When beach metal detecting, many can fall into the trap of thinking that its only the winter where the sand gets removed from the beach, or that only a certain area of a beach can produce the better finds.
It’s also very easy to fall into a rut of only going to a certain beach at a certain time. As I have said many times before, the beach can change over night at any time of the year and if anyone else says any different, don’t listen.
Instead of thinking it’s not worth going to the beach metal detecting or listening to the forums saying that the finds are not great, get out and give it a go for yourself and make your own mind up. I am a real believer that you just never know what is down there and how can you know what the beach is like unless you go and take a look?
A great example of getting out there and checking yourself are pictures below. They were taken from one of my local beaches at the height of summer, when you expect the sand to be higher. What the pictures shows me is my local beach with a large amount of sand removed to show the rocky hard packed lower sand layers. The rocky hard packed layer on this beach particular beach should have been under about 3 feet of sand, but as you can see below is now exposed and waiting for someone with a metal detector to search it.
Sites like this on my local beaches bring a smile to my face, as you just know there is a chance of a good older find.
Digging the hard packed layers while metal detecting on the beach
When you go beach metal detecting you might need a specialist approach to your digging tool depending on what part of the beach you detect on. Metal detecting on the dry sand will require a beach scoop of some sort. You might also use a more professional sand scoop which you can also use in the shallow water and allows you to dig a target without bending over to much.
One thing I will say is that when iy comes to the real hard packed lower layers of the beach you will need something with a little more backbone than a sand scoop. The hard packed layer you see in the images below was VERY difficult to dig. Each whole took some considerable effort due to the nature of the hard packed, which is made up of boulders and rocks of all sizes and hard packed sand.
These hard packed lower layers are what you are looking for when you want to find those older finds. Finds get trapped in the harder packed layers. Gold rings sink and work there way down to these layers, so checking them is a must if you get a chance to run a metal detector over them.
What I am trying to get across here is don’t fall into a rut of thinking it’s not a good time to go beach metal detecting, or that you didn’t find much on the last trip. You just never know what lies in the sand and you just never really know what state the beach is in unless you get out there, check and give it a go.
I would not have seen this newly exposed area by looking on the Internet or sitting at home waiting for bad weather to stir up the beaches.
Successful beach metal detecting is a hobby thats needs participation and the best way is to get out there. Get to know your beach as you just never know what condition the beach is in and what actually lies just below the surface.
The exposed layers on my local beach needed some concentrated attention, but I only had very limited time. Even with this, the pictures below show a few of the items that came out of the sand.