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  1. 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
  2. Here it is after a nitric acid bath,.............looks much better,........ It initially weighed in at 1.0 grams with all that poop on it,...now it's .98 of-a-gram,........close enough to a gram for me....Guess I'll keep it... Gary
  3. Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and today it did,.....I found my "ugliest" gold nugget ever!!!! I was exploring some new ground when I got a real strong and well-defined signal just under a 4"-or-so (shelf) drop in exposed bedrock. The small (10" round ) area was covered with green grass, which also contained an over abundance of intertwined roots that really became a pain when trying to clear them away. Every time I swung my coil over this area ( after pulling out dirt and small rocks) it .....screamed...., and gave off the same noise as I had heard 6-times today after unearthing 6-chunks of varying sizes of lead slugs. I briefly considered blowing this target off as just another chunk-O-lead,............But, considering that the statement: "Dig-every-target" has proven benifical to me (many times) over the years, I continued with my pursuit. I eventually dug all of the dirt and rocks out of the area down to a depth of about 6", with solid bedrock remaining. The signal continued screaming each time I swung the coil over the area, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where the target was, even when I used my pin pointer???!! I used my small (90-deg.) angled screwdriver to pull any dirt, etc. away from under the back edge and side corners of my exposed area, but the target continued being allusive, and over and over ...screamed... as if to mauck me saying: "I'm still here!!!"" The only thing I finally noticed was a barely-noticeable crack in the flat-bottom of the bedrock that ran about 2" long towards me. So I started scrapping everything out of the crack with my angled-screwdriver. The crack was only about a quarter of an inch wide, but I then discovered that it went down about an inch-and-a-half deep, and was filled with a very hardened and crusty clay-like material, which, made it hard to scrape out. Again my coil ...screamed... when I swung it over the area, but this time my pin pointer went off as well showing me right where (down almost 2" in that little crack) the target was. I wasn't getting all of the fine dirt out of the crack with my screwdriver, so I leaned down as close as I could and blew the fine dust out as best as I could ( I didn't have a straw or tube to use). Then low and behold I could "finally" see a very small (faint) speck of gold peeking back at me. It turned out that the nugget was on-edge vertically in that crack, so I used my ice pick-type tool to get under the nugget to pry it out. When I got it out it looked weird and dirty, and was not like the clean-buttery-colored gold nuggets that I have become used to finding over the years. I even try'd cleaning it up at home with some soap, tooth brush and water,..........and it's still "Ugly,"..and is a bit magnetic ( the dark and boring coloration is iron crystals attached to the nugget). Guess I'll let it soak in a bath of nitric acid to clean it up. Gary
  4. LowPoint

    Backyard Surprise!

    Here's one that I "could-have" stepped right on had I not recognized it curled up laying within an old deteriorated cow pie recession. It also had almost blended in with it's surroundings. It had actually been asleep when I walked up on it from behind. I didn't bother it; went on up a way detecting, and then returned about an hour or so, and it was still there, and still asleep!!!! I thought it was dead, as I was looking right at it face to face. So I got a long stick and had to pry it out of it's (comfortable) hole. It just slithered away into the brush, and i headed home. Gary
  5. LowPoint

    Backyard Surprise!

    Boy that rattler and it's classic pose reminds me of one I ran across about 2 months ago down around Bumble Bee. Only difference was that mine was a very brownish-red & black coloration, which blends in very well with the terrain down there. Mine was just as contankerous, and didn't back down even an inch when I walked up to take a photo of it. Gary
  6. I went out this morning to a spot in a wash that I had walked thru about a 100 times or more over the years. As I recall, each time that I had walked thru it I had thought that this spot would be a good spot for gold, but had not dug any of it because of the extensive amount of overburden, large rocks and boulders strewn through out it. And once when I had tried to dig down to bedrock the material was compacted like concrete,..UGH!!! ........... I had actually not even had any plans of going out this morning, as I laid in bed half asleep waiting for the alarm to go off at 8 am. But my mind started working, and for some reason narrowed-in on this particular wash location causing me to picture in my mind just where any gold would be. I had in the past found a few nuggets upstream, and a number of them downstream, so I knew gold was there, but this stretch would be a challenge physically. When I got to the wash I first detected underneath a small waterfall just upstream of the stretch of wash, and got a very mixed signal. It was kind of weird and wavy. After about 5-minutes of pulling about 12 chunks of black ironstone hot rocks (thus the weird-wavy sounds) out of the bottom, a very strong signal was still down there. The signal turned out to be a 1.69 gram nugget (the round one in the photo). It was just after that when my "Digg'n-Mood" kicked in, and I was determined to dig that stretch of wash out, Once-and-for-all"....About 15 ft. further downstream I got a very strong signal right about the crest of where the wash was transitioning-downward in grade. It was a nice flat and smooth 2.20 gram'r that had been hiding just under the lip of a down-drop-shelf. It was about that time that I decided to "see what the wash was doing" downstream of where I was digging. The center and whole right side of the wash was exposed and open with good looking bedrock, but I had not found any nuggets there in the past????.."strange".... But standing back and looking upstream toward where I had stopped digging I could see that all of the rocks and material had collected on the left side, "and" the bedrock was sloping downward toward that left side underneath all of this material. So I moved just out of center and started removing large rocks, etc. off of the left bank. It was about 4 ft further downstream when I got another strong signal, which turned out to be the "spike-shaped" 1.03 gram nugget, and then the other smaller one ( .12 of-a-gram) almost in the same hole. So, the total for the day was 5.04 grams,.................Not bad for not even planning on going out at all today. ..........Gary............I don't know why those 2 photos turned out green????? I was using a new phone The 3-small nuggets ( .61 of-a-gram) just below the dime I had found last Friday in a different wash.
