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  1. Well, after reading a few blogs last night on "Minelab's Treasure Talk" website, I got "Inspired" by the information, and descided to head out to Lynx Creek for an hour or so. I had read some very good information by Steve Jerscbach, Jonathan Porter, and Chris Ralph. "The Tale of Greenstone Gold" by Chris Ralph got me to thinking: I know just-where there is just-the-same-type-of-bedrock he is talking about, right here on the Lynx!!! So, a little after 2pm today (this is not my most-favorable time of day to do this, as it was 85 degrees out, but the sky was overcast) I headed out. And wouldn't you know it, about an hour later the sky cleared up and the sun started baking me;.. I am sure that it was atleast 90 by the time I started to walk out at about 4pm. But, I didn't leave empty-handed, as this 0.51 gram nugget was sure-enough-hiding wedged-down about 10" deep within a crag in the greenstone outcropping....So, as a suggestion I would recomend reading some of these Insitefull blogs from these pro's, get inspired by them, and get out there and find some gold,.....It's still out there!!! Gary
  2. Bill, I tend to agree with you regarding not-needing a geological background to be successful in finding gold, But I also agree full-heartedly with all the other points that Chris brought out,... I think that he is Dead-on in that respect. Being Successful in this gold-chasing-hobby in not determined, nor should it be measured by the newest technological medal detector one has. Considering that humans do not have bionic-capabilities (eyes) to find gold, a detector is just a tool that accomplishes this task for them. But it is not the detector that makes the "Man", nor the success of that man. Success in this challenging pursuit comes as a result of our abilities ("If" we use them) to utilize not only our brain with research, but to also rationalize differing-situations that would affect the positioning and placement of gold. By standing in the middle of a wash for example, and placing yourself in the position of a nugget, ...where might you land or come to rest given the environment and conditions of that stretch of wash? Are there boulders or roots to consider? Is there a band of bedrock on both sides of the wash, but nothing showing in the wash (curious,... maybe that bedrock also-extends across the wash, but is covered by overburden). Does the grade of the wash trend downward on one side more than the other, which would force heaver objects in that direction? Is the bedrock scoured and exposed on one side of the wash with a large rock and boulder berm more in the center of the wash ( curious, maybe the main wash (at one time) flowed down the center where that berm is, left that berm, and then at a later rain-torrent-event that berm forced the water to change direction and scour the bedrock on the bank. But where would the gold be held???.. It's most likely under that berm. And what if there is exposed bedrock upstream, but nothing but sand and rock showing in the wash for a long stretch below it,... might there also be bedrock covered by overberdon with gold hiding there??? These are but a few rational considerations that anyone who desires to be a successful detectorist "should-consider", and they have absolutely nothing to do with how technologically advanced medal detector one has.
  3. I know what you mean Bill, .... this getting older stuff is for the birds. I find it highly-irritating when I attempt to do something physical that I once did with ease and now it has become a struggle. It seems as though my mind has stayed young, while the rest of my body struggles with the desires of my mind. My mind says: "you can do that,.. piece of cake,.. no problem,.. go for it:,..twist this way, bend that way, hike up this hill, now climb up those boulders, be surefooted like a goat,.. push your lungs to the max,.. exert those muscles till they ache. All the while your body is saying (even without a word) WHAT THE HELL,... ARE YOUR CRAZE,... I'M IN PAIN HERE!!! Such is life, and the trials and tribulations of becoming a seasoned detectorist.
