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Where does Gold Lie? Look to the Fisher Gold Bug Pro

The Fisher Gold Bug Pro metal detector has features that are easy to use.

The Fisher Gold Bug Pro has features that are easy to use and that you would expect to find on gold detectors costing much more.

Hobbyists’ quest for gold is as varied as its hue—there are weekend prospectors, gold hunters with a part-time curiosity and beginners who are eager to learn. There are avid prospectors who are making a career out of detecting, panning and dredging for gold. A hot commodity, this glistening metal has been pursued since primitive time. These are exciting days for prospectors, since gold metal detectors have become highly capable and accessible. When detecting for gold, there are a few things to consider. Gold and silver metals are highly conductive; they often display a broad range of readings on a target ID. For this reason, prospectors achieve greater success using a detector with a higher operating frequency (specifically a gold detector). Hunting for gold will also steer you into stream beds, requiring a unit that has a waterproof search coil and functional in mineralized soil. With the correct equipment, a detectorist has a good chance of finding at least small gold nuggets or large flakes.

Fisher Gold Bug Pro Metal Detector

Nugget hunters and experienced gold prospectors were over the moon when Fisher introduced the Gold Bug Pro Metal Detector. Because Fisher is a highly regarded manufacturer, the expectations for this unit were high. And according to reviewers, Fisher has gone over and beyond with the Gold Bug Pro! With its operating frequency of 19 kHz, the Fisher Gold Bug Pro easily handles highly mineralized ground that is overrun with hot rocks. One prospector raves, “If you are a dedicated gold nugget hunter who is looking for gold, then the Gold Bug Pro is your best choice!” The Gold Bug Pro features a visual target ID that displays a numerical readout along with a signal. This is a huge help for identifying trash targets. It is lightweight and boasts many unique features, including Computerized Ground Grab™. Additionally, the Gold Bug Pro is one of the easiest gold detectors to learn. In just a few hours in the field, a beginner should be comfortable operating this unit.

See: Fisher Gold Bug Pro Metal Detector Reviews

 

Pro Tips to Help You Find the Best Metal Detector

The best metal detector can sometimes seem elusive. There are so many options, and many of them are excellent machines. So, we asked the professionals “How can you find the best metal detector?”.

The philosophy of the pros is that you need to find the machine that’s ideal for you personally. The best metal detector depends on your individual needs and once you figure out what those needs are, you’ll be able to zero in on the best metal detector for you. Here are a few tips from professional metal detectorists to help you find a metal detector that’s best for you.

Metal Detecting Experience

One of the most important considerations when looking for the best metal detector is your current level of metal detecting experience. There are beginner machines for a reason and you should choose one if you’re new to the hobby.

Physical Ability

Some metal detectors are easier to use physically than others. If you have physical limitations look for a machine that’s lightweight and more compact, or if heavier, one that features a harness for more support. You may also benefit from a model that offers an adjustable handle. You may be surprised at the comfort of having the length just right; one click longer or short can make a world of difference!

Location, Location, Location

Where you hope to go metal detecting will also help determine the best metal detector for you. If you’re heading to the beach you’ll need a different machine than if you’re hoping to hunt where old Civil War relics will be found for example.

Type of Treasure

Metal detectors are designed to be good at finding different types of targets. So try to determine whether you want to find antique coins, gold, or other type of treasure and that will help lead you to the best metal detector.

For more information on how to find the best metal detector, please enjoy these other articles from our learning library.

Which Metal Detector is Best for You? - A guide to choosing the best metal detector

What are The Best Metal Detectors for Seniors and Retirees

What is The Best Metal Detector - One of our best read articles ever

Big Spring Sale on Metal Detectors 2015 from MetalDetector.com

Shop Big Spring Deals on Metal Detectors, Accessories and Promotional Offers:

Discover Our Big Spring Sale on Metal Detectors!

Brothers Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of Metal Detector.com invite you to enjoy our big spring metal detector promotion.

Brothers Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of Metal Detector.com invite you to enjoy our big spring metal detector promotion.

