I started my day off with Tesoro’s Sand Shark. Stephanie went with me and wanted to try metal detecting and I thought what a better place to start than in the water! I only have the one sand scoop but I was hoping we could stick close and share but unfortunately the beach isn’t sand. It is grass that leads up to about a 2 foot drop into the swimming area that is gravel. The time spent digging in the gravel was just too much for both of us to share one scoop. I put away the Sand Shark and I helped her and dug her targets for a while.
Sand Shark Set Up
- I turned it on to VCO and set my threshold and volume
- I turned it to “F” set and with the threshold knob I set the tone of the targets
- I then turned the mode knob to normal, re-set my threshold and put my pulse width to preset
It was that simple and it ran great the short time I used it. It ran very stable in the lake gravel. I only dug one target and it turned out to be a DEEP pull tab. I definitely need a better scoop!
Tiger Shark Set Up
- I put it in normal mode with all tune speed set to all metal fast
- In the wet gravel I ground balanced it pumping it up and down as I turned the ground adjust knob
- Once ground balanced I put it in Disc mode and set my disc at about 1.5
The Tiger shark ran stable for the few hours we were out. We ended up just staying up against the bank because my sand scoop just couldn’t break the gravel that was more packed down the further you got out away from the bank.
It is such an easy metal detector to use that Steph quickly had it down and was pointing out exactly where she wanted me to dig. After a few pull tabs, a penny and spoon she had to tend to the kids. She had a lot of fun though and I am pretty sure she is hooked! I’m sure if the kids didn’t need her I would have been digging the whole time for her!
It was my turn for the Tiger Shark! As I worked along the bank I found a couple lures and pull tabs. Not much left since there wasn’t much shore to actually hunt and Steph hunted most of it. I decided to try deeper water and I noticed right away the back mount for the control housing needed moved. I unclipped it and in a matter of seconds I had it clipped to the bottom mount on the shaft and it made such a big difference, it really helped to keep the coil down and made it a breeze to swing the detector.
Both machines were very simple to quickly figure out and although I am sure I have a lot to learn with each, it was nice to be able to get out and just go water hunt without feeling like I had to learn something complicated. I have heard water hunters for years talk about what great metal detectors these Sharks are and I am happy to get my hands on them to see for myself.
I would say from this very first trip out with Sand Shark and Tiger shark today my take away is how versatile they are. It was so quick and easy to go from either mount on the shaft to make each one comfortable to swing whether walking the beach or neck deep in water. I was also surprised at how simple they were to use. Once the ground balance was set I never touched the Tiger Shark again. Although I barely used the Sand Shark it ran really stable, I found it very easy to figure it out as well.
I’m looking forward to finding sand beaches and getting a better sand scoop. Although I have done very little water detecting in the past I think it’s my best bet for these hot summer Texas months and I’m sure soon you will be hearing more about both metal detectors and water hunting from me!