  4. Well, Bill you've been swinging multiple-detectors for a few years longer than me and have pretty much experienced them all, as they have come out on the market. But I, being an old school hunter as you are (or were) can't see (or justify in my mind) paying $9999.00 (plus tax of course) for a detector WITH-THE-"HOPE-OF" finding enough gold to pay for itself. What's mind boggling to me is the price tag on this unit. When I bought my Minelab brand New, it only ran me $3200.00, and that was not unreasonable, even at the time. And it wasn't long before it paid for itself once, then twice, and then three-times over. I shutter at the thought of TRYING-TO-FIND enough gold to pay for a machine having this price tag. It appears to me that with their excessive-pricing, Minelab is trying to price itself out of the market and "Distance-itself" from the very salt-of-the-earth detector-swinging-people that actually made it the company it is today. As I see it, they are targeting the newbies (to detecting) with deep-pockets, as well as those who just-have-to-have the newest-technology, all of which are easily-swayed by the glimmer and glitter of this new gold-rush-craze. I think that Ronnie Millsap once had a song entitled: Looking thru Rose-colored glasses that pertains to this mentality. You and I both know that gold is getting harder to find,... It is taking more effort and creativity to find it..... you don't stumble over a patch as easily as you used to,...more and more of the old spots have been pounded-to-death to the point where there is No gold there, so it makes no difference what new technology that you have got, ...If the gold is not there, it is not there! Also, there are many more detector-swing-yahoos out there today than there was, making already pounded spots, as well as new prospects null and void of gold. These are just my un-biased observations and opinions as a seasoned detector-swinger. To-each-his-Own.
  5. These nuggets weighed out at 2.18 grams. I have found a few nuggets that weight out at 2.5, 2.7,and 2.8 grams by themselves in the area. They are there, if you can get to them.
  6. Even at $8500 it would take an awful LOT of Gold to pay for that new detector. It has taken me a number of years, but my Minelab 3000 has more-than paid for itself atleast 3-times over since I first bought it new, And it continues to find me gold even without the "bells and whistles" that are new detector promotes..
  7. Hey boulder dash,....I hope your gb2 can handle heavy mineralization, because all the spots that I detect are heavy with it. Most VLF's would not be able to handle this amount of it, and would give off mixed-confusing noises, which mask a real target. I can cancel most of it out with my Minelab, but I still have to listen very closely, as some still seeps thru. I understand you and your partner "handstack",....I do somewhat of the same, but do more "skimming" than stacking. As long as I can dig to bedrock, the nuggets don't have a chance.
  8. I find it interesting just how much gold can be found with a metal detector once you distance yourself from all the "Yahoos" that frequent the stone ridge area on the Lynx. Everyone seams to congregate there, and on the Bannie mine road area as if they haven't been Hammered to death already. These are just a few that I have found there (although these are the little ones), and I didn't even need the new $9999.00 Minelab to find them either. There's still gold in the Lynx and my Minelab GP-3000 "just-continues-to-find-it". Venture-Out...Good Luck.
  9. "CURSES",!*@!!...ANOTHER 22-LEAD-SLUG,.....OR maybe NOT !! After metal detecting for a number of years there are "some" (maybe-even-many ??)" who get into the habit of associating a certain signal-sound they are hearing in their earphones with a certain type of metal trash (lead, brass, iron, wire, etc.). It is easy to fall into this bad habit of "guessing, or assuming" that the target sounds-like a piece of trash that you have found in the past. I have come across (in the past) a number of partially-dug holes where someone had gotten a signal, dug part of the hole and then left the target (either in the bottom, or on the side). They hadn't even dug the target out to find out exactly what it was,...so they must have assumed that it was a piece of trash and left it. And in a number of those occurrances the target was indeed a gold nugget. I, ..as I am sure many others who have been detecting for a number of years have learned TO DIG EVERY TARGET, & DON'T STOP UNTIL YOU FIND THAT TARGET. While out today I got a good signal that "my-mind"-associated with many of the same signals that I have gotten in the past. It was the same strong signal that I have gotten "many-times" when I had put my coil over a lead-22-slug. Now, it was hot, and I was tired, and I could have just walked away and assumed that "it was just another lead target. But I also know (as I believe "some" also do) that a lead slug and a gold nugget of comparable-size will give off similar-sounding signals,..as was the case today. Each time that I tapped the scoop, checked that the target was still in the scoop, and then disgarding some of the dirt, my mind keep associating the signal with chunks of lead that I had found in the past. It did this up until there was very little dirt in the bottom of the scoop, and even up until I rubbed the mud-covered target to expose that beautiful yeller-color. So instead of lead, I walked away with a 0.97 Gram Gold nugget for my stubberness and tennasity of making sure of what the target really was.
