Friday, July 15, 2011

7/15/11 Report - Where People Detect the Most Around the Treasure Coast

The most recent blog poll has concluded and the results are in. Participation was low. I don't know if people didn't want to tell where they hunt or what.

Of the areas listed in the poll, the one receiving the greatest number of votes was Fort Pierce Inlet to Jensen Beach. I found that a little surprising although it does include a number of frequently detected beaches. In that area there is the beach immediately south of Fort Pierce Inlet, which is not very productive and moderately detected, then the Nieves site down at Green Turtle Beach, then down a ways, Walton Rocks, and then again, Jensen Beach.

I guess that is a pretty big area and does include a number of frequently detected beaches, but I haven't personally seen many detectorists near the inlet or at the Nieves site lately. I have seen more at Walton Rocks and Jensen Beach, which is very heavily detected. Jensen Beach is detected very well on a daily basis. Maybe people are focusing more on modern stuff these days than shipwreck sites since the conditions have been so poor for finding the old stuff. And Jensen Beach is heavily used by the pubic, so there is daily replenishment.

The second most frequently detected area listed in the survey was the area from Sebastian River to the Amber Sands Beach Access. 16% of the respondents indicated that is where they most often detect. It is indeed a good area and includes a long unbroken stretch for some good shipwreck hunting. In the middle you have the beach in front of the old Spanish salvage camp and the "cabin." Shipwreck coins and artifacts have been found all along that beach, and there are few if any spots to be skipped along there.

The third most frequently hunted was Seagrape Trail south to the town of Vero Beach, with 14% of the votes. Included, of course, are Seagrape Trail and Turtle Trail, towards the north. A lot of good coins and artifacts have come from both of those.

The Seagrape Trail area also produces a lot of smaller shark teeth when conditions are right.

The area to the south of there is a long stretch of relatively undetected beach that would be a good place to explore. I wouldn't be surprised if a big find is made there someday.

And of course treasure coins have come from the beach at Vero.

Next in frequency is Jupiter south to Boca (12%). Jupiter beach is a good beach for shipwreck coins when the conditions are right. When conditions are not right, you can also find some modern era items, and occasionally some older US coins. And of course, to the south there are a number of parks and accesses to hunt.

Next at 10% is Boca and south. Spanish shipwreck coins are found near the Boca Inlet at times, but that area also includes Lauderdale, Miami, etc. I get a number of emails from readers down that way even though it is part of the Treasure Coast.

Also with 10% is the area from Amber Sands through Wabasso. From my personal observations I would have to believe this one is way under counted. Every time I stop at Wabasso, I see one or more detectorists. I just find this one hard to believe. Maybe the Wabasso boys are trying to fool someone or something.

Anyhow, Wabasso is a good place to detect. With shipwrecks to both the north and south and the Disney Resort for modern items, what more could you want.

Next in order is south of Jensen Beach to the Jupiter Inlet (8%). That is a long stretch that includes Stuart Beach, Bathtub Beach, and Hobe Sound, among others.

And last are two areas. Sebastian River north, and Rio Mar to the Fort Pierce Inlet.

I often see detectorists at Rio Mar. Besides being a wreck site, it often produces modern jewelry and older US coins. Then there is the Sandy Point wreck. And in this area is also Pepper Park, which is detected well. I'm surprised those two combined didn't do better.

The one thing that surprised me about Pepper Park is the number of pull tabs considering how often it is detected.

Another area I expect to hear about a big new find some day is the long stretch between Sandy Point and Pepper Park. As far as I know, that stretch is not detected very much.

And the other area with 4% is from the Sebastian River north, including Bon Steel Park, and the Melborne and Cocoa areas. I get a fair number of emails from people up that way.

So there it is. The one conclusion you can safely reach is that there are detectorists that hit beaches all along and above and below the Treasure Coast. I don't think the numbers are accurate for all areas, especially the Wabasso area.

Some areas are very heavily detected while there are still some very long stretches of beach that are seldom detected.

I've read that the Chinese discovered America before Christopher Columbus. Here is a web site that tells about an early Chinese artifact found on the West Coast of Mexico, but it came from a Spanish galleon.

Interesting reading.

If you want to read more about early Chinese exploration, here is a good link.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

Still no real change in conditions. Wind is still from the west and the seas calm tomorrow the seas will begin to increase a little, up to about three feet on Sunday, and then decreasing again next week.

That won't do much for us. Conditions for beach hunting the shipwreck beaches, remains poor.

There is one tropical wave down by Costa Rico. It isn't expected to develop.

Happy hunting,