one with you.

Wish I had a place like that to look for gold, but then I would have to go buy the tools to dig it out.

Good luck on your next outing.

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Good to see you and JW out again, finding yellow.  I recall JW tries to hunt all winter but you tend to head to the ski slopes (family thing, I know).  Please relay our greetings to JW.  Still sorry he wasn't able to make it over to Nevada....  And as you know, we are far from having the virus eradicated here in the USA.  Can't wait until you guys get the 8"x12" X-coils.  If they make it before September I bet that'll get you off the slopes at least for a few days!

 

 

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Good going you guys nice to see the NZ gold again

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Well done!

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Great story. Love the photos and the gold! Good hunt!

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6 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

Good to see you and JW out again, finding yellow.  I recall JW tries to hunt all winter but you tend to head to the ski slopes (family thing, I know).  Please relay our greetings to JW.  Still sorry he wasn't able to make it over to Nevada....  And as you know, we are far from having the virus eradicated here in the USA.  Can't wait until you guys get the 8"x12" X-coils.  If they make it before September I bet that'll get you off the slopes at least for a few days!

I intend to keep looking for gold this winter, I may just have to do it more on the week days as the weekends are filled with skiing.  Once the 12x8" arrives and if I can get my hands on the 8" that's soon to be released I will be able to go back and do all the same ground all over again.  This spot is only a 10 minute drive from JW's house so it's very easy for him to go to it very regularly.  He can pop in any time.  We had both dismissed the area as JW had obviously done it to death years ago being his close spot with his other detectors and the ML 14" coil, but these small coils have brought it back to life, like new ground.  Most of the gold is too small for a GPX and too deep for it's size for a VLF so the GPZ and 10" really excels in this situation.

The bigger bit I found had a bit of luck on my side.  It's in the bottom of the gully with all the junk, the frost had killed off the prickles to expose the ground more and right next to where I got the nugget was a giant hot rock, JW and I both thought I had another nugget once I cleared more sticks away, a real faint deep target again.... it felt like it was under this big rock, so I levered the rock out and the target disappeared! It turned out the big rock was the target, my magnet didn't stick to it either.   This big rock may have stopped other detectors finding the gold nugget I found, it was right near the nugget and it was about the size of a football, a bit bigger.

JW mostly got refunds on all of his USA trip so he's all good about it, relieved he didn't get stuck over there, he would have been there at the moment and if he was he'd not get back to NZ so he'd be stuck in USA for months, maybe longer.  He's quite glad he didn't go.

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