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Metal Detecting Field Guide to Florida’s Treasure Coast Beaches Now Available in the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ printed format for  $15.96  (best time to search is now after hurricane Irma.)

Who is right here?

Ok, here is the Florida law concerning this dust up between a man metal detecting in front of a commercial property.

The public has a right of access along the beaches and shorelines of Florida situated below the “mean high tide line” (see diagram below). Article X, Section 11 of the Florida Constitution clarifies that the state holds the land seaward of the mean high-tide line (MHTL) in trust for the public. This is commonly known as the “Public Trust Doctrine.” Traditionally, the public trust doctrine contemplated fishing, commerce, and navigation as a basis for public access, but more recently has been expanded to embrace recreational uses such as bathing and swimming.

It is unlikely you will be confronted by security if you stay down on the lower beach and that is where you should be from the standpoint of finding the heavier and more valuable jewelry. But if you do, now your rights. If you do get busted where you know it is legal for you to be according to state law, then use your cell phone and call the local police.  You may want to print out and laminate the appropriate section of the Florida state law that protects your rights to be between the mean high and low tide line. Or you could be courteous to the guy and tell him you will move up the beach.

If you metal detect your ocean beaches on a regular basis then take the time to check your state laws concerning your rights to do so. Knowledge is a powerful thing when needed.


Observations of Ocean Beach Hunters

As a form of entertainment while doing some other work on my PC I have YouTube running on my second screen. I look at other beach metal detectorists. There are a couple of guys who really know what their are doing in terms of reading and hunting the beach. I can always pick up a new bit of learning from them.

But for a lot of the beach hunting videos there are some metal detecting YouTubers that are entertaining to watch, but sometimes I cringe at their techniques or lack of knowledge of beach hunting.

Many don’t seem to care about the tide schedules and some are hunting at high tide and are forced to move up to the upper beach were statistically you don’t find a lot of valuable jewelry.

Probably the worst thing that I see often is they will spend all day on a sanded in beach just locating and digging light junk. Well maybe they are out just for the exercise. As far as that goes, fine. A bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work. And in all fairness they may be on their day off and this was the only time they can hunt.

But if you have the time and want to be a serious beach hunter, learn to read the beach and if the beach you are hunting is not giving up the treasures, move one to one that is giving up the treasures. Find a beach that is giving up lots of heavy targets like sinkers and other heavy items. When you find those items then slow down your search and hunt that areas hit it hard.

Another item that you need to consider is your metal detector. A serious beach hunter will almost always have a good PI detector.

Another video shows a guy using a Garrett ATX hunting on a beach that has no hotels/condos and few people. Yet on the same video about 1/2 mile down the beach are a string of high rise hotels. Does he wonder why he is only pulling in bottle caps, foil and pop tops? Does he not wonder why he is finding no jewelry?

Before you go ocean beach metal detecting, do your research. There are many beach hunting guides on Amazon and some even give the best locations to search. I am serious, a couple hours of research on reading beaches and locating good ocean beach hunt sites will result in pulling in the gold jewelry.



Metal Detecting in the UK

Recently Aquachigger and Relicrecoverist spent a week long holiday metal detecting in the UK. These videos were fun to watch as usual and informative. Since the UK goes back to the days when Rome occupied the UK there is a much longer history of people using and losing metal coins. Some put the Romans in England from 43 to 410 AD.  It is amazing to watch people metal detect the huge English fields for days on end. But more than a few are rewarded with hammered coins and even some gold coins that are super old. I think aquachigger found 4-5 hammered silver coins during his trip.

Some facts I uncovered about the middle ages. Pennies were made of silver not copper. A penny was all it took to buy four loaves of bread.

In the US southern states spending a day in a plowed field may yield you a few arrow heads and some modern coins. Up north you may do better. In fact you may even find some Spanish silver reales.  You should be able to find those in an area from North Georgia down to the Gulf of Mexico along the Chattahoochee river since the Spaniards are reported by Indians to have trekked up and down this corridor to get the gold from the tribes in North Georgia in the 1600-1700’s. But I have never heard of any metal detectorists in the area finding such old coins. There seems to be no hard historical facts to support this mention of Spanish travels so far north.  So for your best bet on getting some really old coins try a metal detecting holiday tour in the UK.

