Tuesday, August 14, 2012

8/14/12 Report - Finding Your Own Good New Sites To Detect

Written by the treasureguide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Low tide Line On a Typical Treasure Coast Beach
Are you tired of hunting the same old worked-out sites?  Would you like to find a new site that few others know about?  It's possible.  It takes some work though, and a different approach.  If you do what I'm about to tell you, you might be the next person to make a great new discovery.

The biggest mistake most people make is that they go out looking for something specific, like a Spanish piece of eight, for example.   If you go out looking for one of those, you might find one eventually, in fact you probably will if you stick with it long enough, but if you want to find more than a few beach left-overs, what you really want to look for is a site that hasn't already been hunted ten thousand times.  And to do that you don't go out looking for a piece of eight, you look for other things first.

It is something like deer hunting.  A novice might go out tromping through the woods looking for a deer, and they might even see one, but a more experienced hunter would look for the signs of deer first.  They would look for the tracks, paths, and freshly eaten vegetation first.

Hunting pieces of eight is a lot different from hunting modern jewelry on a busy beach that is constantly replenished.  You can use the same techniques, and they'll work to a certain extent, but to discover new sites takes an entirely different approach.

For example, if you go out looking for an arrowhead, you'll have a hard time finding one.  The first thing you have to find is a site where arrowheads will likely be found.  To do that you have to know what signs to look for.  You have to learn to recognize debitage.  That is all of the stone discarded or left-over stone debris, or flakes and chips.  You'll most likely see that first, and that will indicate a good place to really begin your hunt.  Your chances of finding an arrowhead are very slim, if you haven't first found the debitage that indicates a good site to begin a more intensive search.

The same thing works with shipwreck treasures.  How many times are piles of coins found first?  Almost never!   First, iron, ballast, and various scattered debris is found, then the search narrows for those elusive coins.

The same thing applies on land.  Looking for that new detecting site means scanning new ground for any indications of a good new site.   The first signs are typically things like pieces of pottery, glass, iron, and wood, which will stay near the surface and be scattered around an area.  That is the type of thing to look for if you are tired of hunting those same over-hunted.

Some people stumble onto those good spots through circumstances and luck, but if you do some learning and put in the time, you can separate yourself from the pack.

Yesterday I mentioned how bad of an idea it is to store sensitive or easily lost items in a shirt pocket.  There are solutions to that problem.  I personally use a waterproof case most of the time when I expect to be in the water or when there is a good possibility of rain.  I didn't do that the other day for a couple of reasons, one being that I didn't expect to be in the water.  

James H. told me what he uses.  It really looks like an excellent solution.
Waterproof Pouches.

Here is what James said.   This is what I keep the car key and sometimes cell phone in when in the water. It's in my front pocket and secured with a carabiner to my belt. I also have my phone number inside it. I have used the $14.99 model for over a year up to chest high with no leakage or float offs. Anything bigger than this one is too big. The plastic top seal is just a tad wider than the top of a shorts pocket. The plastic top seal has a good rubber gasket in it. Just put the bag in sideways in the front pocket and rotate its top horizontally in the pocket so it doesn't wiggle out either. I use this in water all the way up to chest deep. I guess if a person is really worried, the contents could be put in a quality baggie and then put that inside the pouch, but I never found that necessary.

This looks like a great accessory for any detectorist.

Here is a link for more information.


Thanks for sharing James.

There are two low pressure areas in the Atlantic.  One is way south of us and won't affect us, and the other is in the mid-Atlantic.   It has a 30% chance of forming into a cyclone.  My guess is that it won't affect us either.

The wind is still from the west, and the seas calm.  Low tide on the Treasure Coast will be around noon.

Happy hunting,