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  1. With the fantastic weather in the Rye Patch region during the month of October, I was chomping at the bit to get down there, but my summer job didn't end until the 30th. It still took me a few days afterward to get everything wrapped up, so I finally hit the road and met up with Gerry and friends at Rye Patch the following Tuesday. The detector training class we were scheduled to give that weekend ended up being cancelled, thanks to a winter storm that was forecast to move into the area on Friday. Needless to say, having only two days of optimal detecting conditions before being snowed out and
    44 points
  2. JW and I decided we'd go for a detect on Sunday, the weather was nice, albeit a bit hot for my liking but fortunately there was a breeze. I always have a VLF with me when I detect with my GPZ, mainly for recovery of targets if I'm struggling to find them in the hole however this time I'm glad I brought it. Usually lately I just take my Mini Monster, a GM1000 on a tiny shaft as it's only used as a pin pointer as no manufacturer has released a small gold prospecting pin pointer. This time was quite lucky, I bought the Nox along, it's on a Detect-ED shaft so shrinks down small enough to pu
    34 points
  3. I enjoy Rye Patch area in October and sometimes November before the snow accumulates. My 7 performs best this time of year and the day temps in 60-70s is ideal. What I like most about this region is the variety of natural gold nuggets. So far I've been able to score a couple small Chevron pieces and a dozen or so small .1 gram to 1 gram pieces. My total weight so far is just over 10 grams. No, this is nothing to write home about as for gold weight wise, but one of them is $$$. It's a 1.2 gram collector nugget. I've only found 4 or 5 of these beauties in my 25+ yrs of hunt
    33 points
  4. Did some relic hunting today with the intention of comparing some detectors (Deus, Tarsacci) but the Deus was on fire and besides keeping me from running a detector comparison test it also made it more difficult for me to proclaim 2020 a complete and total dumpster fire, but there is still another month to go.... Anyway, about a hour into the hunt, with the Deus connected to the 11" X35 coil and set at 12 khz with pitch tones and reactivity at about 2.5, I had found some keeper lead and brass. Then I happened upon a strong, 45- 47 signal. Thought it was likely can
    28 points
  5. I have been detecting for over 40 years and the last two days gave up two bucket listers. I have been hunting a farm field for the last 6 years that at one time was a picnic grove. The grove was cut down about 100 years ago and has been tilled ever since. Yesterday I hit the Morgan dollar. It gave a whisper 39 40 and negative -9 numbers. I about gave up on it thinking a large iron item very deep. This was at no less than 12 inches. I run Park 1 will full sensitivity, five tones, no discrimination, speed 4, little or no iron bias. And then today the Seated Half with my Deus. I use the deep pr
    27 points
  6. I always look forward to the winter months when I can freely swing the mighty Zed in the vast stretches of the desert southwest, uninhibited by the dense vegetation I typically have to deal with in the forested regions of Idaho. Searching new areas for a nugget patch is never easy, and long, fruitless days can really test your stamina and forbearance. Thankfully, the odd scattered nugget encountered here and there can spur one on to continue the magnificent quest. Such have been my days of late, patiently covering ground with the large GPZ 19 coil and anticipating that sweet sound of gold. Hav
    26 points
  7. We had a blow over the weekend and I was there. A huge cut was formed at the beach. I had new personal bests in total rings (10 for a day), gold rings (5) and quarters (64). I took a break to eat during the evening so I have two 'sessions' at the same beach. It was good enough to return with my sore back. It was a target rich environment. The total for all change was $24.03 which is also a personal high for change. I have found $20 bills on the beach in the past. These are the rings by session. More after I went back and the tide went out a bit than th
    26 points
  8. Had a real nice Low Monday, Neg .9 ..........the hardest thing. Deciding which beach to hit. Narrowed down to 3, the one I chose is not "AQ" friendly, and at this point I still don't feel safe walking into this spot with a PI...For many reasons. Excalibur was perfect, hunting in PP, using the push button to check targets in Disc, Very fast and efficient. I've been using the "AQ' most of Oct, doing a lot of different testing and forgot how much I love the Excalibur also. Seems I had started feeling if I took the Excalibur I was missing targets. But after Mondays blowout I see it's still a
    25 points
