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    Fortune Finder 73

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    Garrett AT PRO in SaltWater

    I have noticed some people starting to have some pretty good finds on the dry sand and wet sand of saltwater beaches with the Garrett AT Pro and there is even some youtube videos of some guys out in the ocean about 4 or 5 feet deep having some luck with it. Have any of you beach and saltwater hunters tried it out? or had any success in those areas with it?


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    Re: Garrett AT PRO in SaltWater

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune Finder 73
    I have noticed some people starting to have some pretty good finds on the dry sand and wet sand of saltwater beaches with the Garrett AT Pro and there is even some youtube videos of some guys out in the ocean about 4 or 5 feet deep having some luck with it. Have any of you beach and saltwater hunters tried it out? or had any success in those areas with it?

    http://metaldetectingforum.com/showt...971#post931971

    It is NOT, a saltwater machine.. In my never humble opinion.

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    Re: Garrett AT PRO in SaltWater

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune Finder 73
    I have noticed some people starting to have some pretty good finds on the dry sand and wet sand of saltwater beaches with the Garrett AT Pro and there is even some youtube videos of some guys out in the ocean about 4 or 5 feet deep having some luck with it. Have any of you beach and saltwater hunters tried it out? or had any success in those areas with it?

    http://metaldetectingforum.com/showt...971#post931971

    It is NOT, a saltwater machine.. In my never humble opinion.
    My AT pro keeps up with a CZ21 on a regular basis in saltwater......just imagine what it would do if it was a saltwater machine.

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    Re: Garrett AT PRO in SaltWater

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune Finder 73
    I have noticed some people starting to have some pretty good finds on the dry sand and wet sand of saltwater beaches with the Garrett AT Pro and there is even some youtube videos of some guys out in the ocean about 4 or 5 feet deep having some luck with it. Have any of you beach and saltwater hunters tried it out? or had any success in those areas with it?

    http://metaldetectingforum.com/showt...971#post931971

    It is NOT, a saltwater machine.. In my never humble opinion.
    I don't think a corroded fitting will stop the AT Pro from working in saltwater That looks more like owner error to me. Looks like the detector was put away saltwater wet more than a few times.
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    Re: Garrett AT PRO in SaltWater

    Quote Originally Posted by Can Slaw
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune Finder 73
    I have noticed some people starting to have some pretty good finds on the dry sand and wet sand of saltwater beaches with the Garrett AT Pro and there is even some youtube videos of some guys out in the ocean about 4 or 5 feet deep having some luck with it. Have any of you beach and saltwater hunters tried it out? or had any success in those areas with it?

    http://metaldetectingforum.com/showt...971#post931971

    It is NOT, a saltwater machine.. In my never humble opinion.
    I don't think a corroded fitting will stop the AT Pro from working in saltwater That looks more like owner error to me. Looks like the detector was put away saltwater wet more than a few times.
    Yeah something is wrong because I have used mine in saltwater since April and it looks nothing like the one that guy has. When I saw those pictures I gave mine a real close look and it is fine.

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    Looking at AT pro

    Quote Originally Posted by lookindown View Post
    Yeah something is wrong because I have used mine in saltwater since April and it looks nothing like the one that guy has. When I saw those pictures I gave mine a real close look and it is fine.
    How does it work for you in salt? I am looking at many options, including the minelab ctx 3030, but spending all that dough hurts to think about. If I could get a AT pro for TID water and land and also a true water detector no TID for less, I have consider the options.

    I wonder about depth for AT Pro both in water and land with that DD coil, any comments appreciated.

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    SCUBA gear is made for salt water but when you get you you wash it down. It does not matter what it is made of, if you leave all that salt on it it will destroy it FAST.
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    I did it and mine didn't last long. Had to send it back to be repaired. I do hunt fresh water without any problems though. Just buy a salt water rig and don't look back.
    DC

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    you have to learn it good before you jump in the salt ,one suggestion bring a gold ring tide to a heavy duty string and practice in very shallow water and at different depths, got to adjust the settings to quite it down and get used to how it sounds in both modes and cancel out iron, it can be chattery , ive found gold rings with it in the salt you will get false signals but it will tell you when your on good targets, its my back up and land detector, ive always liked it but i like my x-cal way better for saltwater hunting, i took it for dry sand huntin the other day cause its lighter than my x-cal , had fun with it but my knees and feet have problems so huntin in sand is out for me, will do some land huntin in the cold months looking for old coins with it
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    Mine does great in saltwater.
    I hunt almost exclusively salt with it.
    Even black sand in saltwater.
    No machine is going to compensate for user error or shortcomings in ability.
    Personally I don't cancel out iron unless the site is completely trashy.. hearing all the signals gives a much clearer picture of what's going on below the surface... if you never dig any of those iron targets you are missing out on a lot of info on the age of items in the area in some cases.. more than once an iron ship spike was the first hint I got to grid an area very well... you will also miss good targets masked by iron and lose depth by using a lot of discrimination.
    The AT is a very capable machine..
    At some point it will always be the Indian not the arrow that is successful.
    Last edited by GatorBoy; May 31, 2013 at 08:47 AM.

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    I thought about the AT PRO for salt water as well then read about the Sand Shark. I am going to the beach later this year and want one for the salt water. They both sound good and I also want a machine that will work as a back up to my other machines. A friend of mine has the AT PRO and he said he uses his in salt water all the time with no problems. But the more I read I am beginning to believe that if you are going to hunt in salt water then you need a salt water machine which is why I am leaning more towards the Sand Shark or Infinium LS.
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    Then take the sandshark inland and try it in some packed mineral rich soil.. you'll wish you had something else.
    If you are only ever going to hunt saltwater .. sandshark will be good.
    It just isn't an "All Terrain" machine.

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    Mar 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorBoy View Post
    Mine does great in saltwater.
    I hunt almost exclusively salt with it.
    Even black sand in saltwater.
    No machine is going to compensate for user error or shortcomings in ability.
    Personally I don't cancel out iron unless the site is completely trashy.. hearing all the signals gives a much clearer picture of what's going on below the surface... if you never dig any of those iron targets you are missing out on a lot of info on the age of items in the area in some cases.. more than once an iron ship spike was the first hint I got to grid an area very well... you will also miss good targets masked by iron and lose depth by using a lot of discrimination.
    The AT is a very capable machine..
    At some point it will always be the Indian not the arrow that is successful.
    On the Florida West coast beaches my AT PRO does good and is only 2 inches shallower than my CZ21, in the water and wet sand...In some other states it may not work so well. I have to run in standard mode or it falses, but there is nothing wrong with running in standard mode. People that have trouble using the AT on Florida beaches just havent figured out how to set it up. Its not the best saltwater detector but it does quite well in the Florida surf.
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    Took my ATP to Myrtle Beach 2 weeks ago. It does false some BUT, if there is a good target under the coil, you'll know. Good targets are repeatable (obvious but true). I was successful in hunting the wet sand and shallow surf, to my surprise. If i was going to detect the saltwater on a regular basis, i'd opt for a saltwater machine (pi). This isn't the case for me tho.

    Some setting that worked: GB 11, sens 2-3 bars from max, discrim 30.

    Conditions/settings will vary by beach...

    Jay
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    Jul 2008
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    Mine falses constantly on the SC beaches I've used it on even with the discrim turned down. had to resort to the dry sand because the chatter was too much to listen too. I'm glad that others have better luck than I with it!

 

 
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