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  1. #1
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    Options for River and Lake Hunting

    Ive been looking at machines over the last couple of days and wanted to ask those who fresh water hunt what detector they currently use?

    Also, how often do you really go below 10 of water when you are hunting?

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    AT pro, and soon to arrive any day..the Xp Orx. Ive never gone below 10 of water when hunting. Neck deep is the deepest I hunt. May eventually add scuba to the hobby in the future but for now I happy with hunting ankle to neck deep.
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    I'm looking at the AT Pro just because of the price alone. I haven't tried water hunting, but as you mentioned, I doubt I will be doing anything below 10' at this point.
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  4. #4
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    AT pro is great in the water, keep in mind you have to buy $100+ waterproof headphones for it to get the most out of it and go neck deep - And its also kinda old tech, its a great detector [I have one] but I don't think its the best value for the $$ these days. If $$ is an issue the Simplex might be a good option, I have one of those too but haven't taken it for a dip yet, haven't heard any negative reports of being prone to leakage.
    I never been past neck deep either, don't really want to and sure don't want to invest in scuba gear just to do that. There are some goodies past the swim line to be sure, "Scubadetector" used to find all kinds of goodies with a breath tank any everything, don't know if he still posts here or dives, but diving gear would be one helluva investment I'm guessing.

    Water finds are on a track to be minimal this year, for obvious reasons.
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  5. #5
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    Dec 2007
    CT
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    DetectorPro Headhunter Underwater. Fresh and Salt. Waterproof to 100'. Electronics are in the headphones, so the shaft is lighter. 8 or 12" coil, I have the 8". Not interchangeable. Rechargeable @ 40hrs per charge. Love it.
    From what I've heard, the ATPro isn't good in salt if beaches are an option.
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    Mar 2011
    San Diego
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    If you plan on doing any salt water hunting, take a look at the Equinox. It's better in just about every respect over the AT machines. In fresh water only, the AT's work fine too, but, if you have it in the budget, I'd get the Nox.
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  7. #7
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    Fresh water AT would work but she's getting a bit long in the tooth. I liked mine but it had a short and illustrious life. First time I used it I got two gold rings each worth $400 so it paid for itself the first outing. It was my lucky machine. I got a few more golds with it then it became wildly unstable and chatty. I sent it in for repairs. They said I needed a new coil. I fell for it, got the old machine back with a new coil and the same problem it had. So now its an above average cost paperweight with a new coil. I have a 15 yr old Minelab excal. My fav if you can stomach learning it. It crapped out after a long and successful life. I sent it in for repairs a few times, they too said it was the coil. It wasn't. Now it too is a large and cumbersome paperweight with a new coil. Moral of the story. Buy something that you won't have to send in and repair. I'll let you know when I find it. I have the Nox but the shaft is loose and wobbly. Luckily the unit still works so its tolerable but I think the shaft would make a good paperweight.
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    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....
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    Tommy, get one of Steve's rods to upgrade your Nox. They work great!
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    I’ve done river hunting with the simplex it performs great plus you don’t need waterproof headphones, it has vibration and backlights so you can see it underwater
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    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
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    ask the water guys
    I use a CZ21 - little pricey for you to start with unless you can get lucky and get a used one cheap
    i used to hit lots of fresh water lakes and ponds - mostly hit saltwater now - i have done a few rivers
    would like to do more of them
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    CASPER

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    water hunting articles - some may answer other questions - some may inspire you
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  13. #13
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    Dec 2014
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    Thanks for all of the replies. It definitely gives me more insight. I’ve never attempted water hunting, but have some great fresh water places to try. I won’t have much opportunity to salt water hunt, but wouldn’t mind a device that can do both.
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  14. #14
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    Feb 2005
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coinboy View Post
    I’ve done river hunting with the simplex it performs great plus you don’t need waterproof headphones, it has vibration and backlights so you can see it underwater
    Vibration may be better than nothing, or essential if you are deaf, but would not be my preferred way to detect. You'd essentially be in all metal mode with no pinpoint, like a throwback to the 70's.
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