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How to Metal Detect Underwater
Underwater metal detecting is a fun way to improve your chances of finding more targets. Having areas on land and in water combined to search is also fun in the summer because you can cool off in the water after searching the shoreline and beach.
Hunting underwater is different than hunting on land. In fact, it can be challenging at times. And you do have to invest in a detector that is waterproof. But, when you have the proper equipment and the following tips, you will be ready to make some amazing finds.
It’s really important to plan your hunting trip well so that you don’t end up wasting your time and effort. The first thing to consider is the time of year you hunt. It’s really only feasible to metal detect underwater during the summer. That’s because it’s the time of year that beaches have the most tourists who leave items behind, and the water will be warmer, so you can spend more time hunting in it. If you do make the decision to hunt in the winter, be sure that you plan for it – wear a wetsuit.
Be sure to check weather and tide reports so you can plan accordingly.
Decide Where You Will Hunt
To improve your chances of making good finds, you should choose the most visited area of the beach to search. That goes for underwater hunting too. You’ll typically find that the most productive spots are the ones where lots of people congregate. Look for areas around piers, swimming holes, and docks where swimmers dive into the water.
Be Methodical with Your Search
When you are detecting underwater, you need to have a method in how you search. You may want to follow an imaginary line, moving along it with five to six feet swipes. This is one of the most popular methods that detectorists use.
Be aware of any potholes in the ocean floor, you may find that they hold something valuable. Also, you may want to use a long-handled trowel for retrieving underwater targets – it makes it easier if the ocean floor is rocky and will keep you from having to go underwater to dig.
Know the Water Current
When you pay attention to the current of the water (is it moving in or out?), it will help you find targets that your detector signals. It will also allow you spot areas where items may get stuck, like in rocks or seaweed.
Search Underwater in the Daytime
Not only is it not as safe to hunt underwater at night, it’s extremely hard. If you want to make sure that you have the most time to search, start early and search all day. Daytime hunting gives you the best clarity and visibility, so you’ll have an easier time.
Don’t Take Scuba Lessons
When you hunt underwater, you don’t have to know how to scuba dive. The best searches are typically in four feet of water or less. That makes scooping up targets easy, and there’s no swimming involved.
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