Spring is an exciting time of year for detectorists around the world. As winter fades, the warmer weather and longer days of Spring makes it possible to experience the thrill of digging up a bit of history! If you have resolved to start a new hobby in 2015, this is the time to get started! Everyone at MetalDetector.com works hard to make your Spring traditions come to life. Whether this is your first time visiting our website or we have already become part of your annual tradition – we appreciate your support of our family business over this past year.

No matter where you are located, you can take advantage of our annual MetalDetector.com Spring Sale on metal detectors.  Beginning now and running through Midnight June 20, 2015, you will find our best metal detector deals and special values. Feel free to Contact Us with your questions or comments. Our Learning Library of metal detectors and the articles section is a great place to learn about selecting equipment. It’s a great resource on metal detectors and accessories for those just getting started with metal detecting.

Here are the offers included in Our Big Spring Metal Detector Sale:

1. DepthMaster Audiophone II Metal Detector Headphones (Save $40)
Professional metal detecting headphones. Coiled cord. Dual volume controls. Works with all metal detectors. Hear the oldest, deepest targets. Our best selling headphone for metal detectors.
List Price: $79.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $39.95 – See Deal Now

2. Gold Metal Detector Accessory Starter Kit (Save $219.85)
Contains All the Accessories You Need to Go with Your Metal Detector: Headphones. Digging Trowel. Carry Bag. Free Bonus Golden Doubloon Replica Coin. Our best selling metal detector accessories kit.
List Price: $289.80 - Big Spring Sale Price $69.95 – See Deal Now

3. Bounty Hunter Legacy Metal Detector Series – Affordable Line of “First Detectors”:

Bounty Hunter Legacy 3500 Metal Detector (Save $150) – This top Legacy model features an easy to read LCD display with digital target identification and depth readings. This Bounty Hunter model features automatic and manual ground balance adjustment to allow the detector to operate in the toughest ground conditions. Includes headphones, carry bag and Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $399.99 – Big Spring Sale Price $249.99 – See Deal Now
Bounty Hunter Legacy 2500 Metal Detector (Save $140)
– Target identification, Expanded Depth Reading with quick “zap” trash rejection, all on a Jumbo LCD Display Screen. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $319.99 – Big Spring Sale Price $179.99 – See Deal Now
Bounty Hunter Legacy 1500 Metal Detector (Save $60)
– Huge value in a beginer’s detector with three tone audio and visual display target identification. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $199.99 – Big Spring Sale Price $139.99 – See Deal Now

4. Garrett Ace Metal Detectors Series – Hardworking, Easy to Use Entry Level Units:

Garrett Ace 350 Metal Detector (Save $52.50) – Top Ace model. Exceptional iron discrimination, a higher operating frequency, new salt water capabilities and the deepest seeking Garrett Ace search coil ever plus free headphones. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $349.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $297.45 – See Deal Now

Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector (Save $37.50) – All-time favorite Ace detector. Expanded visual identification, Pre-set and custom trash elimination, depth reading, yet very easy to use. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $249.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $212.45 – See Deal Now

Garrett Ace 150 Metal Detector (Save $27) – Lowest priced Ace detector. Has both visual display and audio tone identification. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $179.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $152.95 – See Deal Now

5. Bounty Hunter Platinum Metal Detector – (Save over $280)
Our Best Selling Model Bounty Hunter Metal Detector at the Lowest Price of the year. Free Headphones, Full-Size Carry Bag and Bonus Accessory Kit Included.
List Price: $579.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $299.95 – See Deal Now

6. Garrett Pro-Pointer AT pinpointing metal detector – New Item (Save over $22)
Just like the popular Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold metal detectors, the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is fully submersible. This unit is the latest evolution of the popular Garrett Pro-Pointer. The unique waterproof design lets you search for targets on both land or underwater to a depth of 10 feet. List Price: $149.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $127.46 – See Deal Now

7. Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer – New Item (Save $24)
The Makro Pointer is definitely a premium pinpointer, although it is certainly affordable. It’s fully waterproof and the Target alerts include audio, vibration or both at the same time. Also has a powerful LED light for locating targets in deep or dark holes. List Price: $149.00 – Big Spring Sale Price $125.00 – See Deal Now

