Category Archives: General Metal Detecting

Busy Season

This is the busy season for metal detectorists. Many frantic calls from people who have lost items while at the shore or swimming lakes.

What are some of the common denominators?

1st. Sun tan lotion and oils make your hands and fingers very slippery. Then you have a catch, dig a hole or shake off your towel and rings slip right off of your fingers. Other take their rings off before applying sunscreen and think that they put their items in a safe spot, like cup holder on a chair or on their towel. They then forget about it and fold up their chair or shake off their towel. There goes the jewelry.

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What Do You Think?

What is your opinion? Should these guys be allowed to look for this treasure?

For the article & video click –>Treasure hunt thwarted by Myrtle Beach City Council opposition:

Robert Thomason of Spruce Pines, N.C., says he has used his technology (divining rods) to find minerals all over the country for 15 years. He said that technology has led him to pinpoint scattered artifacts on the shores of Myrtle Beach. But he and his friend’s quest to unearth them hit a roadblock Tuesday.

I am not a believer in divining rods, are you?

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished



I responded to a ring recovery last Sunday. A young gentleman had lost his Triton class ring. He showed me the area behind his yard that he thought that it was in. It was overgrown.

I started searching and found some junk metal. I looked for over 1.5 hours and didn’t find the ring. It is not there or the ring isn’t made of metal.

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Slow down or snow down?

Now that the swimming season is over, the requests for my recovery services have slowed way down. That gives me more time to train for the Panama City Ironman in November and also lets me do some detecting for me.

I like going out walking on the beaches searching for targets without having the pressure of making a recovery. If I find a piece of jewelry I look in the lost & found and post a generic “Found” on the beach – charm or ring or whatever it is. Then the owner can contact me and describe the item. If no one clams it it goes into my safe deposit box for retirement.

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A New Olympic Event – Ring Tossing

olympic downdrain

I just don’t understand it. I receive a lot of calls to find lost rings that were lost during heated discussion. They don’t tell me that right away, but it eventually comes out. I guess they are embarrassed. I think ring tossing should be a new Olympic event. Most of the rings thrown aren’t cheap ones either. Throwing your rings is just like throwing money down the drain…

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Vacation…Its All Over


I’m back home after a 2 week vacation at the Jersey Shore.

I went out detecting several days. I am usually on the beach by 5:45 am to watch the sun come up as I detect.

I find it very relaxing. Very few people are on the beach at that time. There are a lot of amateur photographers out trying to get the best picture of the days sunrise.

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Lost ring in Ocean City

I have been looking for a lost wedding band on the beach of Ocean City. It was lost 3 days ago. The section of beach where is was lost is heavily detected.

The problem is that the owner posted the ring missing on Craigslist and gave a very good description as to where it was lost. This notifies every devious person with a detector to look for an easy score and not return if they find it.

This beach has 3 – 5 people every morning searching it. Tonight there were 3 others on the beach looking for the ring. All said that they saw the post on Craigslist.

I have a very bad feeling about this ring. I think it has already been found. I did talk to the owner and he said no one has told him that it has been found.

I might give it one more try in the morning. Wish me luck!!


Strange Request…

Tomorrow I am heading out to a private dwelling to search the yard for a lost ring. The owner states she took her ring off in the house to wash her hands. It fell to the floor and the dog ate it. They have checked the dog’s poop but have come up empty. When the dog ate it a few weeks ago there was a lot of rain. They feel that they may have missed checking a few piles.

Hopefully I will have success with my metal detectors. Looking at Google Maps it is not a large yard. The issue I will have is there is a metal fence surrounding the yard. Hoping my Minelab CTX3030 with be able to sort out the signals.

Update: I did not find the ring after searching for 1.5 hours. The women did notify me a few weeks later that they found the ring under the oven. It fell down a small hole in the floor boards. 


New Olympic Event, Jewelry Tossing

Why is it when couples fight, one of the first things they do is throw their expensive jewelry?