  7. "you,"... Retire ??, (Luke).... Well, that should give me about 20-more years to ravage the nuggets out of Arizona. Gary
  8. I was out at one of my locations on Lynx Creek both Friday, and Saturday and managed to score these five-nuggets. This location had this massive bedrock outcropping right in the middle of the wash, which "angled" downward about 4-feet into a sandy-overburden open area (pond of sorts). I had found 3-4 small nuggets (sitting ducks) at this location a couple of years ago, but hadn't been back since then. After standing down stream for a few minutes (trying to "read-the-wash") I decided to dig down (down stream) right below the bedrock that became hidden beneath the sand. After digging down about 3-feet (following the bedrock down) I discovered that the bedrock had been worn away into a 3" x 4" cavity and then shot upward in an angle about 2 1/2 feet,.. kind of like a huge "V". Initially, I was kind of skeptical about even messing with this spot as the bedrock was composed of smooth, ( very smooth) very-worn bedrock, which most of us know usually doesn't hold (or trap) the gold. After clearing the "V'd area out I swung my coil over the cavity and got a very strong signal. The speci-nugget is the one that I found there, which weighed in at 1.01 grams. I had also observed that the upstream part of the wash that approached the bedrock outcropping was somewhat of a level area. It had stopped 4"-size rocks and most likely caused the flowing water (when it had been flowing in the past) to slow down, which indicated to me that nuggets would be blocked and drop there. After clearing out the rocks and overburden that had accumulated there,... sure enough I picked up three signals, which are the three smaller nuggets pictured. The above 4-nuggets I found on Friday. Then on Saturday I went back and continued clearing rocks and overburden away heading upstream. The area was still kind of level. When I skimmed off a spot I noticed a greyish-greenish clay material as a bedrock. I swung my coil over the area and got a very strong signal over this material. The nugget was down about 4" in this material and weighed in at 1.03 grams (the second of the two larger ones). All total the five nuggets weighed in at 2.36 grams,... I went out to the same location today and started working upstream from what I had found on Friday and Saturday, and managed to get two more nuggets (one's a bit small) (the second photo) for a total weight of 1.45 Grams........ "YAHOO"..................Gary
  9. I have reduced the price to: $300.00 ... This is a savings of right around $205.00 compared to retail pricing. And, I can take the black electricians tape off if that is not of you liking. Gary
  10. I am selling my COILTEK "GOLDSTALKER" (14" ROUND) COIL. It is a Mono coil, and has only been used 2-3 times since I bought it New. It is in Like-New-condition, and comes in it's original box. I have wrapped black electrician's tape around the coil and skid plate to keep dust and fine grit out from between the two. Not even a scratch on the bottom surface of the skid plate. All sales are pickup in Prescott Valley, AZ or nearby location ( may consider meeting somewhere between, if need be)... will ship at buyer's expense. This coil can be used on all Minlab GP and GPX series detectors. I am asking $360.00 (Cash,-No Checks). Please PM me for additional info. and if interested. Gary
  11. Went out to a spot on Lynx Creek today, and walked away with these two (kind-a-cool) nuggets. The one still has very small quartz-like sand gravel (mixed with magnetite) mixed in and lodged within the gold, and the other is shaped just like a railroad spike. Their combined weight is 1.52 Grams. They where both lodged deep down in the mud and clay, and where so encased in dark mud that there was no visible sign of gold at all when I finally was able to scrape them out of their hiding places. I had to swash them around in my mouth and spit the mud out about 4-5 times just to loosen the clay/mud,....And "yes" I am one of those who have to taste the gold once I find it. Nothing like that solid-weigh-taste of gold to get you excited with each find. I had almost given up on this spot ( actually, I have given up on it about 3-4 times over the years, but after returning and approaching it a little differently each time it has surprised me (positively) each time). This time I decided to sit right in the middle of the wash (up stream a bit) and observe what was happening with the exposed (scoured) bedrock and the flow of the wash. The bedrock was angled downward toward the left side of the wash, and was butted-up against a hard mud/clay bank that was just loaded with "many" medium to large boulders. I, being the "curious-type" wondered just how far within that bank that bedrock extended??? So, I proceeded to take my trusty pick and aggressively up-root, dislodge, and remove the "many" medium to large