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Thread: Metal Detector Report for West Coast of Florida

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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
    480
    1078 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Metal Detector Report for West Coast of Florida

    It has been a tough Jan and Feb here on the west coast of Florida. Cold weather really reduced beach traffic and if they don't go to the beach than no one goes in the water. As for the water, temps have been also below normal so even if someone got to the beach the chances were slim that they would enter the water. Because of the low beach traffic, dry and wet sand finds have been dismal based on casual talks with numerous detectorists in the area. For example, Jerry, who actually lives just off Clearwater beach on the outer bank told me yesterday that he has found only 2 small 10k charms on Clearwater beach this year and he has the chance to detect every day as well as evenings! Personally, I've been to Clearwater beach 10 times this year (about 60 hrs) and haven't found any gold and only one small piece of silver (ear ring back). I have found 4 junk bands (3-SS, 1-Tungsten) and about 8-9 coins/hr, but this is very depressed from the past 3 years, when I find gold about every 30 hrs of beach hunting.

    Talked to Jim today who was at Howard Park, at Tarpon Springs. A Snow Bird, who arrives in November, I saw his Excal in his open trunk and decided to see what he thought about MDing this Winter on the west coast of Florida. He expressed the same feelings that things were slow due to the cold weather and cold water. "Haven't really found much this year", he said after I asked about his finds this year. The wind was blowing about 15mph with a wind chill coming off the Gulf and it was low 70s, at least it was sunny.

    Spring Break is here and there are crowds now at the beach but not many going into the water. Spent 5 hrs in the water yesterday and found a few coins and junk ear ring. Couldn't believe how quiet it was in the water...had to hit the dry sand once-in-a-while just to dig some signals, any signals as I wasn't being picky. It is sad when you enjoy digging cents, just to dig something. This isn't to say you can't find gold, eventually, but it is just harder. I did snag a small (2.84g) 10k white gold and diamond band last Friday (12:06 on CTX 3030) at a local beach but it took me 115 hrs of MDing (not all at the same time) to find the band whereas in previous years I would have found 3 or 4 by now!

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    PS The wife confiscated the white gold and diamond band since it fit her perfectly...now back to the beach. I'll let you know how March turns-out.

    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

  2. #2
    us
    ARRG

    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
    Whites Surfmaster PI Pro and Whites Surfmaster PI, Minelab Excal NY blue sword. 2 White's Dual field pi, Garrett sea hunter pi II (but don't use it for obvious reasons) 5' x 3 1/2' coil underwater Pi
    2,025
    142 times
    Shipwrecks
    Yes it has been a cool time sometimes and we had a fairly long spell in December of rough weather. My wife and I found a good spot in early December that gave up lots of 100% crusty coins and so far just silver and plated rings, bracelets and chains. Almost no iron. Some non ferrous junk that had been there a while 1943 50 caliber machine gun bullets and shells. And other old stuff. Hitsceverywhere. Then it got rough. Next time we went it was really sanded, nothing in the water, or Beach, since it had several feet of new sand on it. Then you have the solid fact of horrible traffic at this time of year. Makes you want to get out when the sun comes up.
    LawrencetheMDer likes this.

  3. #3

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac, Infiniuim
    7,768
    730 times
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    You know it is bad when even the dry sand is not producing anything. Hopefully things will pick up in March.
    RustyGold likes this.
    Debby

  4. #4
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
    480
    1078 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Its raining right now (11 pm on Tuesday) and the forecast is for rain in the morning with 25 mile/hr winds, high 60s and 4 ft surf - a perfect time to hit the "dry" sand. I'm waking up at 5:15 am, walking the dog and will be at the beach by 7 am. I plan to hit the blanket lines and paths all day. I'll swing my 17" coil for 5-7 hrs loving every minute of it, and go home wet, hungry and thirsty...and feeling good.
    Rodbuster209 likes this.
    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

  5. #5

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac, Infiniuim
    7,768
    730 times
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    You had a great day. mine sucked! lol...got about $1 in clad.
    Debby

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    us
    Colonel

    Jan 2014
    Central Florida
    CTX 3030; EQX 800; Excal II
    410
    477 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    I don't know about the west coast but here on Florida's east coast, the very cool weather has discouraged many depositors from making their normal deposits...and they darn sure aren't going into the water even if they do come to the beach for a few hours. Additionally, authorities are dumping tons of new sand around the Cocoa area in preparation for the upcoming warmer weather and the great number of visitors we normally get in spring and summer.
    AARC likes this.
    ~ Preserving the Spirit of '76 ~

    "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"~ Leonardo da Vinci

  7. #7
    us
    Mar 2012
    Wallingford, Connecticut 1667
    Whites MXT, Dual Field, CZ-21, Vaquero, Home Brewed (3). Detecting since 1972.
    517
    440 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Same here in Venice area.....

  8. #8

    Apr 2015
    CZ-21, Minelab Equinox, Garrett AT Pro
    1,275
    1130 times
    Metal Detecting
    Yeah man it's been difficult indeed! Longest I have gone between good finds. Fortunately no-one I know here has done much better... not that I don't want them to.

    Light weather has kept erosion to a minimum, and cold weather has kept the finds on the fingers.

    My last few water hunts turned up zero.. not even a quarter!

    My best dry sand hunt lately turned up a couple bucks in clad and a junk necklace. I went back a week later and found NOTHING. So it must have been seeded LONG ago... and I cleaned it out.

    So I'd say you did well!
    Minelab Equinox 800 + Fisher CZ-21

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

  9. #9
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
    480
    1078 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Quote Originally Posted by LawrencetheMDer View Post
    Its raining right now (11 pm on Tuesday) and the forecast is for rain in the morning with 25 mile/hr winds, high 60s and 4 ft surf - a perfect time to hit the "dry" sand. I'm waking up at 5:15 am, walking the dog and will be at the beach by 7 am. I plan to hit the blanket lines and paths all day. I'll swing my 17" coil for 5-7 hrs loving every minute of it, and go home wet, hungry and thirsty...and feeling good.
    If you're following this thread, you must see how my hunt turned-out!!! Just amazing and personal best! Thanks for following.
    FIVE RING HOLE !!! RECORD MD FIND!!!
    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

  10. #10
    us
    Jan 2017
    SW Florida
    Minelab CTX-3030; Equinox 800; Excalibur II
    6
    12 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Gold + ice in scoop today

    14k mans ring w/ diamond...way to go Excal II 👍🏻✨
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  11. #11

    Apr 2015
    CZ-21, Minelab Equinox, Garrett AT Pro
    1,275
    1130 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by NaplesMark View Post
    14k mans ring w/ diamond...way to go Excal II ����✨
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    Hey at least someone out there is scoring! Nice work!
    Minelab Equinox 800 + Fisher CZ-21

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

 

 

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