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    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
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    Lights out.

    Almost lol. My buddy and i went sluicing today back to the hole where he found the 2.2 gram nugget. Look at the hole just left of his hand that's where i was digging now look directly above the hole you will see a large rock, it weighs approx 40-50 lbs my head was in the hole scooping the gravel out when all of a sudden i hear gravel coming down, thank God i jerked my head out of the way, God only knows what damage it would of did to my noggin.Thats me on the right.
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    papa

    Feb 2017
    Georgetown, SC
    Fisher F75
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    Glad you dodged that one. That's a pretty little creek you're working.
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    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
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    Thanks Kray, i do enjoy being up there lots of wildflowers and just being out in the woods is a good time.
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2015
    Moses Lake WA & Provo UT
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    Glad you're ok. Lesson learned. Now what did the gold for the day look like?!
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    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
    NA
    512
    536 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by OwenT View Post
    Glad you're ok. Lesson learned. Now what did the gold for the day look like?!
    So far not to good i got 5 this size (.) and just a little more panning to go. My buddy had 6 nice flakes in his V matting and has not started on his sluice material, i will post his take later. My Last pan 5 specks.
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  6. #6
    us
    May 2014
    AZ
    Sweep Jig, Whippet Dry Washer, Lobo ST, 1/2 width 2 tray Gold Cube, numerous pans, rocker box, and /home made fluid bed and stream sluices.
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    Some times deeper is not better. You might think about spreading out. I would check the side of the hole and if I saw layering I would test where I saw a transition from small gravel to what ever it is resting on which could act as a false bedrock pay layer.
    Heavy pans.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
    NA
    512
    536 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Some times deeper is not better. You might think about spreading out. I would check the side of the hole and if I saw layering I would test where I saw a transition from small gravel to what ever it is resting on which could act as a false bedrock pay layer.
    Heavy pans.
    We have started to spread out, where we are digging there is a 12 foot high pretty steep hill in front of us.Thank you for that info i will pass that along to my buddy hes going back up in the morning rain or shine lol.
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  8. #8
    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
    NA
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    536 times
    Prospecting
    After seeing that large boulder come slamming down, i might go to the new spot i started digging at. I found 16 specks for 2 hours work its about 20ft to the right of where my buddy is digging.

  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
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    My buddy ended up with 18 specks form yesterday.

  10. #10
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
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    You have to sample sample sample, if your ass aint jiggling you aint panning. 18 specks isn't ground worth sluicing. Pan everywhere until you find a nice spot that makes you say "oh damn" then get the sluice out of the truck. Keep panning as you sluice, I have seen a rainbow of colors of clay in one area with varying degrees of color I wouldn't know the definitive difference if I didn't sample pan.

  11. #11
    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
    NA
    512
    536 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    You have to sample sample sample, if your ass aint jiggling you aint panning. 18 specks isn't ground worth sluicing. Pan everywhere until you find a nice spot that makes you say "oh damn" then get the sluice out of the truck. Keep panning as you sluice, I have seen a rainbow of colors of clay in one area with varying degrees of color I wouldn't know the definitive difference if I didn't sample pan.
    I think its well worth sluicing, i found my first picker out of that hole my buddy also found 3 nice pickers ample flakes, specks and would you look at this!!! a nice 2.2 gram nugget that was stuck in a fist sized quartz along with 2 other nice sized smaller nuggets. The Gold is there that's what counts. We have 20 acres that we are in the process of claiming.
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    Mar 2016
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    Good thing some kids were not playing in that hole while you were gone..you might have come back to find feet sticking out. I know someone that had a boulder fall on his leg. Was trapped for hours. Had to be flown out and ended up breaking every bone in his foot.
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  13. #13
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    Meh, dig deeper holes.

    The feets don't stick out when you do that.

  14. #14
    us
    Apr 2017
    Fontana, California
    NA
    512
    536 times
    Prospecting
    Lol Goldwasher. We went up yesterday for 2 hours. My buddy did good came away with 50 + pieces from fine to mostly little chunky stuff. I moved up stream and only managed 5 specks but i got to work that area some more. Here is my buddy's take sorry for the crappy pic lol i had to take a pic of my phone of his Gold.
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    us
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
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    Boogeymans old saying. "Glad it hit me in the head!! Anywhere else would've hurt!"
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    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

    I think I know what my last words will be....
    "Hold my beer and watch this!"

 

 
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