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  1. I live in southern California. The nearest desert area that is open for detecting is a 285 mile round trip and I have gone there for almost 15 years on and off. It’s not a place where big gold is found, in fact it’s known for very small gold. What it also has is tons of hot rocks and weird mineralization so it's a great area for sharpening your skills if you are interested in that sort of thing, and I am. During this insane time we are all sharing I am occasionally able to get out and spend a day detecting while honing my social distancing skills. I never see anyone except the quad riders
    14 points
  2. Hello All, A customer of mine shared one of his beautiful gold nugget/specimen finds with me last weekend. The piece was found with a Minelab GPX metal detector and NF EVO searchcoil and weights 88+ Grams. Congrats on the amazing find!
    14 points
  3. I snuck out today in between the rain storms. I have a spot that has been producing smaller gold but this one popped up today. 28.7 grams
    13 points
  4. Hey Guys, A good friend sent this one over to me a few days ago. Said he found it on the edge of a gold bearing creek, but sounded like it was not on bedrock. What a beautiful Minelab find, GPX 5000 with Coiltek 14x9 Elite Mono Searchcoil. The piece looks much bigger than the actual weight, which was 1.9 Troy Ounces. It's still out there ....
    13 points
  5. Hey All, Thanks for the comments. The find was found due to "Teamwork," between a great friend and myself. Yes, I found the gold nugget and it is fact over a Troy Pound in weight, solid. The dirty weight was 13.1 ounces, the clean weight toggles between 12.8-12.9 troy ounces. Without giving too much info, since this is a private area, it was located in Arizona. This is truly a blessing from God, as we both have worked extremely hard prospecting and exploring in this area for many years. A find like this is a lifetime find and very unexpected. As for all the details, I
    13 points
  6. Hey All, The pictures are at least 20 years apart. The first picture is taken along a major gold bearing creek here in Arizona, probably in the mid 90's. The second picture was taken a few years back around Central, Arizona. One guys aged gracefully, while the other turned GRAY! I'll let you guess the characters 🙂 Great memories and a lot of gold found over those years together. Rob
    12 points
  7. Been a while since I posted. Found this one last Sunday along with a few others.
    12 points
  8. Hey All, Long time friend and nugget hunting buddy scored a real beautiful 1.93 ouncer recently with his Minelab GPX 5000 Metal Detector. Gold Nuggets like this are not common, so it's a good find for sure. Congrats on Lunker you found! This was an Arizona high desert find.
    12 points
  9. had my best haul to date a few days ago. thought i was going to pay off my truck with the big one, but had to come back to reality after sg test/ slabbing it. total is right around 2 ounces. my guess is i found where the old timers made a pile and i picked up what was stomped into the ground while they were working.
    12 points
  10. Hello All, Today my Wife, Nephew, Daughter and I escaped to the hills for a quick nugget hunt. We have had both kids bouncing off the walls since Friday, so figured the outdoors would keep them somewhat occupied. We hunted with the Minelab GPZ 7000 and the Kids with the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 for about 3 hours. We rounded up 5 gold nuggets, biggest was a 1.9 Dwter that I found. The other 4 nuggets were about a Dwt for right at 3 Dwt's total. Hope you all were able to escape for a quick nugget hunt this weekend.
    12 points
  11. Hey Guys, Thanks for all the questions and comments. I don't own the video, I should have taken one myself, but was more focused on digging the target which ended up being a large gold nugget. As for price for the nugget, I guess it always comes down to what someone will give you regardless what you think the value should be. That being said, I doubt this nugget will ever leave our hands. A nugget like this is rare, probably a couple thousand small ones for every large gold nugget found. As the nuggets increase from an ounce, to several ounces, to half a pound and better, t
    12 points
  12. Hey Guys, My friends re-visited the location and found these nuggets below or around the pocket. I believe it's 6.2 Dwts worth of nuggets.
    11 points
  13. Hey Guys, Was out exploring some new ground and stumbled over these pieces. The large specimen was 1.2 ounces. All three pieces were found with the Minelab GPZ 7000 at depth. Weather was beautiful and the Lord blessed me with some great finds for the day. Rob
    11 points
  14. hit the same dig. had to work harder to find them, but managed 5 more for 7.7. not too shabby for play time. what a beautiful day. used stock mono on the 4500. super stable coil.
