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Steve Herschbach
06-19-2011, 08:52 AM
The information that used to reside here has been updated and moved to a permanent location at Ganes Creek Gold with Fisher F75 and Minelab GPX 5000 (http://www.detectorprospector.com/steves-mining-journal/ganes-creek-alaska-fisher-f75-minelab-gpx-5000.htm)

Steve Herschbach
06-19-2011, 09:07 AM
Let's see if this works....


Reno Chris
06-19-2011, 09:16 AM
That's a very nice nugget!


Steve Herschbach
06-19-2011, 09:19 AM
Thanks Chris. Now maybe I will have a story to write!

06-19-2011, 09:30 AM
Nicely done! Sweet nugget, congrats.

06-19-2011, 09:50 AM
VERY impressive! Goes to show that patience and being persistant pays...:cool:

06-19-2011, 11:02 AM
WAY TO GO STEVE!!!! That would look good on anyones chain. Good luck with your next week,can't wait to hear this coming weeks results. Dave

06-19-2011, 02:52 PM
Beautiful, I bet it feels good in the hand!

little man
06-19-2011, 03:04 PM
way to go on the rock now they could smell me for a week keep us post

06-19-2011, 04:33 PM
nice one steve must be begginers luck like mine.huh. john

06-19-2011, 05:40 PM
Just a matter of time...way to go! That's a nice nugget in anyones book.

06-19-2011, 06:13 PM
Nice nugget Steve, but is that your hand?? Way to clean to have been digging nuggets.

06-19-2011, 08:17 PM
YEEEE HAAAAA! dang cool steve~!

Jim Hemmingway
06-19-2011, 08:25 PM
That’s a good solid nugget Steve…a result of putting your search strategy into play. I’d dig iron 24 / 7 if it would produce a few more of those…a thought worth holding on to…

Have you been using the 15” DD / F75 LTD combo on the pushes? If so please pass along your early impressions and comfort swinging it. I’m still not convinced about the utility of that coil and have waited until you used it at Ganes before commenting about it.

It’s good to be able to communicate with you on-site from so far away and discuss the day-to-day happenings. Continued good luck…dawn till dusk if you can stay sharp…


06-19-2011, 09:01 PM
WTG Steve! What an awesome chunk! That would certainly make my day or week or even my year! I hope to hear your story before we depart...

Now go find her Daddy!

Steve Herschbach
06-19-2011, 09:45 PM
Hi Bob,

Always wear leather gloves, plus just washed the nugget in creek with hands. I'm generally grimy all over with clean hands.

Jim, the 15" got used a couple hours the first day and not since. Just too heavy. It would be good for hitting a hot spot but not for swinging all day long. I'll have to use it in a couple special places to learn more about it.

06-20-2011, 06:31 AM
Great job Steve! What coil combination were you using with the GPX 5000? Also I was wondering if the 2.61 oz nugget gave off the classic hi-low target response or was it a confused signal low-hi then hi-low? Anyway thanks for sharing...Tyrie

Steve in Idaho
06-20-2011, 07:13 AM
Steve, I knew that you would wait until I left so that you would not out do my little 1.35 oz nugget for the week. Now show them how it is done this next week.

06-20-2011, 09:24 AM
Very Nice Steve, She's a BEAUT! GaryC/SanBdno.

06-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Congrats Steve. Looks like you have a new favorite pocket nugget.

06-20-2011, 05:36 PM
Steve- When I was at Ganes 3 years ago -I had dug garbage all day. When I got back and cleaned out my pouch of garbage, I had picked up a piece of what looked like copper tubing, it was about an inch long and there was a pewter statue head sticking out. I cleaned it up, I had a perfectly preserved religious statue that had been lost a century ago. It was actually inside a copper capsule with both ends eaten away by the mineralization. I took it to a Catholic church to see if it could be ID'd, they sent the picture to their experts, who said it was probably one of their Saints, but.... they had never seen him with a child in his arms and an owl on his shoulder. You never know what kind of Gold you dug up that day. Dave

06-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Sure would impress the guys at the lunch table? So, following your hunches can pay off I see? Congrats...

-Tom V.

06-20-2011, 11:53 PM
I had a hunch when I was opal mining. I wanted to dig some big ironstone boulders, down to about 12 feet. My mate put me off, saying that we needed a machine to dig them. We could have broken the bad ones up with some jelly. They found $600, 000 in that area later on. So close but so far away.

Steve Herschbach
06-21-2011, 07:26 AM
Hi Tyrie,

16" round Nuggetfinder coil on GPX 5000. Classic high tone. All of which means nothing - the nugget was less than a foot deep. A cheap coin detector would have found it.

06-21-2011, 10:47 PM
Hello Steve,

Okay thanks for the follow-up. I would have expected that large gold target to give off a low-hi response (like a railroad spike). But I know on the GPX units you can change that response on the control box menu. Anyway great job! I may bring my 16" round NF mono the last week in July.....Tyrie

Steve Herschbach
06-22-2011, 07:44 AM
I am running stock settings with gain bumped up a bit. So tone was not modified.

06-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Wow...I have been away from the computer for a couple days. Excellent find Steve, thanks for keeping us posted.


06-22-2011, 07:06 PM
Very nice Steve!!! You were over due! Now that the bad luck guy is gone you all should do well in week two. My best to the gang. Larry Haigh

Jonathan Porter
06-23-2011, 12:18 PM
Steve that is a nice chunk of gold you have found there, my season here in Australia has started off very slowly this year, just zero time to get out prospecting but the DVD is now finished so goldfields here I come. :-)

Jonathan Porter

06-23-2011, 04:19 PM
JP, the Australia visitors bureau should be paying for some of the production costs of your videos. After all, I bet more people travel to OZ after viewing it... ;)

06-24-2011, 04:05 PM
Well done Steve That is a beauty...Geo

06-26-2011, 08:32 PM
That is awesome Steve !

silver dog doug
06-27-2011, 02:20 PM
Nice going Steve, I had a hunch that you were going to do well. Great find. Doug