8. XP DEUS Wireless Metal Detector – (Save $251)
WS4 Backphone Heaphones + 9″ or 11″ Coil + Telescopic Pole – Lightweight. Powerful. Fast. Deep Seeking. World’s First Wireless Metal Detector. The DEUS Starter Bundle includes the WS4 LCD Backphone Headphone & 9″ or 11″ Search Coil with Telescopic Pole. Control all detector functions with the headphones on this completely wireless metal detector. Great for Coins, Relics, Jewelry and Gold Nugget Prospecting.
List Price $1200.00 – Big Spring Sale Price $949.00 – See Deal Now

9. Garrett ATX Metal Detector with Deepseeker Package (Save $449)
Find gold nuggets with this exceptionally deep, Garrett metal detector for gold. Deepseeker Package Includes: ATX detector with 12″ DD search coil, Land Headphones, Soft storage/travel case, Garrett Detector Sling, AA Alkaline and rechargeable batteries, battery charger, 20″ Deepseeker Mono Searchcoil, Military Grade Garrett Hard Case.
List Price: $2995.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $2546.56 – See Deal Now

10. Makro deephunter Pro Metal Detector (Save over $2299)
deephunter by Makro Locates Large Deep Treasures, Cavities and also Individual Coins and small items like gold nuggets. This is a multi-purpose metal detector and with the Pro Package, you will receive all accessories you need, such as: Two Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Batteries, Universal AC Wall Charger, Cordura Nylon Carrying Bag For All Equipment, Car Charger, Premium Head Phone, Detailed Manual, Instructional DVD (English/Spanish), 2 Year Warranty, Four Search Coils and much more.
List Price: $7,999.95 – Big Spring Sale Price $5700 – See Deal Now

11. Makro Racer Metal Detector (Save $115)
Developed for searching coins, jewelry and relics, the Makro Racer metal detector offers you the ideal combination of cutting-edge technology and advanced design. The Racer features a simple, easy-to-use menu design and includes four pre-set detecting modes of All Metal, Two Tone, Three Tone and Salt Water Beach. List Price: $764 – Big Spring Sale Price $649 – See Deal Now

Our Big Spring 2015 Metal Detectors Sale – Now in Progress!

Remember, as you shop metal detectors, these special promotional offers are good only at MetalDetector.com and valid while supplies last.  Be sure to take advantage of these offers now as they end at Midnight on June 20th, 2015. Feel free to Contact Us with your questions or comments.

Metal Detector Accessories List for Beginners

Metal detector accessories are an essential piece of successful treasure hunting. But where should beginners start? Usually, there isn’t much money left after most purchase their beginners metal detector. Here’s a list of metal detector accessories every detectorist should have on hand no matter how long they’ve been metal detecting.

1. Metal detecting headphones.
2. Heavy-duty digging trowel for unearthing your finds safely. Or a sand scoop if you’ll be at the beach.
3. Coil cover for your metal detectors search coil, to protect it when in use.
4. Environmental screen or control box cover to protect the electronics of your detector from dust, drizzle and dirt while detecting.

An environmental screen cover will help protect the electronics of your metal detector as seen here on a Garrett Ace Series metal detector.

An environmental screen cover will help protect the electronics of your metal detector as seen here on a Garrett Ace Series metal detector.

Most metal detector accessories lists would also include a hand held pinpointer. However, this is one beginners metal detector accessory that can wait until you have a bit more money on hand. If you can afford it though, a hand held pinpointer will pay off greatly by speeding up your recovery rate.

For more information on metal detector accessories and beginner metal detectors in general, please review these related articles from our learning library:

Choosing a Metal Detector Headphone

What Are The Best Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting?

What are The Best Beginners Metal Detectors?

3 Reasons Metal Detecting Headphones are an Essential Accessory

metal detecting headphones

Hobbyists and professional metal detectorists alike choose to have a quality pair of metal detecting headphones. Read on to find out why.

Metal detecting headphones are regularly used by professional metal detectorists whether on land or metal detecting underwater; but why? Of course it’s not possible to go underwater metal detecting without using a pair of headphones. However, metal detectors used on land already have their own built in speaker and, it’s usually pretty loud. Can’t you save some money and leave this metal detecting accessory on the shelf?

