We get to learn from legendary treasure hunter Norman “Indy” Stiles, who has been metal detecting since 1955 and logged over 40,000 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase his books.
In this episode I take you metal detecting in the Atlantic Ocean at night in Cocoa Beach Florida. I used the JW Fisher Pulse 8 X with the 10″coil to find one gold ring and one silver ring. I recorded the show with a Roland R-05 Wave Recorder and a Giant Squid Audio Lab Podcasting Omni Stereo Microphone.
I talked about the Magnetool Inc N635-27 Stainless Steel Neodymium Magnet I ordered for my Stainless Steel Scoop. A couple of weeks ago I went to Kellyco in Orlando and checked out the metal detectors and the books. I purchased 2 books authored by Gary Drayton “How to Read the Beach And Water” and Hardcore Beach Hunting. I am currently reading a really good book by Bill Lahr called “Understanding and Using Your Metal Detector” which I purchased from Clive James Clynick. I also talked about Gary Drayton’s new Blog which is very useful for Beach Hunters. The Treasure Beaches Report is a blog that is one of my favorites.
Bit about my work with theringfinders.com.
Clive James Clynick is a Treasure Hunter and Author of 14 books. The listeners of LTMDTH contacted Clive and asked him to come on. I have 5 or 6 of Clive’s books and the concepts I learned helped me find my first ring and my first gold ring. In this episode, Clive tells us about his background and how he became interested in Metal Detecting, and started to find more gold and silver when he started water hunting.
Clive teaches treasure hunters where to search, how to search shorelines, how gold is lost, and where it eventually settles. He talks about developing the skills of observation, how he developed his body of knowledge through Mentors, like Terry Canton, who has found over 5000 gold items, and Jim Pugh of Biloxi Miss, manufacturer of Anchor Electronics Barracuda. Clive recommends acting like a sponge and gathering all the information you can.
Clives book Site-Reading for Gold and Silver is the only book of its kind in the world. It talks about the concepts of sand movement in relation to gold classification. He talks about the basic physics of where things come to rest in the dynamic enviroment of the shoreline. Learning the concept of classification of objects by their weight and density is key to finding gold and silver.
Clive talks about his dream detector project, the Minelab CTX 3030, Sovereign and Excaliber. OldeBeechnut, Joe Priest is putting together Clives Dream Detector a custom detector. It is made with a sword version of the Excalibur, 15′ Coil Tec Coil, and Skullies Headphones by Joe Priest. Pete Anderson is making an Aussie Wand for Clive’s dream detector.
Clive also talks about what is the best size coil for a metal detector, and the advantages and disadvantages of large and small metal detecting coils, and recommends detectors for hunting the 1715 Fleet Beaches on the Treasure Coast.
We talk about Tony Dania with a background in music and audio engineering Tony released ‘Basic Ear Training for Excalibur’. Clive recommends you practice with your detector trying to guess what the signal is before you dig it, as it is a key skill, and that observation is critical to increasing your finds. He also describes the gear needed to stay in the field metal detecting all day. Clive uses mostly pulse induction metal detectors.
Clive’s website is clivesgoldpage.com
Jon from Indiana is a listener who called in with a story about how he found an 1881 Indian head penny with a $50 metal detector.
A new metal detecting enthusiast in England finds Roman gold coins on his first hunt with an Ace 250 (story link). He talks about tips he got from treasure.net, Treasure Hunter Radio, Google Plus, and Face Book.
Russ is a freelance writer and YouTube extraordinaire. He makes a living at metal detecting, also doing treasure hunting giveaway contests, metal detecting parody films, and treasure in the news. Check out his blog at treasurebone.blogspot.com and his YouTube channel here. We discuss some of his metal detecting and treasure hunting tips and tricks in this episode.
Planning tips for searching surf zones in the ocean just off tourist beaches.
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.
To 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.
Randy 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.
Interviews with Mayor Dave Netterstrom of Cocoa Beach Florida, and a park ranger in Titusville Florida.
Metal detecting banned in park playgrounds and athletic fields due to irresponsible metal detectors leaving holes. Don’t let this happen to your parks. Fill your holes and learn proper techniques for digging. Check out the YouTube video by Dan Hughes: Metal Detecting – Digging a Coin.
Dave Netterstrom, Cocoa Beach Mayor:
New city ordinance bans digging holes over 18″ deep in the beach sand. Any holes dug under 18″ deep in the sand must be refilled before leaving. Reason for ordinance is to protect beach goers and sea turtles. New beach rangers program will enforce these new rules. They will be ambassadors of Cocoa Beach. Dave advises us to “Leave the beach the way you found it.”