Metal Detecting on a Beach

dude detecting on a beach with metal detector

If you are interested in going on a metal hunting spree on a beach, there are a few essential things you should know, to make your experience more productive and enjoyable. While using the sophisticated relic metal detectors like Tesoro Cibola, Garrett AT Pro or Fisher F75 will certainly help you, there are quite a few other factors, that determine whether your exploration will be successful or not. And with the right approach and preparation, you can get the most out of unlikeliest of places, and without an expensive metal detector.

Getting to know the beach :

While there are upsides of exploring new territories, some people are not in a opportunity to diversify a lot outside their familiar ground.
In this case it is good to expand your awareness of the beaches you hunt on, so you make the quest easier and with the maximum results.

Few things to keep in mind to maximize the finds :

-Observing the sand levels (low/high areas)
-Being aware of the time when the beach is the most populated
-Paying attention to the cleanup crew
-Being aware of other detectorists

The Hot Spots :

It can be intimidating and distracting on a big beach, if you don’t know on whic areas to focus your attention to.
The hot spots you should start with are the dry sand locations like ;
-The volleyball and various other sports courts
-Fire pits
-The towel line
-Entry/Exit points
-Distinctive landmarks
-Life guard towers
-Secret, less visited locations
-Wide open space
The towel line is the area where the people sun tan, usually leaving their belongings on the towels.
You can find rings, coins, necklaces, sunglasses or even other types of jewelry here.
Check the volleyball, football and even paved basketball courts, because not only players but the gathering spectators can loose their bracelets or watches in these kind of places.
Entry and exit points can be very crowded, so the restrooms for example can be convenient places to look for peoples lost possessions, especially near the walkways and surrounding walls.
Distinctive landmarks – Anything recognizable people will most likely occupy with their belongings, such as big trees, walls, concrete constructions or dunes.
Life guard towers can provide good locations for the search, especially when the life gurads are off duty people like to gather around them.
Fire pits can be the places of treasure, but they can also be full of trash. This can be frustrating for a beginner, so a valuable investment would be a sniper coil designed for those kind of trashy places, and they also enable you to detect the larger metal objects, while also being able to catch the smaller ones as well.
At last, wide open spaces should be the last ones you explore, since there is the least chance for findings, but if you have time you should give it a try.
Timing of your pursuit can be as equally as important as the place.
Best timing considering everything would be just before the sunset, on a saturday and sunday night.
That is because the regular detectorists like to go in the morning the next day.

Hunting in the wet sand :

It is important to observe how the sand looks and feels.
When you press your foot down, does it sink through fairly easy or is there some struggle?
This is important, because it can show you how far deep are the targets and how heavy is the sand covering them.

The hot spots on the wet sand are :

-Troughs (They are near the water line and they cause a trench formation. Usually these will contain heavier items like watches and old phones)
-Scallops (These form inthe period between high and low tide, creating humps along the coast that are more shallow or deep)
-Pockets (The collection of items concentrated in a one spot)