When it comes to hobbies, it should come as no surprise that metal detecting is among the most popular. Whether we’re looking for unearthed riches, or simply looking to find a lost part of history, there’s a buzz that metal detecting creates that’s difficult to emulate elsewhere.
As we become more experienced in the world of metal detecting, it’s normal for us to want and try and spread our wings and invest a little more time in our hobby. Beach metal detecting offers those who partake many rewards, but it must be done in the right way. If you’re new to the world of beach metal detecting, or you’re merely looking to up your game,
Ensure You Have the Right Type of Metal Detector
When we first start out metal detecting, it’s normal for us to use a beginner metal detector, as it allows us to find our feet and get used to the equipment. However, as we progress more in the field, we also have to ensure that our equipment is up to speed. For example, if the beaches you plan to comb are wet, and you’re looking to venture into the water, then it can be worthwhile upgrading to an underwater metal detector. Similarly, those perusing dry batches may make use of a relic machine to use its combing feature. In some instances, you may even need a selection of metal detectors, depending on your plans.
Get to Know the Beaches You Plan to Explore
To reap the best rewards, we must know our environment. This allows us to carry out a more thorough search of the area, and know where the hotspots are. There can be several high-traffic areas on the beach, and knowing what they are will ensure that you yield the best rewards. For example, if you’re using an underwater metal detector in an area where people rarely visit the water, then you could be making better use of the dry sand. Of course, this scenario could be reversed, so again, research is key.
What Hotspots to Look Out For?
When it comes to metal detecting, research will be an ongoing task that needs to be carried out. Evidently, as you become more experienced, you will want to explore more beaches. However, this means that you need to ensure that each beach has a strategy in place. How you come up with a strategy can depend on the type of beach you’re looking to explore, but making the following considerations will ensure that you’re always able to come up with a strategy for each beach you explore.
Dry Sand Hotspots
How you approach dry sand can depend on the layout of the beach. As such, you should consider the following before embarking on your exploration.
Towel Lines: When people visit the beach, you normally find that a pattern forms in where people lay their towel. Although there can be a vast amount of rubbish to unearth, there can also be a series of different treasures waiting to be found.
Entry and Exits: As you would imagine, both entry and exit points are high traffic area on dry sand, so therefore while worth your time when it comes to exploring.
Activity Areas: Some beaches may not have activities present, whereas others have a vast number. Exploring areas where people play sports and take part in unique events can often mean that many rewards are on offer for those willing to invest the time.
Consider ‘Secret’ Locations: Secret locations don’t mean than an area has purposely been hidden, but it does mean that areas not within everyone’s eyeline can sometimes be a treasure trove. While hidden areas between rocks and under stairwells won’t always unearth what you’re looking for, it can be worthwhile, as it very rarely takes a vast amount of time.
Knowing How to Explore Wet Sand
If you’re looking to explore wet sand, then you will probably be aware that there are less hotspots available when compared to dry sand, but this doesn’t mean a strategy shouldn’t be implemented. To get the best out of wet sand, it can be worth going down when the tide is low. Sometimes, this can mean getting up early. However, as well as being able to take advantage of the low tide, there were also be less people around, meaning that you’re able to explore the area in more detail.
As you become more experienced with wet sand, you will start to become familiar with the consistency of the sand. This will allow you to determine as to how deep some targets are.
Should I Consider Any Other Equipment?
As well as the metal detector itself, it can be worth investing in a metal detecting scoop. Which one you decide on can depend on the type of beaches you will be exploring, as well as what areas. Your budget can also be a deciding factor. However, if you’re on board for metal detecting for the long haul, then such an item is well worth the investment.
Keep Track of Your Finds
To some, this may seem a little over-the-top, but keeping track of what you’ve unearthed so far means that you can scope areas that have had less attention. Keeping track of information also ensures that you can look out for trends areas, and know when these areas are worth visiting again.
As you can see, there can be more to metal detecting than first thought, but not so much that it becomes a chore. In fact, ensuring that you instil a strategy and have a more detailed outlook when it comes to searching the beach will ensure that you reap the best rewards moving forward.