10: Shallow Ocean Metal Detecting

Planning tips for searching surf zones in the ocean just off tourist beaches.

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Use USC’s Tide and Current Predictor (example graph above) to determine the water height difference between when you’re hunting and when the tourists were out in the water.  Target water at their waist height.

episode10-300To be successful, you must spend enough time in the water to find something.  I’ve tried to hunt 20 hours a week, but failed due to family and business responsibilities.  I did find the ring pictured above by planning and following strategies such as grid searching tourist surf zones at waist deep points.  Sweeping the coil low and slow and focusing on the task at hand.

9: Interview with Randy of Randy’s Metal Detecting Blog

060710bRandy is a prodigious discoverer of silver coins, having found 1143 in 2010 and 516 in 2011.  He finds these in sites such as schools, public parks, fields, and private property.  We discuss his methods and favorite gear, particularly the Minelab E-Trac, Wilcox 202s trowel, and Garrett Pro Pointer.

To see more from Randy including his latest finds, check out his blog at mapsurfer.com/blog.