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  1. #1
    us
    Dec 2013
    California East Bay
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    Gold Prospecting

    Mineral Bar

    Hi All,

    Got to go mining today, after constant cancels for over a month. Got to try out my hand dredge and my AM sluice. The Sluice was probably the most frustrating part of the trip. It took more than 10 or so minutes to find a place and set the sluice up( First time setting one up) After I finally figured out how to get the right level and water flow it worked well. Then came the clean up...... I put the bucket at the top of the sluice and the bucket was pushed forward by the water causing me to put both my hands on the sluice so it won't go into the water, losing all the gold. Then I realized I had the rock on it making it harder to get the sluice out of the water, freaking out about losing the gold I lifted it out of the water. Holding the sluice with both hands I stood up to watch my bucket start floating down the river. I was literally a rock stuck in a hard place. I wasn't going to drop the sluice. I should also mention I was on some unstable rocks. I called out to my dad who jumped out of his chair. I told him "THE BUCKET." Next thing I know the dumb thing fills with water and gets caught on a rock, in reach. My dad retrieved the bucket and I had a good clean out. Did two more clean outs before the end of the day. Showed good results for my first time actually digging and using a sluice. Had a weird encounter with a snake as well. Long story short I was protecting my hole I was digging in before he got to it. Then he kinda acted like he might attack us because the snake was eyeballing us once he realized we were there. Sluice worked well and the hand dredge worked like it should. Good day of learning and adventure.

    I will post a picture of the results of about 3 or 2 buckets full later.
    ALewis, goldenmojo, Nitric and 2 others like this.

  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2013
    N. California
    Bazooka Prospector-Sniper-Supermini Thanks Todd & Chris, Goldhog Multisluice Thanks Doc, My Land Matters Thanks Claydiggins, 6 Senses
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    What kind of snake was it? I had a stare down with this thing on Saturday on the NF. Seems it was trying to protect it's gold.....

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  3. #3

    May 2012
    nevada
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    LMAO - good story, oro - brought back memories !! mojo, looks like you had encounter with dreaded "Mexican Staring Frog" (for South Park fans, lol)-thanks to
    both of you.

  4. #4
    us
    GPAA and WPMA member

    Mar 2013
    Port Townsend - Tacoma, Washington
    dowsing rods
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    Prospecting
    Can't wait to see some pic's of some gold. HH
    goldenmojo and Aufisher like this.

  5. #5
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    Fullpan a southpark reference ...lmfao you crack me up....gold..golf and a sense of humor...wish I lived closer I'd buy ya' luch just to b.s. with ya. HF.....cool story don't worry more trips will equal more gold and less mishaps.
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  6. #6

    May 2012
    nevada
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    Did you see Bubba's meltdown today ? - get a swing coach, Watson, lol
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  7. #7
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
    5,371
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    ....Been working an invitational since Wednesday afternoon.....60 hours as of today.. can barely stay up for the recaps on the news..I haven't seen anything...digging on the Consumnes tomorrow to unwind! (skipping chance for a free round at work) Then It's Wednesday back to the grind!

  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2013
    California East Bay
    410
    243 times
    Gold Prospecting
    I will have a pic today too tired to do pan out the rest yesterday.
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  9. #9
    us
    Dec 2013
    California East Bay
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    Gold Prospecting
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  10. #10
    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
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    Next time bring the bucket to the sluice from down stream. Slide the bucket up around the bottom end of the sluice and then just stand the whole thing up! Of course this assumes the sluice will fit in the bucket. With my AM Expedition I have to press down on the rim of the bucket a little to make it oval so the sluice slides in easily. Try this with an empty sluice first, THEN one with gold in the riffles

 

 

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