Aug 28, 2012, 11:51 AM
metal detecting in creeks/rivers
Does anyone have any advice on metal detecting in creeks and shallow rivers? I dont have an underwater metal detector. The one time i went, it was hard to dig through all of the gravel on the river bed, and my holes would fill with water and sand. i did move to the banks, but 1 foot down, the hoe would fill with water.
Aug 28, 2012, 02:08 PM
Im interested in this as well, as i just got an atpro, and i would love tips on rivers and creek bed digging.
Aug 28, 2012, 02:15 PM
Welcome to Tnet! Without a water detector, I wouldn't recommend hunting rivers and creeks. You're just one slippery rock away from ruining your detector. As you found out, it's not easy to recover target there either. Get a detector with good descrimination so you can decide what to dig and what to pass up on. A big screw driver or pry bar is handy on those rocks along with a small trowel. If you're into sand or silt, use a sand scoop.
Aug 28, 2012, 03:52 PM
It really depends on exactly what the bottom material is. Different materials, different tools. It takes a lot of work, plan on getting very wet and dirty.
Aug 28, 2012, 04:39 PM
Thanks for the tips everyone
Sep 01, 2012, 01:55 AM
Check out "aquachigger" videos on youtube! He does tons of creek and river detecting. He now uses an AT Pro mostly.
Sep 02, 2012, 09:14 PM
Amazing finds, i learned alot by watching his videos
Sep 05, 2012, 09:49 PM
Buy a scoop or make a little float with a screen on it to sift your material. My At Pro works like a charm
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