Trying your hand at metal detecting can be intimidating. The beach is a vast place, and knowing how to properly hunt for buried treasures takes time and research. We’ve got a couple of tips on getting started, so you can find prizes the first time you hit the beach.
There are three types of metal detecting: dry sand, wet sand, and underwater metal detecting. Knowing how to wet sand and underwater metal detecting requires a lot of research and expensive gear. We’re going to discuss tips and tricks for the most simple form, metal detecting on dry sand.
1. Focus on the Towel Line
The towel line is the area just off the wet sand where most people lay down their belongings. This area has the highest concentration of people and therefore has the highest concentration of buried items. We recommend searching in the early morning or late afternoon when most people have cleared out. Look for heavy foot traffic and old towel markings to determine the towel line on an empty beach. Not everything you find will be of value, as there will likely be a lot of trash. But for every piece of trash, there could be a loose coin or ring hiding just beneath your feet.
2. Know When to Go
Metal detecting can be competitive, especially at the most crowded beaches. Hunting at the right time is a great way to boost your findings. The best time of the week is usually around sundown on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is just after large crowds have spent the weekend at the beach. Most metal detectors prefer to hunt in the early morning the next day because it’s the coolest time of day. If you don’t mind hunting in the early evening, you can beat most hunters to the weekend catch.
3. Keep Track of Your Finds
Keeping a detailed log of what you find on the beach is an important and often overlooked step in the process. Having a log allows you to determine the times, areas, and beaches that are most profitable. They give you information on the types of things that are usually found in each section of a beach. Having this information makes hunting more efficient, in turn helping you find more loot.
4. Bring a Metal Scoop
Besides the metal detector, having a reliable scoop is the second most important piece of equipment you can have. Without a scoop, you’ll be digging with your hands, and this is going to wear you out quickly. A scoop allows you dig treasure up from the sand with ease, and also removes any tangled debris.
5. Remember to Have Fun
Our last tip is the most important of all. You probably aren’t going to become a millionaire or find Atlantis by metal detecting. But, you might find some valuable pieces and maybe even a small piece of history. Remember to have fun while you’re on the beach. Bring the kids along and show them some of the cool things they can find. You might end up getting them hooked too.