Last Post 21 Feb 2024 09:57 PM by  Sean Bush
San Diego and A Little Travel
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Steven Victor
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09 Jan 2024 04:38 PM
    I live in San Diego and have looked for fossils for many years. There aren't many places nearby to find fossils, so I decided to get into prospecting. I have many pans, a small sluice, and I just purchased a metal detector. I've always just gone by myself, because my wife is a city girl and doesn't like being outdoors for a long time, unless it's in the pool with drink in hand.

    Anyway... I contacted my local prospecting club, but they haven't been any help at all. I've contacted multiple people from the club over the past six months, asking questions about their club, outings, etc... and no one ever responded until recently and all they said was to "join the club". I don't want to give my hard earned money to anyone who doesn't want to be helpful.

    So... I'm hoping to find someone here to prospect with in San Diego and I don't mind travelling a bit either.

    Heavy Pans!
    Steve
    Scott Parker
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    09 Jan 2024 05:38 PM
    Not sure what kind of detector you bought, but the beaches in San Diego are great for detecting...
    Just saw you replied to my other post. I haven't been nugget detecting yet, but I have been fishing
    and detecting on various beaches pretty much every weekend except for Xmas.

    What detector did you get? I'm not super great at it (I bought a Nokta Legend pro pack 3-4 months
    ago) but it would be fun to meet up on the beach some time...
    Steven Victor
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    09 Jan 2024 05:52 PM
    I have a Minelab Equinox 900. I wanted one that could detect a few different things (nuggets, civil war artifacts, coins, etc...). I travel back east a couple of times a year to hunt for fossils and I've run across some old civil war fox holes in the middle of no where in SC. I'd need to check the local laws out there, but I've always wanted to go back to that spot to metal detect. I have family that bought a ranch in TX also. I don't know how old the ranch is, but it could have some things on it. My Dad has property in PA that is really close to a civil war battlefield as well.
    Detecting on the beach sounds good. I can get in the practice and you never know what you'll find. I lost a really nice gold ring when I was in high school at the beach, while surfing. Actually, it wasn't on the beach, it was in about 10 feet of water, but it could have either been washed up to the beach or swept out to sea over the decades. I've always wondered if anyone found it or if it's lost forever. Keep in touch and let me know the next time you are out here.
    Scott Parker
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    09 Jan 2024 06:48 PM
    I'm TheFrood over at https://metaldetectingforum.com/
    Lots of good info there about beach detecting. Lots of detector
    all over the place on there, but every locality has their own little
    rules about detecting.

    I'm planning to hit up some beach this weekend for the low tide
    in the afternoon to detect... Likely will be fishing until about 1 or
    2 pm. A really good low tide hits around 5pm, so if you can endure
    the chill the waves should finally be small enough not to risk getting
    swept out to sea if you go more than ankle deep in the water!

    Your detector is supposed to be waterproof to 5m, but I've read
    conflicting reports about reality of it on the forum above. It seems
    like a good detector though and should be good for gold with the
    smaller head and beach/relic with the larger. You may be able to
    find that ring you lost ;). Look on youtube about your detector to
    learn the settings and what they do. It's more advanced than my
    Legend, and I still have to consult the manual to figure out what
    things are/do.

    If you want to meet up I'll make it a point
    to try my hand at detecting in San Diego area this weekend. I go to
    OC most frequently because it's the closest beach to where I live
    (Moreno Valley).

    Steven Victor
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    10 Jan 2024 12:40 PM
    I'll email you.
    Sean Bush
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    21 Feb 2024 09:57 PM
    Hi Steven,

    I am relatively new at this as well, a couple years, and I joined a couple clubs to meet people and get in on organized outings. You can go to a club meeting without joining, make some contacts and feel it out. I can tell you that SPMA has an outing in March to the 29 Palms area and it is fairly close for you and should provide a little gold and a good time. Treasure Seekers of San Diego meets the first Wednesday of the month in Escondido and it doesn't cost anything other than your time and commitment to join. Don't get discouraged and do consider joining a club as they have lots and lots of claims that complement the GPAA claims. Really, the hardest thing is to make friends and most clubs unfortunately don't do enough to make new members comfortable, but you get out in direct proportion to what you put into it. My first experience on a claim was with a few guys I met at a meeting and I learned all about dry washing, digging, panning and we even found a little gold -not enough to cover the gas there and back, but the experience was priceless.

    Good luck and hope to see you at a club meeting. I'll be at the TSSD on Wednesday, March 6.

    Regards,
    Sean
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