The patch that just won’t quit

By Chris Durbridge

I’ve been working a piece of ground now for a few months but I probably wouldn’t have looked at it in the first place if it wasn’t for my maps and research. It certainly aroused my interest when I looked at it on Google Earth but when I got there I asked myself ‘what the hell am I doing here?’ The ground looked very ordinary indeed but it had taken me quite a while to get there so I figured I might as well give it a shot.

I kitted up and walked to roughly the middle of the prospect, turned the machine on and I swear that within five minutes I had my first bit. It was only around 0.3 grams but it was the right kind of metal. I’d managed to prove the ground and was very happy with that but wondered just how far this bit of ground was going to take me.

Well, at the time of writing, I have pinged 182 bits for 51 grams of gold with my record for the number of bits in one day sitting at 18. The biggest bit so far was found by my mate Manny and weighed in at 6.19 grams, which just so happens to be the biggest bit he has ever found! He thought it was a piece of copper and bit it to make sure. You can still see the teeth marks on it.

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