I have been metal detecting on the beach and all I found is ring pulls, what am I doing wrong?
and luckily all are quite easy to resolve, so let’s get right to it.
- The first and by far biggest reason you are finding crap instead of the goodies is because you are looking in the wrong area to begin with. I would hazard a guess that 99% of the time the guy who comes off the beach with the most gold and coins is the one who has put the hours in on that particular beach, never under estimate the value of local knowledge. To the untrained eye or someone that has never been to that beach before the whole beach might look game, but this just is not true. Every beach changes with every tide, sanded is moved from one area and dumped in another which can often lead to several feet of sand between your coil and the targets. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to put in the hours and take note of the sand levels, failing this get on speaking terms with any local detectorists and ask for their opinions.
- Another reason for this can be searching to high up the beach at the high tide line, ring pulls and cans ect are made from aluminium. Aluminium is a very light metal that is not very dense and because of this it will usually get pushed up the beach by the incoming tide and deposited towards the high tide line. Don’t get me wrong though parts of the dry sand are defiantly worth investigating for modern losses but in my opinion the the higher up the beach you get, the more crap you will have to put up with.
- If you are digging cans and ring pulls on the wet sand you are digging in the wrong area and need to move along. Light aluminium on a far out wet sand area is a big giveaway that the tide has shifted some sand and dumped it where you are detecting. Move along until you start hitting some denser metals such as iron and lead.
Metal detecting on rocks and gravel.
This is because any heavy items such as gold and coins will inevitably find their way into the stones and gravel and get trapped until released by your spade or trowel. At this point I must stress that a small pointed digging trowel is essential for metal detecting in these areas as a big spade or sand scoop will not stand a chance of moving the stones and boulders. Once you have found the technique it will be a breeze and your finds rate will go sky high.