Well, technically, you can. That said, there are several important reasons hobbyists and professional metal detectorists alike choose to have a quality pair of metal detecting headphones to use whenever they’re out treasure hunting:

1. You won’t miss faint signals anymore.

2. Although your naked ear can hear the majority of your metal detector’s signals, there are faint signals or “ghost signals” that they’ll miss. With metal detecting headphones you’ll be able to hear these signals along with all the rest.

3. Improved signal clarity and tonal discrimination.

In addition, metal detecting headphones can create a clearer signal for your ear which will aid you in discriminating between different tones in order to more readily differentiate between trash and treasure targets.

Courtesy to those around you.

Others around you don’t want to hear your metal detector beeping constantly. Wearing a pair of metal detecting headphones allows you to be more courteous to those in the area while helping you enjoy your hobby at the same time.

Metal detecting headphones extend your machine’s battery life.

Metal detecting headphones also extend the life of your machine’s batteries. They’re working less to produce an audible sounds, and as a result, have more energy to power the rest of your metal detector’s features.

For more on choosing headphones and other metal detecting accessories, please enjoy these related articles from our learning library.

What Metal Detector Accessories Should I Start With

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Metal Detecting Accessories and Necessities

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Metal Detector

Trying to find the best metal detector? Honestly, there isn’t one best metal detector for everyone. Instead, here are 5 questions to ask yourself before buying a new metal detector so you can be sure it’ll be the best machine for you.

1.  Where will you use the metal detector?
2.  How often will you go metal detecting?
3.  What type of treasure do you hope to find?
4.  Will there be more than one user?
5.  What’s your metal detecting budget?

Now, take your answers to these questions and begin looking over some new metal detectors. As you can see, if you’re planning on going metal detecting at the beach sometimes to find lost jewelry with your wife and you have $400 to spend on your machine and metal detecting accessories, you’ll need one type of machine. If you’re going to head to the mountains every weekend to search for gold, you’ll be the only user, and you have $1,200 to spend on the machine alone since you already have the accessories you need you’ll find that a different metal detector would be right for you.

For more information on buying a new metal detector, please enjoy these related articles from our learning library. They’re filled with additional tips that are helpful to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for the best metal detector and getting started correctly.

Which Metal Detector is Best for You? – A guide to choosing the best metal detector

Metal Detecting Accessories and Necessities

Beach + Metal Detector = Success

One of the most lucrative spots to take your metal detector is the beach.  The more popular the beach, the better the treasure hunting usually is.  To get started all you need is a good beach hunting metal detector, a nearby beach, and some time.  In addition, you’ll want to be sure to have a good sand scoop, a carrying case to transport your metal detector, and a good pair of metal detecting headphones to help you hear your targets clearly without offending other beach goers.

Metal Detecting on the Beach

Once you’re out metal detecting on the beach, be sure to clearly define your search area so you can be certain that you’ve searched everywhere as deeply as possible.  From there, you’ll want to walk at a slow pace, swinging the metal detector from side to side as you walk back and forth along the waterline.

For more on how to get the maximum return on your metal detecting beach trips please take a look at these articles from our learning library:

Life’s a Beach Just Bring Your Metal Detector

What are the Best Metal Detectors for Metal Detecting on the Beach

How Can You Enjoy Metal Detecting on Your Next Vacation?

Fisher Gold Bug-2: Seeing is Believing!

There’s a popular saying in the world of gold prospecting, “Gold is where you find it.” But what does this really mean? We know that gold occurs in many forms in nature and it is sometimes found in unsuspecting places. Theories are always evolving regarding how and where gold is deposited on earth. Scientists say that about 6 miles below the Earth’s surface, under extreme temperature and pressure, water carries high concentrations of carbon dioxide, silica, and gold. During an earthquake, the fault jog suddenly opens wider—releasing quartz and gold out of the fluids and onto nearby surfaces. So, even the world’s most successful prospectors cannot predict exactly where gold lies. However, their advice to search for gold where it has already been found is sound. The odds of recovering nuggets or small grains of gold where others have already found it are greater than simply guessing at its whereabouts. One prospector likes to say, “A hillside in California’s gold country has much higher odds of producing gold than a river in Kansas.”

Want to Find Gold?

