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.
- 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.
- he did not show his junk, but with 207 coins, you can bet he dug 600 junk targets or more over three days.
- 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.
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.
You can usually tell the serious beach hunters from the vacation guys by the hardware they are swinging. Look at this video and pay attention to the last part.
A machine like the Minelab Explorer has the best of both worlds. A double D coil and lots of frequencies being used at one time. So if you are within 2 hours from an ocean beach with lots of hotels and condo’s then seriously consider buy a better beach detector. You can find the Minelab Explorer SE used for about $500 on ebay.
There are the professional beach hunters who do not make videos and keep their successes quiet for a variety of reasons I won’t go into here. Listen closely to what he talks about. Lots of good information about his gear.
What is a professional ocean beach hunter? Well I will just list a few of their characteristics.
They rarely make videos. They have gear that is optimized for ocean beach hunting. They often travel long distances to good beaches. They know how to read a beach. They know how to find good beaches to hunt. They don’t worry about the local or vacation hunters since they have better skills and equipment. They spend lots and lots of hours hunting, often into the night.
I write ocean beach hunting guides and I listen very carefully to the professional ocean beach hunters for valuable information to share with my readers.
Published on Sep 29, 2016
Editor’s Note: don’t care for the language, but Ed is a professional beach hunter. Getting too hot on the beach in the day? Switch to night hunting. Just take a good head mounted bright LED light.
Published on May 18, 2017
Editor’s Note: Pay attention to large beach cut. Also notice how deep he had to dig, never give up on a good signal.