Want to Find Gold? Know Your Junk!

Its gotten a lot harder to find gold at land detecting sites.  One thing that’s helped me is testing.  I test every detector to determine: 1/ How they respond to foil / gold range targets. 2/ How some of the various targets read on the meter. While there will...

A Few Shoreline Gold Hunting Tips

A Couple of Shoreline Gold-Hunting Tips Most of the success I’ve had finding gold at the shore has come from things i learned for others. A few of the most important ones are: 1/ Stay close to shore. All swimmers and waders start at the edge. When you go out further...

Two Rare Birds

From top GQA2 and a CS6PI both in BHID cases boards shielded on all sides.  These are great cases rock solid and no condensation....

Quite a Big 22K Emerald Ring Today

Im being told that this dark stone is of a very expensive grade–likely the property of a big family because of the value.  Setting is 7.3 gr. 22K.  Spot where a nice band came up last year–it has the numbers–lots of high end cars in the parking,...

Bottlecap “Tells”

I hate to see new hunters being told to dig all caps.  Where I hunt you would be in a seniors home before you found anything.  With any detector, signals are a combination of ground and target. When something has magnetic content in it such as steel or rust–this...

Minelab Equinox Two Tone Gold Hunting Skills

Minelab Equinox Two Tone Gold Hunting Skills These are just a few observations from the salt and fresh water sites I hunt.  Overall, the Equinox is better in black sand than even the CTX—it just does a better job of processing and gives you the fidelity to adjust the...

“Why I like Bottlecaps…”

Please hold your hate mail and hear me out…. I like bottle caps because of what they teach. A normal signal–such as dime only teaches you the bare basics. You hear a tone, see a meter reading and dig. It would be great if that was all there was to success...

How Many Target Types Do You See?

I see way too many new hunters who hope to find some gold but think it’s the first thing they are going to find..sorry bad news–its not   In most conditions, random digging is not going to do much for you.  While its good to dig a lot of targets, the key...

Book Excerpt: 2/ The Anfibio’s Strengths: Audio

Book Excerpt: 2/ The Anfibio’s Strengths: Audio Every Nokta / Makro detector I try seems to have better, cleaner, more informative audio than the last. The Anfibio is also what would be termed a “high bias” detector in that when you learn to listen for extension in...

A Few Notes on the Notka / Makro Anfibio

I like this detector’s raw, powerful signal tone.  This combines with its super fast processing to give you a lot of target information–especially in dense iron.  This makes simple basic target tests–like using the cross sweep and pinpoint mode to...

A Couple of Reviews…

Clive’s books are a treasure trove of information! They open up a whole new dimension to the Equinox. I have all of them. DH ..a review… …the two nox books are just what the new nox owner needs. I got my nox back in march 2018 and feel only now that...

From the “War Room” A Few Big Coil Tuning Notes

My CTX had been in the shop for quite a while–it had the old config and leaked more than once.  One bulkhead, one set of clips and two lithium cells later she was still drinking brine.  Thanks to  Minelab I’ve just gotten a like new machine and am very...

Some Gold from the Last Few Years

…quite a few actually.  During that period I used the CZ20, the Dual Field, The Barracuda, the Goldquest, Sovereign, and more recently the CTX3030.   If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Dual Field. Good Luck Detecting!...

Some Silver from the Last Few Years

Some of the better ones “little nickels” (a few Edward and Victoria) and some favorites including a Standing Liberty and my one Seated coin a half dime.  Holed or not I will take it…....

Some Deep Coin Methods for the Equinox and Anfibio

Its unbelievable what these new super fast machines like the Equinox and Anfibio Multi can do at the old sites.   Anywhere you have old, original ground that’s produced before is worth “having another crack at” with one of these machines.  I’ve...

The Early Days…

My first few gold finds (around 1981 with the Eagle 2–later XLT and CZ5), The signet “C” no less was my first gold– got with a buddy’s Garrett Deepseeker –state of the art at the time.  Then I bought the 6DB. The big sparkly white...

A Review…

Clive your 2 books are Excellent and well worth the $15 bucks a piece. I have dug a hell of a lot of GOLD with your advice. More then the $30 I spent. Good, informative reading, Tinfoil –  

Some Gold: Equinox, CTX and Excalibur / WOT

Still learning with the Equinox but getting better and better results.   About 8 of these are Equinox finds.  The high frequencies in the mix bring up a lot of ground noises and small micro conductors.  It’s a good consistency checker though especially when you...

Securing Your Coils for Travel.

Seeing so many horror stories (and pictures) of damaged coils these day thought I would post this.   Even the trunk of a car can be a dangerous place for a coil with stuff being knocked around.  This is a good way to protect your coil once and for all.  Take a length...