  9. As many of you have no doubt heard, the COVID19 situation in El Paso is pretty serious. I posted a while ago information I got from them that they were busy working and shipping product (not so many AQ’s - but). Well, I just had a chance to talk to my main contact in Sales Management at FTP and I think it is useful to share the general message I got. She explained to me that the (new) facility at FTP has advanced air circulation and filtration systems - that all personnel have been provided with highly effective face masks and that workstations and all other aspects of the internal organizatio
    21 points
  10. I finished my 2020 Field Training of customers a couple weeks ago at Rye Patch and was able to run the 7000 without interruption for 6 days. My best day was 12 nuggets but I also have to admit that on 2 days, I was skunked (the 2 days I was swinging new ground looking for a patch. ). Almost all the gold were whisper signals most folks are not good at and in a particular wash near the burn barrel, I pulled 7 in a day. I even called over some customers who were hanging around to let them listen, watch and learn. It just amazes me this detector can pick up nuggets at 14 to 18" deep and they a
    20 points
  11. So the tides were decent enough on my days off to try again for some gold with the AQ or GPX. Since my beaches will not relent with the sanding in, I decided to try another strategy. Day one was split between the AQ for low tide and the GPX for deep silver. With the beach heavily sanded at low tide, all I could do was get some junk jewelry with the AQ. The GPX scored 3 silvers using the monster 18"DD Detech coil. It must have been a sight watching this guy struggle with that coil while holding a side stick and a big spade shovel 😄 The GPX wins that day. But... Day two was raining, so the GPX l
    20 points
  12. The Harquahala Mountains near Salome, Arizona provided a beautiful location for Bill Southern's three-day Patreon outing for those who back his YouTube channel, Nugget Shooter Journals. This was his second Patreon outing of the year. Including Bill and Tammy about a dozen gold hunters attended. The long weekend started on Thursday night with Bill giving an engaging talk at the Gold Fever Radio club just south of Salome on Hwy 60. The next few days most people set up their RV's and campers a short drive from the private claims we had access to. I really enjoyed the group, learned a lot and
    19 points
  13. First off, hello all! Great reads here, and a big thanks to Steve for all of the generous work put in for the lay-detectorists. I have gold fever. I’ve had it since I first dug up my own gold in 2013 and I’ve learned that it never goes away. It just gets worse as it sinks it’s claws deeper into its poor host. My summer job this year really hasn’t left me much free time for prospecting. Mostly a very brief opportunity to pan some gravel in the Feather River for flood gold. Much of the time for prospecting it has actually allowed me has been in the f
    19 points
  14. My view? Dim. Except for a select few people. Here are two reasons which are rarely discussed on forums, and rarely understood by new guys trying to succeed: 1.) A very large percentage of the really great finds are coming from places most other people don't have access to. Or, people trespassing on private lands or private claims. Or people tracking/spying on others and raiding their spots (this just happened to me last year). Which is one reason you don't see people posting the finds a lot here in the US. 2.) An equally large percentage of really great finds are coming from people
    19 points
  15. I went for a gold hunt with JW yesterday, he has a sore foot as he was prospecting last weekend and walking up a steep bit of hillside and heard a pop in his foot then very bad pain and could hardly walk. He's still not sure what the problem is, he had 3 x-rays and no sign of a bone break so he is just taking it easy. I'm suffering from Vertigo and have been for the past week or two, it came on from nowhere about 2 months ago when I was skiing and come right in about a week but now I'm having a second run of it, the doctors know what it is and it has a huge name which I've forgotten now but
    18 points
  16. I’d done this post sooner but I’m really under the weather. Anyway, me and Cliff hit the beach Sunday at 4am... why because I forgot to set my clock back. Cliff had his AQ and we wanted to do some testing... but we forgot the targets. So we did do some found target comparison. It reminded me why I don’t do a lot of wet sand hunting. Deep hole and a lot of them wit us concentrating on whisper/weak targets. Cliff did his 5 hours and had one of those days.... he broke his SunSpot scoop. After he left I did another 3 hours. There hasn’t been a lot of targets out there but I managed the
    17 points
  17. Found this 14K with diamond 2 days ago. Never expected to see that in the scoop and only 45 minutes into the hunt. Not many targets and all were light weight.
