Spring is over, the weather is hot and humid, which means summer is here! I am the first to say that I enjoy hunting in parks, farm fields and the woods. However, I think the best approach is to hunt on land in the early fall, when the weather is pleasant. I took a few water detectors out over the past couple of weeks and had a blast! No sweating. I didn’t miss the ticks or bugs either. While detecting in the water, I was very cool and refreshed. I found a lot of coins, silver jewelry and fishing lures. I have not put the time into water hunting like a few friends I know who are truly professionals in the water. There is a gentleman who is a member with the Silver City Treasure Seekers who has already found over 75 gold and silver rings – amazing!

Having the proper equipment is a big help when detecting in the water, and choosing the right water metal detector is key. The first question I tend to ask someone who is shopping for a water machine is if they plan to hunt in fresh water or salt water. Most people will choose a Very Low Frequency (VLF) or Pulse Induction (PI) machine depending on their hunting needs and location. Although I wouldn’t consider it a rule of thumb, there are a lot of detectorists that like PI detectors for the salt beaches when they are
detecting in a couple feet of water. However, I have friends who like using a VLF machine in dry sand too.

Some of the top water detector brands are White’s, Minelab, Fisher and Garrett. There are other brands that people are using and have found to be very successful detecting in the water as well. Additionally, there are some excellent All-Terrain (AT) machines that are good for hunting in water or on land. Some of the top rated All-Terrain machines include the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold as well as Minelab’s CTX 3030. Make sure to do your research though. Some machines work better than others based on what type of water detecting you’re doing and what you’re hunting for. Also, keep in mind that All-Terrain detectors need to have a good set of water headsets (not always included). To help with your research, make sure to check out various metal detecting forums which have a lot of knowledgeable hunters, some of whom have been detecting in water for over 30 years and have excellent advice and experience. For example, you can find good tips such as hunting at low tide, how to follow the cuts in the beach, old watering holes etc.

Having the right detector is key for water hunting, but you’ll want to make sure you have some proper accessories too. A good long or short handle scoop will make retrieving your items out of the sand or mud much easier. There are also several new waterproof pinpointers on the market which can be a great sidekick to have. I’d recommend the White’s Bullseye TRX, Garrett Pro-Pointer AT or the new Nokta Pointer.

There are so many other areas to cover when detecting in water, the best advice I can give you (as with any hunting trip) is to do your homework!

Happy treasure hunting in the water and be safe.