Some Gold with the Equinox

Not a bad haul–1.9 gr. pendant 14k, 8.3 gr. band 18k 4.2 gr. band 14k, and a 14k men’s ring with a little rock 7 gr.   Using an “undertune” B2 system with 2 tone to search (very lively–almost like a pulse) and 50 tone to confirm some...

A Minelab Care Equinox Tip

Probably not as fun as some of the great in-iron Equinox methods our U.K buddies are discovering but just as important.  All detector cables wear.  A good and highly knowledgeable buddy of mine once told me:  “your cables are like your veins.”  Great...

Gold 2 as a Beach or Pasture Mode for the Equinox

This is an excellent mode (G2) for using the Equinox’s speed and bias to pick out clean metal amongst alloys and iron. I run it with some disc (to +6) to stabilize and use the cross sweep to determine how an object relates to the surrounding ground.  (This disc...

The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide: Book Reviews

…a few more Minelab Equinox Book Reviews… I’m so excited about this new Minelab metal detector, I’m a newbie, and your “An Advanced Guide”, Equinox series is filled with readable and understandable information and instructions, you’ve made my day!  KC...

An Indian Head and Two Wheats

IH is 1898 two Lincons 1919 and a 10 K GF with sterling band from down at the same level.  Quite a good hunt for a heavily worked site although some silver from that era would have been nice....

CTX in Tadpole 4

So this is not a find to shake the earth but where it’s from makes it a biggie for me. We have a truck grove here that even Victorian stuff comes out of.   It’s hunted to death but there’s a lot of iron.   Ran Tadpole 4 with Ghost as a checker and...

The Equinox in Aluminum Trash-Laden Sites

I recently got a note from an AUS buddy who asked: ” have been working a site for the last year, it’s a  site that’s had hundreds of people camping weekly from the 1850’s to 1960’s. I have managed to clean out hundreds of silver coins...

A Couple of Minelab Equinox Basics

Saw a new Equinox 800 user asking for some solid basics to get him started.  While these ideas are hardly specific to the Equinox–they apply much more to this type of a high-gain  low-conductor-sensitive machine like the EQ. -Listen for the more solid, centered...

Book Excerpt: “Equinox Accuracy and Skill Building”

16/ Accuracy and Skill-Building with the Minelab Equinox I can’t say enough about the importance and value of learning some theory and basic skills.  These form a “template” upon which all later learning about accuracy and site-specific applications can be ordered. ...

2016 Gold

Kind of old news but a good picture.  Cross is 14k 18.9 gr.  Whilte gold lunker is also 14k 18.5 gr.   Try my pre-hunt mantra–“big heavy gold–big heavy gold…”...

Adaptability and Versatility with the Minelab Equinox

In the Caribbean this week –really having to work for my gold here with a number of pros working the same sites.  I feel very lucky to have had some good teachers who showed me how important it is to be versatile.  Ive done some pulse hunting in the deep low...

Some Minelab Equinox Gold-Hunting Tips

  The first thing I would point to is coil control.  With this detector–coil control is the activator of all the other target info coming in.  When you learn to use the Equinox coil to perform tests (sweep direction, length, speed) the results will be there in...

A Few Shoreline Tips

I’v e been looking around for some really solid advice to put into a post and what seems to come to mind is to recognize that a detector does not “punch down” through the ground to detect metal.  What it does is to separate ground and interference...

Signal Balancing Big Coils

Special Delivery of a WOT! Been looking around for one of these for quite a while got great service and deal from Serious Detecting in MI. Every time Ive sold a WOT it becomes clear that another one needs to be gotten. This is the coil that taught me about signal...

Keeping Your CTX 3030 in Top Shape

Couple of things I’ve learned the hard way: 1/ Any rotating of the coil on it’s bracket causes the hardware to wear. This might not be evident but it is happening. Once the pigtail wears and breaks –the coil cable is not far behind. If you see this...

…A satisfied customer…

I have purchased virtually every book that Clive has written. All have paid for themselves many times over. These are not rewritten user manuals, these are well written books that teach you what questions to ask, and teaches you how to answer them. A good critique of...

Minelab Equinox–Simplified: Beginner Skill Building

Minelab Equiniox–Simplified     …a few points that I found to be central to skill building with the Minelab Equinox. 1/ Stay away from 50 tones to begin with—especially with Sens over “20”–too many sounds.  Later on, 50 Tones can help you to learn...

Review: “The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide”

The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide Excerpts from JR’S full review… Both books in his Equinox series are in 110-120 page range and small standard format of 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches. Don’t be fooled by the small number of pages. A lot of very specific Equinox...

Announcing: “The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide.”

