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  1. #1
    May 2014
    Cumberland, VA
    White's coinmaster pro Garrett at pro Equinox 600
    90 times
    Anywhere I can find coins

    Looks on the beach

    This has been referenced in different threads but I couldn't find a thread devoted to the topic. Going to the beach the past year or so has meant grabbing the fishing pole and leaving the AT PRO at home because I wasn't happy with the way the PRO performed in the salt. Yesterday I went to the beach with my equinox for the first time. Here's the thing...I had forgot about all the weird looks and stares I get when metal detecting on public beaches. Detecting on land if someone sees me it's like "oh look, there's a guy metal detecting". But on the beach it seems like its "there's one of those creepy old guys with a metal detector". I equate it to the looks and stares that some handicapped or obese people get. I never do anything to shine a bad light on this hobby but sometimes I think I'd like to scream "what the hell". Just wanted to see if you experience this and what your thoughts are when it happens and do you do what most of us I assume do and just ignore it.

  2. #2

    Dec 2012
    MXT-PRO Sandshark
    13073 times
    Metal Detecting
    I know I’m doing nothing illegal or immoral so I don’t care what they think
    Iím the only one of me, baby thatís the fun of me.. / brendon urie

    DONíT TRUST WHITEY / Navin Johnson



  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Nov 2012
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola
    22879 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (7)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Tell me about it. I get the looks all the time, plus the ones who look but don't want to be "caught" looking!

  4. #4
    Charter Member

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Minelab GPZ 7000; Equinox 600 -- Teknetics EuroTek PRO -- Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger -- Bunk's Hermit Pick
    22486 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    You just have to wear the right shirt, and smile a lot.
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  5. #5
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
    27944 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    I think your very self concious What does it matter someones gotta be the old creepy guy with the metal detector and gold rings they drop
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  6. #6
    May 2019
    Garrett AT Pro, Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
    862 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Have you been wearing your Border Patrol Hat?
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  7. #7
    Charter Member
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of itĒ ― Thomas Jefferson

    Apr 2016
    Abita Springs La....Born in New Orleans
    EQUINOX 800
    23287 times
    Metal Detecting
    Dude youíre on a beach thatís nothing!! Lol Try detecting curb strips in the middle of town in the Historic District where all there is is Lawyer offices, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops while youíre in full metal detecting gear kneepads,shovel and all youíll get some looks. Lol

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  8. #8
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Treasure Probe IV, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
    7104 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Yup, I ignore the "weird" looks. If they smile and seem interested, I don't mind saying hi, or even answering the standard questions that we all get.
    Hawks88, SD51, A2coins and 3 others like this.
    "jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

  9. #9
    Charter Member

    Jan 2014
    Central Florida
    CTX 3030; EQX 800; Excal II
    735 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    I have to say that the people I've seen on the beach that take notice of what I'm doing are very friendly and enthusiastically curious about what I've found, my equipment, how long I've been doing this etc. I have yet to run into anyone that looks at me like I'm a nut or intruding on "their beach." I've been beach hunting for years and have had very positive interaction with people on our Florida beaches.

    Just the experience in my foxhole....
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    ~The Challenge: Big Beach; Little Coil; Tiny Targets~

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  10. #10
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 & 600, 720i Stealth Scoop
    7094 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    All I care about is that I’m out in the day getting on the calendar. Getting some sunshine, exercise and finding cool stuff that makes me feel like a kid again. Cliche? Maybe but then again, I don’t care.
    Most people are interested in what you’re finding and if I’m being judged I just haven’t noticed it. Enjoy what you do and let the rest slip away.
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    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

  11. #11

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
    Equinox 600, fisher gold bug pro.
    10305 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I’ve been detecting beaches for a long time. I know I’m being watched sometimes but it doesn’t bother me. I usually leave before it gets crowded. I enjoy it to much for it to bother me.

  12. #12
    May 2014
    Cumberland, VA
    White's coinmaster pro Garrett at pro Equinox 600
    90 times
    Anywhere I can find coins
    Wow, all great replies. I just ignore it like everyone does. I guess A2 your right, I am a little self conscious. Truth, that's cool your detecting in median strips cause yeah, I dont think I'd ever do that. I dont like to bring attention to myself but I guess it unavoidable on a public beach. Like peyton said, I'm not doing anything wrong so I'm not going to let getting looks stop me. Just thought it would be a decent topic of conversation.

  13. #13
    Charter Member

    Jan 2018
    Central Massachusetts
    Garrett AT pro, Garrett AT Max, Minelab Equinox 600,Garrett carrot, Detech 15x12, 4.5Ē SS and a couple of shovels
    3929 times
    Relic Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Last summer I had 3 20 somethings kind of messing with me as I was setting up my machine, “hey find any gold yet?” I said, not today and pointed to my new 2018 hemi dodge pick up and said but I did last year (LMAO) a little white lie but they shut right up and I’ll bet at least one of them bought a machine (;

    The beaches I hunt have at least 4 other guys detecting when I show up and I always (wife permitting) head out before dawn and leave as the beach starts to get busy. Most of the interactions I have are positive, you’ll run into idiots no matter what you’re doing. I couldn’t care less what people think.
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    ďI was a kid once, but I wasnít very good at itĒ

  14. #14
    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
    Minelab Equinox 600/ Garrett Pro Pointer
    249 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I just figure all the women staring want to be with me and all the guys are jealous and want to be me...
    Doug H, dsdigger, Hawks88 and 11 others like this.

  15. #15

    Aug 2017
    SW MO
    Garrett AT PRO, Garrett Ultra GTA 500
    1203 times
    Metal Detecting
    I'd say more are curious about the hobby than judging. If they are judging I don't care.....
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