Due to the long hot dry summer turning the ground into concrete, I decided to stick to parks and only hunt surface or shallow decimal coins. February has been a great month for me and with a few days to go I have already found over $740 with every chance of cracking over $800. I believe my success recently is due to some new settings that I am running on the CTX 3030 from Minelab and have had great success since just before Christmas. My best day was while visiting a friend of mine in another capital city and again due to the heat we decided that we would target Goldies all day to see how much we could find, after hitting a honey hole I amassed a crazy $250 plus in a little over 5 hours. Well enough bragging and back to the settings, I run the CTX 3030 with the standard 11” coil in the silver mode, while using the Tone ID profile in combined, Audio Response normal and Fast Recovery on. I believe the key is in to you turn the volume gain down to around 7 or 8 (you will have to experiment a bit) what happens is the deeper the target the quieter it will be. This does two things, firstly it creates less distraction from deep targets making the shallow sounds stand out, secondly the CTX 3030 then has to process less which makes it run a bit faster giving clearer crisper tones. In effect you will be concentrating on only the loudest, clearest and shallowest targets and I normally use audio response long for deep targets but it is a must to change this to normal because this also gives the shallower targets a really crisp signal. I have given this a good test over the last few weeks and found it to be ever so lethal on shallow targets; this in itself has opened up so many possibilities for areas that may have a layer of rubbish targets down deep. I am currently experimenting to see if it is possible to hunt a trashy area layer by layer to see how effective it is but I’ll leave that for another post. Below is a picture showing how I set up my combined pattern and the kHz that my CTX 3030 is set at.
With the E-TRAC you were able to use the variability to make the silvers and coppers really scream at you but on the CTX 3030 you need to change your Hz within your pattern. Running at 1200 Hz will make the good targets scream like having the variability cranked up on the E-TRAC and the 80 Hz makes the iron grunt out a really low tones. The iron grunting is great for determining if it is haloing or a target, by opening your screen right up (no discrimination) it will soon let you know if it is iron with deep grunts. Try this and if you have any further questions feel free to post a question in the comments and I will answer it, happy hunting and stay positive.