Renewing the One Ounce Club membership for 2013

By Gus the Prospector

Whenever I hear that ‘every man and his dog has been there’ I’m always up for the challenge to see what they left behind.

On a recent trip to the goldfields I decided to spend my time working some old diggings located in a gully that, over the years, has been frequented by countless prospectors. Even I managed to find my first nugget there as a 12-year-old with a Minelab XT 17000.

Every detector operator approaches an area in his or her own unique way and there are countless triggers that will determine which direction you take when you’re there. It could be a case of something simply catching your eye like a certain type of tree or shrub; or something about the arrangement of the quartz and ironstone on the ground. Perhaps a rabbit warren that indicates deeper ground mineralisation might draw you in a certain direction and of course the direction you take could be down to nothing more than the fact there’s a dirty great spider web in the opposite direction with a huge spider in the middle of it. As long as you are out and about moving that coil around, you’re in with a chance of finding something that’s been missed by others.

Armed with a GPX 5000 and an 11-inch mono Commander coil, I was in nugget-hunting mode. This coil size was perfect for the type of ground I was detecting. It is very manoeuvrable and when using the Fine Gold settings on the GPX 5000, it really locks on to those smaller nuggets in highly mineralised ground conditions. It also provides good coverage of deeper targets.

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