Announcing: “The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide.” By Clive James Clynick Our postal workers here in Toronto have been ordered back to work—clearing the way for me to begin a full-on book launch of the new one: ”The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide.” Thanks to...

New! The Minelab Equinox: “An Advanced Guide”

Here’s the new one… Clive James Clynick is the author of some 22 previous detector “how-to” manuals, numerous articles and product reviews. In this detailed and informative book he explains the Minelab Equinox’s ground breaking technology and how it can...

Book Excerpt: “Surface Hunting”

Artifacting and Surface Hunting I thought I would include an appendix with some information on surface hunting in order to impart some general “treasure awareness” to my readers.  Surface hunting is not (for most of us) about finding arrowheads although that may be...

A Minelab Equinox Tip

While  my first Minelab Equinox book “…From Beginner to Advanced” suggests that you use a couple of tester to get the hang of looking for solid middle range signals, this same kind of testing is also valuable to teach “hand to eye to ear.”  By this I mean the ability...

Book Excerpt: “Old School Wisdom”

2/ A Few Maxims–and the Wisdom Behind Them I recently asked a top local hunter for any tips that might go into my next book.  He replied: “Get yourself a big box of Q-Tips and clean all the wax out of your ears so you can hear the deep ones…” ...

A Quick Pulse Hunting Primer

When you go to the lower uSc ranges–its necessary to do certain thingss to mediate the micro conductors. This may involve coil control (determining the solidiy) using the cross sweep and multiple passes, or doing some “foot digging” to make sure the...

Quite a Nice Minelab Equinox 800 Find Today

Scored a band today 18k 9.6 gr. with the  Minelab Equinox 800 using Gold 2 / confirming with Park 2 A/M. set as “User Mode” Qiite like this sytem G2 is super deep and tells the size well, P2A/M tells the consistency and also makes a nice search mode in...

3 Cudas

Best gold-optimized pulses ever made IMHO, 9v, stable, black sand beast…. All working-I’ll be buried with them… cjc...

…a satisfied customer–thanks!

I have purchased virtually every book that Clive has written. All have paid for themselves many times over. These are not rewritten user manuals, these are well written books that teach you what questions to ask, and teaches you how to answer them. A good critique of...

Book Excerpt: “Coverage”

Coverage As touched upon above–some sites just need to be covered.  The trade-off here is that the large coils which cover ground best, are usually heavy, and exhausting to drag though the water or swing.  With proper preparation (stretching beforehand, using a...

Book Excerpt: “CTX 3030 “Trade-offs”

II/ CTX 3030 “Trade-offs” As with any detector, getting the best performance from the CTX requires that the operator understand and mediate a number of “trade-offs”.  These consist of a choice and one or more ways (adjustments or method changes) that allow you to...

Book Excerpt: “CTX 3030 Gold Skills”

1/ Spuriousness and Distorted Responses In some ways the CTX is highly accurate–other not. a/ Target Size. The CTX’s high Gain circuitry acts to make all targets sound bigger.  This sometimes makes it hard to identify objects that are too small to be of value. ...

CTX 3030 Book Excerpt: “Learning from Adversity”

27/ “Learning from Adversity” One thing that’s helped me to understand this detector is learning what it won’t do.  When you hope to acquire and identify the smallest, weakest signal out there –in the worst, most inconsistent environment, having this mental...

CTX 3030 Book Excerpt: “Using Gold “Checkers”

9/ Using Gold “Checkers” You could say that the preceding information about: -the target acquisition properties of Automatic Sensitivity. -how closed screen programs need a delicate sweep. …and… how not all target sounds on the CTX represent the total object...

Discriminate Problems

8/ Discriminate Problems I find most of my stuff going in behind hunter who want to speed things up by relying on discriminate mode. The reason for this is because I’ve learned that any discriminate feature is basically at the mercy of conditions.  For example, there...

Book Excerpt: Trenches and Gullies

Trenches and Gullies Often where you have high general sand levels, the only productive  ground will be at the bottom of any trenches or gullies.  This can be only a six-step “swath”sometimes running along an entire beach.  As well, the actual shape of these trenches...

“Understanding Edge Changes”

Thought I would dig this illustration out of the new book and post it for those who want to sharpen their shoreline observational skills.   These are the ways that a sidewall can change and when you know to watch for  them it’s possible to predict...

“The Gold Jewelry Hunter’s Handbook”

I chose this book to feature this week because the part at the back on shoreline grades, contours, classification, trenches etc. were what I had needed to learn for many years. The first season I began concentrating entirely on hunting the “marl”–my...

This Year’s Gold So Far: 6.7 ozs.

I’ve certainly had worse years and still going yet.  Couple of standouts in the front include a .50 rock, a 22 k band 7.9 gr. a Cartier band, a 14.7 gr. PT band and a lunker 18k band 11.7 gr.   The chain is 20 gr. 14k cross 18k. I’ve heard people say that...

