May 04, 2012, 07:01 PM
I have never had a detector of any kind on a beach before, but I have been reading a lot of beach threads -- most of them from the East Coast and Florida. But it seems that some of the best finds come during low tides, which I assume potentially expose targets that are usually covered and possibly older, and where tidal and rip scouring have exposed older sands.
Is this true? Is there a good basic treatise on sorting out the tide thing and beach hunting?
I don't have a waterproof machine, but am thinking an Xterra 705 and waterproof HF DD coil might be of some use in this.
By the way, the beaches here in Oregon are notorious for black sand.
Last edited by Billinoregon; May 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM.
May 04, 2012 07:01 PM
May 04, 2012, 08:08 PM
If you are talking salt water with a VLF machine you have a problem. They dont work on wet sand or in the water properly. Its about getting down to the hard pan where the heavy gold items settle. Sometimes that a good cut at the shore line and when tides are low you can get to some of the deeper areas where targets are lost or moved. If the sand is a foot deep moving under your feet you are more likely to find floaters...... surface or light targets. I hunted today earlier at about high tide.... couldnt get out very far .... i went back at low tide this evening and i could get to the front and back of the sand bar which is out further and found 2 rings on the front side.
May 04, 2012, 08:12 PM
You want to shoot at low tide because you can get to where folks were swimming and playing at high tide. Really very simple. People lose a lot of stuff IN the water. I have an article on Beach Hunting 101 here: Beach Metal Detecting and another piece on beach metal detectors here Saltwater Beach Detecting 101: Will One Detector Do It All? hope this helps!
May 05, 2012, 05:50 AM
One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
May 05, 2012, 09:10 AM
Terry. Thanks. I had read it before. I will read it again!