Tesoro On Salt Water Sand?

Ham

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I saw an interesting youtube video on using a vaquero (9x8 coil) on salt water sand without ground balancing. The operator got 5-6" depth with no or minimum falsing. I was wondering if similar results can be had with other lower priced tesoros?
 

jld66

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i will have to look for that one. i use a vaquero and never attempted hunting at a beach. we have a wicked tide up here and when it is low, there is a lot of wet sand to hunt without getting near the water.
 

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I tried my Compadre on wet salt sand and got a lot of false signals. If the signal wasn't repeatable I moved on. It wasn't something that was unbearable but it was tiring. Perfectly fine on dry sand and found lots of bottle caps and buried cans. :)
 

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Buy a Sand Shark. You will love it in the salt...
 

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I had good results with the Cibola in wet saltwater sand. I would always say get a Sand Shark, which I also own, but When I did my experiments with the Compadre, Cibola and the Vaquero at an Atlantic beach, the Cibola came out on top. Less false signals, decent depth in the wet sand (6"-7"), absolutely killer in the dry sand (7"- 9"). Tesoro Lobo Super Traq was the overall loser at the beach because it's operating frequency is too high to discriminate out big iron in low discriminate modes (nickel or below).
 

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I tried my Tejon in wet salt sand in Mexico, reducing gain to 5-6 eliminated the falsing but performance was poor for the machine as ground balance wouldn't set. It worked fine in dry sand. 5-6" is nothing for the Vac, I got similar depth with the Tejon in wet salt but don't expect to hit the small stuff at that depth. Those 5 Peso coins are about the size of a US half dollar, they will hit at 6" in wet salt sand, but I wouldn't expect a ring to. Bought a Tiger Shark last month, I'll try that next time in the wet salt. Yeah I know PI machines are suppose to be better in salt but most of my water hunting will be in fresh water so I went with the Tiger.
 
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I viewed the same vid and then tried to replicate it and found that in the beaches where I hunt , I was unable too.
I found that the only way to even get close was to use the 5.75" widesscan coil.
Again these are only my results others may vary.
 

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Guys, Guys!! Just cause someone says they use a certain detector at the beach doesn't mean the conditions at your beach will be the same. Some beaches have more black sand or the salt content could be different.
 

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Guys, Guys!! Just cause someone says they use a certain detector at the beach doesn't mean the conditions at your beach will be the same. Some beaches have more black sand or the salt content could be different.
Sandman is correct, that is why even on my excals the sensitivity is set at different levels on different beaches...
 

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Well, having pounded beaches here for more than 22 years, I can tell you that you really need a dedicated machine to hunt salty wet sand.

But there are a few tricks to help you hunt with a single frequency VLF detector.

Here's one of them :

-You will be tempted to ground balance your unit to salt and to use a standard or larger coil. The obesession of depth.

Well, don't.

Ground balanced to salt, a VLF monofrequency unit will become less sensitive to gold. To convince yourself of this phenomenon, just do airtests with small rings, chains, pendants, earrings, all what falls into the category "small, thin, weighltess GOLD. Eye-opener test.

You will have to hunt wet sands leaving the GB at a higher than effective setting, ideally the default setting or max 20%lower towards salt.

Of course your detector will chatter, and you don't want to lower the sens.

Good news, the second part of the trick : use a small coil.

Small coils see les ground (less ground signals) AND are more sensitive to (small) gold.

Do you read me?

Last thing : small gold tend to live at the high tide mark. A matter of waves and weight. Hunt there. You will find gold.

I have found small rings with the ETP and 5" dd and 8" concentric coils, and with the golden µmax and the 9x8 coil.

If you are tempted by the low tide hunt, go there and dig a hole. Look what depth you are when you see the hard pack, that is a layer of compact, heavy sand, where objects and coins can stay for a while.

If it is deeper than 6", your attempts to find gold rings will result in frustrations and zilch gold.

You might dig a hole where gullies are present, the hard pack there is generally shallower.

When I hunt for coins at the beach, and recognise a favourable situation at the high tide mark, I have a go with the detector I swing with the above settings.

And it works.

Ang gosh ! yes !! I swing two minelabs and a PI !

HH

Grumpy
 
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