We had a wind storm come through Melbourne recently. The bay was quite choppy, so it could be a good time to put the CTX to work. The afternoon was cool and cloudy with few people around. The first beach I visited had lots of footprints on it. There were some faint wheel tracks on the sand so the beach cleaning machine had been around fairly recently. I decided to work the dry sand, so after setting the CTX to the beach mode, manual sensitivity, ticking the seawater box and doing a noise cancel I was off. After half an hour I had picked up $7, mostly $1 and $2 coins. Some of the coins had been dropped very recently and occasionally there were 2 or 3 in the one hole. I detected for another 1 ½ hours at this site for about $14 of various coins. No jewellery was found.

I moved to another beach where I had found quite a few coins years ago but this time the beach cleaner had just been through. I only found a few 5 cent coins and a $1 for the half hour. Time to try somewhere else.

The third beach was only a short walk from the second one and it was high tide so a scramble over some rocks was needed. On arriving at the spot the wind was blowing on shore so there was quite a bit of seaweed gathering at the high tide mark. This beach is fairly small and the beach cleaner does not go there very often. After a couple of pull tabs I found my first $1 coin. It was down about 8 inches. I walked a few metres and up came a $2 coin at about the same depth. Again I walked and another $1 coin. For the next 1 ½ hours within an area of about 15 x 15 metres I found 10c, 20c, $1 and $2 coins totalling $28 most at about the same depth. Most of the $1 and $2 when first detected registered a ferrous number around 8-12 and a conductivity number up to 42. Once they were dug out of the sand they recorded the usual 12-38 or 12-39.

After 2 hours at 3 Melbourne beaches I had found 54 coins for a total of about $28, a dog tag and 2 pieces of cheap jewellery.

Another great day out with the CTX 3030!!