If you are determined to set out in search for your own gold, first do some research about your prospecting location. Then, be sure that you are correctly equipped. A highly rated gold prospecting metal detector will be your most important tool. A plastic gold pan and a good shovel will improve your ability to recover gold nuggets in a stream. A pry bar can also come in handy to loosen compacted rocks and gravel.

Fisher Gold Bug-2 Metal Detector—Designed for Finding Gold Nuggets

The Fisher Gold Bug 2 is a legendary gold nugget hunter and the model is based on the classic gold bug design from Fisher.

The Fisher Gold Bug 2 is a legendary gold nugget hunter and the model is based on the classic gold bug design from Fisher.

The search for and discovery of even a small grain or nugget of gold is an achievement worth celebrating. And successful recreational prospectors frequently mention the Fisher Gold Bug-2 as the metal detector that pointed them to gold nuggets. Many prospectors say they have tried just about every gold-seeking metal detector on the market and none of them can pinpoint the tiny nuggets that the Fisher Gold Bug-2 can find. One detectorist comments, “I can confidently say that other detectors cannot match the legendary sensitivity of the Gold Bug-2 in regards to detecting small nuggets. With its high 71 kHz operating frequency, the Gold Bug-2 has been routinely finding tiny specks of gold that most other detectors just can’t locate.” What makes the Fisher Gold Bug-2 so proficient at finding otherwise elusive gold? It offers extraordinary sensitivity, the highest operating frequency on the market, iron-discrimination mode to reject trash and hot rocks, dust and moisture resistance and the ability to operate in extremely mineralized soil. Another exclusive feature is audio boost which signals small and deep targets.

Goal-Driven Gold Prospecting: Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ

Full length picture of the Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ metal detector.

The Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ is the most powerful metal detector made by Tesoro and their top unit for gold prospecting.

Many prospectors in western U.S. states take advantage of their proximity to gold-bearing sites by nugget shooting as a weekend hobby. But it’s worth mentioning that you don’t have to live in Arizona, Colorado or New Mexico to be a gold prospector. There are less-known gold-bearing states (*see list below) that prospectors can try their hand at. And treasure hunters who dream of finding gold can always plan their vacations around destinations where gold panning and prospecting sites are attractions. If you visit old abandoned mines, you are likely to find pieces of valuable ore that fell from carts long ago. Modern gold metal detectors are much more sophisticated than equipment miners had in the past. And gold-seeking detectors can easily find deposits that have been buried with rock and other debris.

Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ Gold Metal Detector

The Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ Metal Detector has an extremely loyal following. Reviewers unanimously give this gold detector a 5-star rating; field tests say the same. Typical feedback from detectorists: “This VLF machine is awesome! It is super sensitive on small gold and works great on coins and relics. The auto ground balance works as described and makes working with hot rocks a breeze.” The “TRAQ” part of the Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ name refers to its unique ground tracking capabilities. The machine automatically tracks and compensates for any ground mineral changes, which is ideal for prospecting in old mines and areas with highly mineralized material. Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ’s adjustable threshold controls the audio “background hum” when searching. Variations in audio allow the user to distinguish very small, deep targets, perfect for gold prospecting with a metal detector.

Read: Tesoro Lobo Super Traq Field Test

Read: Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ Metal Detector Review

Compare: What’s The Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector?

 

*Gold is commonly found in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

What is Geocaching and How to Find Your First Cache

Geocaching, or the game/hobby of hunting for hidden treasures using predetermined GPS points is becoming more popular every day. In fact, there are literally over one million geocaches currently hidden all around the world. All you need to get started is a GPS. Then, visit one of the main geocaching websites and select a geocache to find and begin your search.

To help, you might consider bringing along your metal detector. Metal detectors are very useful when geocaching and can help you locate caches that are under brush, snow, or otherwise somewhat covered. Once you find the geocache, enter your name in the logbook, follow any other instructions included, then put everything back the way you found it. If you wish, you can also record your experience on the website where you found the geocache initially. For more on geocaching, metal detecting, and geodetecting, take a look at these articles from our learning library:

Over 1 Million Geocaches are Hidden Around You

Geocaching and Metal Detecting, Two Exciting Hobbies Combined

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