Metal Detecting Tips
Six Ways To Increase Your Finds

Here are six metal detecting tips that I use to help increase my finds.

Whether you are a beginner in the hobby, or an expert, I’m sure you will find these ideas useful.

Park Edges

I’ve mentioned this metal detecting idea before. However, I can’t stress enough how important this suggestion is.

If you concentrate on metal detecting the center of the parks you hunt, you will continue to dig clad coins and pull-tabs. The older coins are in the outer edges of the parks. And the modern detectorist does not hunt those outer edges.

Everyone heads to the center of parks to detect. However, think about the park hundreds of years ago. People also frequented the outer edges of most of the parks in the days of old. However, because the lawns are mowed in only the modern sections, the old areas of these parks are overlooked.

Most times people picnicked in the areas that are no longer being used today. The areas used years ago are most likely scrub brush today.

The outer edges of the modern parks are where the lost coins and jewelry are lying.

I have found old coins and jewelry in brushy areas just 10 feet from where the lawns in parks have been mowed.

By using this metal detecting tip I located two, 2-cent pieces just a few feet from a maintained park lawn that has been hunted for years. I had to walk through some thick scrub brush. However, it was well worth the effort

Volleyball Courts

This metal detecting tip produced some excitement for me one afternoon. I found two rings, one a woman’s diamond, the other a man’s gold ring with an Opal, in the sand of a volleyball court.

The courts were on the beach of a lake. I assume the rings were lost due to the sweating from playing volleyball and the oily, suntan lotion used to fight sunburn.

Road And Sidewalk Dirt Piles

I have a metal detecting friend who goes bonkers when he sees a pile of dirt, especially if it’s from a road repair project.

I never thought of this metal detecting tip until I watched my pal grab his detector and run to a pile of dirt.

I was driving with him to another spot to hunt when he screamed.


I got scared, slammed on the breaks and yelled.


As Chuck is opening the passenger side door, while I was still moving. He yells.


The next thing I know Chuck’s standing on top of a six-foot high dirt pile. It was road construction removal.

I watched Chuck swing his detector like a banshee, all the time he was yelling down to me.

“Frank. This is really old dirt. This is nice dirt. This is good dirt.” He was having a ball.

Long story short. Chuck found a Barber dime, two Mercury dimes and a Buffalo nickel.

I was sold. Now anytime I see a pile of dirt I detect it. And by doing so, I have found older coins that I would have passed by.

Think about this metal detecting tip.

The highway department, or the construction company who has removed the dirt to lay down a new road or sidewalk, has also removed the coins along with the dirt. Many towns and villages still have road and sidewalks that are old. So watch for any road construction, or those piles of dirt that were removed.

Farm Fields

I know another individual who hunts nothing but farm fields. This metal detecting tip amazes me.

Jim researches areas looking for old homesteads or ghost towns that no longer exist, but are farm fields today. He consistently finds old coins and relics.I have hunted a few with good results.

If you are going to give this metal detecting tip a try, be sure to ask for permission before you attempt to hunt a farm field.

Fisherman Park Here

Here’s a metal detecting tip that works well if you can put up with the trash.

How many times have you drove by an area along a river or creek that had a sign posted that read “Fisherman Park Here?”

Those areas can produce lots of coins and an occasional ring.

Think about the coins that are dropped from someone’s pocket as he or she puts on or takes off a pair of waders.

At these areas, when I’m fishing, I’ve lost coins just by reaching in and out of my pockets to retrieve my car keys. Imagine how many others have done the same.

I’ve detected these spots quite often with good results, but you need to be patient and put up with the trash. Many pull-tabs, tin foil and bottle-caps usually liter these areas.

And the last of my metal detecting tips, but an important one is this.

Use A Grid Pattern

What’s a grid pattern? This is when you systematically work and area while detecting in which you cover every square inch with your detector coil. By using a grid, you will increase the amount of finds because you cover all of the area you are detecting.

The best way to use a grid pattern is to pick a spot in the area you can detect to, and then turn around and pick another spot. As you walk toward the spots, swinging your detector, your being sure to overlap each swing of your coil. When your grid, using those spots are covered, move your grid pattern to an area adjacent to the one you just finished.

For instance. Let’s assume your in a park and you are going to use a grid pattern. If you see a certain tree, use that tree as a spot to detect to. When you turn around from that tree, you may see a park bench as another spot. Now detect to that bench overlapping each swing. When you arrive at the bench walk back toward the tree, overlapping those swings. When you arrive at the tree, turn around and detect again toward the bench, while overlapping each swing. Keep working your grid until you have finished. Then simply adjust your grid by moving left, or right, and then pick two more spots to detect to.

Using a grid pattern will help you concentrate on the entire area you want to detect. This is definitely is a tip that is worth trying.

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