    11 points
  15. Hello All, A partner and I manged to get out today and do some prospecting/exploring. Working well below some old mines in the alluvial areas we managed to turn these 5 gold nuggets up. We were using the GPZ 7000 and Minelab GPX 5000. We also dug up a small handful of tin, wire, nails, bullet casing and a few bullets. The weather was excellent, looked like it was going to rain a few times, but never did. 1.37 Troy Ounces, biggest was .6 Ounces (just over 1/2 ounce solid)
    11 points
  16. Hello All, Figured there is no better time to start exploration than the beginning of the year. I was able to escape before some family and friends came over to try my luck exploring an area I had my eyes on for some time. I have passed by this spots several times, just kept thinking I'll try it later and never made it back. Sometimes you always want to go to where you found gold, old patches and such to eliminate the skunk. These two nuggets, combined for a total of 11 Dwt's (just over 1/2 ounce) and were found in a new area. I was very surprised I found two really nice chunks
    11 points
  17. This will be brief as Rob will no doubt want to comment on today's hunt. We met in the dark and headed out to our spot when it was light enough to see. The wind was blowing cold out of the north and yet later, the temperature warmed to almost 80 degrees. If you have seen my posts from the last week you know I was into some gold. When we started the day today, I had Rob use the GPZ 7000 where I had found my gold and he got a warble. I would'have never heard it but Rob is a master at listening. After ten minutes of digging, a gigantic nugget popped out. It was way down in a crack with the thin e
    11 points
  18. Hey Jen and others, Lets just clarify some things, so it's out in the open. (1) I work a day job, normally 50-60 hours per week, then come home and pack customer orders and answer emails for the next 2-3 hours per night. Normally on the weekend, if I'm not working, I'm conducting training with customers. I'm not sure there is another dealer out there that is burning a candle on both ends like me. I sure wish I had more free time to post on the forums, but to be honest, I hardly have enough time to see my family. Most people don't understand how I can even do it. (2) I
    11 points
  19. Hey Guys, I got some access to some new ground, so a partner and I decided to check it out. After a long day hunt, we rounded up 26 Grams of the good stuff. The biggest nugget was 6.5 Grams. The gold is a bit rough and has bits of quartz attached to certain pieces. Rob
    10 points
  20. Here’s a few bits from November. I hit a nice pocket. I hope it continues.
    10 points
  21. Hey Guys, Still working in the same general area, raking and exposing bedrock. I'm using the Minelab GPZ 7000 to locate missed gold nuggets down the bedrock cracks and crevices. Hope you enjoy.
    10 points
  22. Hello All, Well we just ended the 2018 season. I have to tell you, I'm blessed. The 2018 season wasn't the best for business, but at the same time it wasn't the worst. The overall economy is much stronger, so hopefully that means business will get better this new year. My wife lost her Mother earlier this year, so that was a very tragic turn of events. Right towards the end of the year, I lost a great prospector friend. You never know what might happen, so you really need to cherish all the time with family and friends. As for gold hunting, it seems like every year my
    10 points
  23. Hello All, It seems like every year I get less time to explore new ground here in Arizona. Recently I finally told myself I'm going to check out a few spots I have researched in the past. This particular spot talked about lode gold specifically, but the nature of the gold per the reports was pocket type. I figured this would be a good place to poke around for the day and I even found some extensive handstacking in one gulch. Working around this area yielded a ton of iron rubbish (old cans pieces, wire, nails and more) along with two smaller gold nuggets. Due to the amount of trash,
    10 points
  24. Hello All, A friend and long time customer shared this picture with me a few days ago. Him, his Wife and a Friend found over 1 Pound of gold nuggets in 1 1/2 days of metal detecting with the Minelab GPX 4500 and SDC 2300. Hope you enjoyed. He wanted the info to be just real general, so respect that please. Thanks for sharing with us!
    10 points
  25. Hello All, Here are some recent additions to the poke. The gold from this area is extremely dense and smaller pieces have an unbelievable amount of weight to them. The nugget on the left is 4.14 ounces and the piece on the right is 3.01 ounces. All of them had some pretty good depth to them, found on bedrock in crevices. It's still out there .....
