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.



Professional Beach Hunters

Who are these guys? Well I will id two of them that I call semi-professional beach hunters. The only difference between the pro and semi-pro is the pro travels a lot to distance beaches in other states and countries. The pro focus almost entirely on very exclusive and expensive beach hotels where the found bling is very valuable. The semi-pro tends to just work the beaches within a 2 hour driving distance. Ed on the west coast and NH on the east coast are what I would classify as semi-pros. These two guys seem to be close to professional amateurs in that they live near the ocean and based on their videos no how to read beaches and find the gold. They don’t seem to waste their time in areas of the beach that are less productive than stripped or eroding beaches by recent weather events.

On Youtube you can view the west coast guy who goes by the name of Ed the Beach Hunter and on the east coast NH Beach Metal Detecting.

The pros don’t make Youtube videos or draw publicity to themselves for the obvious tax reasons and their personal security. You draw your own conclusions. Here is a profile based on three professional beach hunters that I cannot name upon their requests. The average age of the three is 37 years old. They tell me they find in excess of $200,000 a year in bling. They travel by air and Uber to minimize their downtime. They spend an average of 2-3 days on a hunt location. Two of them when out of the country hire local talent for protection on the beach hunts and pay them about $200 per day. None of them stay in the expensive hotels they hunt. They often hunt at night on some properties that tend to run off non-guest beachgoers. To do their night hunts they have expensive light weight night vision that the local security cannot detect. I ask them what kind they used and they were reluctant to talk about that aspect of their metal detecting trips.

In conclusion, don’t expect to find any Youtube videos from the professional beach hunters. But there is still lots to learn from the videos of the semi-pros like Ed and NH guys.

Setting up a day long ocean beach camp

On a beach hunt you are often hunting a beach 20-30 minutes hiking time away from your car. To have more beach hunting time you need to bring what you need for an all day beach hunt. You do this by establishing a beach hunt base camp.  This starts with a light weight 4 wheeled sports cart like the one you can buy at Dick Sporting Goods Store for $59. Now you can take a beach umbrella, lots of water, favorite foods, towels your metal detecting gear a portable chair. In short anything you need to relax in comfort between beach hunts. Pull the cart on the wet sand to your beach hunt base camp and set up your camp. You then can hunt up and down the beach. When you are ready to move, simply pull your cart further up or down the beach to your new hunt location. I have used this portable base camp transport method often on all day hunts.  I find that resting and recharging in comfort every 2 hours makes for a much more pleasant and effective metal detecting day. For base camp beach security, I place my Carlon Vibration Alarm in the cart (available on line and at Walmart). If anyone tries to rummage around in the cart the Ultra loud 100dB alarm will sound. It has gone off once when I was about 200 yards away from the cart and a male teen was snooping through my cart. He quickly took off walking fast like he was not doing anything. Of course my wallet and keys are always with me unless I am hunting in deeper water.  HH Samuel

Smart Move by Ocean Metal Detectorist

Published on Jun 3, 2015

Two guys on a fancy boat were diving with their clothes in the water. In the beginning nobody on the beach could figure out why, so everyone was laughing they were drunk! At that time, I was heading into chest-high water with scuba gear to look for jewelry – LOTS of Latinos frequent the beach and they all wear jewelry! It suddenly struck me that they may have lost a watch. After they left, I headed out there, and for 1.5 hours I was metal detecting at 25-27 feet and only found a lead weight… (Sigh) I aborted the dive, and on my next day off, a week later I went back (having video-taped the search area and reef line so I would remember where to go) and about after an hour, I found it!!!! Netted me $720 at the local pawnshop!



Great Day at the Beach

Published on Jan 10, 2017

What was once an old beach is now a dump site loaded with glass and Iron. You’ll see red fragments and glass in virtually every scoop, even with the good stuff!


Editor’s Note: Do your research and you will likely be rewarded. Beaches are very large areas to search. Effective research will guide you to the most likely areas of the beach that will give up the gold.

Platinum 800 diamond ring ring with diamonds find

find at 4:52 min.

Published on Mar 23, 2017

G,day Guys👍🏻, Today was AWESOME, found my biggest ever platinum 800 diamond ring while underwater metal detecting and im filming from multiple angles to give you that feeling your right there with me. My first pt 800 I’m lost for words guys💍👍🏻. Kick back relax and enjoy. I’ll see you on the next hunt