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Steve Herschbach
06-10-2012, 04:17 PM
Hope we hear a report from somebody at some point. I leave for Ganes on Saturday. A lot of first week people are staying for week two so I will meet many of them next week. Much of the gold found with metal detectors in Alaska this year is going to be found in the coming month at Ganes. Not sure about week one but I can promise reports from me on week two and three.

06-10-2012, 05:18 PM
Steve- I will be there week 3 with you & week 4. I will get a report out every couple days in week 4, if Doug's internet reception in the greenhouse is still available. Dave

Steve Herschbach
06-11-2012, 01:16 PM
Just in from Doug....

"On Sunday they found about 3.5oz and around 15 nuggets so they are starting off to a good start. Nothingbig yet though."

06-12-2012, 06:49 AM
The fun has started! Someone found a nice solid 7 oz nugget. Pics are up on the website. Very good start. Happy hunting guys!


06-12-2012, 11:48 AM
Holy cow, that is one beautiful nugget! Thanks for sharing that link.

06-12-2012, 05:17 PM
VERY NICE- Thanks for getting the photo up. I'm ready to go NOW! Only 11 more days.Dave

06-13-2012, 04:54 AM
Congrats and great job to the finder, that is a big one!!....Tyrie

06-13-2012, 11:20 AM
Wasn't that last years photo?

Steve Herschbach
06-13-2012, 02:24 PM
Guess it depends what you are looking at - do you not see this? -
Metal Detectorist Will Mangano displaying his 7 oz nugget!
Found on the first full day of detecting at Ganes Creek Alaska
June 11, 2012.


06-13-2012, 04:33 PM
Tyrie- Are you going up this year? Dave

06-13-2012, 07:30 PM
Hello Dave, No it does not look like it. I had my name put on the wait list awhile back however, I do not think Doug got enough people to add another week. So I will have to wait until 2013. In the meantime, have fun and I hope you find a big one!...Tyrie

Steve Herschbach
06-13-2012, 10:25 PM
Doug sold out in a week. I think he had enough people to add another month. They just decided 5 weeks was enough. The grumblers are taking a toll.

Sorry you did not make it!

06-14-2012, 05:34 AM
Greetings Steve,

No worries for me, I will just wait until next year. My plan is to be ready to reserve a spot in 2013 , week 1 or 2. In the meantime, have a great 2 weeks this year and hope you find a big one too!...Tyrie

06-14-2012, 07:53 AM
Congrats Will on a nice one!!!! did you get it with your 705??

moose nugget
06-15-2012, 04:58 AM
Good morning Gaines Creek- I just arrived back into town, watching the news channels- for weather conditions so I can determine what I neeed in the way of rain gear. We experience lots of rain through Canada and lots of rain since being home. Saw the one posting of 3.5 oz-just off of the cuff- what detectors are being used- I'm trying to pack my gear- Gold bug pro, 2 minelabs gold packs and a 4500. Yes, bring 4, last year rains taught me a lesson. I headed out for for the last 2 weeks july 1-14. Moose Nuggets--do I need to bring a stock of Sweeter Sweets? Dennis L

06-15-2012, 07:26 AM
Dennis, Just my opinion, but way too many detectors!! Took three last year and it was not necessary. Two at max, one as backup. See you in July and Good Luck!!! GaryC/SanBdno

Steve Herschbach
06-15-2012, 11:51 AM
1. Always bring rain gear.
2. The White's MXT and Minelab X-Terra 705 seem most popular at Ganes these days. But any good VLF detector will work if the person using it knows what they are doing.
3. The more stuff you pack the more chance Pen Air will leave it behind as they do have weight and balance restrictions. But it will catch up in a day or two. Two detectors minimum beyond that whatever floats your boat.
4. No Sweeter Sweets for me. She is staying home.

06-16-2012, 03:23 PM
Yes Dave, I found it with the 705, stock 7.5 kHz concentric coil at about 8 inches with a nice solid signal. The nugget has a target ID of 34 right on the surface, but decreases as you move away from it (stays positive, though). Overall, I was extremely impressed with the 705 and think it is a great detector, especially for Ganes. I also saw several MXTs, Gold Bugs, and GMTs, which all performed well.

The Ganes mining crew couldn't have been more accommodating and were just great people to hang with for a week. I also had a fun group of detectorists with me in the trenches for our 12-15 hour days. I'm truly blessed to have had this experience and hope the guys keep this opportunity available in the future. Good luck to the rest of you heading out this year, I'm sure we left plenty more to be found!

Steve Herschbach
06-18-2012, 07:39 AM
Final tally week one 72 nuggets 18.45 oz