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  1. I too have found a drum stick nugget, though it looks like someone took a bite out of it before I could get to it.
  2. Building off of what @GB_Amateur said there are several good prospecting YouTubers out there that are educational and entertaining, Dan Hurd, Vogus Prospecting, Schwendi, Pioneer Pauly, Tassie Boys, etc the list goes on with a lot of good ones. I learned quite a lot from them. Matt
  3. I’d say prospecting is as much of a science, or more, as it is an art. A rudimentary knowledge of geology, physics, and the ability to study and research areas to prospect -are essential to success. I’d highly recommend getting two books, the first being “The Essentials of Geology”, and the second being “Fist Full of Gold”. I bring this up because what you have here is an assortment of rocks from a stream system It’s going to be really hard to attempt at answering your question, but here’s a general rules; gold generally travels with the heavies which is all dependent on the local geology and history. Has the area had past gold production? What have past geological surveys or reports said about the type of gold in the area (size shape)? Are there pay streaks, or are there pockets? Are there indicator minerals? What layers was the gold found in? Was the gold found on bed rock? Was gold found on falls bed rock? Etc etc. A qualitative answer is so nuanced that I’d be throwing guesses at a dart board and I don’t want to lead you astray. The red one appears to be some form of hematite, and the small balls on the left looks to be lead. The top rocks looks to be quartz, and the bottom, idk could be a lot of things. I’d highly recommend looking to see if there are any local prospecting groups or clubs in your area that you could join or tag along on. You’ll learn so much more from an experienced prospector one day in person than you’ll learn in a month researching online. Not to say that online doesn’t have value, it does, but when you’re trying to get started like you are it’s best to tag along. I hope this helps. Matt
  4. What’s the compressor that you’re running for air, can it handle two divers? The compressor is the main factor on if you can support two divers, if it’s a PCA-10 type then you’re good there. So far as the reserve tank, idk, I’ve seen all kinds of set-ups, and I suspect there’s more than one way to do it, the main issue is if the reserve tank in use can withstand the pressure, and supply enough reserve air for the divers. But, I’m relatively new dredger too so grains of salt. I’ll ask a couple of more experienced people I know and see if they have a better answer for you. Have spoken with Scott at ADMS? He’s a dredger, and is pretty knowledgeable. Also there’s a dredge builder forum on FB that I’m a member of and has a lot of knowledgeable people to ask.
  5. Thank you for posting this Steve, as a newish detectorist having access to a wealth of knowledge like this is invaluable. You and others here are world class at what you do, and I have learned so much from everyone’s contributions to the forums, it’d be terrible if we lost it. Please keep up that good work.
  6. I certainly don’t say anything, it’s the easiest way to get a bunch of people on the patch you worked so hard to find.
  7. Call me jaded but I’m always initially suspect of grand claims unless there’s ample proof, or multiple trusted sources. There’s too much incentive for people to lie about a find to garner attention or raise the value because of the location or size. I’m not saying this is the case here, but I’m always skeptical. As an example I think back to that find in the late 2000s purported to be a massive nugget from California that ended up coming from Australia, it’d had already been auctioned off and it was a big mess.
  8. Here’s some more on Liberty with Nick and Rob’s mine:
  9. I had rattling in mine too that I noticed when I was cleaning it up for the end of the year, I was concerned. I took off the cover for the plate for the speaker and saw there was a screw that had worked it’s way lose, and another that was going to be. These were the two top screws that look like they connect to the shaft housing? You may want to check there. Anyways, I tightened them back down, and crossing my fingers because I love my 6000. No issues other than the screws, though it’s was pretty noisy the last time I took it out, but I chalked that up to the snow on the ground and it clinging/freezing to the coil. I’m sorry your having issues, it really is a great detector when they work.
  10. For sure, and they seem Kiwi as too, so no surprise the content is down to earth they’re just doing their thing. I went for a 3 week trip to NZ some years back and it was one of the best places I’ve ever been, really reminded me of AK. Boarding the plane to go home I was thinking, why in the hell am I going back?
  11. I love watching abyss dredging’s videos, they really get on the gold and seem like genuinely great guys. Where they’re detecting, I’m fairly certain this is in the west coast of the South Island, probably between Greymouth and Nelson. Given how river worn those nuggets are I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re coming from an old channel. I really hope they’re plotting their finds into a GPS so they can look for patterns.
  12. I mostly hunt remote bedrock canyons with little to no background EMI issues, so I’ve been running the 6000 in the 11 inch mono at Auto to Auto + with and without threshold. The few times I’ve run into issues on these settings was when it started pouring down rain, and I couldn’t the detector to quiet down. And the other time was this weekend when it snowed overnight but the ground hadn’t frozen yet, snow was clinging to the coil and ice was starting to form. The detector wouldn’t quiet down at all until I wiped some of the snow off, but even then it was really noisy. In both cases it was getting to the end of the day and I was cold so I packed it vs resolve it. This probably isn’t common, but I’m curious if anyone have had issues with this detector, or other detectors in snow.
  13. I’m absolutely drooling at the all of the fabrication equipment, great video.
  14. There was a break in the weather and I went back out with a friend this past weekend. He’s a noobie so I pointed out a likely spot to crevice, gave a quick demonstration on how to pan and left him to his work. I spent the afternoon exploring new spots and checking out some hidden bedrock by rolling some small boulders and got a good signal, after breaking up some bedrock out popped a quartzy nugget that was just under a gram. I wanted to search more, but we had a cut off to get him back to town so made my way back to him to see how he did. He ended up pulling almost a gram of gold out in pickers and flakes, and had no concept how good that was for a first timer in that spot. This is the same guy who pulled out an almost 30 inch rainbow on one of his first times fishing and didn’t want to take a picture of it because it wasn’t a big deal, while I’m losing my shit for him. Some people! Matt
  15. It’s been a year of not doing what I want to do when I wanted to do it due to delays on work and home projects, i.e. little time for prospecting. So when I had an unexpected free day yesterday that coincided with a weather window I jumped at the chance to get in one more day in before things freeze up solid for the year. I went back to a spot in a canyon where I had detected a picker a month ago, and started swinging. I got a loud signal right away and started chopping into the frozen ground with a rock hammer. Thinking it was another chunk of rusted iron I wasn’t working too enthusiastically, but to my shock there appeared flat 1 gram nugget buried in the tiniest crack in the bedrock. I’ve never found anything bigger than .25 of a gram in this area so I let out a choice expletive did a happy dance. Not far from where I found the nugget, I got another good sounding signal in the slate bedrock on top of quartz seam and started hacking away. I was having a hard time pinpointing where the signal was and kept digging deeper and wider into the bedrock, fortunately it was decomposing, but it being frozen made it harder. After spending a half an hour working on this new slate quarry of mine I was surprised when our popped another 1 gram nugget. Omg, best day ever. It was getting below freezing so I was considering packing up but checked the hole before moving on and was surprised with another clear signal. I expanded the hole and after another 15-20 minutes of chipping away bedrock I had finally moved it. I couldn’t pinpoint it by waving handfuls of broken up rock over the coil so I kept dumping the rock into the pan till I got the signal in the pan. Of course I’d forgotten my rubber gloves so I panned it out in the icy water with my bare hands. When I panned back to hr concentrates there was another 1 gram nugget. What?! I was starting to lose daylight so I had to pack it up as hiking out of the canyon on ice and snow in the dark isn’t high on my fun list. Now I have to wait 7-8 months to see else is there!
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