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  1. 17 minutes ago, LukeJ said:

    Hey Gary,

    No it wasn't smoke.  It was a cloudy day and overcast when I was 'filming'.  I did notice what you are talking about, but I wasn't 'up in the clouds'.  Just an old phone doing something a GoPro would do a lot better.

    "INTERESTING"..........   It looked like the smoke (?) was like a cloud bank shifting from left to right across the wash as you where walking up toward your detector.  Where those nuggets on bedrock, or just on hardpack????  The big one looked like it was almost a foot deep???  

    Yea, I got me a GoPro 7 and it works great,...........except today when I tried to use it and discovered that I had not charged the battery enough the last time   Rrrrrrr:barnie:

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  2. 20 hours ago, LukeJ said:

    Thanks Patrick.  It's my favorite kind of 'work'.  :)

    Here's some more 'work' I've done recently.  :black_knight_standing::head:       :Diggin_a_hole:      :yesss:

    I was able to escape the lockdown and hike out to a 'new' gully for some exploration.  After 5 or 6 trash targets, I located a spot where the 'sounds had piled up'.  I wouldn't have called it a target signal when I first started to dig.  But after scraping the larger rocks out of the way, a nice target response was heard.  Once the hard pack was exposed, the chances for gold went way up.  The nugget was large enough to pinpoint with the edge of the coil, so I was able to carefully brush the dirt away until the shiny peeked out.  I had to go back and get my backpack and phone so I could take some pics.  I guess I made a little video instead.  Enjoy !!

    After this first, largest nugget of the day, I was able to scrape up 6 more bits.  I found the long skinny one up on the side on a bedrock bench under some tufted grasses.  Turned out there were three other targets there as well.  Four nuggets out of that 'hole'.  The last two nuggets of the day came out of another spot that again started as a 'bunch of noise'.  I just keep kicking the noises aside until there are none, or a metallic target pops up.  In that case, there were two.  :D

    Ended a fantastic day with 7 pieces for 2.6g.

    There's still gold to be found....


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    Hey Luke,.... when you are walking up the wash videoing ...is that smoke that you are walking up toward,..or are you so high up that you are in a cloud???  Nice finds there...Gary

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  3. Well, ....it turned out that the signal that I got on this video was just a chunk of iron stone-hot rock,...but the two nuggets pictured actually "did' come from this wash-location,..but at an earlier date "before" I actually started to consider videoing my ventures.  If you like the video Subscribe to my YouTube Channel,  and I will try to fumble-thru a few more to try to help anyone who may be trying to figure out "where" to look for gold nuggets..  Thanks for viewing,........Gary  :200:



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  4. THANKS everyone for the comments, ...and for viewing my video.  I am still experimenting trying to coordinate detecting and videoing :th_panic:.  Thanks also to those who Subscribed to my YouTube channel :yesss:.  Gary  

  5. I have been trying to upload a few video's, and this forum won't allow me to do so.  It always comes back with:  "1 file was larger than the maximum file size of 511MB, and was skipped"............What is up with that????????????  I know "Others" have uploaded lengthy-videos many times;  I think mine is only about 5-minutes at the most.  Do I need to upload from my YouTube Channel, or can I just upload from my computer at home????  Any help would be appreciated.  Gary 

  6. Well today I decided to prospect a bit differently, as opposed-to toting and swinging one of my metal detectors.  The only tools that I brought and used was a pair of tweezers, a blow tube, my camera, and my "Eagle-eyes".  I wanted to spot them with my naked-eyes (this maybe?? challenging for some).  I hadn't been to this wash for months, since way before this winter came into the Prescott / lynx Creek area.  Due to all the snow/rain storms over this winter all of the dirt roads have been too muddy-gumbo to travel on.  I soon discovered that much of the (previous) exposed bedrock sections had been covered over with lite-weight sand and gravel; but there where still a few stretches still exposed.  So, ....getting down on my hands and knees (with knee pads I might add), and slowly crawling along, I commenced to "Eye-Ball-Prospect" the remaining exposed bedrock for those elusive nuggets, and /or flakes.  Well, as my photo's show I ended up with nine, the biggest being a little picker that I am sure my detector would have sounded off on had I swung the coil over it.  One photo shows both tweezer ends pointing to two (very small) nuggets at one time.  This little venture also assured me that there most likely are larger nuggets in the area to be detected.  ...........On a side-note:  Check out my YouTube Channel at:  ARIZONA GOLD NUGGET VENTURES;  click on the SUBSCRIBE button, and ring the bell to view some of my video's where I video and explain "Where" the most-likely places for gold nuggets would be out in the gold fields.    

    Gary :200:       








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  7. 1 hour ago, AllenJ said:

    They say the first one is always the hardest and I found that to be true.  It took me until the end of my first season to find a nugget with a metal detector.  My second season I found a lot with the detector but nothing even close to the size of yours sir, in fact I'm still looking to break into the 1 gram club let alone the 10 gram!

