and what goodies did I find.....nothing, nada, zilch, zero. Not even a single coin. I keep a gold ring on a tether in a compartment of my finds pouch and tried burying it to make sure the detector was actually working. Buried it to the total depth of my garrett carrot and covered it with sand. The excal picked it up no probs, so seems that I was on the emptiest beach I have ever seen. What the excal did pick up were pieces of rotted aluminium drinks cans. It picked them up very well....like small pieces the size of half a pinkie fingernail....at depths of 8 or 9 inches....I think I've worn out my beach scoop... However, being an eternal optimist I can tell myself that if the gold and silver rings, coins, etc were there the excal would have had no problems finding them. All in all, very happy with the excal , very unhappy with a certain beach...
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Better luck next time.
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Like Fred I have learnt to read the beaches that I detect on and know if a beach is worth detecting or not and which parts will produce the finds. You have to take mental notes of the conditions on the beach each time you go to see if there are any spots where the sand is being taken off such as in my avatar.
It takes patience to wait for a beach to come good, you often read on the forum of the gold and silver being found on beaches but we are all guilty of failing to report the dozens of times we come back home with zilch.
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We seen to be having the same problem down here because of the amount of sand being washed in, one of my best areas has sand about 5ft deeper than is normal so it's not even worth going there. Hope to give it a try tomorrow as the tides are 7.5 mtr and as the county is so narrow where we live it is only 8 miles to either coast so I can usually get out of the wind and surf.
It took me ages to read the beaches in this area and sometimes when I go to a beach I have a look a I don't even get the detector out of the car but as there are over 300 beaches around here no problem.
The main problem on some beaches is that they breed aluminium so I never go to them twice.
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I'm also fortunate that so far, I haven't found anything of value, but still get a buzz out of every find. .303 cartridges, fishing weights (some quite old?) even found a gas cartridge (Sodastream?) which took me back to my youth in the 70's.
As I don't have any great expectations, I always come home relaxed and enjoy my sessions on the beach and as I use a CS4PI and dig everyhing, means I'm getting fitter all the time
When I detect beaches its more about being out on the coast as its my fav place to be, any finds are a bonus, Keep at it and when the conditions are good the goodies will follow, winters storms are on there way enjoy using the excal u certainly have the rite machine for the job.