Metal detecting Tips for Beach Hunting by Capt. Daniel Berg
The complete guide to metal detectors, tricks of the trade, and equipment for beach hunting with a metal detector.
 Beach Detecting

Ever see a guy walking along the beach with a metal detector. Many think he is spending his day digging for only for a few coins. Nothing could be further from the truth. Beach hunters are looking for and often find lost jewelry. Any beach that is utilized by the public will have its fare share of coins and jewelry. Beach hunting is easy and can be enjoyed by those of all ages. For this text we will consider beach detecting as working only the dry sand.

Basic Beach Hunting Technique
With most detectors you should walk slowly and wave the detectors coil, in a slow steady sweep from side to side, always keep the coil close to and level to the ground. The slower you wave the coil the deeper the targets it will pick up. The rule of thumb is a four second sweep from left to right and back again. Most coils have a search pattern that is cone shaped. So you might be searching with a 8 inch diameter at the surface but 10 inches down you are really only searching with a 2 inch search diameter. This is one of the main reasons itís so hard to clean out any productive area. Some machines like the Minelab Excalibur utilize a D shaped search pattern that covers a much larger area at depth.

Isolating Targets (Pin Pointing)
Although this sounds easy, some spend way to much time digging and isolating each target. Remember, success is all about percentages. In addition to a detector, beach hunters only need a short or long handled scoop to recover treasure. Once a target is located take a scoop of sand then pass your detectors coil back over the hole to confirm that the signal is actually in the scoop. If itís not, dump the sand and take another scoop. Once the signal is in the scoop just shake it back and forth. If the sand is dry it will easily pass through the scoops screen leaving your target exposed. If youíre working wet sand use the same basic technique to isolate the target into your scoop. Instead of wasting time trying to force the wet sand through the screen you can either walk into shallow water and partially submerge the scoop, or spread the scoops contents out over a small area then again isolate the target, but this time only take a minimal amount of sand into your scoop. Remember, speed is the key. Itís all just a matter of percentages. If you find, isolate and dig enough targets you will recover gold.

Dig All Targets
Although, many detectors can discriminate trash. I always recommend digging all targets while beach detecting. Small engagement rings register just like trash to most detectors. Finding a diamond ring is one of our main goals so why would we ever want to eliminate this possibility. Secondly, by removing all the trash from an area your machine will then be able to pick up deeper heavier targets (like coins and rings) that had been masked by the shallower flip tops and aluminum foil. Basically, if you want to be consistently successful in finding gold on the beach you will have to do the work and dig all targets. Another trick or general rule is that once you find a pocket of coins stay in that area. On the dry beach itís not as important as down by the low water mark but anytime you are digging coins it means you are in a productive area. Many times just like removing the junk before being able to hit the deeper coins you will have to dig all the coins in an area before finding the deeper heaver gold rings.

Beach detecting is one of the most popular types of metal detecting. It is a great pass time for almost everyone. During the summer only a detector and a short or long handle scoop are needed and if you spend enough time almost everyone eventually stumbles into some lost jewelry. Our goal is not to get lucky every once in a while but to consistently find gold and silver. To increase your odds of being successful you have to find, pinpoint and dig more targets then the other guy. Itís all about percentages. The metal detector hunter who digs more targets has the best chance of finding gold. Unfortunately, itís not uncommon to find several other treasure hunters on any beach during the summer. I would suggest trying some of the less popular beaches. I would also slow down. Remember the slower you scan your coil the better chance of picking up deeper targets. Another way to be successful is to out smart the competition. Many hunters search the beach starting on Saturday morning. They want to be there with the mob of sunbathers and are looking for freshly lost coins and jewelry. I prefer avoiding the crowds and searching the beach on a Thursday or Friday late afternoon. You will have plenty of targets from five days of weekday sun bathers and hopefully you will have the beach to yourself.

Grid the Beach
If you find a productive pocket of coins it may be worth while to grid the area to make sure you cover every square inch. To do this you should walk a straight line parallel to the surf, once through the area step a foot or two over and walk back. Your coil should overlap your last track. If you want you can mark your grid by dragging your scoop in the sand. This way you can easily see exactly what area has been searched.

Cover Your Holes and take out he Trash
It is always important to cover your holes and to properly dispose of any trash recovered. This basically prevents anyone from complaining which could end up making some beaches off limits to metal detecting. Covering holes is also important when dealing with competition. I have walked onto a beach and observed another metal detector hunter that was there before me. I took a quick note of his path of holes. Although he had been walking an S shaped pattern which ranged from the low tide to the high tide mark, all of his holes were about 4í off the high water mark. By noting this, I was able to narrow my search pattern and quickly homed in a on a nice gold bracelet. So remember, cover up your holes not only because itís the right thing to do but also to protect target information from your competition.

After the Rain
Many sites, even those which may have seemed worked out, will produce coins and treasure after a rain storm. This is true for a couple of reasons. On the beach any rain usually causes some small wash outs which lowers the sand level and allows the metal detector to locate targets previously out of range. The other reason is that most metal detectors actually work better when the ground is wet.

Beach and Water
Treasure Hunting with Metal Detectors

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Ever go to the beach and watch a guy strolling down the waters edge metal detector in hand. That guy is not just searching for pocket change. He is looking for and most likely finding treasure. For the purpose of this text we will focus on Beach and Water Hunting. Learn why Metal detecting can be enjoyed as a hobby by those of all ages. Its one of the only activities that can quickly pay for itself while providing the hobbyist with outdoor fun, adventure and exercise. This text defines water and beach detecting into five distinct forms of treasure hunting. Please be aware that many of these types of detecting overlap. For example a beach hunter with a water proof detector will often venture into the shallow surf in search of gold rings and a scuba diver could certainly use his same detector on the dry beach. This text teaches the basics as well as tricks of the trade learned form years of detecting. These techniques make it easy and will greatly increase your productivity. Anyone can discover lost gold and this book will show you how.

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