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  1. #16
    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)
    1416 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    Rule #1. Don't tie anything to yourself while water detecting. [Read here or elsewhere a few years ago that a fellow metal detectorist drowned in a quiet lake when he stepped in a deep hole.]

    Rule #2. Take the waves on your right or left side; this way you see the waves coming and can bob up, stay down and, importantly see what's coming. Get hit by a large rough wave from the back and you can lose your ear phones, detector and scoop. There is a reason why we find a lot of dental gold in the water - imagine you're looking toward shore when a 1 in a 100 larger than expected wave hits you unexpectedly in the back - out pop those dentures!

    Rule #3. Know the tide - don't get caught on a sandbar when the tide comes in and you find yourself stranded. I end-up having to "walk" back to shore when the water in the trench between me and the shore was about 9 ft deep! [Popped-up with help from my detector in one hand and scoop in the other periodically for air. Just when I thought I was going to have to release my weight belt in order to pop-up like a cork to breath; I started to walk on an incline and surfaced just in time.]

    Rule #4. Know the weather, wind, surf conditions. If the conditions favor rip-tides (and particularly if you see signs of riptides forming), hunt dry sand!

    Rule #5. In the ocean or Gulf, shuffle your feet so as not to step on a stingray.

    Rule #6. Know how to recover a target with your eyes closed. In the water, you often do not see your coil, feet or anything on the bottom. Everything has to be done by feel (foot touching coil, scoop touching foot) to recover a target in water.

    Rule #7. Use a waterproof, multi-frequency (or FBS or PI) detector for hunting in salt water.

    Rule #8. Rinse your equipment with fresh water immediately after you leave the hunt. Take fresh water with you if none is available at the beach to rinse detector, pointer, wetsuit, etc.

    Rule #9. Know what the hell you're doing BEFORE you hit the water. Read books, look at web stuff, bla, bla bla, etc., etc. But know what you're getting into. Salt water (ocrean, gulf, etc.) is a hostile environment. You can seriously injure and even kill yourself if you don't know what you're doing and aren't prepared. At the same time, water hunting is a unique metal detector hunting experience and sometimes you're amply rewarded.

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

  2. #17
    Nov 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    Minelab Equinox 800;Fisher CZ-21; White Classic IDX Pro; White Classic SL
    114 times
    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    I agree, the only things I have tied to me out in the surf is my finds pouch and pin pointer. You need to keep a firm grip on that scoop too. The first time a wave slams the basket into your shins will make you a lot more careful!
    You are right about holding that scoop. My two fears was dropping the scope and not finding it or the wave crashing the scoop into my leg. I did not what to tie a rope to it because I felt the rope would get tangled or rap around my neck or something.

  3. #18
    OBN is offline
    Dec 2008
    Mid-Atlantic Waters
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    Gold rings..29..Misc/gold 4...Silver/Sterling 97..FTY
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyperpc View Post
    You are right about holding that scoop. My two fears was dropping the scope and not finding it or the wave crashing the scoop into my leg. I did not what to tie a rope to it because I felt the rope would get tangled or rap around my neck or something.
    Always had my scoops on a rope with a hoop to go around my wrist. Ten years never a problem shallow or deep. You just have to know the conditions and warnings before getting wet. And one thing I use to do all of the time was wear a manual inflate PFD at locations I was not familiar with specially when hunting deep ocean water. Most of my hunting now is in the Chesapeake Bay, rarely do I use one anymore, since the average depth of the bay is 3 feet. I do have one river I hunt that I still wear a PDF MI, some nasty drop off's. Bottom line is knowing your beach's habit's, being wise, and aware of.
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    Effort is Important, But knowing where, can make all the difference!

  4. #19
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 & 600 720i Stealth Scoop
    6424 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Timing is everything, early morning at the ocean water is calmer, once the sun is in full swing waves get more intense. This is also feeding time for the big fish. Another thing is get out beyond the breakers and bounce with the rollers as there coming in, ocean waves are timed further a part, and never turn your back on the incoming, always blade yourself, less resistance, less to get pushed. IN close where the waves are breaking your going to get hammered so stay away from this unless it's the little guys. When I am deep I tether my scoop, in the cycle between rollers (4 to 6 seconds) you dig, as the roller comes thru you dig the scoop in where the target is and jump with the roller (or just take it over the head if wearing a weight belt), the tether keeps you from loosing the scoop and hopefully oriented to get back to work on the target. Been a long time since I hunted the ruff surf, now hunt the bay, a totally different animal and one you still have to be at the top of your game. Number one rule, never push beyond safe, no matter where you hunt. I can't count the times I have left targets in a deep hole, walking away for I felt I was at my limit...Good Luck.

    Great advice OBN
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    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.


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