    17 points
  18. Almost all these gold videos popular on Youtube are fake now. Why? Because it takes 10 minutes to go film some fake stuff, do ok framing and get all the right shots. And you make $5000 a video because it's more watchable to normal people who can't tell the difference. You can tell a story and show good cinematography because you don't have to worry about doing the work of actual prospecting or obscuring your locations. Meanwhile, it takes real prospectors 4 weeks of hauling camera gear around themselves (gear which annoyingly sets a real gold detector off in the worse times) because
    17 points
  19. Been a while since I posted to this thread, this year has been good for me on the gold front with some nice finds. Theses pics are of some of the pieces I found during testing of the NF coil, I’m now at liberty to show them off on this thread. I’ll be posting up a fair few more pics of gold finds once I get the thread revived. I’ll also include some pictures of what the locations look like as this is sorely lacking this day and age due to secrecy. This thread is not meant to be political, just sharing some of my gold finds for others to enjoy. JP Fern leaf gold, sold this
    16 points
  20. Last week I was looking at 14" of the white crap and below zero temps. This week snow all gone, sun shinning, and 60+ degrees so I headed out for more cleanup work on some gold. Anyways...had fun, got some sun, and outta the shack!!!! The big 6 had a whopping weight of .270g...!!! Big or small...I love em all.
    16 points
  21. ...hits a big silver chain in his first beach hunt! In baseball a batter has hit for the cycle when they get a single, double, triple and home-run all in one game. I sort of hit for the cycle on a recent hunt by finding an earring, ring, bracelet and neck chain (all sterling silver).However, on the previous day I took a friend along for his first real beach hunt and set him up with my old Whites Pro PI. That day I found 5 rings, all junk save one small silver but my friend scooped out a 26 gram, badly tarnished, sterling silver chain which I took home to clean for him. He hasn't seen it yet bu
    15 points
  22. Hey guys, I'm gonna geek out on this debriefing report 🙂 A couple of friends were down in my area of CA @ early November to do some beach hunting. At the conclusion of their stay, one was kind enough to loan me his Deus for a few weeks. Which I will ship back to him when done. Over the years I've heard how this is supposed to be the "cat's meow" in nail/iron-riddled sites. But never had my hands on one personally. I've always just reached for my Tesoro Bandito in such situations. Which, as you know, is wimpy on depth, has no TID, etc. Then a fellow I know gave me an ho
    15 points
  23. Wow! That's excellent.... Thank you for taking the time to test the run time..... I figured about 11 hours. Good to know it's better then I figured. I have 9 done now, (3 shorties - 6 Big batteries) testing each submerged in the water for about a hour. Got two shorties tested already then taking one out thursday.........Will start testing the Big batteries maybe Saturday...Then I'll start shipping Monday.
    15 points
  24. Spent a nice day at the beach chasing the tide out. Only found about 8 coins but 3 rings (1 gold, 2 silver), a thin silver chain with silver name tags and a large copper bracelet. When I tried to untangle the silver chain it broke in a couple of places and when cleaning the bracelet I knocked out some mother of pearl inlay. The gold band is stamped 14K and weighs 4 grams. Not the biggest ring but a beautiful sight lying in the wet sand. The bracelet is stamped "Mexico cobre". Cobre is Spanish for copper. Not valuable but a different and fun find. GL&H
    14 points
  25. Well Mitchel, congratulations, because you've definitely hit onto a well guarded secret to successful nugget hunting that was related to me by the late, great and legendary nugget shooter, Smokey Baird. I first read about it in an ancient magazine article, circa 1996, titled Dinosaur Gold, written by a reporter that interviewed Smokey en route to one of his Rye Patch area nugget patches. The reporter had asked Smokey how he thought the gold had been deposited there geologically. After first meeting Smokey, I asked him about the magazine article, and he replied that his response to the reporter
    14 points
  26. After my success at the beach the night before I was ready for another 'bite' of it. Conditions were almost the same with all new sand and targets minus a few I found the day before! haha Now that I knew targets should still be there again I went with the tide down as far as I could go until near the hard pack. As you can see it was another productive hunt. This time someone showed up and 'infringed' on my hunting style but I adapted. I still got 47 quarters, 55 dimes, 19 nickels and 28 pennies in addition to a couple of the most unique finds for me ever. I was on a slow grid to get
    14 points
  27. This morning I had to wake up at 5am!!!!! I had to drop my wife and daughter at a boat terminal as they're going over to one of the Islands off the southern coast of New Zealand for a school camp, of course I did not want to go to a school camp but I took the opportunity to hit the nearby beach, the exact same beach I went to in the post above. I wanted to go back to test my QED or GPX on the black sand beach, unfortunately with my 5am brain I threw the Equinox in the car (my default detector) which I intended to take as my backup detector and forgot to throw the PI's in the car, to say I was
    14 points
  28. Very nice nugget there Gerry, absolutely beautiful gold crystals. Definitely a keeper! Give us a look again when you get the limonite off and cleaned up. My guess value wise would be in the $800 to $1200 range and that would be retail. A dealer would would give you half of that amount or a little more. I've seen a Round Mountain gold specimen that has smaller crystals that is 1/2" inch in size, 1 gram in weight retailing around $225. Here's one of mine that was appraised a couple years ago that is about 1/2" x 3/8" in size and 1 gram in weight. The value was $1100, again that is reta
    14 points
  29. Do any of you geeolodgik jeanyussez have a good theory for the formation of these nuggets? They were all found within about 50' of each other using an excavator and a7000.
