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.
Hi all. Been out there for a few years now picking up the bits that your lucky enough to walk over. The other day I was up early and on an area that I have been over before. Thought I will give it another go. Nothing found by me in the immediate area before. Tuned up the 7000, adjusted the harness for comfort and proceeded to swing the coil. 7.16 am exactly. Walked I think 11 steps and the machine went of its dial. Bloody piece of junk I thought but stopped and scraped the surface looking for a piece of steel, then I saw it. I take it that everyone has found their dream piece and remembers the thrill of the moment. The blood rushes, the veins expand, the hands shake, bad language starts and you hope your heart can take it. To me it was a monster, and now that urge to get back out in the scrub swinging the detector again is even worse. I then spent two days searching the area in a well planned 200 meter radius and found nothing. Not even a boot nail. How can this be possible? The saying that gold is where you find it seems true. Planning another trip as soon as possible, cheers sturt
By Allen in MT
Dredge tailing piles are full of crap, can, barbed wire, nails, hot rocks etc. Was hunting in Idaho, After digging countless targets you think another iron chunk, but I dig everything regardless of sound. This one come in rather loud and was setting a flat rock about 5" deep. Biggest nugget I have found. Weighed 5.56 ounce. Found a few years back and traded for a S&S 91/2' pickup camper, Now that nugget is worth a whole lot more and the camper has ;lost 3/4 of it's value. Oh well life goes on.