    10 points
  26. Hit an area I've been detecting for a few years in southern Arizona over the weekend. I've found some nice gold there in the past but it's been about 2 years since I've found anything new there. Found these two in a dirt slide that was eroding down from some hillside placers down into a big wash. Never really hunted a steep hillside like that before but I was in the mood to 'think outside the box' this weekend. First nugget I found was the one on top. Mostly a small gold/quartz pebble. It was sitting right on the surface. Then about 3 feet away the bottom nugget was down a little dee
    10 points
  27. Hey Guys, A good friend and I escaped into the goldfields for a hunt. I brought my friend into the area where I have been placering down to bedrock, figured another hand would be helpful. We worked a good section of bedrock within 4-5 hours. We ended up with a handful or iron rubbish (pick tips, boot tacks, wire, lead bullets, casings and more) + 4 Gold Nuggets. I ended up with one nice 3.6 Gram Quartz/Gold Specimen and a small 2.1 Grammer. My friend ended up with two nuggets, one was like 3.8 Grams and then another dink. Here are the two I uncovered with the Minelab GPZ 7
    9 points
  28. Hey Guys, Well it's been months since the last time swinging the detector. I broke away Saturday with a friend to hunt a wash where we found a good amount of gold in the past. That being said, the wash is normally always dry, but for some reason there was plenty of water running this time of the year. The detecting was a bit more difficult as every target was in the mud and iron rubbish didn't want to stick to the magnet very well. After a good day of detecting, I managed a handful of iron rubbish targets, several bullets, bullet casings, a few old buttons and a gold nugget
    9 points
  29. Hello All, It seems like every year I get less and less time to swing the detector. This year, I have only been out a few times with very little gold under the searchcoil. I'm hoping to change that soon, as work is slowing down and the business will follow as the Summer heat starts getting closer. Last year was a Banner year, maybe one of my best seasons overall to date for electronic prospecting. I don't want to discuss numbers, but I Thank God for his blessing. Below is one of many large ones that were found last season using the Minelab GPZ 7000 metal detector. That nug
    9 points
  30. some recent finds with some equipment purchased from rob's detectors. nice being able to use settings other than enhance. need a midget to carry the front of this thing though. man is it cumbersome.
    9 points
  31. i think this may be the last one for the spot ive been working, and the largest of this spot. 7 grams.
    9 points
  32. Hello All, This last Saturday a good friend and nuggetshooter and I conducted field instructions for 6 customers. Some of these customers came as far away as New York, Illinois and Colorado. We had two Minelab GPZ 7000 Customers and 4 GPX customers. We spent the first couple of hours going over the detectors and then everyone broke out to metal detecting the area for gold. One customer within 15 minutes with the Minelab GPX 5000 scored a nice quartz and gold specimen, which got everyone pumped up. My field instructor and long time friend brought a nice collection of gold and
    9 points
  33. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. My Dad is pretty much in his mind accepted it's Cancer of the Pancreas. It's hard to believe someone can be so strong through these times, over and over with my Dad. He's more concerned with how things will be afterwards, like the family being strong. We will find out Thursday what exactly it is and what options are available, if any. I talked with my Dad today again about Salvation. He said stop worrying about it Son, I'm going to be fine and I know where I'm going if that is what God has planned for me now. I just about broke down i
    9 points
  34. Hello All, Done some exploring recently on some old ground where we found a lot of gold around 10 years ago. I just happened to turn around a bend in a small wash and see small digs, old footprints and then some rocks tossed out of the wash. I continued to work up the wash a bit, then hit a spot where someone really placered, maybe even drywashed a bit. I focused on this location for a bit, ended up hitting 4 gold nuggets with the GPZ that were either missed or maybe never even detected. Hard to believe someone would have left them behind, but they pretty much did 99% of the wor
    9 points
  35. Finally got out to detect the other day after taking a break since January. I even had my GPZ 7000 for sale at one point a couple months ago. After a few buyers flaked out on sending payment I got a little frustrated and ended up keeping it. Found a little half grammer a couple inches deep down in the red clay. I clearly remember detecting the exact same area last year just a few feet away. Goes to show you never know what you'll find under the next swing. Weather was great that day too. Love this beautiful area in southeast Arizona.
    9 points
  36. Hello All, I haven't been doing a whole bunch of prospecting and exploring this year and now it's getting a bit warm. Here are some small batches of gold from 4 different locations. Biggest nugget is aprox. 3/4 of an ounce on the bottom left batch.
    9 points
  37. Update?. I got back to my new spot to pillage the ground and find where my 4 grammar came from and rescue it’s brothers and sisters. Well after anticipating for over a week I grided the area above without luck. I wandered into a few very shallow undefined washes and then found myself in a deeper 45 degree wash with grey schist looking material. Not a ton of quartz in the area but some above me. 2 hours later I found 29 grams total within a 50 ft stretch on the same side of the wash. I can assume it came from the eroded stringer 75 ft above me?. Anyhow 2 successful back to back trips and
    9 points
  38. I have never found any specimen stuff in this area. Only sluggy nuggets. What a treat.
    9 points
  39. Hey Afriscot, Yes, one of the best day ever out detecting with a great long time friend. It's great over the years we have been able to share locations with each other and always seems to come out with some nice gold. I would have never thought it was going to be a "One Pound" Gold nuggets, but when I heard the faint, wobble sounds, I had a good idea it was a good, deep nugget. Congrats to both of us on another successful hunt in the Goldfield.
