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  1. #1
    Dec 2018
    Treasure Coast Florida
    Minelab Equinox 600
    213 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Grid work

    While detecting over the past week I saw a few others detecting also. Only one was doing grid searching like I do. I cannot cover a large portion of the beach but I am very thorough. I drag my scoop behind me to mark my path. Am I a rarity or do you all do grid searching?

    Also... Do you think dragging my scoop will harm it over time? It is a 16 gauge steel scoop. (BTW if you can afford a scoop with a handle it is the only way to go) the sand shines it up but will it grind it down over time. Thinking of tying a stick to my belt to mark my path.

    What do you think?
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  2. #2
    Todd In Lutz FL

    Apr 2014
    Lutz FL
    Equinox 800 2x, T-Rex scoop, ATPro and 3 Excals
    1102 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    I dont grid search as my favorite beach is only 2 miles long but I have seen a lot of fellow hunters that grid the more popular areas and I suppose they do pretty good as I see them doing it over and over again. I hunt the dry sand down and water back in the popular times of the year. Winter months I just hunt the dry and wet sand as the water is toooo cold to get wet.
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  3. #3

    Feb 2017
    Santa Barbara,Ca
    Bounty Hunter Prospector Fisher CZ6A
    1394 times
    Metal Detecting
    I usually bee line to the high tide line and follow the beach for a bit then turn around and go back and forth gridding up just past the towel line. Then ill swing like a drunken sailor in the open area. I leave a snail trail to see where i've been tho.

    Your not dragging it at 50 mph so sand should just keep it shiny.
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  4. #4
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    AT MAX
    20334 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Have fun you can do a day and have no problem not going over the same areas too much!!!!!
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  5. #5
    Charter Member

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Minelab GPZ 7000; Equinox 600 -- Tesoro Mojave -- Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger -- Bunk's Hermit Pick
    21163 times
    Metal Detecting
    Yes, I grid the wet sand into the water at low tide, and the towel line if it's high tide.
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  6. #6
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Treasure Probe IV, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
    6208 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    I grid if there are enough targets to make it worthwhile. Dragging the scoop will eventually wear it out......might takes many years of use for that to happen though. Using it as a scoop will do that eventually too. By then, I'd be ready for a new and improved scoop anyway, so, not something I would worry about.
    "jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

  7. #7

    Apr 2015
    CZ-21, Minelab Equinox, Garrett AT Pro
    1297 times
    Metal Detecting
    I grid
    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

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

  8. #8

    Mar 2013
    51st state - Jefferson
    Delta 4000, Whites Treasure Pro
    15 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I scuff my feet as I go. Works great when the grass has dew on it in the morning but rarely is it not visible when on the return parallel run.

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    Scotland, Aye !!

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
    Minelab Explorer
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    Research and History
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    I grid by doing one section at a time; starting with gridding the perimeter, then doing a smaller lap, inside and overlapping the outer lap; etc.
    I then place a marker where I finished for an easy find the next day.
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  10. #10
    OBN is offline
    Dec 2008
    Mid-Atlantic Waters
    5029 times
    Gold rings..16..Misc/gold 2...Silver/Sterling 45..FTY
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    99.9% of my hunting is in the water, I've found, on older beach's, there are Hot area's. And As well as I can, I'll spiral (circle) grid, loops, crosshatch gridding, blow sand, break patterns, re-hunt the dug sand and do what ever I can to clean that area out. And one thing for sure, everyone misses stuff, I've come back thru area's the next day after thinking I would find nothing and found smaller rings I may have dug and covered. Few years ago we had a spot that we mined, targets were just deep and couple not be heard, so we would dig a big hole sifting the sand thru a sifter. Never found any gold like that but many silver coins.

    Effort is Important, But knowing where, can make all the difference!

  11. #11
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro
    2144 times
    Towel line, Terry? I guess I'm more of a bikini line kinda guy...

  12. #12
    Charter Member

    Nov 2013
    Treasure Coast
    Minelab Equinox 800 Minelab CTX 3030 Garrett AT Pro Minelab Excalibur 1000 with SEF 10x12 coil Minelab Excalibur II 10 inch Tesoro Sand shark Whites prizim 4 Minelab Go 20 Stealth Extreme 920I Sand S
    1475 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    I grid the dry sand and wet dragging my beautiful Stealth Extreme 920. Also grid in the water.
    If you don't look for it you won't find it!! So get out there and dig it.



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