Here is Aquachigger’s video going into some detail about signing up for some metal detecting holidays tours in the UK. If you pay extra you can arrange to metal detect in the UK with some of your favorite YouTube personalities. How neat that would be digging with Jocelyn Elizabeth  and Beau.



Which metal detecting videos I watch

Here are some good ones to watch and what they specialize in. I tend to watch the ones with the highest number of subscribers for the simple reason normally they are the better metal detecting videos.

However there are some high subscriber YouTube women personalities that rely on their physical attributes rather than their metal detecting skills to attract subscribers. There are some other metal detecting channels that bribe their way to increase subscribers by giving away prizes. Then there are some that I suspect just plant their eBay purchased coin finds before they do their metal detecting videos.  I do bounce around and sample a lot of the metal detecting YouTube channels but these are the one I follow on a regular basis. These are not listed in any particular order.

The ones below have a high subscription base on YouTube but they do know their stuff and are a credit to this hobby.

Ed the beach hunter for ocean beach detecting.

Green Mountain Metal Detecting for finding old cellar holes and mountain detecting.

Aquachigger for rivers, creeks and all around metal detecting.

Relic Recoverists for all general types of metal detecting on land.

Nugget Noggin – land, rivers and creeks.

Last but certainly not the least is JD’s Variety Channel.

I have to comment on his channel. When I first tuned into his channel I noticed that he did some other video on non-metal detecting topics. I formed a quick but inaccurate opinion of his channel. I thought he was just a YouTube personality wannabe with little substance. That was a couple of months ago. For some reason I was back on his channel and decided to take some time to see if he really knew his metal detecting stuff. In a short period of time  after watching 3-4 of his metal detecting videos I was convinced even for his young age, he knew his stuff. If fact I have come to discover that he is one of the most passionate individual about his metal detecting. It literally saved his life. I will leave it to you to find out what I mean by that. I also discovered he probably is one of the smartest young guys I have come across on YouTube.

God Bless you JD. Well he already has. I will continue to enjoy your videos.


Typical Vacation Metal Detecting


Recently viewed a vacation metal detecting video where the guy spent 3 days on the beach. His results were 207 modern coins valued at $22.09, only one stainless steel ring.

Ok, you can stay home and do that in the local park and save yourself a lot of money. Don’t mean to be too critical of this guy, but his hunt is a good illustration of how things could have been better.

  1. he stayed 100% in the dry sand. This will only get you blanket spills not heavy jewelry. Should have been hunting low tide in water or wet sand.
  2. he did not show his junk, but with 207 coins, you can bet he dug 600 junk targets or more over three days.
  3. He appeared to just hunt the beaches in front of his hotel. He should traveled to 2-3 different beaches each day in front of other expensive hotels.

Ok, again, he was not a beach pro and probably didn’t know where and when the good stuff if to be found. Do your research and watch a few of the pros at beach hunting. The real pros are hard to find because they rarely video tape and post videos on Youtube. Ed the Beach hunter is one exception. Watch his videos carefully and look where and when he is hunting. He consistently finds very valuable rings. But the average beach hunting video will teach you nothing since it is just guys and gals going to the beach on their vacation with very little if any beach hunting skills. So don’t waste your time on these videos. How do you determine the difference between a pro beach hunter and vacation dude? Simple vacation dudes will spend days digging light junk and not heavy gold jewelry. When you are finding in wet sand light junk like pull tabs, zinc pennies and fishing hooks and leaders then move away from that area. That is all you will find there even if you hunt that area for days on end. Find an area that is producing heavy lead sinkers and old corroded coins and stay in that area until you find some gold rings. They are there if you are in front of an expensive hotel or beach condo. Oh yeah stay off dry sand and get in the water and wet sand at low tide. If there are recent storms in the past few days and you find cuts, then hunt those cuts. If you don’t know what a cut is, then search for beach cuts metal detecting on Youtube.

If you wish to move to the pro category of vacation beach hunter then you may wish to consider my beach guide you can buy on Amazon.

Metal Detecting Field Guide to Florida’s West Coast Beaches. This guide included a lot of the techniques that professional beach hunters use to read the beach and find the heavy gold jewelry on a consistent basis. It also has the GPS locations of the high beach goer activity on the west coast of Florida.

