Thursday, July 16, 2015

7/16/15 Report - Water Metal Detecting Hints and Tips. 207 Nazi Gold Coins Found by Detectorist. Capitana Making More Finds.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Nazi Gold Coins
A detectorist found 217 Nazi-era gold coins in L√ľneburg, Germany.Bausch – a certified metal detectorist – was exploring old burial mounds in the town south of Hamburg when he stumbled across the first gold piece.

After a further search under the foliage uncovered nine more coins, Bautsch did a survey of the area and got in touch with local archaeologists.
A two-week long excavation followed, unearthing a further 207 gold coins – with a material worth estimated at around €45,000...
That would be just over $40,000 U. S.
Here is the link for the rest of the story.

Thanks to Christopher P. for alerting me to that story.


I wanted to talk today about the surf zone.  Many items are lost where the waves break.  People get slapped around by the breaking waves.  Many items come off there.

The last time I was detecting in the water, a strap holding a piece of my equipment broke when hit by a breaking wave.  There is a lot of force there, and people often aren't prepared for it.

People also play there.  They dive into breaking waves.

Items that break or come off in that area then get pushed in towards shore a few feet.

As a result that is a good area to hunt, but it is also rough.  It can test you and your equipment.  And when the waves are big, it can be downright impossible.  It will require some skill.

You can learn to hunt there, but it can be very annoying until you master it.

I remember one day long ago when I got a headache from getting slapped in the head from the breaking waves.  It also would knock earphones or other equipment off.

After you learn how, you can go with it instead of fighting it.  You will learn to feel what is coming without paying attention.  When you start getting sucked out, it is about to hit you, so pick up your feet and go with it.

Instead of fighting against it, which is near impossible, you an learn to float with it.  Learn to pick up your feet and float at the right time.  It will return you to the spot where it picked you up.   You can do that when the water is deep enough but it only takes a couple of feet of water in the trough.  If it is that shallow you will have to lift your legs and sit down so that you can float through the trough, then extend your legs again when the water returns.

Notice the circles in the illustration.  That is how you will move.  

Dig a hole to mark your signal.  Float away and back, then dig again, if necessary.  Repeat until you retrieve the target.

You will often find it easier to work in the slightly deeper water just before the breaking waves. Not only will it not slap you around as much, but the bottom currents are not as strong in the deeper water, making it easier to retrieve targets.

In the shallow water inside the breaking waves there will be strong currents near the bottom that will push your detector, making it difficult to run a tight grid, and it will also refill your holes.  It will also push sand and objects out of your scoop if you use the currents for your benefit.  That takes timing.

The open end of your scoop should be pointed so the currents are moving into the scoop, otherwise sand and objects can be washed out of the scoop as you lift the scoop.

The currents can alternate back and forth, so timing is important.  Wait for the right time to lift your scoop.

Not metal detecting, but maybe you'll find it interesting.


I just received a great new set of find photos from Captain Jonah of the Capitana.  I'll probably have them ready to post tomorrow.


Expect small surf on the Treasure Coast for days ahead.

Happy hunting,