Friday, October 1, 2010

10/2 Report - Detecting River Banks and Other Out of the Way Places

I just received an email from SewickCoins giving notice that the October Treasure and World Coin Auction is now online.

You will find the link below.

Believe it or not, if you live in a place like the Treasure Coast where there are a lot of detectorists but not a lot of tourists with big flashy rings and chains, you might not always find a lot. Finding good stuff is not as easy in an area like this as it is in a major metropolitan tourist area that draws the wild and glitzy crowd. Of course, there are the shipwrecks to provide some nice finds, but you usually can't detect in the water where they are, and sometimes the beach conditions very poor, so you might want to try something a bit different at times.

If you have been having trouble coming up with finds, one reason might be that you are doing the same thing all the time, or the same thing that everyone else is doing. There are actually some good spots where few other people ever detect in any county.

Watch this video and then I'll comment on it.

I like that video. I'll use it to illustrate a number of points.

First, if you drove by that spot today, would you stop and detect there? Maybe I should have asked that before you saw the video.

I know there are no places exactly like that on the Treasure Coast, but there are places that are similar in many ways.

What makes a place like that a good spot, and why don't people genrally detect places like that?

What makes it a good spot is that it has a long history of human activity, it is along a waterway, and you can see where there was erosion. Remember, waterways were the highways of the early days, and that is where people often settled, traveled or congregated.

Notice the banks that are undercut and the tree roots that are exposed. Both are very good signs. Also the rocks. They indicate that heavy items have been washed up or uncovered.

If you look around the Treasure Coast, you will actually find some places that look very much like that not exactly, but very much. Few other people will detect those spots, and if they do, the next time erosion occurs, there is a good possibility that something else will be washed out of the bank or brought into detecting range.

What keeps other people from detecting spots like that? One is that they never see anyone else there and it doesn't look very promising. The second, is the amount of junk. Many detectorists will put away their detector and leave when they see how much junk there is.

There are a number of ways to deal with the junk. I don't have time to talk about that now - maybe that would be a good topic for some other time.

The thing to know is that you can deal with it and if you do, you'll have a good spot for yourself.

Don't be afraid to spend some time working through junky areas. If the beach isn't any good and you haven't been doing very well, you might spend some time looking for a promising spot like this and work it until it is cleaned up.

Once you clean out an area like that, you can return whenever there is a little more erosion to expose new items.

One good place to check is under the undercut banks and around the tree roots. Even if someone has already detected there, there is a good chance that they'll miss things in those areas.

You might also want to move rocks or big pieces of junk and detect where they were.

In summary, you might want to find some new and relatively undetected spots to hunt. If they aren't heavily hunted, there is probably a reason, but you can often overcome the obstacles if you are willing to put in some hard work.

Following everybody else on the same old over-hunted beaches is not the formula for frequent success.

Here is the link to the SedwickCoins Auction.

Forecast and Conditions.

The wind is now from the northwest. Seas are relatively calm. But there still is hope.

The surf web sites are predicting increasing seas next week, with a height of 7.5 feet being reached by Wednesday. That is a slight decrease from the previously predicted 8 feet, but not bad.

I'm afraid they decrease that prediction in the next few days as they often do. But if it sticks, there is still a very good chance that the beaches will finally improve significantly.

The wind is predicted to come out of the north next week too. That is very encouraging.

Happy Hunting,