Monday, May 10, 2010
5/10/2010 - Current Conditions & Old Detectors
Monday Morning Beach Photos From St. Lucie County.
As you can see from the photo, the beach is pretty much sanded in. It looks much like mid-summer conditions.
There were enough people out at the beach yesterday on a hot Mother's Day, that the best beach hunting might actually be in the dry sand where all the sun bathers were.
You can possibly find some places that are slightly better if you look around. Here is one little cut that I saw. There are some small cuts out there, but even this spot is not as good as it looks in the photo. The front of the cut is filled with mushy sand, and it is not at a very productive place.
Even the area below the Fort Pierce jetty is pretty much filled in. The areas around the jetties are usually among the first to show erosion, but as you can see, it is not happening here.
I understand some of you were looking for the post on old-timer's tricks. That is yesterday's post. It seems people enjoyed that. I might present some more of them in the future.
One of the detectors that I own is very old detector. It is a Tesoro with a four digit serial number. It was not an expensive detector, but it was, and is, a good detector. It is not the best detector for wet sand and it is not water proof, but it has number of features that I have found very desirable.
It breaks down easily and packs in a very small space. If you leave off the rod, which I do sometimes when I travel, I can pack it in a 8 X 8 X 6 inch package. Using a homemade collapsible wood rod, I can pack it in a pretty small place, and when ready to detect, hang the control box on my belt, plug in some small ear phones, and have fun.
But getting to the electronics - this machine has been reliable for many years. has notch discrimination (accept and reject), allows a very fast sweep speed, is very sensitive to small pieces of precious metals, and pin points better than anything else I've seen. I often use it in all metals mode.
It is hard for me to believe how well that old detector compares to much more expensive and more modern detectors. It is really good for land or dry sand hunting, and picks through trashy areas very well.
I wish some of the manufacturers of some of the more expensive machines made today would make machines that are as reliable and effective.
One thing I want out of a detector is reliability. There is nothing that I hate more than a detector that can't take an occasional bump without breaking, or a little salt spray without corroding. Detectors should hold up under real-life field conditions without constant maintenance.
Anyhow, what I am saying is that some of the older detectors do a remarkably good job, in fact they can, in the right circumstances, be better than much more expensive or modern machines.
If you travel and detect, one thing I would advise is to get a detector that disassembles and packs well. Assemble your detector when you get to the place where you want to detect. You can often avoid unnecessary hassles by not bringing too attention to yourself and your detector.
Forecast and Conditions. I already told you what it is like out there. I can't give anything better than a 1 (poor) rating on my Treasure Coast Beach Metal Detecting Conditions Scale. It is way too much like August on the beaches.
Again, you might hunt the some of sunbathing beaches for the next day or two.
It looks like peak seas will still be Tuesday, but it looks like the seas will not be as high as predicted earlier. The peak on Tuesday will be less than five feet, if the surf web sites are correct. That won't do much of anything for us.