On a recent beach and water hunt I ran across a really good jewelry hunting situation, a hard packed lower beach with small rocks, crushed shell and course sand.
I knew the area had probably lost sand after a week of rough surf and winds coming from a favorable direction, relying on local beach knowledge and previously productive sites helps you to find jewelry on a consistent basis.
When I started pulling up lead fishing weights of all shapes and sizes, I knew I had a chance of recovering gold.
I recovered a total of 27 lead fishing weights from the area in a four hour beach and water hunt.
A beach or water hunter may be tempted to move away from this type of area, believing it must be a local fishing spot, but that would be a mistake.
An area like this is often either a base layer objects became trapped in, or an area objects were moved to by the natural sifting action of the water close to shore.
Objects of the same size, shape, weight or density, are moved around by the water and tend to settle in areas with other similar type of objects.
Gold rings are often recovered from areas that have a lot of lead fishing weights, along with similar heavier objects like keys or large coins.
When you start to recover a large number of lead fishing weights, keep scooping them up and never walk away from the area.
At the site I was recently searching, I recovered lead weights on the lower beach and inside the water.
Other targets included three 18K gold rings, a silver and gold coin ring, several large silver rings, a couple of half dollars and several large hotel keys.
Use any grey matter you can to help you locate gold at the beach.