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  1. #16
    Dec 2018
    Treasure Coast Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadhumanizer View Post

    Many have tried and gotten arrested - fined and equipment taken - there are eyes all over
    guys have gone out disguised as fishing boat - with lines in the water etc and had guys slip over the side and got caught
    others just walk in waist deep and locals and life guards will call the dogs on you
    You misunderstood... Stevemc said Bradenton didn't have leased waters and I said who could resist not detecting where there were 10 sunken galleons. Meaning he will probably end up in those leased waters. Over the past couple of weeks I have been questioned by strangers on the beach on where the allowable detection area is. One of them wearing a coin from the atocha. I am never on the dunes or go deeper than ankle deep.

  2. #17
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" DD coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil, BH Discovery 3300 w 7" coil, Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil, Fisher Pulse Pointer, Whites (1970s)
    1285 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    Hints at detecting west coast Florida beaches:
    1. Check water quality reports from the Florida Fish and wildlife conservation commission for Red tide status (https://myfwc.com/research/red-tide/..._term=campaign). In some parts, the Red tide is/was so bad that you couldn't even go to the beach. You'll be generally Ok in terms of red tide if you hunt above Tampa Bay.
    2. Always be aware of rip tides, they're a concern even in shallow water. Also sting rays around - shuffle your feet.
    3. A lot of the beaches in the area have been re-sanded in the past year or so. Ask locos about it because recently re sanded beaches don't offer much.
    4. Have fun.
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  3. #18
    Charter Member
    “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” ― Louis Pasteur

    Sep 2018
    Between Half Reale Beach and Nuestra Seflora ds Las Nieves
    Garrett, Equinox
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post

    ... Over the past couple of weeks I have been questioned by strangers on the beach on where the allowable detection area is. One of them wearing a coin from the atocha. I am never on the dunes or go deeper than ankle deep.
    Now you mention it, that happened to me around Pepper Park, the guy was very friendly and had similar questions. Oh yea, he had a Pirate tatoo on his chest. I thought nothing of it because of his NY accent. But he did seem to not know much and asked lots of questions (for a pirate). "cue X-file music?" possible. Happy Hunting

  4. #19
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
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    Were it me?...I’d forget the beach, and hit up permissions in the old parts of town.
    I was up there a few weeks ago, without my detector... and was drooling over the missed opportunities.
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  5. #20

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
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    Any of the beaches around here are detectable. Red tide is back and we are well sanded in. Definitely need a wet suit if you are hitting the water.

  6. #21

    Mar 2005
    48 times
    Are the beaches down there raked? I know at Clearwater beach the have tractors that pull a barber surf rake behind it to clean the dry sands. Finds are few and far between where ever that tractor can fit.

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  7. #22
    D. Meeker

    Mar 2006
    Gulf Coast, Fl
    Blue Xcals and CTX
    955 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    The larger most popular beaches in Sarasota are raked. As far as hunting farther out in the water........ not always the best during winter months. Sometimes the wet sand is better....more walker/runner than swimmers, long tide swings causes more targets to be pulled and pushed. If you are hunting the water..... watch the wave line, normally it will hit waist deep.. hit that flip up line.
    Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.... John Wooden.


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