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Some of the best detecting I ever experienced involved situations like the one I will now describe. This was in shallow water over a hard packed rock bottom.
Above I tried to give some idea of what it was like. On top was a thin layer of sand, probably not much more than an inch thick. That is represented by the brown lines on top.
Then under that layer of sand was a few layers of rocks. The larger rocks are indicated by the rectangles above. The larger were a foot or more long and wide. Of course they varied in size and some were smaller.
Between the larger rocks were small stones, pebbles, shells and sand which filled in all the spaces. The pebbles, shells and sand and all the rocks were settled and very well packed together, almost like pavement.
Under all of that was a layer of bedrock. The bedrock layer was not flat like the black line, but rough. There were depressions, cracks and bumps in the bedrock.
Good targets, including coins, rings and things, were in between the rocks with the pebbles shells and sand. Good targets were at all levels and in the cracks between rocks at all levels.
If you attempted to scoop normally, the scoop would hit the rocks and only skim over the top layer. Scooping targets was impossible.
The top layer of sand hid the cracks between the rocks so you couldn't get the edge of the scoop in the cracks to lift up the rocks. Even the edge of a rock was found, lifting it didn't get you far. Since the rocks and cracks between them were not visible, a layer of sand had to be moved before you could see the cracks.
I mentioned foot-fanning the other day. That was the best solution in this case.
When foot fanning, of course the first layer of sand was the first to move. Then the sand and shells between the top rocks would lift out of the cracks. That was important. When the material between rocks was removed, the rocks were then looser and could be moved a little.
After every bit of progress, it was necessary to recheck the hole to see if the target was still in it. Progress was always pretty slow, but also worthwhile.
It was common to discover more targets as the hole continued to get deeper and wider. It was necessary to check not only the bottom of any growing hole, but also the sides. Once one rock got moved, the surrounding area was much looser. Once a hole got started that made it much easier to keep enlarging the hole. If a target was found at one side of the hole, it is much easier to fan away from the edge after the hole was already started.
I've usually found these types of areas close to the beach and inside a sand bar. That is a high energy zone where waves pound.
I have no doubt that targets in this area are a combination of things lost originally lost on the beach and in the water.
Foot fanning will pop targets out of cracks or depressions. Naturally, it is much easier to see newly exposed or moved targets when you have decent visibility
I've learned that I use some techniques that don't make a lot of sense to other people because of the types of places I tend to hunt and the different strategies I use. You might not see the need or advantages of foot fanning unless you hunt in areas where scoops are very much at a disadvantage. I've found the type of area I described today as being among the most productive.
Gyarados are being found near Pompano pier. Not only can you find coins, modern jewelry or a rare Spanish cob by the Pompano pier, now you can also find Gyarados there.
If you are at Pompano pier or some other location like that and use the right app with your smart phone camera, you might actually see strange characters like the Gyarados.
If you wonder what I'm talking about, you must be over 25, and you are obviously not up on one of the latest viral social media trends.
What is a Gyarado? It is a dragon-like Pokemon shown here. It is known for its strength.
Pokemon Go is the latest craze. It uses what has been called "augmented reality." It integrates real life GPS, smart phone video and actual locations with a virtual world populated with Pokemon characters.
Poke are also being found at Riverside Park in Jensen.
Not only is this a type of " hunting" game that has gone totally viral, it also represents a creative new way of using technology, which might have some type of future application in real life treasure hunting. It takes little imagination to foresee detector screens that show icons representing various targets displayed on a real-life beach or landscape.
I think this viral game presents endless creative possibilities and will lead to many practical applications.
Here is the link.
Trivia. What is the motto of the London Stock Exchange?
"Our word is our bond." That is the motto and has been used as the motto since 1801.
Hardly an original sentiment or expression in the 21st Century.
Expect a one to three foot surf for the next few days.