Research is the key to a successful hunt, that and a little bit of good ole fashion stalking. I find the stalking to work well, but I always stalk in my newer car. The old toyota ute that we have had for 19 years with faded paint and rust marked wheels looks a little suss.
So it was with great excitement that some research pointed to a park that was heavy with community activity. This is a Massive park and has about half dozen different areas for the different activities that take place there.
I’m talking everything from the library, community pool, playground, skatepark, tennis and wide open space everywhere.
Loads of trees, good grass coverage to hide the dropped items and the ground is not that hard to dig. A nice thing in Queensland at this time of year. This was proving to add up to a great spot to hit my metal detector and see what was there.
I geared up for the Hunt and decided to go with the 7.5khz 15″ coiltek. As there was so much space I figured the larger coil would help me cover ground faster.
The settings I used where pretty standard for most of my digs.
- Find a clear patch and ground balance automatically.
- Find a clear audio channel automatically.
- Wind sensitivity down to 15 to get started.
- 99 Tones in all Metal mode.
- The beer festival was fun to attend BUT was the primary cause of the trash around the place.
- The almost complete absence of goldies suggested someone was hitting the spot hard and targeting the gold coins using discrimination. (How else to explain the mass of trash that had never been dug.)
- I’d missed the boat and was too late for the primo stuff from the Park without looking very deep with a very small coil.
- $2.55 was not going to pay for the fuel. (My primary Goal on park/beach hunts)
- That my break was going to be a long one and I am going home with the shits.
|Recovered at one of reliable spots after the trashiest hunt I had ever done.
LESSON LEARNED, Get the timing right mate!
As you can see by the amount of pulltabs I just had to dig dome of those signals that where a little better sounding. 1 in 15 was the coin I was looking for.
Happy detecting and remember to get your timing right, I sure will.