Metal detecting Tips for Shallow Water Hunting by Capt. Daniel Berg - Tricks and Tips for Finding Gold, Jewelry, Wedding Bands and Other Valuables in a Sea of Pennies
The complete guide to metal detectors, tricks of the trade, and equipment for shallow water hunting with a metal detector.

Shallow Water Hunting

Shallow water hunting is one of the most rewarding ways to metal detect. Remember that when bathers sit on the beach and lather themselves with sun screen they usually jump into the water to cool down. Once in the water their fingers shrink and the rings just slide off their pre-lubricated fingers. With this in mind we know that there is more jewelry in the water than on the dry beach. Fortunately, for water hunters there is also less trash to dig in the water. Depending on location and time of the year shallow water hunters may need just a bathing suit or waders, a wet suit or even a dry suit for thermal protection. In addition, you will also need a metal detector that is completely waterproof and a strong long handle scoop. For the purpose of this text we will consider shallow water hunting to encompass hunting from the high water mark down to approximately waste deep.

Shallow Water Detecting Technique
Detecting in shallow water is very similar to beach hunting. Since the surf may be rolling over your feet, once a target is located you should mark the spot. The easiest way to do this is to simply plant one foot just behind the target. That foot never moves until the target is recovered. Now place the scoop in front of your planted foot and take a deep scoop of sand. Pull the scoop out of the hole and rest it off to the side of the hole. Do not dump the sand or waste time sifting all the sand out until you re-check the hole. If the target is still in the hole the scoop can be dumped and another scoop taken. If after 2 or 3 scoops the target is still not recovered try changing the direction of each dig by 90 degrees. Once you confirm with the metal detector that the target is no longer in the hole than you know itís in the scoop. Now all you have to do is strain the sand. Fortunately, simply submerging the scoop is often enough to cause sand to strain through exposing the target.

Mother Nature
Before even getting started take a good look at the beach. You will usually, especially on ocean beaches, see areas that are washed out. If it has rained recently you may also notice channels where water has run off the upper beach. These would both be good areas to search. If the beach looks flat with no obvious areas try an S pattern. Walk down the beach at a steady pace from knee deep up to the high water mark. Eventually, you should start to find a pocket of targets. Take note of each target and its relative location to the high water mark. Many times, Mother Nature deposits objects of similar weight in the same area or at the same distance from the high water mark. Once you find several targets and they are all located on the same track you can reduce the size of your patten and just focus on the more productive path. If at any time you hit a pocket of coins, keep digging. Remember, a pocket of coins mean that Mother Nature has deposited these items together and many times you have to dig all of the coins before hitting the deeper, heavier gold targets which may have been masked by the coin signals. Itís not uncommon to dig a hundred pennies before recovering a gold ring. I actually used to keep track of the number of coins recovered. On the beaches I was working I knew that for every 75-100 coins I would end up with a piece of gold. The only problem is when you find two gold rings immediately. Now you know you're going to get a sore
arm digging holes before you'll find more tungsten carbide wedding
or any jewelry for that matter. With luck on your side or not
you never know when you might find your next piece of jewelry. Who
knows, the odds just might be in your favor.

Watch for storms. Many times winter storms or any time that a strong wind blows parallel to the beach it will move some sand and cause the beach to be cut. Often we would find a four foot cut after a winter storm. As a rule, any time sand is removed from the beach itís great for metal detecting because now you can get to older deep targets that were previously buried beyond the range of any metal detector.

Work the Tide
Shallow water hunters should always watch the tide. You want to arrive at the beach a couple hours before low tide. You can search while the tide is outgoing and until it turns and pushes you out of the productive area. Many times, the most productive area will be in the deeper water. By working the tide you can get to many of the same areas that people swim in during high tide. The added benefit is that the further from shore the less trash.

Ocean versus Lakes and Ponds
Ocean beaches are much more susceptible to the effects of mother nature. They change dramatically after storms and seem to be in constant flux. On ocean beaches you may find freshly dropped coins and jewelry close to where they were dropped, but after time the targets get moved and are then buried by the force of nature. Itís not uncommon for a ring lost on an ocean beach to be found more than a half mile from where it was dropped. On lake and pond beaches, targets basically will stay where they land. On lake beaches look for where the swim float is or where the concession stands are located. Any area with higher traffic should produce more gold and silver.
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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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