rocks and boulders to see just how far that bedrock was hiding in that bank. I was into the bank about 18" and noticed that the bedrock was dropping, sort of like the side of a dome. And butted-up against this side wall of bedrock where many varying sizes of boulders and rocks all sort of glued together with a hard pack combination of mud and clay. It was like a jug saw puzzle of boulders and rocks with very few open spaces between (mud and clay filled them). I got to a point to where I couldn't pick and dislodge any more boulders (too packed in), and by then I was about worn out anyway, so it was time to see what the elusive bedrock had been hiding from me. I had found many nice nuggets in the past in this spot (patch) and had never found any trash targets in it, so I knew for certain that if I got a good signal, it would be another nice nugget for sure. I found the one right away, but got no more good signals (other than a strange signal from a very large hot rock ), so I moved upstream, and then down to work my magic on them as wall. No success there. It was getting hot, I was almost out of my protein drink, and about to pack it in and head home when I thought I'd go back and investigate that strange hot rock signal one more time. I knew that I couldn't remove those well-mudded-in boulders, so I took my angled screwdriver and pulled as much of the mud/clay out from between two boulders and the bedrock edge as I could piling it up where I could swing my detector over it. Once again I got a real strong signal from a completely-encased mud-object. That's when I found the gold railroad spike. So, for those of you who may not be familiar with this method, or don't particularly like expending that much energy prospecting, it may be of value to stop, and Observe how the bedrock is tending (direction-wise); take the time and energy to follow it, and double-check the target-signal that may have been questionable initially. Gary
  12. "Yep", Tis the time to migrate out of the lower hot desert areas and search out some spots up where it is, and will be cooler and more tolerable during the summer. I've got a few spots up north that I have worked over the years, but over time they have become less productive. Sure wish they where like apple trees and reproduced more gold every year. I guess we just need more extreme monsoons during the season, or at least a good 5" rain down pore all at one time in these washes. I may have to get me one of those high-fangled GPX 5000's with all the "bells and whistles" just to make up the difference between my GP-3000 capabilities and those boastfully-taunted by other users. Food for Thought. Gary
  13. Hey Dean, Wish I would have known you where out in that power line wash area, I might have been able to catch up to ya to do some detecting together. I have hunted that wash almost up under those power lines with my mono coil, and because I only have an older Minelab GP-3000 I wasn't able to null the noise out. The obsessive noise from the EMI forced me upstream far enough away to where I could finally hear my threshold. I have been thinking about going back over that way again, but don't particularly look forward to the thick manzanita brush to fight thru over there. And this time of year there is the added concern of it being a Rattlesnake haven as well!!! Good finds. Gary
  14. "Hey Dean", Now that you have scored those two nice slug-nuggets, "maybe" you can now afford to get some gloves that cover your fingers and finger tips. I usually wear out the finger tips on my left-hand glove from digging. But I always cover my complete hands with gloves, as I have been stung by a scorpion once, (on my pinky finger) and have had "way-to-many" close calls with scorpions, centipedes, spiders of all types, and even a black widow spider (or two). The bark scorpion in Arizona is pretty nasty. I pretty-much grew up on a ranch down in Skull Valley, and when I was younger took sheer delight in flipping dried cow paddies to see how many scorpions I could find and smash with rocks and sticks (kind of a hobby-thing I guess??). I guess you could say that that sting from the scorpion impacted my life a bit. I no longer flip cow paddies, but I definitely have a "0"-tollerance for any critter that my eye sees wiggling from out under a rock, within dried leaves, brush, or pine needles Gary
  15. Hey Dean, Is that 15" Evo an Elliptical, or Round??? I watched a video of an Australian (in Australia) using a "Solid" Elliptical (like our 14" Evo's) 17" x 13" Evo coil where he was pulling 3+ Gram nuggets (he had 4 from the area) out at a depth of around 20" deep, and a 2+ Gram nugget out at about 18" deep. He also mentioned that a buddy of his had pulled a 2+ Oz. nugget out of the same area using the 17" at about 24" deep. I'm leaning more toward the 17", as there probably is not much difference in depth and sensitivity between the 14" Evo and the 15" Evo. Gary