Got a call yesterday for a lost platinum ring. I drove the 15 minutes to the location and met a gentleman who described what happened. His girlfriend took off her ring and threw it into the ground. Then they heard a “ting”.

Well the story didn’t add up. If she threw it into the ground in the area he said, there was nothing but grass, so they shouldn’t have heard the “ting”. Several feet to the right was a large parking lot, to the left was a driveway, and straight ahead was the street.

My guess is that she didn’t throw it down, she threw it out. I searched the area anyway. I used 2 different detectors. The guy was right there with me. Every signal he was on the ground looking through the grass hoping to find the ring.

I even walked around the parking lot, the driveway & the road. No luck! He offered me some cash to cover my time but I declined.

I think she should get a platinum metal for the toss. Oh that’s right she threw the Platinum away…


Used car lot…

This year my metal detecting activities are down. I have been training for my 1st half marathon run on September 15th. I have put a lot of time and sweat into achieving this goal. I am down 30+ pounds.

Earlier this week I went out for a recovery (see Recoveries…). I was in a bad mood because I couldn’t make the find for Christine. So while alone at home, because my family was in New York City attending the America’s Got Talent Show (sitting in the front row), I decided to try and cheer myself up by heading to the Jersey Shore. I love spending time on the beach alone. I get to spend some quality time with my mom.

I settled on Sea Isle City. I brought my rain gear because the forecast wasn’t good. Heavy cloud clover and dark clouds off in the distance. There were very few people on the beach at 5:30pm. Just the way I like it. Low tide would be around 8:30pm. 

I started searching and I was finding quarters, a very good sign. I worked my way to the wet sand. Very few targets there. The sand was all soft & mushy. Back to the high tide mark. More targets there. 

I got a very large signal & started digging. I thought that it was going to be a soda can. Much to m y surprise it was a 2 foot metal shovel. I guess someone was building a serious sand sculpture when they lost it. 

Then I found my first toy car. I have found close to 200 of these cars. I have been thinking about putting them on eBay in groups of five to see what they will bring me. Plenty of targets still keeping me busy, I moved along.

The surf wan’t very rough, so I kept looking for dolphins. They usually bring me good luck. Tonight there would be no dolphins. I guess too many have died this year. 

It started to drizzle. I kept pushing along. I did see a few other people metal detecting. One father son & daughter team, sharing 2 detectors and 1 shovel in the dry sand. There was another guy a few blocks away searching the wet sand. All were digging making finds.

I ended the night with no jewelry. Oh well you can’t find a ring every time out. I did end up with a used car lot. I ended up finding 9 Match Box cars and a fighter jet toy. I was soaked because it was a warm rain, so I didn’t put on my gear. I would have just been wet with sweat, so I enjoyed the rain.

This week I should get a lot of detecting time in. Lake season opens up and I plan on making a trip or to to the beach. I took some time off from work.

Tomorrow I travel to Pennsylvania to return a anniversary band I found for a woman who lost it in Cape May. I will be posting that story on my website


A mind is a terrible thing to waste!!

Boy I forgot I had this blog space. I only wrote 2 articles. I will have to get back on the horse and start posting again about my favorite hobby of metal detecting.

I have been having a blast this summer returning lost items to people. To see some of the stories check out

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I just spent the last 2 weeks at the Jersey Shore. During those 2 weeks I went metal detecting just about everyday. All can say is that people are SLOBS!!!

If you people who visit the NJ beaches would like to keep the freedom to bring food & drink to the beach, you NEED to start cleaning up your trash. I am not there to pick up your soda cans, balls of tinfoil or your condom wrappers. The beach cleaning machines don’t pick up all of your other trash either.

The beaches are a mess. Trash is everywhere. Beach tags rates will go up to pay for people to clean up YOUR mess. During the high tide some of your trash makes it into the ocean. Then the sea life attempts to eat it, and eventually dies.

Why can’t people be responsible? You think your smart by burying your trash, well your not. With all of the beach erosion it gets uncovered quickly. People get injured on your sharp bottles & cans.

Please help keep the beaches clean!!! (stepping down off of my soap box)