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  1. #1
    Jul 2011
    North Coast NSW.
    Tesoro Sand Shark, Stavr Krepish II Scoop, Plugger Balanced Shaft.
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    Yabbies stealin' gold and drinkin real hard ... skunked me again.

    At first I thought I was being a sore loser whingy whiner when some obviously prime areas were not turning up the goods or only had them in hotspots. Spots just up the beach were producing. I thought maybe the competition may have cleaned up - but with a small bit of brain power and observation I started to connect the dots (MD competition in the water here is virtually nil) ....so after many such hunts I seriously think I may have a problem....
    YABBIES (plural).
    Saltwater yabbies dig deep windy burrows in the sand - they make great bait (bream love them - as do flathead, whiting etc), one of the pics below shows a fishermans yabby pump - they use it to suck em' out of the sand, wish they got them all. They are all over here - holes every 3 inches, just packing into the creeks like it was a goldrush or somethin'. They go to 3ft easy - hanging out doing whatever yabbies do.
    Wherever they burrow the only targets I predominantly find are light - many many bottle tops - seems they don't mind a brew, but seriously even heavy trash is gone - is it possible the humble yabby may be stealing my gold or is this a crackpot idea? Would furious digging transport the "majority" of the gold further down? I guess soldier crabs or like could do the same?
    Today I had a zero tide - worked my you know whats off, but alas the yabbies live in the spot I chose - so after persisting for hours I get a light 925 ear hoop + other light junk items- I moved to the shallow water above the low tide line and toiled for booty - which never came.
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    "Treasure, baby, Treasure!"

  2. #2
    Dec 2010
    Minelab GT; Sov Elite
    3761 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Very interesting post, Smoogle..and great pics!

    I have never heard of "yabbies".....and beachgoers are sitting on top of these burrowed creatures?
    Last edited by lorraine; Jun 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM.

  3. #3

    Feb 2012
    North Pole
    Sovereign GT and Excalibur II, Whites, Garrett, Fisher, Alert, MD,Cscope,Tesoro, Compas, XP, Long Rs
    2375 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
    Coins usables=800
    Silver= 8 pieces
    Gold= 2 Rings

  4. #4

    May 2012
    18 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    They look like craw dads. They could be attracted to shiny things or the amount of burroughs could cause the targets to sink and settle deeper.

  5. #5
    Mar 2005
    London, ON
    38 times
    Hey, Bigscoop has his trolls for competition, why would you expect to get off scot-free?



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