Fisher Gold Bug 2 Metal Detector with 6.5" Search Coil
- Product Review (submitted on August 1, 2008):
I would really recommend the Gold Bug 2 to anyone serious about prospecting for gold. I believe this detector to be ideal for a complete novice or the more experienced user. I have other detectors and use them for relic hunting as the Gold Bug 2 is not ideal for coin and relic shooting, but I have found relics with it. My personal feeling is that there are easier and cheaper detectors for the coin and relic hunters.
Here in the Silver Valley (Wallace ID) there is a lot of heavy mineralized soil, lead, and all the hot rocks you can think of. The gold fields also have these metals and minerals and the Gold Bug 2 works well. However, you need to be aware that the ground balance on the Gold Bug 2 can be a little tricky. There have been times I have spent more time re-balancing than sweeping and that can be a little frustrating. Also, be prepared to spend a lot of time practicing so you can tell the difference in your tones. The Gold Bug 2 has allowed me to now have one of the largest lead shot, foil, bullet case and soda pop top collections in the world. You need to really be serious with your practice time if you want to enjoy your prospecting.
One great thing is that it is light weight. I use the small 6.5 coil because I prospect in river areas, and there was a lot of bucket dredging done in the 1920’s. The smaller coil fits in the cracks and holes easier. I may have lost some depth with the smaller coil but I have been very pleased with what I have found. I have found small flake (pin head size) and nuggets (1.4 ounces). All have been within 1-4 inches deep but I really don’t want to dig a foot down through river gravel and rock to find a pin head flake (I am lazy that way).
Once again, make the time to practice with the Gold Bug 2!! You will be glad you did!