Re: Re: Some tips from Carl Cladoff
1) April through August sand is deposited and 'builds' the beach, generally. September through March, it erodes and exposes the beach, generally.2) Get on high ground. Look for 'rips' and ' horseshoes' by standing on a lifeguard stand, a hotel balconey, pier, or beach cam. Rips can be very suttle and hard to see or they can be an obvious 'riptide'. Watch the seafoam, especially for the suttle current. Most of the water line will have foam oncoming...look where the foam seems to be outgoing. A riptide may haveseaweed that you can observe going out. Do not get in the riptide for safety's sake. Hunt the Northwest edge. Targets will be more concentrated there. Ask any of the quadedmobile lifeguards where the riptides are located. They can tell you the street locations I discovered this last year.The horseshoes' and horseshoe cuts are much more noticable in the fall. Tracking themfrom the center of the arc towards the water usually reveals a line of coins, followed bypulltabs and lighter rings, progressing to fishing weights and heavier gold jewelery. Allsorts of similarly weighted objects can be in the mix.3) Hunt the summer months with speed and efficiency. You have a lot of competing detectors looking for a lot of targets. Let them hunt the coins. Don't let the coins slow you down. Dig only the precious metal tones on your detector. Use your discrimination. If you have extra time after going over a given area go ahead and retrace using all metal or zero discfor the other 'goodies'. I really like hitting the towel line going as fast as my legs will carry me!4) Hunt the Northeasters if you can do it safely, and I emphasize, safely! Wave frequencies in 6 to 4 second intervals do some major sand shifting. Keep your detector dry. These conditions are usually in fall and winter.5) I don't do very well on the really calm, no wind, no surf days. The sand is static and not moving. You get little help from the tides. I don't have any water hunting experience. I would suppose while wading one could feel the current in areas not obviated while onshore and possibly find some holes to work.6) The minus tide with an offshore wind can be great for targets! This is a rare combination! Minus tides come with the new moon. The offshore wind can be a mixed blessing...often bringing in lots of new sand with the new high tide.7) I slow way down in the winter! Targets for me seem to be in small pockets in the wetsand. I'll swing until I get a hint of a signal. I put the coil right on the sand and vary my swing speed...digging into the sand with my coil, often repeating over the same area.This is where I'll dig those faint whispers! Sometimes you can spend most of youravailable detecting time in one or two little spots if there are enough targets to keep yourinterest!8) Sometimes a couple of hours into the new high tide can be productive, especially if strong waves are 'smacking' right on the beach. I'll often see targets, especially coins get tossed right on the beach, and quickly get covered by the ensuing tide.