Post By Sandman
Post By Craig-PI
May 07, 2012, 04:28 PM
Favorite wet sand and shallow salt beach scoops?
Lots of them out there and a wide range of prices. What's your favorite and why?
May 07, 2012 04:28 PM
May 07, 2012, 04:35 PM
Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.
Alot depends on the bottom material such as sand, shells, small rocks, etc. Stainless steel is stronger and lasts longer than Alum though Alum is lighter mainly because those scoops are smaller dia and lenght. I've used many and now prefer the Sunspot Stealth in the large size for salt and the smaller one for freshwater.
Last edited by Sandman; May 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM.
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May 08, 2012, 04:05 AM
One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
May 08, 2012, 04:36 AM
I too use the large Sunspot scoop and it is built like a tank. Although there are several good scoops on the market to choose from.
May 08, 2012, 08:35 AM
That's a great looking scoop all right. I was also looking at the RTG. A factor in my choice is that I may only get to the beach four or five times a year. Hate to tie up so much money in a tool that sees only occasional use. If I lived closer than two hours from the sand, I would not hesitate.
May 08, 2012, 08:51 AM
I agree with Sandman. Sunspot Also the best for getting things quickly out of the surf
May 08, 2012, 08:52 AM
Do any of you make your own handles, even though Sunspot recommends against this?
May 08, 2012, 03:43 PM
All my handles still work fine. Did add the grip assit lift. You won't be sorry. If sandy area get the big one. You'll get use to it quick.
May 09, 2012, 10:28 AM
I use the Babbs aluminum scoops with the stainless lips... I am not a fan of the 90 degree scoops...
The scoop on the right has 8 years of hard digging on it and I still use it at times... the one on the left I asked to be made custom for me... I needed the larger scoop for the Dual Field...
May 09, 2012, 10:54 AM
I too use an aluminum scoop similar to Craig's. The lighter weight is a factor when hunting for long stretches of time.
How strong are they? I ran mine over with my car. Right front wheel went right over the basket. It bent it slightly. The scoop was still fully usable for the day's hunt. The handle wasn't affected. When i got home I used a pry bar to completely straighten out the basket. Today, over a year later, the scoop is still seeing every hunt use. Light weight and strong!!!!
As far as shelling out for a good scoop: Only a rich man can afford cheap tools. If you want to beach hunt, and are serious about it, you need the right tool for the job.
May 09, 2012, 12:45 PM
Craig, Native Floridian, thanks for sharing your experiences. I am debating between and Sand Shark and White's DF; what is it about the DF that requires the bigger scoop, Craig? NF, I hear where you are coming from!
I will Google the Babbs scoops.
May 09, 2012, 01:10 PM
Where I dig in the mud and rocks I just wanted a better chance of getting the target on the first or second scoopfuls...
Originally Posted by Billinoregon
May 10, 2012, 09:37 AM
with the high cost of scoops I decided to build my own. I built all these for under $60.. 2 sand scoops and 2 gem scoops
Last edited by GroundHog; May 10, 2012 at 09:40 AM.
May 11, 2012, 04:05 AM
May 11, 2012, 04:13 AM
the models with the wood handles that go into the scoop basket - I hate
coins and thin rings get caught under the wood and have to fight to get out
specially in the cold months where I wear thick gloves - forget about it
I got one I used twice and wasted so much time trying to get finds out of it - it sits in corner of my
garage collecting cob webs
May 15, 2012, 07:45 PM
Casper, thanks for the article link. Very nicely written. I was very impressed by the Nuttall scoops in the links posted at the end of your piece.
Also have an e-mail in to Mr. Babb.
Last edited by Billinoregon; May 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM.
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