My record coin count in one hunt is 77. I didn’t get 77 coins this time, but I did get 70. I went back to my honey hole this weekend, and had a fun hunt with a First for me! I was using the 4 inch Sniper coil again, and it did what it is designed to do, find small metal targets. This area I hunt is fairly trashy, and the sniper coil did a great job separating the targets.
I usually ignore gravel parking lots, but this day I decided to give it a shot and see what kind of targets might be hiding in the gravel. That’s where I found this Cross, about 1 inch down.
After finding several coins in the gravel I moved over to the side that I don’t hunt very often and checked out the grassy area. I had decent luck, finding several pieces of cheap jewelry here and there.
Since I was also finding a lot of clad everywhere, I was happy to find jewelry of any type really. An older gentleman stopped to talk to me, and shared that he used to metal detect. He said that he doesn’t detect anymore due to his health, but that he might again when he starts feeling better. He said, “At 92 years old it’s a little tougher to do than it was when I was a younger man.” I said, “Wow, you look pretty good for a 92 year old!” And, he did too! I can only hope I look that good at 92 if I even live that long! I showed him some of my finds, and he wished me luck and went on his way.
Just a few seconds later I heard a nice medium tone in my earphones, so I decided to dig it.
About 3 inches down, I found this beauty! It isn’t stamped, but it came out of the ground as pretty as can be. Is it gold? I don’t know yet, but it sure looks like it to me!
As I said, I was using the 4 inch sniper coil on my Fisher F2, and it does a great job at finding small targets. Some of the targets that it is able to find at over 4 inches deep are amazing to me.
This photo shows some of the smaller items that I found on this hunt. I couldn’t believe that it hit on a couple of these targets!
This little soccer guy was a neat find, even if it’s just junk!
Now, I want to share a little lesson with the metal detecting community. I keep reading on a popular metal detecting forum about numbers on the Fisher F2’s Target ID Screen, and about how if they jump more than two numbers that you can just ignore the target because it is just trash. WRONG!!! See my past article here and see why.
When a person becomes so caught up, it is hard to break out of bad habits. The sad part of that is when the person is telling everyone else on the forum that they should adopt his bad technique.
What is my point? Well, if you listen to a guy telling you that “If the target numbers jump more than two numbers you can avoid the target because it is trash.” Then, you are missing out on all kinds of good finds!
NO ONE knows what a target in the ground is before they dig it! They “assume” that they know, but you and I know what happens when you ASSuME!
I was working a grassy area and got a high tone signal that was jumpy. The numbers were like 88, 00, 89, 00, 72, 89. I raised my coil off the ground like some will tell you to do. Yep, still a good signal even with the coil 6 inches off the ground.
Now, they tell you to ignore that target, “It’s just an aluminum can and you can move on,” ‘they’ say. Another myth I have heard is that if the numbers are Double 00’s then it’s junk. Well, the numbers were jumpy, 89, 00, 88, 77, 00, 89 but something told me not to ignore the target this time.
So, I decided to dig it to see what it was. I mean, after all you have to get all of the junk targets out of the way so that you’re not digging them again on the next hunt.
Imagine my surprise when 2 inches down I pulled this baby out of the ground!
BAMM, my FIRST HALF DOLLAR! That explains why my Fisher F2 displayed double zero’s and why there was still a strong signal when I raised the coil off the ground! Because it was a large target!
See, had I listened to the common misconceptions that some detectorists spread around as gospel, I would have missed out on another First For Me Find.
This hunt was a good one, with well over 100 targets dug. Here’s the “best of it” and as you can see I dug over 70 coins, so it wasn’t a bad day for clad anyway.
I’ve been digging almost every signal because eventually the trash will all be out of the way.
Here’s a shot of the trash I dug that day. A bunch of trash, but like I said you gotta get it out of the way in order to find the goodies.
My experience has taught me that until I dig a target, I am just guessing what it may be. That is why I like to share with my blog followers lessons that I have learned along the way. Don’t take every word a guy says as facts just because others say that he knows all there is to know about your machine. We are human, and humans are prone to making mistakes. It’s just human nature.
As I’ve stated before, Learn the Benchmarks, Go Out and Learn on Every hunt, and then, Set Your Own Benchmarks. Test those theories, because at the end of the day, they are just theories!
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Happy Hunting Dig Fellas. See Ya Next Time!