Hunting in creeks, rivers and Lakes


I have found that a sand scoop is pretty useless for recovering targets in creeks, rivers and beaches that are full of packed rocks, gravel and sands. Instead a good sturdy hand pick is lighter than a beach sand scoop and better at breaking up the rock and sand.

Once you have the big rocks removed and gravel and sand broken up from being compacted over thousands of years, you use a technique that I first learned about viewing the Youtube guy gigmaster which you can see in this video. He scoops out the gravel/sand with his left hand and and right hand still holding the beeping pinpointer. As you can see if the beeping stops as he is lifting out the handful gravel/rocks, then no extracted target. He keeps repeating the process until the target comes up with the handful. Pretty neat and efficient. Thanks gigmaster!



Suspicious Youtube metal detecting videos


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Have you ever come across some Youtube metal detecting videos that seem too good to be true? I was watching one detectorist film a coin cache that seemed too good to be true. So I looked at a lot of other videos on his Youtbe channel. They all had one thing in common. In none of the videos did you see him actually digging a plug going through the plug with his pin pointer probing and searching for the target. The video always started with the coins laying in the hole or just out of the hole. Its funny that 99% of all metal detecting videos on Youtube you actually see the person digging the hole and finding the target in the plug or in the hole.  I kinda think this person is just faking it for the Youtube views which if you monetize your channel you receive $5 -$8 per thousand views. Hate to be that skeptical but that is the way I see it. There is no really good reason not to film you actually digging a plug and not a pre-dug plug. Easy to tell the difference. And no this is not a well known Youtube detectorist and no I don’t link to his videos.

The Gold Jewelry Numbers inland searching


This is an accurate video when it comes to digging gold jewelry inland as opposed to beach hunting. One comment to this video question the need to dig all targets when hunting gold jewelry. I will just tell the guy who made the comment to just look at the AT Pro VDI chart. Notice that there is no single VDI number or close by numbers that can accurately indicate gold jewelry. Gold jewelry values shows all over the VDI chart. That is the reason you have to dig all signals in an area that is likely to have gold jewelry like parks. Hunting ocean beaches is a completely different story. There is less junk on an ocean beach and junk on an ocean beach means different things on the lower beach and upper beach. Light junk (pop tops, tin cans, fishing lures) on the lower beach (wet and in water) means you are not going to find jewelry at that spot. Heavy junk like lead weights, nails, old corroded coins indicate you are likely to find heavy gold and silver jewelry. On the upper beach light junk like pull tabs, foil and tin cans indicate people activity and thus likely that you will find gold jewelry lost from the sun bather. So on inland hunts, you have little choice but to dig all signals above 35 on the AT Pro to be sure not to miss the gold. You may dig a hundred or more junk finds before you strike gold.

Compare Garrett 9×12″ Concentric Coil with Stock 8.5×11″ DD

Ok, just viewed an air test of the Garrett 9×12″ concentric coil vs the Garrett Stock 8.5 x 11″ Double D coil. He used the two coils on the AT Max. The test was done  on an individual’s metal detecting channel on Youtube. Full disclosure requires me to let you know that I like most of his videos and being well filmed and an accurate representation of the metal detecting hobby with little or no hype.

Now here is where I fault his air test. The air test shows the concentric coil delivering better results on deep targets. Well that is a given due to the different coil designs. The DD coil will deliver a full 11″ swath at max depth whereas the concentric coil (using a cone pattern) will deliver only an inch or so swath at maximum depth. So now lets figure in the hunting time looking for deep objects. It is 11 to 1 ration in favor of the Double D coil. So a 2 hour hunt of a specific area with the  Double D coil will turn into to a 22 hour hunt using the concentric coil.

On the upper beach or volley ball court or areas where the targets are only 2″ deep, then the coils are basically equal. On a search for deep coins or jewelry, you could not possibly consider using a concentric coil.


Garrett Pro Pointer AT refresher notes

We sometimes just think the pin pointer a simple device. In fact we should remember the Garrett Pro Pointer AT has more than just an off and on switch. Watch this video again and see how you can apply the features to speed up your target recovery time.  One of the things that I use the most is using the pin pointer to determine the size of the object by tracing the outline of the target on the ground. This works for your targets that are 2-4 inches deep.