    Hey Allen J,...Check out my YouTube Channel at:  ARIZONA GOLD NUGGET VENTURES,... as maybe some of my "Where to look for gold" suggestions may be of help to you in your pursuit of those 1 Gram and larger nuggets.  Gary  :200:

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  8. Hey, COOL VIDEO!!!  I like your Arizona-Title page, and how you merged up-beat music along with it (makes the viewer feel as though he is right along with you on your adventure)...pretty professional job. :yesss:  And as for the Gold,...it's kind of amazing just how much gold is left behind (for any number of human-error-reasons) by those who have swung the "many"--upgraded models of detectors over an area for many years, ....as they come to the conclusion that the area is worked out?!? HMmmmmm :89: 

    I just posted my very-first video as well, and I can see that compared to yours, there's a lot I will need to learn when it comes to special effects (having a creative title page, adding music. etc., etc.).  But I am new to this UTUBE-thing, so it may take me a while.  Good Job anyway.  Gary :200:


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  9. Well, I installed Doc's(Doc's Detecting Supply) New Arm Cuff Cover on my detector today and took it out for a spin in one of the gold areas here in Arizona.  
    I will say that it fits very snugly, is made of strong-durable material, with an adjustable arm strap, and is an added improvement :4chsmu1:(comfort-wise) to the worn-out 
    cover that I was using.  I don't know if any of you out there are like me, but I bought my Minelab GP-3000 new in 2004 and have never replaced the cover(as my photo's reflect).  
    I have had to sew it up a couple of times over the years just to keep it from coming off. :inocent: 
    So, if the Arm Cuff Cover on your SD/GP/GPX detector is due for replacement due to it having very-little-to-no padding (as mine was) take a look at Doc's latest post entitled:  FRESH OFF THE BOAT! Do you have an SD/GP/GPX? to get more specific details on this great addition :yesss:(his photo's are much better than mine too :89:).  "THANKS" Doc...  Gary 





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  10. Was out yesterday hunting a wash that I have most-recently started calling, "Hammer-N-Chisel" wash :yikes:,....why???  because at least four of the nuggets that I have gotten out of it I have had to literally (and physically) hammer and chisel :barnie: them right out of the semi-solid bedrock just to get to them!!!!!  Each of these where down 4-6" deep within the bedrock itself, and as much as I had to chisel away at each spot, it didn't appear to me that they had drifted down to that spot to lodge themselves there. :89:  I believe that they were within the bedrock all along, and that the movement of boulders, rocks, and rushing flood waters over time had wore away enough of the bedrock for my coil to pickup a signal.  Ironically, each of the four nugget-spots were right on the very edge of a bedrock waterfall (or within 4"-or-so) of the edge of it before it dropped off ( these were located at 4-different waterfalls, or bedrock-drop-offs). 

    I also came across a 5th Hammer-N-Chisel situation yesterday as well that I was not even able to chip out:grr01: due to the hardness of the solid bedrock!!!  I chiseled like a maniac ( or like I was getting paid for it!?!) for what seemed like for ever, and got almost 3" of mixed hard rock out in chunks. All along I was chipping and scraping a blood-red rock material out,..but was getting nowhere with it.  I hit my thumb once and the chisel became dull,............so it's still there.

    The nugget above the dime is the one I chiseled out,...the second photo shows a slight grayness in color (on the other side of the same nugget) from the bedrock that was "glued" to it.  The other two nuggets (below it and to it's right) I dug up about 5' downstream of it on the same downward-sloping bedrock.  This nugget that I chiseled out was an "Indicator Nugget", and I have found that it's most-always a good idea to detect (and/or uncover) the bedrock ( if it drops down under the overburden) 3-to-4 ft downstream of it to see if other nuggets have slipped down beyond-where that Indicator nugget was found,.......it has worked for me many times. :inocent: Gary  :200:  "YaHoooooooooooooo!!"    



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  11. I was out on another one of Arizona's (of-late) gloomy-overcast days down in the lower desert today.  It wasn't bad, I'm just used to our Arizona sunshine out there.  Anyway, I have never claimed to be, nor do I even desire to be a hard rock miner having to do all that heavy pick'n and hammering etc., etc.,etc., but lately have been forced :grr01: into it.  These three nuggets that I got today forced me to dig deep into my arsenal of angled-screwdrivers, prying devices; and then finally I resort to using my heavy duty pick and spade to get the final nugget out from it's deeply-embedded hiding spot within the bedrock itself.  All three nuggets came from different spots; the first two were deep (down 5" or-so) down in riffle cracks and encased within a grey colored clay.  And if I hadn't had my long-slender angled screwdriver I'd of never gotten down to either one of them.  The initial signals were very week to almost nothing at all, but the signal was there, and repeatable. I really had to work and pry away the sides of the bedrock crack just to get them out.  The round nugget has a very small-natural hole right thru it.

    Now the last nugget of the day (the very bottom one) freaked-me-out :ROFL: with it's very-week, and confusing signal :barnie:.  And, on top of that I come to find out that it was lodged way down and within the fractured bedrock itself,...it hadn't traveled there and then become lodged,....it was part of the bedrock!!  When I swung my coil over the spot I got an-"O-so-faint" signal, just barley there.  It was confusing in that I only got the signal from one direction(?):yikes: of my coil swing.  I almost wrote it off as being a mineralized spot;... but there was just something there that was trying to tell me otherwise.  So I commenced to use all of my angled and pry(and poke) screwdrivers to remove as much of the bedrock as possible.  The bedrock was of a semi-fractured schist-type of rock, but it was "Hard-as_a-Rock-"Solid.""  I scraped and pry'd and loosened as much as I could, segregating the loose material, and then swung my coil over the two areas.  But the almost-nothing-signal was still at the hardest part of the bedrock????  I went thru this process over and over again for "what felt like an hour!"  And, even as much splintered bedrock that I had removed from the spot, the signal had "not-gotten" louder (which would indicate that I was getting closer to it),....What-is-going-on-here????  So, at that point I decided to take out my heavy duty pick with the spade on one end (the big gun) and beat it to a pulp :5bat:.  I was finally able to penetrate the "Hard-as-a-Rock" bedrock, fracturing it down to about 8", scraped all the piece aside and cleared the area as best as I could, and then swung my coil over both spots.  Finally,..there was no signal at-all where it had been all this time,........the signal was in the pile of splintered bedrock,......."YaHooooooooooo".  The nugget ain't big, but there was a signal (of-sorts)  there.  Looks like I got to start "Pack'n" a CHISEL!!!  Gary :miner:            



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