    13 points
  30. I received my AQ yesterday afternoon. I put the battery on charger and about an hour later it was fully charged. After some scrambling around to get out of my apartment I hit the beach on an incoming tide. I went to an area where I had seen beach PI holes before and decided to give it a try. As you can see it was not a productive location except for the eCig cartridges which I got 3 of them. They were deep and the sound was high. I started out in everything preset as the Quick Start suggests. I didn't know what it was going to sound like but it is a higher pitch than I normally list
    13 points
  31. Me and Flagman went on the bottle hunt...
    13 points
  32. From when I started gold detecting in 79 nothing has really changed, in those early days regardless of the sentiment you had to prospect to find gold, sure there was plenty coming along and flogging patches they`d heard/spied of but I suspect only a few of them found much more than scraps left, mostly they were in conversations that basically said "the detecting golds all been got". I`m talking Australia which has detectable gold from the big flats of WA, the massive nugget finds of Vic right through NSW up to the rugged mountainous areas of QLD and NT, and I see from maps similar in area
    13 points
  33. Big day at the lake today. I found the cross first then all the pieces to the chain scattered out in an area about 4'x8'. The cross read in the low 20's, the pieces hit 6-8. Went to another spot, found the stud earring, then the silver ring and finally the 14k ring. All found in the dry beach area with Nox 800. The 14k ring hit at a solid 10. Running Park 2 Recovery 6 Iron Bias F2 0 Sensitivity 23 GB 0
    13 points
  34. Interesting hunt with the AQ. First thing I find out in the water is that my gauntlets are leaking; oh well, not that cold; first time they have been used since this past February. Pulled a couple handfuls of lead, a couple nickles and what I'm pretty sure was a silver ring. The ring took a long time and many scoops to get up out of the bottom. Yesterday, I would have been well over my head in the water where the ring was. It had the kind of crusting that I see on silver rings in these waters. When I went to work with a dental pick to work the layer of crud off, the ring started to disintegrat
    12 points
  35. Hello all, I went back to the lake where i found a 1935 Walking Liberty Half, at the beginning of the year! I believe that coin was a fluke find, as none of my other coins found there even come close to that date range! Today, i went to another shallow water area where jet ski's tend to hang out, while people rest, or work on them! I had no expections of this spot, other than it has been on my "to detect" mental list for awhile! I was there about 3 hours, and only worked about a 5x20 foot area against the shore, but the targets were layered and plentiful! I unfortunat
    11 points
  36. I haven't been able to get out very much due to work and this COVID thing, but the few times I was able to get out were productive. I hadn't used my EuroTek Pro in a long while so I broke it out and found this nice little 10K gold bracelet in school playground a few weeks back. While getting re-acquainted with my new Tek Omega 8500 I found a couple of silver rings. Been going nuts so while I was bench testing last night I decided to throw up a picture. Maybe it will encourage some one to get out and find something. HH Mike
    11 points
  37. While trying to keen up my record before I upgrade my computer, found this old receipt of refined gold (Panned Gold) that I cashed in to get a new Whites VLF detector. There was a bit short of 3 oz I am happy that I did not cash in any nuggets back then. The purity was as close as you can get to 92% when cleaned 91 grams but AUD $16.12 a gram was good but now it is AUD $82.36 but the price of a top detector has risen high than the gold price. PJ Williams Precious Metals.pdf
    11 points
  38. Aprox 158 x-coils for GPZ have been sold/distributed by myself, the manufacture has sent more and some that he sent as various people on here have said they received as a free gift to trial/appraise the x-coils. just to give a bit of an idea where some of the x-coils have been sent. Saudi Arabia = 2 USA = aprox 6 NZ = at bout 8 or so Aus = about 142 a few of the early model 10x9 x-coils failed in the coil cable shield wire and were replaced, a few of the 12" early model x-coils failed in the curly part of the coil cable as they unraveled and would not fit easily d
    11 points
  39. Would you like to learn how to take your nugget detecting to an exciting and rewarding new level? In 'The Nugget Shooter's Field Guide', author and experienced prospector Reese Townes shows you how to increase your gold recovery with a metal detector through his tips on detecting strategies, what to look for in the field to recognize gold geology and identify gold deposits, and how to expand productive areas to detect by applying his new Townes' Theory. Other topics include modern nugget detectors and prospecting equipment, safety while detecting and camping, how to hunt old mine workings, cl
