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  • May 5, 2016
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This Is How We Do It…

The Garrett AT Pro

Metal Detecting Pointer


found necklace metal detecting

Necklace I found in the river using metal detecting method I will describe in this article.

I’m not going to tell you how great the Garrett AT Pro-Pointer is when used as intended because there are many places to get that information; however, I am going to tell you how I use the Garrett AT Pro-Pointer and how I find neat items with it while kayaking.  I recently found the necklace and coin (photos left and below) while paddling with the Garrett AT Pro-Pointer lowered in the water beside my kayak.

Coin found with the Garrett AT Pro-Pointer

Coin found with the Garrett AT Pro-Pointer

This Garrett AT Pro-Pointer is water proof and has a more limited range than does a full size Garrett Metal Detector; however, in rivers that are not too stagnant, items are not likely to be buried too deep. I increase my search results by using a new battery in the pointer and searching in shallow more used areas like around launches, fords that might have been used in the distant past to cross the river, bridges, shorelines, and places where people have obviously fished a lot over time.  The down side is that some of these places will uncover a lot of modern junk as well. If I’m finding too much junk, I assume it’s probably a place that has been visited frequently enough to have had most of its valuables found as well, and I move on.

I like the Garrett AT Pro-Pointer because it is smaller and easier to bring along than a full size metal detector and less intrusive when paddling with other kayakers who are not interested in metal detecting.  I can slip it over the side and not be noticed until something is located. Honestly, I’m not putting any real attention or effort into metal detecting when I do this; it’s simply there doing its thing while I go down river.

Garrett metal detectingThere has been some amount of trial and error involved in setting up the pointer to be used in this manner. For example, I wasn’t able to lower the pointer immediately over the side because my metal paddles would have it sounding off as if it had located something of interest. I also had a hard time keeping it at the level that I wanted without it bouncing around on the bottom. I remedied these two issues with some PVC pipe and accidentally created even better conditions for its use.

Garrett AT PRO-Pointer overboard

My Garrett AT Pro-Pointer brought to the surface so that you can see it.

Come on Garrett, wouldn’t it be fun!  The entire set-up only required a Garrett AT Pro-Pointer,  an elastic, a long piece of PVC pipe, a section of flanged PVC that mounts directly under the sink drain, some electrical tape and the anchor trolley and retractable safety line that already existed on my kayak. I cut the piece of flanged PVC pipe so that it formed a narrow band that the pointer snugly slid into; I had to cut it so that the Pointer button could still be used (Above photo shows the very small amount of PVC that is Needed). I   then used the electrical tape to attach this PVC band to the longer piece of PVC; this required adjustments in order to get the proper angle after I was out on the water. I put a heavy single elastic over each end of the pointer after slipping the pointer firmly into the PVC band just to ensure it wouldn’t slide out.

With the pointer loaded in the PVC sleeve, the elastic in place, and my retractable safety line attached to the appropriate ring on the Pointer, I slid the end of the PVC pipe/handle through the ring in my kayak’s anchor trolley and this held the whole thing in place with the pointer out to the side/behind me. The movement of the kayak going forward and the angle of the PVC handle going through the ring kept it securely in place but with flexibility to move it as well; but, I also found that I could further play around with all this by slipping the handle under the trolley cord after putting the handle through the ring as well.

I could then slide the PVC pipe one way or the other to drop the pointer lower or raise it up.  I did have to move the ring and adjust where the PVC pipe went through the ring and under the cords to get it to go down rather than stay up; but, this turned out to be a great asset if I went through an area where I didn’t want it lowered due to too many obstacles, or the water was too deep or moving too fast.

This was pretty neat because I could manually move this about in a 1/2 circle on that side of the kayak, lower or raise it, or leave it to its own meanderings as I moved down river. The entire set up can be raised from the water and one end tucked under a bungee hold-down on the front or back of the kayak and its out of the water and not in the way; release it from the bungee hold down and it swings back out into the water.

I know, you’re wondering how would I know if it was sounding off! I know this because it was my first concern before initiating the original experiment!  Despite whatever doubts I had, I tried it anyways, and found that when the Garrett Pointer vibrates, so does the PVC pipe and so does that side of the kayak.  In  shallow water, I can also hear the beep if there isn’t a lot of noise going on around me.

The pointer is meant to also be used as a probe to uncover objects in dirt; so, I take the PVC handle in hand and use the Pointer to uncover whatever it has located if the river bottom is not too rocky. What you can do beyond that will be limited to whatever other digging and sifting equipment you brought along. I’m not known for traveling lightly LOL!  –this is why this was such a neat experiment.

I’ve used this set-up many times and the electrical tape holds and it works well. I’m sure that there are paddlers out there that could add some polish to this method and I would be greatly interested in your comments if you try it out! Come on Garrett…make a real one!

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