  10. Based on that picture it looks like that sign has been there for a long time. The sign may be located around the South entrance into the lake, and probably pertains to the old settlement and / or the small Indian ruins located in that area. There is also an Indian ruin located down steam below the dam (which is located above (up hill) from the withdraw area) where it may also be located. I metal detect that Lynx Creek area often (all the way down stream from Fain lake, up stream to the Bannie mine road, and even outside of the withdraw area), and have never seen any sign like that in the last 10-years.
  11. "Yes",...(Very-Good-Eye) I did get them (as you said) from the lynx creek-reason, .....most-all of the nuggets that I find are rough over here, and probably not too far from the source. Gary
  12. This last Friday and part of Saturday the monsoon rains finally kicked in and gave the Prescott, Prescott Valley, and North East part of the Bradshaw mountains some much-needed "down-pour" rain. And this being Sunday night, I can hear more thunder in the distance,..."Ya HOO". I was out today and found that a couple of washes had overburden stripped-down between 8" to one foot deep, thus leaving open exposed bedrock spots, which hasn't happened for about 3-years now. While some washes got hit pretty good, others had little-to-no water flow thru them. So, the storms have been scattered. SOOOO,...all you panning-fools who need water for your hi-bankers, and for panning,.....the time is RIGHT. AND "YES" there is still Gold in the Lynx,....I have attached a couple of photos,.........The 3-small-nuggets off-to-the-side of the others (in a circle) I found while crawling on my hands and knees on exposed bedrock, and "eyed-them" from about 18" away with my naked eyes. They where lodged between cracks and crevices, and I knew that my detector would not pick them out. Gary
  13. Hey Mike F.,......I have searched and detected practically every stream, tributary, wash and run-off (for the last 8-years or so) on the Lynx below the lake, and if you would PM me approximately "where" these areas are that you want to investigate, I most likely could tell you "if" they are "worth the time" or not. I also know that the area(s) South of the lake (around Bannie mine road) is very trashy for detecting, and there is very little water for panning or hi-banking (unless you bring it yourself). The Lynx IS NOT FLOWING,....all of the water is down deep, with just a few pools on the surface here and there. Gary
  14. "COOLED OFF"???? If you think that 90 degrees at 9am in the morning is cool ...........I guess???? Lynx Creek is pretty dry this time of year, with only very small pools here and there..........You would have better luck with your detectors,.....By the way PATRICK,... I have some questions for you regarding Lake Havasu City area: Hello Patrick,...My name is Gary Michael, and I live in Prescott Valley (not far from Lynx Creek). I see by your posts that you live in, or around Lake Havasu City....I have never detected for gold there, but was wondering how good it is there??? I have seen (on line) some of the nuggets that some of the members of the gold club there have found, but was wondering if you or anyone else has had much luck in other areas that are "not" part of their claims??? I have considered coming over there during the winter (when it finally Cools off) and do some detecting, but I wouldn't even know where to start. Based on what I can see on Google Earth, there are so many washes over there, that it seems to me that there would be some good areas to detect,......I thought that I would get your experienced opinion about the area. I have a friend (sort of) that moved over there about 2 months ago (why this time of year is beyond me???) who has a detector, but (although I tried to teach him a thing or two about the hobby) he just does not have the fever, so his detector finds dust in his closet. I on the other hand would like to find someone over there that is as Serious about detecting for gold as I am, and who knows the area. I don't know if you know Montana (Bob Dansie) or not, but he told me at one time that that is where he first got his start at detecting, and that there where some good areas for gold. At any rate, I would appreciate you input regarding this. Thanks, Gary ReplyReport
