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Make the Most of Metal Detecting on Beaches
If you are new to the hobby of metal detecting you may be attracted to the beach in the hope of making some great finds. It’s true that beaches can present some amazing opportunities for the metal detectorist but its’ equally true that there is a lot of competition at the beach for making those great discoveries.
Don’t despair though, here are some key tips to follow to help ensure that you are successful at beachcombing:
- Search the beach at night when it is empty and you have the place to yourself. During the day you run the risk of irritating sunbathers as you swing your detector around them. It’s no fun battling crowds, so choose a moonlit night after the crowds have gone home and collect all their lost goodies when you have space and time to search at leisure.
- Search soon after heavy storms as this causes natural erosion which may bring exciting treasures to the surface. Storms during the peak summer season are optimal, but don’t forget to try even in winter, you’ll be amazed at what has lain hidden but is brought up again by the shifting sands. The beach is a dynamic system that is constantly in motion, so never give up but keep on returning to your favourite beach. Metal detectorists are often rewarded if they are patient and persistent.
- Be very systematic as you work on the beach. If you just show up and randomly scan the area, the chances are you won’t be that successful. However, if you create your own grid on the beach and systematically and thoroughly search each grid square, you might be amazed at what you find. Take your time and you’ll be rewarded.
- Identify high traffic areas where you can search, but also look out for particular spots on the beach where the natural erosion is greatest, for example at the high water mark. Chances are these will be your best locations for finding treasure.
- Venture into the water: most detectorists stay high and dry up on the beach but if you have a waterproof machine, then you could hit some marvelous targets. Search during low tide and spring tide if possible to get to the very lowest water mark possible. There’s less chance of you finding junk such as cans in the water and more chance of finding lost gold jewellery or even perhaps ancient coins from sunken ships. If the water is chilly where you are hunting, wear a wetsuit to enable you to stay in the water longer.
- Take along some knee pads if you’re going to be digging on the beach, otherwise you can find that your knees really take a beating from the rough sand. A stainless steel trowel or a plastic sand scoop as well as a wire mesh sand basket are also useful additions to your equipment. The mesh for your basket should let the sand out, but be small enough to keep your finds safe.
Treasure hunting on the beach can be very rewarding, don’t give up and keep searching.