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About Jerico

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  1. Without headphones you tend to loose little guys, at least in my experience. Also sometimes I almost cannot work the detecter without headphones because of wind noise and trees. I respect the rattlesnake comment though. Don't see to many but they are there. headphones let me concentrate more on the slightest little hit. I still use a GM2 but it works fine though its old.
  2. A good tip would be to get a good earth magnet which is very strong. Helps weed out a lot of targets that are iron. Cant tell you how much this has helped. I just screwed it into the top of my lowes pick I bought years ago. My mining buddy worked an area I left because of all the pieces of nails. He must of pulled out 200 pieces of nail. No one would of stayed in that hole but with his magnet he cleaned out all the iron easily and found some nice pieces of gold I would have never got inbetween all that iron. Just keep digging targets. Also I\on my goldmaster2 there is a setting that says x ground salt. this really cleans up the sound in the hot areas but you will loose some depth and I only use this setting on suspicious hot bedrock that hits good, on xground salt if the target disappears you no it was just a hot piece of bedrock. not sure if the vsat has that setting though. good luck!! jerry
  3. I agree join the Auburn goldhounds as I am also a member. We have a few outings a year. The last outing a few months ago some guys found 2 3 pennyweight nuggets on shirttail creek metal detecting as well a a few pennyweighters but I wasn`t able to go. Hydralic pits are good but it gets more difficult to find pieces even for an experienced metal detectorist. Need to get off the beating track and research new places as we have been trying to do. Its hard but a great hobby and when you find your first nugget you will be happy, patience. In Foresthill theres a hydraulic pit behind the refuse dump where locals take there trash. Have found ounces here and easy to work for the beginner. Gold is mostly small and lots of shotgun shot so expect lots of lead . I wont lie to you, it has been hammered to death by lots of people but I still seem to sqeak out a piece every trip. Some pretty decent. You have to dig or move rock piles to expose new ground. Surface hunting is difficult. Just look for a place that someone was digging and continue digging. Have found nice pockets of gold here also including 1/3 ounce pockets more than once. Once again that was a while ago but there still must be lots of gold there, it just isn't easy like it used to be to find. Also Google earth is your friend look for white areas on the maps in the foothills around the forest as they may be hydraulic areas but a lot are private so be cool.
  4. Well I have the Goldmaster2 which was just before the Vsat I believe and still use it to this day. I have no need for the GMT which is basically the same detector but with a meter attached to it. Never seen a reason for a meter as its all about the sound. Anyway after about 7 ounces with this machine it is still producing gold. No need to buy another vlf detector. This thing finds micro gold pieces , I mean how small do you want to go because these machines find ultra small pieces as well as big ones also. 150.00 would be good price. I paid 475. 00 new about 18 years ago so 300.00 is a bit pricey. They don't like hot ground but are workable on it if you get to know the machine. This is a great detector in my opinion......get one on the cheap. 300 is to much for such an old detector. Goldbug 2 is also great detector, never owned one but seen them perform just as well if not better with the little guys on that 6 inch coil.
  5. I agree in that if you are still working the hole it doesn`t make sense to fill in everytime you leave when your coming back to it. I fill in my metal detecting holes when I get the target but highbanking holes on my personal claim? Not to much. On a GPAA claim i might so as not to piss off the owner of the claim. GPA claims are member claims so ya I guess I would be a little bit upset if I went down to my claim I let others use and there are dangerous holes someone might fall in and injure their foot or something. Somehow they might be able to sue me or something like that.....The world we live in now.
  6. I have a few claims and honestly seeing someone on them would not neccessarily anger me. I have a discovery post setup but no markers. The whole area is claimed up here from top to bottom. Legally I dont have to post corners but its a good idea. maybe this year I will do this but need good GPS for it I think. Basically it would come down to thier attitude towards it when i approach them. I claimed an area so that I would have a spot to go without the gold is good!! which helps. It was available to claim and if I didn`t.....certainly someone would have. There are signs of people working down there and i have had a few things taken....not big items. I have seen people did look at my equipment stored there but never took anything there so at least their honest claim jumpers. I do have signs up and waiting to find some tore down or shot up nothing as of yet however. As long as they stay out of where I am working it probably would be fine for me... I am a faily easy going guy and most miners i meet are good people... plus sometimes it opens up other areas they may know for me to check out.New ground is always nice.
  7. That is to cool they took you out on their hot spot. Awesome guys detectorists. Most I meet in the field are just great guys willing to share their techniques and show the finds. I have been known to teach rookies a few tricks although I am still learning myself every trip. Jerry
  8. nice nuggets, thanks for sharing the pics.
  9. Cool Finds!!! I had a gold tooth removed earlier this year and I hesitated because I thought the dentist would try to keep it. Guess what? he did try to keep it. had to ask for it back He said at the end of the year he uses them to pay for some poor childrens tooth fund. I said if he wanted to help poor children he could work on their teeth for free, I paid for that gold and i want it perhaps Scrooge sounding.... but ya its my gold, lol
  10. I own two claims and it doesn`t really effect me.....yet The reason i got these claims is so I have a spot to go without anybody giving me trouble. Theres good gold there but spotty. I am a weekend prospector because unfortunately I have to work for a living and not retired Not everyone wants to do this for a living...its recreation for me and two claims give me two different spots to go depending on the weather. Also like Bedrock Bob said.... In California there is just no way there gunna let me down there with a dozer and rip the land apart. It also sucks if lets say you own more than 10 claims in Cali, pays these crazy fees and in the end they the way you cant dredge those claims until further notice...2016 maybe? So in Arizona it doesnt matter as much but here were getting screwed already. Jerry
  11. I witnessed this meteor last night myself. I was watering my plants in the front yard at 7:45 and just happen to be looking in the right direction when I seen what I thought at first was a firework but then after a few seconds it blew into about 6 good size pieces and dissappeared in the night. green and red and blue.....looked amazing. To bad i didnt have my Video going for something else because it seemed like it was very close to me and slow to drop and it most likely would of been shown on TV It was a total miracle i seen it straight on from the Sacramento area. When I see the footage someone took of it, the angle of the video is from the opposite direction I saw it fall which leads me to believe it fell somewhere in Cali. It looked close to Sacramento so i guess around Davis or woodland is where the pieces fell. Funny thing is I was going to post it on this forum last night at 7:50pm but i figured it was no big deal, heheh , to funny Should of posted it. Jerry
  12. What about the statute of limitations? Isnt that 7 years? Except for murder I believe. Sort of like treasure ship guys when the governments of the countries try to seize the treasure and do from a 300 year old wreck!!!
  13. nicely done GeoJack. Thats a beauty. Ya they seem to be taking a lot of time on the one side of the bridge. The other spot i didn`t know so many fatalitys there. I always have people riding me to go faster on the way home from foresthill, I mean pushing me hard, i just pull over and let em pass.
  14. Yes El Dorado your backyard still gives something but usually the efforts great to find a few. Whats up with all the road construction going to Foresthill, cops be thick in there too!!
  15. Hey Guys, thought I would post my finds of yesterday from Foresthill. Total weight was 47.8 grains. Found with my trusty Goldmaster 2. Thing keeps producing nuggets! Not a bad day I like to see what people find so I thought I would post my finds!