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    Depends completely on surf conditions. Some Florida beaches are like detecting at a lake, while on Long Island, NY, you'll swear you're in a washing machine knee-deep sometimes. Low tide is your friend, especially low tide in the evening when everyone has gone home. Good Luck!

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    Never detected in salt water but like fresh water chest deep to using a snorkel and wading out as far as i can until I start bobbing like a cork. If I got to do as much water detecting as I would like, I would buy a weight belt.
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    I've never hunted the ocean (or even seen one) but 35-40 yrs. ago 60 Minutes did a show on a couple of guys that detected along the Boardwalk in N.J.. Seems that back in the day the thing to do was to go with your Honey along the Boardwalk, make a wish and toss a silver dollar as far as you could. Also when you got a divorce toss the ring. They were really cleaning up at the time. Good luck.
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    I detect mostly the gulf area. Depending on the weather, tide and type of headphones I am using on at the time. I will go up to my neck if I have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blkcloud View Post
    Not talking about sunken ships but.. lost rings.. I suck a beach hunting.. but I always hunt the shoreline.. didn't want to get my etrac wet.. I now have a at pro I'm going out in the water with.. is there a key spot you hunt at the beach or just random wading around? Thanks!
    Study the beach, you hunt where people congregate mostly. Beach has zones, hunt the zones that has the most activity first.

    The shallow water zone is where most of the swimming, wading,water sports and general water activities take place, aside from the sandy part of the beach it is one of the most crowded and populated zones of a beach. People put on sun screen which makes their hands slippery, they then sun theirselves and when they get hot they go in the water, water being gold the hands shrink, already slippery and off goes the gold. You also have the other sand bars that people swim to, in the picture it is to the left of zone one and goodies can be found there as well.

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    I tell people - try and spend the day at a spot you want to hit - try and spend low and high to see where
    people go - most times for me - I try to hunt where they used to congregate and activity used to take place
    up here they have moved buoy lines in so close - you have to go off season or before or after lifeguards are there and hit way past where they used to swim
    one place I hit at low - I'm out bout 100 yrds past those buoys and I mostly get old finds - when I was a kid there - there weren't any buoy lines or
    restrictions - try and find out where people used to go - I know guys that hit with in those boxes they use to restrict us
    some have gone out side the lines and killed it cause in old days they swam around the whole area - now to left and right is fishing - but back then it was not
    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Study the beach, you hunt where people congregate mostly. Beach has zones, hunt the zones that has the most activity first.

    The shallow water zone is where most of the swimming, wading,water sports and general water activities take place, aside from the sandy part of the beach it is one of the most crowded and populated zones of a beach. People put on sun screen which makes their hands slippery, they then sun theirselves and when they get hot they go in the water, water being gold the hands shrink, already slippery and off goes the gold. You also have the other sand bars that people swim to, in the picture it is to the left of zone one and goodies can be found there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Rookies I suggest a PFD.... And being able to PP and dig a target on shore blindfolded,........ with a bunch of little kids trying to tackle you.
    I agree with you in part
    However
    Little kids donít do early am low tides just sayin...LOL

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    For those new to beach hunting here are a couple tips, those who are regular beach hunters already know this.

    When I first hit a beach if it is during the day and lot of people are there I will mentally note where people are at and save that info in the back of my mind using something on the beach for reference points.

    On Daytona and New Smyrna Beach there are multiple zones.

    1. The parking zone on the beach, items are dropped as they get in and out of the car, this is dry sand area.

    2. Cross over the drive area and you have the towel line/beach chair line.

    3. Next you have the 2nd beach chair line that is wet sand, not many people want to put towels and blankets there as they get wet.

    4. Next is the wet sand area where most of the sand castles are built.

    5. Next you have the waters edge, I have found many rings at the water's edge where water hits the wet sand.

    6. Next you have the shallow water line where mothers sit with the kids to play, (done good there) 1-2 foot deep.

    7. Next you have the 3-4 foot deep area where most people play in the water, prime area for gold targets, especially good when you have had rip tides tear holes there.

    8. After a short swim or deep wade you have the outer sand bar area, I find less there but do find gold targets there.

    Here is where the mental note comes in of where people were congregated the most, when we get hit with the quick showers common in Florida in summer, beach goers all grab everything and run to the cars, the towel line and chair lines become a premium area to hunt as they grab their stuff in such a hurry they forget they had rings and jewelry laying on the ground by chairs, towels or blankets.

    I LOVE THE SUDDEN SHOWERS ON THE BEACH!

    You hunt all low laying areas, scallops, runoffs back to the ocean and tide pools. Look for collections of larger shells or rocks, you will find lead sinkers here and gold targets
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    I will go as deep as my shoulders if it is very calm but I work all areas. Some great finds have come out of the wet sand and shallows.
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    I have been 190' deep in the ocean. I have only detected out to about 8' deep when I was in Florida some years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    For those new to beach hunting here are a couple tips, those who are regular beach hunters already know this.

    When I first hit a beach if it is during the day and lot of people are there I will mentally note where people are at and save that info in the back of my mind using something on the beach for reference points.

    On Daytona and New Smyrna Beach there are multiple zones.

    1. The parking zone on the beach, items are dropped as they get in and out of the car, this is dry sand area.

    2. Cross over the drive area and you have the towel line/beach chair line.

    3. Next you have the 2nd beach chair line that is wet sand, not many people want to put towels and blankets there as they get wet.

    4. Next is the wet sand area where most of the sand castles are built.

    5. Next you have the waters edge, I have found many rings at the water's edge where water hits the wet sand.

    6. Next you have the shallow water line where mothers sit with the kids to play, (done good there) 1-2 foot deep.

    7. Next you have the 3-4 foot deep area where most people play in the water, prime area for gold targets, especially good when you have had rip tides tear holes there.

    8. After a short swim or deep wade you have the outer sand bar area, I find less there but do find gold targets there.

    Here is where the mental note comes in of where people were congregated the most, when we get hit with the quick showers common in Florida in summer, beach goers all grab everything and run to the cars, the towel line and chair lines become a premium area to hunt as they grab their stuff in such a hurry they forget they had rings and jewelry laying on the ground by chairs, towels or blankets.

    I LOVE THE SUDDEN SHOWERS ON THE BEACH!

    You hunt all low laying areas, scallops, runoffs back to the ocean and tide pools. Look for collections of larger shells or rocks, you will find lead sinkers here and gold targets
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    If you're going hunting in salt water with an AT Pro be aware that the machine is a single VLF detector and, as such, will not handle salt water very well. You will get a lot of falsing and noise. Decreasing sensitivity helps but you sacrifice depth. Be sure to test your machine in the water and place good targets at various depths IN THE WATER (Not air test) to gain an appreciation of what it will and will not do in salt water. Fresh water is not a concern.
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