Thursday, August 15, 2013

8/15/13 Report - Storm Erin, Lots of Sea Weed, and The Importance of the E Factor in Metal Detecting

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From National Hurricane Center
We have a new named storm - Erin.  As you can see it is over by the Cape Verdis just coming off of Africa.  It will be over a week before Erin will be in our neighborhood, if it does make it this way.

The other weather system is approaching the Yucatan.  Maybe it will go back into the Gulf after that.

Bill S. sent in this report.  Here is what he said.

...I chose today to make my first dedicated survey of the beaches opposite the 1715 wreck sites from Wabasso Beach Park northward. I can verify the seaweed was thick just north of the Amber Sands beach access. Regarding the sandbar, in the troughs a good amount of material collected, trapped there by the water movement. ... About all I found at the edge of the surf was some sea glass (a nice green piece, and some smaller amber pieces), and a boat load of iron flakes. 

I had the good fortune to see one of the salvor's boats working an area about 200 yards offshore and not far south of the McClarty Museum...

I also had the good fortune to see an amazing sight: a shark lunging into a school of bait fish just beyond the beach break. (Small fish were thick in the surf zone this morning.) Incredible!

Thanks for the report Bill.

As I showed yesterday, there was seaweed on the more southern Treasure Coast beaches too.  That is always a bad sign indicating sand and other light material washing up onto the beach.  It is a good sign when it starts to leave.

A lot of money went down the drain in the form of mashed hundred dollar bills.

According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, their D.C. factory location produced a botched batch of more than 30 million hundred-dollar bills—that makes for a useless 3 billion dollars. 
The latest printing error, called "mashing," results when too much ink is applied to the paper and does not fit within the marked parameters, making for imprecise details on the bill's artwork.
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I started to create a formula for detecting success.  Here is what I had.   S = L x T x Sk x D x E

S stands for the amount of long term success.

L stand for general location where the detectorist lives. Some areas present many more high level opportunities than others.

T (Time on Task) is total time spent detecting.

Sk stands for the skill level of the detectorist.

D stands for the quality of the detector or detectors used.

So far these are all weighted the same.  That will definitely change as I fine tune the formula.

E stand for effort.  Maybe I should call it Ee for Extreme effort.  This factor was added recently.  It includes the willingness and ability to do things like walk miles to a site, work in extreme weather, including cold, heat, storms, and in very rough water, or on rocky bottoms, etc.

One person suggested that this factor should be perseverance, and I can see that, but I would factor perseverance in with T.

Research is a factor, but now I have that lumped in with Sk.

I'm open to suggestions on this one.

I know that many detectorists think there is too much  competition these days, but believe me, you can find spots that are pretty much your own if you have the E factor.   There are things that prevent others from finding these little detected areas.

Sometimes people think that the reason nobody is detecting at a location, is because there is nothing there.  That assumption can be a mistake.  A lot of people follow the crowd.  They go to the places they hear about or where they hear somebody else has found something.  While I have no objection to hunting where others have been, there are a lot of good places that you can have pretty much to your self.

Sometimes those places are hard to get to.  Sometimes nobody knows that anything interesting ever happened there.   Sometimes the spot is hard to hunt because of something like trash or rocks.  There is usually some barrier or reason that most people avoid those spots.  They can be good spots though.  Those are the kinds of places I spent most of my time.

If you are willing to adjust and make the effort those areas can be some of the best.  And they can be right in the middle of a very busy and otherwise over-hunted area.

On the Treasure Coast the wind continues from the southeast.  There will be a small ( 1 foot) surf for the next couple of days, then increasing to two to three feet by Monday.

Not much will change real soon.  Keep watching those storms.

Happy hunting,