Metal Detecting Tips

  1. Look for the physical center of a site.  As well, try to determine the center of the activity that takes place there and where the most heavily traveled routes are.
  2. Look for those areas of a site where people transition as they get ready to go.  That can involve changing from beachwear to street clothes, sports gear to street clothes, or just from wet swimwear to dry clothes.
  3. Examine your sites in terms of the mechanisms wherby jewelry could be lost.  Look for the rough going, obstacles on trails and fall hazards.
  4. Where you have an area that has produced jewelry finds in the past, work it using a variety of methods and detectors.  This is especially true where you have changing grades and moisture levels.
  5. Where possible, work in all metal mode.  To improve your accuracy, learn to confirm your targets in all-metal to save needless digging.  Recognising narrow, round non-ferrous indications is the most important skill you can have with any detector.
  6. Learn as much as you can about the grade and strata of any beach sites you hunt.  Be alert for changes–especially in the busy sections.
  7. Never underestimate the importance of good, old-fashioned coverage.   When a site has produced before or shows good potential, do the job of hunting it whether you are discouraged or not.
  8. Learn to use as many detectors as you can–each will teach you about the others.
  9. If you hunt shoreline sites, buy a pulse.  At worst, it will help to develop your patience and learn more about the skill of sizing and shaping of responses in all metal mode.
  10. Never miss a chance to read or hear about exactly how a big find was made.

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