  15. Hello Patrick,...My name is Gary Michael, and I live in Prescott Valley (not far from Lynx Creek). I see by your posts that you live in, or around Lake Havasu City....I have never detected for gold there, but was wondering how good it is there??? I have seen (on line) some of the nuggets that some of the members of the gold club there have found, but was wondering if you or anyone else has had much luck in other areas that are "not" part of their claims??? I have considered coming over there during the winter (when it finally Cools off) and do some detecting, but I wouldn't even know where to start. Based on what I can see on Google Earth, there are so many washes over there, that it seems to me that there would be some good areas to detect,......I thought that I would get your experienced opinion about the area. I have a friend (sort of) that moved over there about 2 months ago (why this time of year is beyond me???) who has a detector, but (although I tried to teach him a thing or two about the hobby) he just does not have the fever, so his detector finds dust in his closet. I on the other hand would like to find someone over there that is as Serious about detecting for gold as I am, and who knows the area. I don't know if you know Montana (Bob Dansie) or not, but he told me at one time that that is where he first got his start at detecting, and that there where some good areas for gold. At any rate, I would appreciate you input regarding this. Thanks, Gary ReplyReport
  16. Can anyone tell whereabouts it is "Actually" Raining????? Doppler indicates north of Phoenix up into the Bradshaw's,.....Prescott Valley has not gotten any rain as yet, but I hope that it comes down Like a "Biblical-flood" around the Lynx Creek area!!!!!! ...I got nugget patche(s) to "Cultivate",...and I'm-a-tired-O-wait'n.
  17. Hello Patrick, and Thank You for responding. I went onto this website and was impressed with the size of the nuggets some of those guys have found !!! Have you also been so lucky??, and / or do you also belong to this club and go onto their claims???? Man, that size gold almost makes me want to pack up and move over to that part of the country as well!!!!! Its probably starting to get too hot over there now to go out much,....at least until September or so???? Thanks Again. Gary
  18. Is there anyone who knows of any good Gold prospecting areas (using a metal Detector) in any of the steams, tributaries or mountains around the Lake Havasu City area ?? I have a friend who is moving over there in about a month. He may also try to do some panning. Thanks, Gary
  19. Actually, I have detected this location many, many times in the past and still continue to find nuggets there,...and I have also used my gold-vac on most every square inch of bedrock to pull the fines and pickers out, but once there is a real good flooding I'm left with little surprises like these. I had taken my (early teenage) grandson down with me a week or two before and he walked away with about a dozen of-about the same size,.......I had to point them out to him, but I think he enjoyed plucking them up with tweezers anyway. Gary
  20. Have you ever wished that you could just get down on your hands and knees on a stretch of exposed bedrock and actually see gold hiding in the cracks and crevices (probably somewhat like the old prospectors must have done back when) ??? Well, that's what I did, and where these small nuggets came from. I went out to one of my spots a few days after an exceptionally strong rain storm that got the wash running from bank to bank. It had actually had "re-exposed" some bedrock that I knew about that had been covered by a few prior storms. So after crawling about on my knee-padded-knees and hands for about 30-minutes I walked away with this little bunch of nuggets. It's kind of cool to be able to say that I have "trained" my eyes to not only see them from a foot or two away, but that I could actually lean back on my knees and also see them in the cracks from 3-4 foot away as well. Having good, bright sun shine helps also. Finding these little nuggets in this way really Opens-your-eyes and mind to grasp the mechanics of a wash and what affect it has on the positioning and placement of gold within it.....GO NAKED,.....ITS INTERESTING. Gary
  21. Like Uncle Ron just said: "That is absolutely a nugget" ,.............no doubt about it,..........and it's not so small either. The smallest nugget that I have found as yet (with my GMT) was the size of a "safety-pin-head". It was burried about 2 1/2" down in a crack in the bedrock with rocks, mud and sand covering it. When I finally got it out of the crack and into my scoop, I had taken rocks and sand out of the scoop over and over again until there wasn't but about a 1/2" of fine dirt in the bottom. When I poured the remaining dirt out onto my hand I had to literally take my glasses off and squint just to see what was was still giving me a signal. I couldn't believe my eyes when I finally caught site of it,.......I had to take a 2nd and 3rd look to believe it. But it was a nugget, and it was solid-gold. Keep-her-up, Gary
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