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    Keep getting skunked (sort of...)

    The last 5 or 6 times I've gone out have been kind of discouraging. I like getting out there regardless, but when I'm busting my ass for something that doesn't even show up on the scale, I definitely start getting a little discouraged and start losing confidence.

    I think part of the reason is I was starting to find more and more gold the more I got out an explored. I remember seeing a small but nice flake maybe 3-4 months ago, and thinking it was the biggest piece I'd ever seen. Fast forward and now the total gold I've found equals out to probably about 1 gram. I've found more than a few chunkier pieces that can be pinched out of my pan, and a couple small pickers. Maybe I was just starting to get spoiled.

    Did this happen to anyone else when they were first starting out? Any victory stories? I've been pretty much only going to well known spots. I'm wondering if that also has a lot to do with it.
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    Oct 2015
    Northern Nevada
    MineLab GPZ 7000 Garrett ATX Pro
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    724 times
    Prospecting
    If we’re not getting skunked we’re not doing it right!

    We’ve all been where you’re at. Am darn glad we powered through. Lot of gold out there!

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    Thanks friend. That's enough to keep me motivated right there!

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    Mike

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
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    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    Just curious what method are you using and what state.
    Panning-Sluicing-Drywashing-Detecting? I know you said pan but it all comes down to this in the end.
    Nice looking gold.
    Cheers Mike
    Stay thirsty my friends

  5. #5

    Feb 2020
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodfish Mike View Post
    Just curious what method are you using and what state.
    Panning-Sluicing-Drywashing-Detecting? I know you said pan but it all comes down to this in the end.
    Nice looking gold.
    Cheers Mike
    Thanks Mike.

    I live in placer county, California. I do painting, sluicing, and detecting. I don't really do a lot of sluicing though, because it's just so hard on my back. If I find a spot with enough material though and enough little specks and flakes then I'll bring it out.
    Last edited by Shoesnsocks; Aug 01, 2020 at 02:26 PM.

  6. #6

    Jul 2020
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    I never get skunked...................I just discover new places where there is no gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllWhoWanderAreLost View Post
    I never get skunked...................I just discover new places where there is no gold.
    Ha Ha that's a good one lol.

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoesnsocks View Post
    Thanks Mike.

    I live in placer county, California. I do painting, sluicing, and detecting. I don't really do a lot of sluicing though, because it's just so hard on my back. If I find a spot with enough material though and enough little specks and flakes then I'll bring it out.
    Grew up there lol. You are lucky because there are some seriously big nuggets waiting to be uncovered! As teens we would dig the creeks. Get $200 some days and as kids in the 70's that made us RICH!!
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    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    i go to a couple places that i always find a little gold.i call that mining.but i always think there is a better place.i call that prospecting.so when i get discouraged prospecting i just go back to the mining spots for the day.
    this works for me ,good luck brad
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