Couple of Good Hunts Last Week

50 Grams total–Russian chain is 14k pendant 18k 20 grams, the other pendant is 18k and the rest is 14k–largest band at center is 7.9 gr.  Did a lot of work with the CTX 3030 and tested a few pulses.  The CTX is a strong salt water performer–it was...

CTX 3030 Wand Fix

When I noticed that the isolator on my CTX was staring to rotate a bit and shorten when I leaned on it the first suspect was that the soft carbon fibre was wearing.  Turns out it’s the cam-lock.  This can easily be solved by rotating it completely and looking...

My Silver Secrets

Finding silver coins at inland sites is a great challenge.  I also enjoy taking an old coin from the ground and wondering what the world was like when it was lost.  Here’s some of the methods tthat have worked well for me. 1/ I always look for something that...

“A Snorkel of Great Beauty!”

Behold the exquisite beauty of this rare “Oceanmaster Taiwan” snorkel..  These are not easy to find–there are even knock-offs around as they are no longer made.  If you get in the habit of breaching more or less vertically the valve is bone...

Book Excerpt: “Do What Others Won’t, or Can’t”

“Do What Others Won’t, or Can’t” This is an idea I’ve heard expressed by several top hunters.  The trick is figuring out what that is.  As the example below will illustrate, rather than just being discouraged by the presence of other hunters, it’s...

“When in doubt–buy a machine…”

2 of 3 Dual Fields one modded by Bill Lahr to 12 uSc–PI Pro threshold / “front end”. Fisher CZ 5 “Mr Goldmaster” phones Minelab Excalibur “Blue Tubes” interchangeable coils and phones. Eric Foster CS6PI 10″ coil Eric...

Book Excerpt: “Sand Textures”

Sand Textures This is equally as important as the grade.  As we move into examining the site conditions in deeper water, the texture of the material becomes more important.  Sand texture determines whether or not there will be heavy targets present. A big part of...

More ‘Cuda…

Courtesy of the “Wayback Machine…” “Strikes fast–Bites deep!” http://web.archive.org/web/19990208011333/http://www.anchorelectronics.com:80/

“Cuda Deluxe!”

Was very lucky to acquire this pristine Anchor Electronics Barracuda from a buddy who “knew I would take good care of it” just as he’s done.   The super rare large coil is mint and has had preventive mods done to the hardware.  This 9V detector is...

Book Excerpt: “A Function of the Numbers”

6/ A “Function of the Numbers“ Large numbers of people always increase your odds of finding something of value.  These numbers can be in the form of day-to-day crowds or cumulative–the result of usage over time.  At my local beach there is rarely much jewelry to...

“I gots gold fever…!”

A buddy sent me these two beauties fresh from the Aussie gold fields.  I’m so hooked–I’ve changed my scale from grams to DWT”S–“…get me Mr. Keene on the phone…!”...

“The Squad”

W/P TDI Pro: Great deep pulse but it could be more stable–especially in fast salt water.  Really, its me that has a lot to learn with this one.  Great to have a waterproof machine that’s gold field capable.t’s Goldquest Aquasearch:  An old standby...

White’s Dual Field Fix

I’ve had a lot of problems with my Dual Field units not tuning at preset Delay.  There will be a strange, smooth overtone “hum” instead of the usual sharp crackle and no targets will respond to the coil. With this fault the machine needs to be turned...

A Kind Regard

I have read all of Clive’s Excal/Sovereign/CTX/Pulse machine/general beach detecting books, they have paid for themselves over and over. I enjoy his writing style, as you can read quickly for an overview, then later read slowly to digest the fine points. He...

A Few Pulse Tips

Our local beach has become a lot tougher in the past few years.  It’s kind of funny to me because there are a lot of guys who consider themselves to be “pulse hunters” but they don’t really bring too much skill to the task.  They dig...

Book Excerpt: “Advanced Shoreline Analysis”

In previous books I’ve tried to teach hunters to understand the shoreline features that determine where gold will come to rest and be held. Learning about how these features operate is the difference between a focused, well thought-out hunt and relying on pure...

Book Excerpt: “Discriminate Problems”

8/ Discriminate Problems I find most of my stuff going in behind hunters who want to speed things up by relying on discriminate mode. The reason for this is because I’ve learned that any discriminate feature is basically at the mercy of conditions.  For example, there...

Book Excerpt: “Understanding the Gold Signal”

21/ Understanding the Gold Signal Compared to the challenge of  finding gold jewelry at inland sites–coins are easy.  For one thing, as you go further up the conductivity scale, there are fewer targets–not so with the middle range.  Also, as the price of...