    9 points
  40. Went out to mid-western Arizona today, the place I have found nuggets before. This time I went about a half mile up the creek from the spot I have found all the black nuggets at and when it was light enough, began to dig. The temperature was in the fifties to start with and ended up in the mid-seventies, typical Arizona winter weather. I could tell the old-timers were here as there were stacked rocks but they didn't have detector and as I began to break open cracks in the stream, here and there a nugget would pop out. In total for the day it ended up at 19 DWT, just shy of the ounce I hoping
    9 points
  41. Scouted a different ravine this morning and stumbled a little patch that yielded these beauties!!
    9 points
  42. Come on Rob...who forgets that! Pizza nugget. 3/4 mile up the wash after digging oodles of ironstone (I was still new to detecting) I get a signal that sounds like a 49 Ford hood. Dug down about 8 inches and OMG!!!! There is was and I was on my knees thanking God for it! Pizza nugget was 1.25 oz. Got a lot more out of that wash. Second bigger ones are .452 oz and .623 oz. Total out of that wash so far is 4.6 oz. That was a once in a lifetime wash for sure and I have great memories of the many times ive been up it.
    9 points
  43. Hello All, Well the family finally got to break loose and enjoy a week in Jamaica. This was our first trip there, but have traveled to many spots within the Caribbean. If you have not visited Jamaica, it's worth it. The people are awesome and there are a lot of places to see. We visited some of the main attractions like Dunn's River Falls & Mystic Mountain. The Falls were awesome, they are around 900+ foot high and the water is nice and cool and many waterfalls to climb through and under. The Falls were running very strong, as there has been a lot of rain in Jamaica a wee
    8 points
  44. Nothing special, not big gold but sometimes the character of a nugget outweighs it's weight. I've pulled 7 or 8 almost identical to this off the same patch recently and while they're not big, they are PERFECT size for earrings and they are gorgous due to the speci/quartz factor. Amazing the power of a CLR bath and ultrasonic clean on these... like I said, these little ones are perfect size for earrings. ? These are Northwest Arizona nuggies, found with a GPZ, in under 6" of gravel on a wash bench. Jen
    8 points
  45. Hey Alchemist and Friends, I have to agree, the GPZ 7000 sure does well on a much wider range of gold and orientation. Since the GPZ 7000, I have found that I'm not only finding that sluggy or solid flat gold deeper, but now very crystalline gold and specimen gold that the GPX series and prior struggled with or couldn't hear. As for the nugget and value ..... a vendor from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show that got word of the nugget offer over $25,000 for the nugget unseen. This offer was pretty much double and they never seen or touched the piece. I have no doubt, the value co
    8 points
  46. Hello All, Since the late 90's I have been metal detecting the Rich Hill/Stanton Goldfields. I always heard of big nuggets from this area, so figured I would give up on some of the other locations such as the Bradshaw's, Vulture, San Domingo and other districts where I was finding smaller gold. My goal at the time was just to find a one ounce gold nugget, which was not easy to do. I knew guys that had 20-30 years detecting experience, but never found a solid one ouncer. I was determined, so figured I would concentrate where the potential was the highest for larger gold. Hist
    8 points
  47. We'll i finally got to join the 1oz+ club!! My buddy Dave and i headed to Gold Basin for a half day trip. We hit our usualy spot and split up. I headed to a wash that i found a 5.4 gram piece a couple of weeks ago. I didnt hit the whole wash, so i figured id start where i left off. A bit later, i get a nice signal by a bush in the middle of the wash. It turned out to an 8 gram specie with some dark host rock mixed in. 10 feet away in the bank of the wash i get another screeming signal. This was the flat nugget, also about 8 g. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news. The next couple of
    8 points
  48. Hello All, The forums have been pretty slow, so I thought I would post this picture from about 10 years ago. A friend and long time customer from around the Kingman area had a few claims in the famous La Paz placer district, now owned by the CRIT (Colorado River Indian Tribes). We took some great nuggets and placer gold from this claim in several years time, but the Indian's were trying to push my friend out. Every year the BLM was pressuring my friend with much higher BLM fees, which I believe the Indian's were placing pressure on the BLM to get everyone that was Grandfathered out.
    8 points
  49. Hello All, In Central Arizona many of the known goldfields carry copper, silver and gold. It's not uncommon to find all three metals in one area or wash. I have on hundreds of occasions found copper and gold in the same wash. Many times you will find a zone, which can be a series of washes and tributaries that carry a combination of the metals. Like most of us, we would prefer more gold than the other two, but majority of the time it's a handful of copper nuggets to a few gold nuggets. In some areas you will also find Galena, or lead nuggets. Here is a shot of some copper a
    8 points