    11 points
  40. I have to agree with Norvic and jasong in regard to the future. For me though things don't look too bad. I have been in this game for so long that I have accumulated so many prospects that I will not live long enough to sniff out more than just a few. I have access to many private properties that the average detector operator does not, due to my working in that field for so many years and playing a straight game with these people. I have also sorted the 'chaff from the straw' and will never work with dodgy people, and believe me I know who the dodgy people are. The dodgy people talk big and 'b
    11 points
  41. Hey all, I got up to Treasure Coast for a couple of hunts, to break in my new/used Equinox! I haven't had one for a few months, but i got back into it in a hurry! The area is always full of detectorists for any rare erosion event, and this past week was no different! The blue erosion bags are a main indicator of the level of erosion present! Normally they are covered by up to several feet of sand! The orange sand is the original sand we look for, when looking for the old stuff! Last friday was the better of the two days i was there! I found a few pieces of lead, iron, copper,
    11 points
  42. Cheers" from 20f Idaho! Way to go Bill! 😃 Ig
    10 points
  43. Hey Joe D. , nice outing even without finding any jewelry. Been detecting my local lake beach looking for jewelry but only finding coins ( a few silvers ) & toys and a Lot of melted aluminum from firepits. What coil were U swinging ? Weather permitting today ( It's warmed up into the 30's ) I'm going to put my 15" coil on & give it a shot for some Bling. Water has finally come down so I can get to where swimmers would be losing their bling in the Cold Lake Water. Photo shows finds from last detect outing before temps dropped. I have taken a hundred or so coins from same beach can't bel
    10 points
  44. Sounds like a book from the early 80's 🙂 People always think it's gone as it's gone with current technology. I'm seeing that a lot now, JW's hunted out spots with his GP series, then he's hunted them same spots out with the GPX, then the GPZ and stock coil now he's going back with the X-coils and doing them all over again. Fortunately he knows this and does go back to his old hunted out spots when new technology comes along and has been kind enough to take me along for the ride with a number of them. I realised I had to get a GPZ some time ago when JW and I were at one of these hunted
    10 points
  45. These came from an ICMJ article but I don't know the date.
    10 points
  46. I wasn't able to take advantage of the great beach conditions this past weekend but I hunted yesterday to see if there were any stragglers left behind. There weren't a whole lot of good targets but I did find about $1.50 in clad, 2 rings, 2 cheap chains and a fair amount a lightweight trash. One of the rings was stainless steel but the other was a hefty sterling silver ring of 14+ grams. Pretty sure that this ring had been there a while because of the tarnish and it was a little bent from tumbling in the rocks, I presume. http://metaldetectingforum.com/picture.php?albumid=832&pictureid=8
    10 points
  47. It took me 4 short hunts to finally run the battery down. Total run time was approximately 11 hours and 35 minutes. That sure beat the 3 1/2 from the factory battery. I ran about 95% of the time in AM and only switched to Tone or Mute to check targets. Running mostly presets on the other settings. The audio of certain targets is starting to become inbedded in my brain now. Nickels are easy to recognize now.
    10 points
  48. It may not be the best detector out of the competitors but it sure has the best coils! NEL Coils for Garrett Ace Apex All models of the NEL coils for Garrett Ace Apex metal detectors. For more information, see the coil model page: NEL Big for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Attack for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Storm for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Thunder for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Tornado for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Super Fly for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Hunter for Garrett Ace Apex NEL Sharpshooter for Garrett Ace A
    10 points
  49. Not sure about me getting any NEL coils or any more coils at all, though a small one might help me. I'm not turned off by the Apex as some seem to be, but am still considering if I will say anything at all about the machine in the face of all the negative commentary. It ends up making me look like a Garrett apologist. It's unfortunate however. I was hoping to have a Garrett forum where people could simply discuss the use of Garrett metal detectors with other Garrett owners. However, any discussion of detectors not deemed to be "the best" results in owners of those detectors getting the strong
    10 points
  50. Me and Flagman hit another good spot....https://i.postimg.cc/dQX7sWWS/IMG-2893.jpg
    10 points
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